HolyCoast: Anybody Seen John McCain?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Anybody Seen John McCain?

Because the guy running for Senate in Arizona doesn't sound anything like the John McCain we knew two years ago (from Morning Jolt):
John McCain 2010's Next Attack Ad Will Target the John McCain of 2008 

How badly does John McCain want to win his Senate primary? Well, he's now got a get-tough-on-the-border commercial that completely ignores his previous positions, statements, and attitudes and that would probably bring tears of joy to Tom Tancredo.

At this rate, next week he'll denounce McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform as an unconstitutional restriction on the First Amendment.

Allahpundit is
left sputtering: "I don't know what to say, guys. I'm genuinely speechless. Pandering is one thing, shameless careerist pandering is something else, and then there's John 'Goddamned Fence' McCain marching along the border in a badass Navy baseball cap looking like he could choke out a coyote with his bare hands. And you know what? If he thought he'd get a few points' bounce from it, I bet he'd do it too. How long before he's spotted on the trail wearing a 'Viva Los 1070' T-shirt? Consider this a preview of the 2014 'Reelect Lindsey Graham' ad campaign, featuring Grahamnesty piloting a Border Patrol chopper and lending a hand on an oil rig."
Doug Mataconis: "I really don't know what else there is to say. In the face of a stronger-than-expected challenge from the right from a candidate who has flirted with the birther movement and made rather bizarre comments about gay marriage, McCain has effectively abandoned any semblance of the politician he claimed to be in the past, even to the extent of denying that he had ever called himself a maverick. It's really rather pathetic."

I would note that the Obama campaign put up a ludicrously over-the-top attack ad against McCain in 2008 that accused him of anti-immigrant pandering and racism, a charge so wildly untrue that even the mainstream media had to declare "
real factual problems." In other words, all of McCain's previous efforts to appear sensitive, moderate, and welcoming of immigrants, legal and illegal, were tossed out the window once the Democrats needed votes. If you're a Republican, your record is irrelevant; your opponent will call you racist and xenophobic, guaranteed. Perhaps McCain is realizing that if you're going to be called a xenophobe no matter what your position is, you might as well court the voters who want a more secure border.
John McCain is in full-blown pander, hoping that the voters of Arizona don't remember who he really is. Sadly, they seem intent on sending him back to Washington where he'll revert to his frequently RINO ways and once again the voters will be stuck for six years.

As far as that wall goes, look for McCain to lose his enthusiasm for it just as soon as the primary is completed.


Goofy Dick said...

Oh, I sure wish I could vote in Arizona. McCain would get a real surprise, I would vote for someone else. He has been too much like Kerry in that too many times he has flip-flopped on serious issues.
It's time for him to be retired from the congress.

Big D said...

When McCain heard that we did not want a light sentence for immigration, he heard our cries. McCain is not afraid to put aside his ego and change tune when the voters express their beliefs. Every state could only be so lucky to have a candidate that listens to their voters. As for the voters in AZ, like McCain or dislike him, the voters will keep him in office. The loser McCain is running against is nothing short of a moral and unethical nightmare. AZ knows far too well that JD is not good enough for Congress.

Larry Sheldon said...

The consummate DIABLOsay what looks like it might sell.