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McCain Should Retire
The American Thinker ^ | January 26, 2010 | Claude Sandroff

Posted on 01/26/2010 3:25:11 AM PST by Scanian

John McCain clings to more liberal positions than almost any other Republican in Congress. Whether encouraging economic suicide by standing against drilling in Alaska, putting the nation's security at risk by equating waterboarding with torture, demanding the shuttering of Guantanamo, joining hands with Ted Kennedy to open the floodgates of amnesty to illegal immigrants, nothing seems to satisfy his vanity more than hearing compliments from the leftist press after crossing over to the other side of the aisle.

Now that the Supreme Court has declared much of his crown legislative jewel -- the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold) -- to be unconstitutional, perhaps it's finally time for John McCain to go back to Arizona while preserving the luster from his honorable national service. The court's firm rejection of key funding provisions in McCain-Feingold reveals the philosophical dead-end that bipartisanship for its own sake often produces.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: bipartisanship; mccainfeingold; moderates; sarahpleaseread; torture

1 posted on 01/26/2010 3:25:12 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

How Palin can support this pro socialist defies logic. Palin should stick to writing books and touring. Her credibility as a champion for the conservative cause is shot.


2 posted on 01/26/2010 3:28:06 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Scanian
Indeed, he opened the first debate by wasting precious minutes lauding the recently hospitalized Ted Kennedy, as the "lion of the Senate." The comment only served to remind his repulsed conservative audience that he more felt it more important to stand with one of the senate's most notorious and longest serving liberals than to begin to layout the case the against its most liberal and inexperience arrivals, Barack Hussein Obama.
3 posted on 01/26/2010 3:29:59 AM PST by truthkeeper ("Why oh why didn't I take the blue pill?")
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To: Scanian

I voted- very reluctantly— for the man.

He needs to retire while it can still be made to look graceful.


4 posted on 01/26/2010 3:43:06 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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To: Scanian

If not for him, we’d be drilling in ANWR now.


5 posted on 01/26/2010 3:54:03 AM PST by joelt
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To: Scanian

McCain, retire?
Most of these politicians never think of retiring.
Go J.D. kick this too old fool to the curb.


6 posted on 01/26/2010 3:54:44 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Get out of the peoples house and take that shelf ass ugly woman with ya.)
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To: Man50D
How Palin can support this pro socialist defies logic. Palin should stick to writing books and touring. Her credibility as a champion for the conservative cause is shot.

I'm not sure I agree with that. She would still be an unknown Alaska politician if not for McCain. Everything good that has come her way in 2009 and 2010 started with the VP selection. She would be ungracious i.e. lack class if she didn't recognize that. She strikes me as being classy.

I think McCain should depart. I don't think he will this year on his own. It isn't Palin's job to destroy him. It would be nice to see the Republican voters of Arizona replace him early. They would not need to travel nearly as far as the voters in Massachusetts. It's still the proper way to go about it.

So far Sarah Palin has earned plaudits for nearly all of her policy positions. She is a superb spokesperson for most of those positions. While she keeps that going she has my support.

7 posted on 01/26/2010 3:57:25 AM PST by stevem
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To: Joe Boucher
I think he should retire for no other reason than to let Sarah Palin off the hook. He must have her under a binding contract to campaign for him.
8 posted on 01/26/2010 3:59:32 AM PST by Recon Dad ( USMC SSgt Patrick O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 98)
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To: Scanian

He should but he won’t. He’ll have to be kicked out of the Senate.


9 posted on 01/26/2010 4:00:40 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Scanian

Couldn’t agree more...but because McCain is so vain they will probably have to carry him out in a body bag from the Senate. He won’t go gracefully.....he is a fraud.


10 posted on 01/26/2010 4:00:53 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: backhoe
He needs to retire while it can still be made to look graceful.

And he needs to retire before Cindy and/or Megyn embarrass him further in their childish attempts to redefine Conservative.

11 posted on 01/26/2010 4:01:10 AM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: stevem

He should become a desert Hermit and take his wife and daughter with him.


12 posted on 01/26/2010 4:01:27 AM PST by Venturer
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To: fullchroma

Not Conservative, Conservativism!

(Shouldn’t post B4 coffee.)


13 posted on 01/26/2010 4:02:55 AM PST by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: stevem
She would still be an unknown Alaska politician if not for McCain.

McAmnesty didn't pick Palin. He wanted LIEberman as his running mate but the party told him to make another choice.

It isn't Palin's job to destroy him.

Refusing to endorse McAmnesty would not destroy him. He's been in politics for decades. A relative newcomer like Palin alone will not bring him down. Only the people have that power.
14 posted on 01/26/2010 4:11:02 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Scanian
"...it's finally time for John McCain to go back to Arizona while preserving the luster from his honorable national service."

Aside from his military service, I see little 'honorable' about the liberal scum-sucking RINO.

But McStain's ego won't let him retire, the odds are he'll stay in the Senate until either J.D. Hayworth unseats him in the primary, or until he croaks like his fat bastard buddy, the broiling Ted Kennedy.
15 posted on 01/26/2010 4:11:47 AM PST by mkjessup (If you admire, support and make excuses for RINOs (like John McCain) that makes YOU a RINO!)
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To: Man50D
McAmnesty didn't pick Palin. He wanted LIEberman as his running mate but the party told him to make another choice.

I've heard that once or twice before, and while I don't doubt you at all, would you perchance have a link or something for that?

Thanx in advance!
16 posted on 01/26/2010 4:13:09 AM PST by mkjessup (If you admire, support and make excuses for RINOs (like John McCain) that makes YOU a RINO!)
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To: mkjessup
I've heard that once or twice before, and while I don't doubt you at all, would you perchance have a link or something for that?

Thanx in advance!


Below is just one link among several. A simple word search will find more reports.

McCain Considering Lieberman for VP Running Mate
17 posted on 01/26/2010 4:22:51 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Scanian

He does these things purely for attention. He has no real driving principles. He just wants to be lauded by the SRM.


18 posted on 01/26/2010 4:25:12 AM PST by AdaGray (uw)
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To: Scanian

I’ve been saying it for the past year plus. . .

Go away John.

Please, just go away.


19 posted on 01/26/2010 4:27:19 AM PST by noname07718 (Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction-Ronald Reagan 1993)
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To: Man50D
You’ve got to be kidding me!

McPain isn’t going to run AGAIN for President!

Pinch me. This would be another losing nightmare.

If McPain really cares, he should RETIRE!

I was pleased to see the McPain/Feingold maneuver be declared UNconctitutional, because it is. Someone needs to muster up the cajones, run against him and DEFEAT him so he really GETS IT.

20 posted on 01/26/2010 4:29:19 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Man50D

And likewise if Sarah knows these things (and all indications are that she does) and doesn’t stand up for the principles she espouses, what does that do to her credibility?


21 posted on 01/26/2010 4:31:02 AM PST by fishnsoldier (The second ammendment ensures they don't forget about the others.)
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To: stevem

I tend to agree with you about Palin. She will campaign for McCain out of loyalty - and people will turn out in droves to see her, not so much out of support for him. I think folks will overlook her association with McCain, much as they did by holding their noses in Nov ‘08.


22 posted on 01/26/2010 4:36:56 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: nmh
You’ve got to be kidding me!

McPain isn’t going to run AGAIN for President!

Pinch me. This would be another losing nightmare.


You need to read my previous posts.
23 posted on 01/26/2010 4:38:54 AM PST by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Scanian

Gee, do ya think!!??


24 posted on 01/26/2010 4:47:42 AM PST by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: Scanian

Correct me if you can, BUT I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT HAD MCLAME NOT PLACED PALIN ON THE TICKET, HE WOULD HAVE LOST BY ANOTHER 20,000,000, in perhaps the biggest GOP loss in history! I held my nose and voted for the ticket ONLY because she was on the ticket!


25 posted on 01/26/2010 4:49:52 AM PST by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: truthkeeper

Excellent

Sarah Palin damaged her brand and jumped the shark by coming out for him. NO DOUBT.

I thought she was putting America first ... but evidently her personal sense of “honor” transcends America’s needs for conservative leadership

We would all be better served if this arrogant confused ineffectual old liberal-patsy RINO would retire with what honor he has left, and make way for a true conservative Senator - what say the people of Arizona?


26 posted on 01/26/2010 5:44:26 AM PST by silverleaf
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To: Scanian
I don't like McCain, his policies, his wife or his daughter.

My check will be in the mail to his opponent as soon as an address is posted.

27 posted on 01/26/2010 5:55:50 AM PST by mickie
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To: stevem
Very well said. I share your support for Sarah Palin.

Here we are nearly three years from the election and already we are beset with trolls and Sarah-detractors demanding that she be thrown overboard for saying she will honor what she feels is an obligation to someone to whom she is thankful. I can't imagine how deranged the flack will get as we get nearer the election or nominating process.

Part of me wishes she would just tell the world, “Never mind. I was mistaken when I thought you were ready for me and for sane, conservative government. I'll go away for now and enjoy my life, my family, my God and my INCOME. Call me when you come to your senses.” Sadly, she won't she's too classy for that.

I am spending my time working on handling the drivel that keeps flowing from the anti-Sarah forces. It's going to take a lot of work, but I think I can get through. Respectful, considered posts such as yours help a lot! Thanks.

IMHO, it's the people who are busy insisting on jettisoning Sarah Palin, because she fails their purity test, that helped give us Obama and his minions. Hopefully we can overcome this insane drive they have to kill the good in search of the perfect.

Meanwhile, I guess we'll just have to take the time and effort to respond as politely as possible to their postings.

28 posted on 01/26/2010 6:08:19 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: Man50D

Some people have a sense of loyalty and duty that overrides their common sense.

I think we are seeing a case of that with Sarah.


29 posted on 01/26/2010 6:57:08 AM PST by Scanian
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To: AdaGray

I think the beer keg on the bus in 2000 proved that for all time - a real MSM suckup.


30 posted on 01/26/2010 7:09:40 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Joe Boucher
Most of these politicians never think of retiring.

The 'smart ones' actually will retire before they suffer the embarrasment of defeat. Chris Dodd? The problem with McCain is that he has never been that smart -- politically-speaking.

31 posted on 01/26/2010 7:33:24 AM PST by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: mkjessup
With the exception of his POW time there was not much “Honorable” about his military service.
32 posted on 01/26/2010 9:22:31 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Tallguy

What most folks do not know is that McLame got a sweat heart deal to not get lynched in the Keating bank scandle.
RINO turd shouldn’t have been in the senate the last what 30 years.


33 posted on 01/26/2010 10:33:57 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Get out of the peoples house and take that shelf ass ugly woman with ya.)
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To: jwparkerjr
...I was mistaken when I thought you were ready...

The row she has to hoe I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. It will get exponentially worse the closer we get to decision time and as her popularity increases.

I'm not sure the population or the Republicans are ready for her. The population and the Republicans surely need her. I hope she can keep her looks with thick calluses.

The main thing detractors said about Reagan is that he was a stupid lightweight. He was always able to maintain his sense of humor about it. The depth of his writings and serious discussions showed a man both very smart and very wise.

I hope Sarah Palin is that way. Reagan didn't bend to the insults because they didn't mean anything to him. To my way of thinking Palin always sounded much smarter than she was given credit. These days as she has had time to study issues she sounds even better.

If I understand her book, she is also a deeply religious woman. I can say first hand, that helps.

The problems the next President will have are far more difficult that the need to care about the person. I don't know who else in the Republican Party has the tools to do the job or get the job. There are a number of nationally known Republican politicians I can easily support. I haven't seen a single one of them move a crowd of ANY size the way I have watched Sarah Palin move them.

Judging from the shear panic I see among MSM commentators, I'm not the only one to notice that.

34 posted on 01/26/2010 11:29:47 AM PST by stevem
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To: Man50D

She’s doing a fund-raiser in March, we vote in August... and Joe Arpaio will trump Palin in Arizona.


35 posted on 01/26/2010 11:34:49 AM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: stevem
re: number of nationally known Republican politicians I can easily support

Indeed. But as you point out NONE of them can hold a candle to her when it comes to getting people to turn out and pay attention.

I have tried several times to figure out how you go about putting your money where your mouth is with Intrade and going with Sarah as being the next President. Maybe I'm just thick, but darned if I can figure out how it works. I need an “Intrade for Dummies” book!

Her ability to command the attention of the masses is more important to me than her understanding of policies and programs. You can't learn that innate ability she has to be able to speak to people. At least not to the extent she has it. OTOH, almost anyone can study up and learn about history and policy and programs, etc.

Thankfully she has both. Unlike Obama, who also could draw huge crowds, she has actually accomplished something in life and didn't spent her formative years at the feet of really bad people.

I'm content to bide my time and see how she does. I see nothing to be gained by rushing to judgment at this point.

36 posted on 01/26/2010 11:50:58 AM PST by jwparkerjr
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