Skip to comments.AZ 2010: McCain’s dilemma [acting conservatively to get re-elected]
Posted on 07/29/2009 2:22:34 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Somewhere, in his new life as a political hermit, Sen. John McCain must be grinding his teeth. Facing a primary challenge from the right in his campaign for reelection, McCain (R-Ariz.) has gone from spending nearly a decade as a hyper-exposed, perennial presidential candidate to being someone you can only find on Twitter.
But with a tough decision to make any day now, McCain will reluctantly do what he has avoided for so long: make news. This will happen when McCain announces his vote for or against the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Either choice will be surprising risk losing votes in a primary by supporting her, or risk losing votes in the general by alienating Hispanic voters in a purpling state where the Hispanic population is double the national average. President Barack Obamas selection of Sotomayor was exactly the kind of complication McCain really didnt need.
McCains attempt to woo Arizona Republicans is challenged by his maverick identity and long history of bucking his party. A founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps has announced his candidacy and criticized McCain for reckless bailout spending (he voted last fall for the Troubled Asset Relief Program) and a record of opting to hold our nations border security hostage to his amnesty schemes. So while McCain has spent time blasting Obamas energy reform plans, his reaction to the election in Iran and his policies that have grown deficits and debt, he hasnt spent much time keeping that promise he made on election night 2008: to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face. Most notable is the absence of the bipartisan dealmaker in the midst of the brutal battle over healthcare reform.
This week, McCains close friend Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) complicated matters or possibly laid some groundwork for McCain when he broke ranks with GOP leaders to announce his strong support for Sotomayor. He noted that he had fought hard for McCain to win the election and that he didnt feel good about the election, but said he felt good about Sotomayor, that she is a good character, competent, not just qualified and that America has changed for the better with her selection.
Graham, who criticized Obama during the hearings for choosing to oppose Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito on an ideological basis, also commended three Democrats on the committee for voting in favor of Roberts and deciding to vote for someone you wouldnt have picked.
Because McCain voted in favor of Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter, many could assume he will remain orthodox and, like Graham, vote solely on qualifications and not ideology. Yet McCain voted against Sotomayor when she was confirmed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. And McCains fellow Arizona senator, Jon Kyl (R), is voting against Sotomayor.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a moderate Republican running for the Senate who is also facing a more conservative primary challenger, announced he opposed Sotomayors confirmation. Crist is facing Marco Rubio, a former Speaker in the State Legislature who is Hispanic, in their bid to replace retiring Florida Republican Sen. Mel Martinez. (Martinez has announced his support for Sotomayor). While Democrats intend to use Crists opposition to Sotomayor against him in the general campaign, the Democrats vying in the primary who poll 30 or more points behind Crist seem no match for his high popularity.
Crist is also a friend of McCains. Perhaps McCain is consulting with both Graham and Crist. We will learn soon likely by Tweet rather than a press conference which friend McCain is going to disagree with.
Stoddard is an associate editor of The Hill.
DUMP THE CHUMP
A vote against Sotomayors confirmation is not going to make up for all the other crap......
I’d be all for a successful primary challenger for McCain. His idiotic daughter ain’t helping, either.
It’s time for Arizona to purge McQueeg.
Get the Mcainiac outta there !
Agreed, but then he may just fall over from old age!!
If that clown can win in AZ then we can call Kalefornication of another state complete.
He’s got to keep the seat warm for his daughter.
“Its time for Arizona to purge McQueeg.”
It’s time for Hannity and some of the other ‘conservative’ talk show hosts to challenge this man and quit putting him on spewing his junk. McCain has the MSM catering to him, must they as well??
Juan should retire in a gang-ridden East LA barrio, to best enjoy the future USA he wants for us all.
Juan is is going down like 0bama on Larry Sinclair.
That is Chris Simcox.
“Juan is is going down like 0bama on Larry Sinclair.”
Wouldn’t it be: Juan is going down like Larry Sinclair on Obama?
Fellow Arizonians, what do we know of the challenger? I’d love a chance to vote against McCain. He’s so gleefully taken the opportunity to vote against us too many times.
You never know what you’re gonna get out of Hannity.
Last fall, I heard a real tense exchange between him and Sen George Voinovich over the amnesty bill.
Hannity was all over Voinovich and not surprisingly, Voinovich started to get one of those testy “How do you question me?” attitudes. perhaps you heard the verbal exchange. It was a classic.
There’s no reason why Hannity can’t do the same to McCain.
Time for McQueeg to head out to pasture.