Skip to comments.Can Palin Save McCain's Political Life? Should She?
Posted on 02/01/2010 2:34:00 PM PST by pissant
When John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate, he did the not-yet-launched Tea Party movement a hefty favor by elevating to national prominence a woman who could lead this disparate band of grassroots conservative activists and give a powerful voice to their protests and passions. ("Death panels!") And how do the Tea Partiers pay back McCain? By trying to send him to the old folk's home.
Tea Party types have rushed to support the campaign of former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who is challenging McCain in Arizona's Republican senatorial primary. Hayworth, who years ago left the House to become a radio talk show host in Phoenix, only moved into the race last week, but some preliminary polls put him in practically a dead heat with the four-term senator. Get the new PD toolbar!
A mere 15 months earlier, McCain was the presidential nominee of his party. Now he's a target for those conservatives who are pursuing Republican moderates (or perceived Republican moderates) the way zombies chase after non-zombies in the movies. The far-right Internet chat corners are lit up with folks denouncing "Juan Amnesty McCain" for having once been a co-author of the McCain-Feingold legislation (campaign finance reform), the McCain-Lieberman bill (climate change), and the McCain-Kennedy act (immigration reform.) Some even decry him for opposing the use of torture. It's not hard to find anti-McCain crusaders slamming the guy of being "a socialist."
That's quite an accusation for a legislator who has an 82.3 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. Hayworth did achieve a higher ranking of 97.6 percent. But on this site last week, conservative writer Matt Lewis contended that Hayworth, who had been a pork-loving legislator who became too close to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was far from a perfect conservative.
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1) She might.
2) She shouldn’t.
Let McKennedy sink to the mediocre idiot depths to which he so richly deserves.
Maybe she can but it will cost her. Is he worth it, Sarah? Are you listening?
This is an odd year, and an odd pair of politicians.
However, IMHO, it would RUIN Sarah if she did NOT help McCain.
She HAS to do this, or she, herself, will look petty and small.
NO SUCH CRITTER.
You are either wholly Republican or you're not.
She’s not going to make a dent in McKook’s problem. This is AZ, they know McKook better than anyone. She can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
Does this answer your question?
McCain continues to push cap&tax
"..David Corn is an American political journalist and author, and is chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones. He has worked as the Washington editor for The Nation and has also appeared regularly on FOX News, MSNBC and National Public Radio..."
I think you are correct. It is professional courtesy. McCain took a huge gamble by selecting her as his running mate. Put her on the national political map. She is doing the right thing by supporting him.
She is not THE leader of the tea party movement. She is a favorite of the movement, but not the leader or even a leader. There is no overall leader. Just hundreds of more or less loosely allied groups scattered all across the nation, each with its own group of leaders, and millions of very pissed off private citizens. It’s totally grassroots.
McCain owns his own defeat at the hands of Obama. He wimped when he should have whaled Obama.
Time to go Juan!
It's not McCain who's pushing cap and trade in that story. It's his former advisor.
Amen brutha, and may it always remain so...
NO. He’s a goner. But it’s okay. It shows her loyalty.
Support the best candidate, Sarah. You don't owe McCain anything.
This will be a good lesson for her even if it is close. Conservatives are not personality cultists. Our loyalty is rather tenuous. We are very loyal to those who are loyal to conservative principles. Don’t take our loyalty for granted.
Hopefully, McCain will lose to Hayworth in spite of her efforts and she will learn from the experience.
No she can’t save him.
Yes, she should put forth some effort. Loyalty is an important attribute.
I would think much less of her if she didn’t.
Score 1 for Palin on good strategic thinking.
I think she should make one token appearance and then beg off any more.
No, and no.
She’s paid her bill to McCain and it’s time for him to face the music for all his bi-partisanship.
You are correct. She has to support him, and all of us know why. None of us would allow it to sway our opinion of McCain. I don’t understand why these old men can’t go away and retire. He’s begging to relevant.
I'll talk to her and let her know our thoughts, maybe take her fishing.
No, and no.
FWIW, IMHO from afar — you three are correct.
She should only support him AFTER his primary.
McCain and his “people” gagged and sabotaged Sarah. Even though Sarah was more than fair in her book, she hints at how McCain wronged her. After the election, the McCain campaign actually tried to ruin her. It’s all out now.
Screw im. Sarah’s best move here is cold praise, mere courtesy, carefully worded. McCain was 2008’s Bob Dole, a lousy candidate, and an albatross around conservatives’ neck.
And the GOP should NOT take advice from Mother Jones editors! That’s the sort of thing that got us McCain in the first place. Never again!
I like McCain. The problem is, he’s been in Washington for so long now, that he’s lost touch with a lot of the values that got him where he’s at. he’s starting to become more Progressive in his ways of thinking and it’s sad. It would be nice if there were term limits in Congress. That way our representatives will remain in touch with their constituents.
That's just my opinion. I'm not going to attempt to divine Sarah's motivations for backing McCain in this race, and I'm not going to condemn her for it, either. I respect her far too much to do that.
Having said that, I would prefer that she not sully herself by any further association with him. I would have advised her to support him privately (if she had to), but to stay far away from publicly supporting his Senate race.
The conservative base rightly despises this man, and everything he's done to undermine the conservative agenda in the last decade. Sarah ought to know that most of us voted for her in 2008, not Juan McCain.
Posting crap by leftist scumsucker David Cron now, Pissant?
He’s on your side of the argument. What’s the beef?
If she she campaigns for him to live up to a promise, I don’t have a problem with that or with her. It shows that she knows how to keep her word as opposed to the Parasite-In-Chief, who lives to break campaign promises on a daily basis. When my head will explode will be when he tries to put words in her mouth proclaiming what a true Conservative he is and tries to use her to discredit someone else’s Conservative credibility. If she allow him to do this it will be fatal for her future.
I like Duncan Hunter. He’s a good man. But he doesn’t have the slightest change of being a presidential contender. He was in the running last time around, and never got about a few percent.
As for this conundrum, I think we all agree that Sarah has to show gratitude. She will not be campaigning hard for McCain, because she has a lot of other jobs to do as the campaign season heats up—like campaigning for conservative candidates all over the country.
She doesn’t need to badmouth the other candidate. She doesn’t even need to say that she is urging people to vote for McCain in the primary. All she has to say is that she thinks McCain is a good man and a patriot who wants to serve his country.
I probably think as little of McCain as anyone around here. But I don’t see how she can do any less. And then the voters of Arizona, who certainly must know McCain pretty well by this time, can do as they see fit. I hope they throw him out in the primary.
She should follow Rush's example and stay out of the Republican primary fights alltogether. If McStain wins the primary, then campaign for him in the general.
I wonder if she won’t find some politically acceptable way to get out of having to appear with him. She’s pretty astute when it comes to these things. I’m content to wait and see how she handles it.
Seems to me the only ones who advocate tossing her overboard now, because she agreed to it, are those who didn’t really support her to begin with, and would have seized on just about any excuse to slam her.
That said, people here are way overestimating J.D.'s chances. J.D. lost his House seat and he's taking on a well entrenched, relatively popular incumbent. That's an uphill fight.
Palin returned the favor Mack did her by making her his Veep. I give her points for style and grace by doing this. But I still wouldn't vote for Mack even if I could.
Yes, McCain put her in the spotlight. Then later, when the campaign was over, he remained silent and let Sarah twist in the wind for over six months while various of his own "campaign advisors" stood in line with the media liberals to take turns beating on the poor woman like some arctic pinata. When Palin resigned her governorship and was finally able to respond to her aggressors, that big wuss McCain finally found his voice.
I hope her support of McCain is equally tepid.
I’m glad you like Hunter but this thread has nothing to do with him. But being the free man you are, you can choose whoever you want to support. Ain’t that grand?
I sure as HECK hope not.
True, but those same endorsements that are virtually meaningless can really hurt you. Ask Santorum. He owed Specter as much as Palin owes McCain since he never would have gotten to the Senate in the first place had it not been for Specter coming to his rescue when he was attacked by Theresa Heinz who was the widow of the Senator whose seat he was running for. Conservatives never forgot Santorum's support of Specter over Toomey and they took great joy in dumping Santorum when he ran for re-election.
Rush isn't one to follow, when it comes to elections. Even in general elections, his vocal support of Republican candidates falls short of full-throated support.
Putting your support behind a candidate in the primary takes guts, and shows commitment. Putting on the school colors and waving signs in the general doesn't prove much, except that you know how to follow the crowd.
My disagreements with Sarah on the Arizona Senate race have more to do with who she's giving her support to. As far as I'm concerned, she's violating her personal integrity by backing McCain, but that's just my personal assessment. Who knows what internal calculus caused her to choose to support him?