Skip to comments.AZ-Sen. 2010: With Hayworth, has McCain met his Tea Party Waterloo?
Posted on 02/24/2010 8:45:14 AM PST by rabscuttle385
While understandable that Palin would support the man who put her on the national stage, other candidates who vouch for McCain's "conservative" credentials are doing a disservice to the movement. And it doesn't look like it's going to fly this time around. The groundswell of grassroots attitudes are embodied in the Tea Party movement, and McCain represents everything they are against.
The Tea Party movement represents many themes. It began last year in response to the bailout and stimulus bills that showed the government is simply spending too much money. Much to the surprise of the left-wing elite, the Tea Party movement did not stop with its rallies on tax day. On the contrary, the movement was just getting started.
The Tea Party movement now represents everything that should work about conservative government lower spending, less government control, lower taxes, adherence to the Constitution, and respect for the individual. Candidates have risen up and won elections based on this simple, yet timeless platform. From New Jersey to Virginia to Massachusetts, candidates won by running on these principles and running against Obama and his big-government cronies. Now, it's primary season, and the next big targets are incumbents, both Republican and Democrat who do not follow this plan. First in the crosshairs is John McCain.
Arizona Sen. John McCain has raised the ire of conservatives over and over and over again. He wore the label of "maverick" as a badge of honor, but rather than use it as a moniker for standing up for conservative values against the party, he used it to support the party over conservative values. Now, rather than an easy primary, McCain faces former six-term congressman and conservative talkshow host J.D. Hayworth.
Rachel Alexander, who is blogging for GOPUSA at CPAC, has provided a great contrast between the two candidates:
The country is in the midst of a Tea Party revolt movement that began last spring and has not lost steam. The current anti-big government, anti-spending uproar has already begun voting in new leadership promising smaller government. The revolt began over the federal bailouts and McCain, labeled "Obama-lite" as a result voted for several of them. He voted for the $700 billion general TARP bailout, the $25 billion auto bailout, the first $85 billion AIG insurance bailout, and he proposed spending $300 billion on a mortgage entitlement bailout to buy out every bad mortgage in the country.
As Alexander notes, "McCain's ratings from the American Conservative Union have gone progressively down over the years, dipping to an alltime low of just 63 last year. Even liberal-leaning Republican Senators Chuck Hagel, Lamar Alexander and Pete Domenici scored higher ratings than McCain last year." On the other hand, "J.D. Hayworth, the former Arizona Congressman who is challenging McCain in the Senate primary this year, has a lifetime rating from the ACU of 97."
In an article in the American Thinker, writer Randall Hoven summarizes the differences between Hayworth and McCain quite clearly:
McCain, the "maverick," has been in Congress for 28 years, or since winning his first election in 1982. He is no longer fighting the establishment; he is the establishment. He personifies the compromise wing of the Republican Party, which has since become the dominant wing.
Hayworth represents the 1994 Contract With America Republicans. He first entered Congress in that historic turnaround, the first time Republicans took the majority of the House since 1952. He was voted out in 2006 when the House turned Democrat again on a referendum on Iraq, and the last time the unemployment rate was below 4.5%.
For me, McCain is summed up by the following:
He voiced opposition to President Bush's tax cuts and said he favored "targeted" tax cuts. The word "targeted" is code for social engineering and not based on conservative principles that the money does NOT belong to Washington.
He repeatedly supported attempts to push amnesty for illegal aliens unto the American people. Americans spoke out, and neither effort such as the McCain-Kennedy bill went anywhere, but McCain continued to push.
He supported the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill which has been ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
He joined the "Gang of 14" which allowed quality, conservative judicial nominees to fall by the wayside.
There is no doubt that between the two candidates, Hayworth is the conservative in the race. As noted in an article in National Review, McCain is bringing out the big guns:
To counter Hayworth's growing support, McCain has enlisted Sen. Scott Brown (R., Mass.) and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign, to stump for him in the Grand Canyon State. He would also like to bring in Mitt Romney, his former opponent for the GOP presidential nomination. "I'd really appreciate it if Mitt Romney came," McCain says. "We'd really like to have him. We haven't made any specific arrangement yet, but I'd like to see that. He is a man I respect."
While understandable that Palin would support the man who put her on the national stage, other candidates who vouch for McCain's "conservative" credentials are doing a disservice to the movement. And it doesn't look like it's going to fly this time around. The groundswell of grassroots attitudes are emodied in the Tea Party movement, and McCain represents everything they are against. We need smaller government, citizen legislators, and a respect for the Constitution. Hayworth has been there then been back in the private sector, working to promote conservative principles. Now, he's looking to go back to replace a man who is an icon for establishment Washington.
Bobby Eberle is President and CEO of GOPUSA.com.
Here’s to you, J.D. Wellington!
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Let’s hope Arizona makes Juan a high-profile beer salesman for his wife’s company.
Its way past time for Captain Queeg to go. RINO loser has dragged us down for long enough. I think I am going to send Hayworth a contribution.
The Maverick needs to go. Scott Brown too.
It doesn’t matter who Sarah Palin supports....J.D. Hayworth gets the vote!
McCain has had his 10 years to get even with conservatives(2000 boot out). Now we get to retire the old reprobate.
Incumbency is difficult to defeat — from someone within the same party — for that very reason.
I hope Hayworth does win, but I wouldn't bet the farm on it.
McCain already has endorsements from Brown, Palin, and Romney [per a thread yesterday].
McCain is a last year retread!....GO HOME!
Maybe McCain’s wife can run an ad.
“Please protect me from spousal abuse. Reelect John McCain”
Please protect me from spousal abuse. Reelect John McCain
Or maybe Miss Lindsay of South Carolina can run the ad. After all, he's McCain's "little jerk."
If Juan loses, can you imagine how upset poor Megan McCain will be. Why, she’ll just go on all the morning talkshows lambasting the tea party like a good RINO.
THe GOP brass are so behind McCain, you have to pry them off with a crowbar
There are good reasons for the Tea Party Movement which may just as well be called the Party Of Hell No as it becomes more organized. Politicians like John McCain, General Powell etc. who think they are the party elders and like Algore did, they have a right......well fellows think again! You are not wanted...no dead weight from long in the tooth politicians who forget why they are there in the first place.
America wants men and women to protect and obey our United States Constitution; men and women who will obey their oaths and the laws of the land. Men and women who will stop frivolous law making, rid the nation's books of piggy back social programs; stop spending for unconstitutional entitlements; Men and women who will not forget they serve the people not the other way around.
Lets be the Party of Hell No for Health Care, SEIU protectionism, Obama Cronyism, and Marxism/Socialism!
We can only hope.
Mccain is a turncoat progressive. He was in on the conspiracy to put obango in the whitehouse. He’s a real
traitor to our country. IMHO
Probably not, the GOP biggies are all slobbering to come out and support Juan.
I'm surprised that a lot of them didn't end up with broken noses when Juan made his sharp right turn for the election season.
The latest endorsement from McDonnell of VA really has me mystified!
When is Newt coming in to campaign in AZ with Mitt & Palin the RINO club?
McCain’s a crafty son of a gun. He picks Sarah for VP, so now she’s beholden and he’s calling in that chip. When it started looking like Scott Brown might win in MA, McCain latched onto Scott, and supported him verbally, while “mentoring” Scott the newbie, in the Senate. Took Brown under his wing, so to speak, in a fatherly way, of course, so that now Scott Brown owes him too and McCain calls in another chip.
Now Mitt Romney. McCain won’t be running for Prez again (unless he is totally demented, which he is....), so McCain will be throwing his support behind some candidate who will be running. That will come down to Palin or Romney, and I know McCain doesn’t want to support Palin. My gut tells me so. So, McCain will play both of them along, extract his pound of flesh from both of them to campaign for him in AZ, not show his hand until the last minute as to who he will be supporting for Prez, and if either of the two of them don’t toe the mark and support him in his AZ race, he will go after them viciously when they run for Prez, and both of them know it. McCain is a below the belt street fighter when it comes to politics and paybacks in particular. Neither Palin nor Romney want to be on his bad side. Thus another chip being called in.
Got to admire the Wiley Coyote side of McCain, he is one devious politician. And I fervently hope, for all the above blackmail reasons, that McCain gets his proverbial *ss kicked and loses bigtime in AZ to J.D. Hayworth. but Hayworth has a big mountain to climb. McCain has all the money, all the aristocracy of AZ in his political back pocket, and he has already started to fight Hayworth dirty. It will get worse. It it truly David against Goliath, even though McCain phyically is the little squirt and J.D. the big guy. I never underestimate McCain. The good news is J.D. has the tea party behind him, and he speaks exceedingly well, and because of his radio program, and his prior political service, he is not an unknown. Go J.D.! I don’t want to see McCain’s mug on TV (he’s such a media whore) anymore.
Juan McCain has the endorsements of other stinking RINOs.
Say no to McCain!
If McCain wins the primary, I’ll vote democrat in the general. McCain is more harmful to conservatives than a democrat, and the first term democrat would be easier to unseat later.
I am thrilled that Scott Brown won the Mass. Senate seat. He is as conservative as we could possibly expect from that area and maybe a little more so.
Maybe you think it should have remained the Kennedy seat instead of going to a conservative who makes an occasional vote you don’t agree with.
“Scott Brown too”
Yeah, Martha Coakley would be so much better.
SJB (concentrating very hard) Uh, Barry, and J.D. ?
Bidding Mr. McKeating adieu would be such sweet sorrow.
Well, maybe not the sorrow part.
It’s fascinating that McCain will fight like a cornered hyena against his fellow Republican, but ran a powder puff campaign against Nilbama. Imagine if Juan ran like this vs Obie. He might be prez right now. Not an ideal circumstance, but light years better than what we have.
Yes, it's time that was said. A Dim from Arizona would be better than McCain, but I have great hope JD will defeat him in the primary.
LOL, now THAT is an oldie but a goodie!
“I am thrilled that Scott Brown won the Mass. Senate seat. He is as conservative as we could possibly expect from that area and maybe a little more so.”
I also think that in 2010 we can do with a more conservative senator than McCain from Arizona.
JD and Scott Brown are a BIG step up from Kennedy-McCain.
“And even though we will still have a bunch of RINOs in the Senate, they will all know that they can be removed if they stray too far from the reservation. And those who do stray, well we will know how to get rid of them in the primaries, without having to resort to suicidal third party runs.”
I can hardly wait 4 more years to see if we can throw panty-waist Lamar Alexander out with the dirty bath water. He’s a CINO’s CINO.
JD has my vote and my support
“And like the Coyote, McStain ultimately is a LOSER:”
LOL! So nice to see the “loser” show up in person. Love your cartoon.
The question is, why would anyone think it would do any good? Nobody in Arizona CARES!