Skip to comments.Hayworth: "Cynical" McCain a "Political Shape-Shifter"
Posted on 08/23/2010 5:40:22 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Sen. John McCain may have a comfortable lead over J.D. Hayworth going into Tuesday's Arizona Republican Senate primary, but he didn't get there without a fight. McCain spent $21 million in an effort to bury Hayworth in the primary and shifted to the right on immigration and other issues, even shedding the "Maverick" label he once embraced.
Hayworth joined CBS News' John Dickerson on "Washington Unplugged" Monday in this week's installment of "Behind the Ballot." The host brought up McCain's latest anti-Hayworth campaign ad tying the former congressman to convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The ad claims "Hayworth received $150,000 from Abramoff and his clients" and kept the money even after Abramoff's conviction.
After listening to the ad, Hayworth responded, "Character matters, especially when [McCain] displays no character. He knows that ad is completely false and there are so many untruths it's tough to begin."
"John McCain chaired hearings in 2006 concerning Mr. Abramoff and his relationship with members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives," Hayworth continued. "My name never came up. My name was never part of any sort of report. John McCain knows that and to run an ad that is blatantly false; I'm sorry to say this, its part and parcel of a 'lie and buy' strategy."
He ended with strong words for his opponent.
"What we are seeing is that John McCain sadly has lost whatever character he had. Instead of being a senior statesman, who should be revered and, quite frankly, should be voluntarily retiring... is a cynical, political shape-shifter," Hayworth added.
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Say prayers that AZ voters are not fooled by the daily and even hourly Ads being run by Juan here in AZ.
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John McCain Is Not the One
No conservative should ever support John McCain. Besides his problems of granting amnesty to illegal aliens and restricting freedom of speech, he is severely deficient in the areas of national security and integrity.
John McCain lacks leadership for the War on Terror. His leadership codified the Army interrogation manual making terrorists legal combatants. His leadership granted terrorists American citizenship rights under Fifth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. He thereby ensures information vital to defeat terrorists remains sacred and unobtainable. Terrorists are unresponsive to direct questioning and psychological gambits. Therefore, interrogators need all stress and coercion techniques our military encounters in survival schools. McCain embraces liberal orthodoxy considering those methods torture, but his searing experiences call forth contrary insights he must suppress.
McCain understands the impossibility of fabricating an association of terrorists with Common Article Three of the Geneva Conventions, when they participate in international armed conflict, lack pacific character in regard to hostilities, and do not meet any definition of legitimate armed forces. Instead he understands that Article 13 of the First and Second Geneva Conventions and Article Three of the Fourth Convention must be consulted. McCain knows terrorists are not insurgents or freedom fighters; when captured, certainly not prisoners of war. They are not armed forces, militias, or volunteer corps of any country or authority. These killers are not members of organized resistance movements carrying arms openly. They have no distinctive identifier. Terrorists cannot even qualify as spies or saboteurs destroying infrastructure required to support military operations.
McCain understands Geneva Conventions intended to isolate such forces, provide them few protections, and allow destruction with any overwhelming furies needed to crush their abominations. Knowing these factors he promised to close Guantanamo Bay, inviting terrorists into our legal system. He decided to accommodate their extraordinarily savage behavior within our country, and thereby checkmate national laws intended to manage simple murder and kidnapping, and render Posse Comitatus a crumbling deception.
McCain especially appreciates from our Constitution that laws guaranteeing civil liberties presuppose operation within an invincible society. He understands Alexander Hamiltons words that the reality of devastating, unforeseeable perils must lead deliberations about national security. The primary responsibility of the Federal governments three branches is to pursue Hamiltons admonition that powers exist without limitation; providing capabilities thwarting looming dangers as well as responding to attacks. McCain understands powerful warfare capabilities require potent intelligence acquisition and exploitation before and throughout military campaigns.
The framers of our Constitution and the Geneva Conventions held powerful positions throughout the darkest times of our country and the world. They were our Founding Fathers, and parents and grandparents of the Greatest Generation. Their words expressed durable morality earned in our fight for freedom, and against the ultimate bloody deluges of the 20th century. These first generations expressed principles derived from confronting shattering tragedies, and earning peace through victory.
John McCains actions are particularly reprehensible because he turns a blind eye to the council of these people. McCain continually seeks popular advancement on national security issues by placating those coveting luxurious, asymmetrical morality requiring shelter from perilous choices and awareness of danger. His crime is repudiating military and intelligence professionals facing hard choices when confronting shrewd, ruthless enemies obscured behind frightening uncertainties.
McCain displays a boundless absence of integrity as he follows the success of Bill Clinton, who cemented in politics for both parties the idea that character did not matter. There are no principles, but only ideas that secure possession of an office. John McCain is the most prominent Republican example of this new direction towards possession of political power through careful exploitation of perceived expediency.
Politics is the art of compromise and leadership is the art of principle. Abraham Lincoln used superb political skills to implement some of the most cogent and insightful principles to guide this nation. John McCain has used political skills to implement compromises consistent with increasing his personal acclaim among liberal media and politicians. Lincoln is now dead and McCain is alive, but dead to principles unrelated to his immediate personal advancement. He is now using this aspect of his character to proclaim profound revelations concerning the value of conservative principles. The current effort to deceive Arizona voters that he opposes amnesty, while his political history emphasizes the contrary is just a recent example of his habitual, reprehensible behavior.
John McCain succumbed to the terrible addiction of political power. The same addiction expressed itself differently in fellow Navy officer Randy Cunningham, who was the Navys first Vietnam ace. Over the decades the honor and moral authority of both were gradually traded away for influence in the political arena. There is a vast, immeasurable gulf separating John McCain from the genuine people who dealt with the issues sponsoring the Geneva Conventions and our Constitution. He much more equates with the parasites now feeding upon the prosperity and security so painfully forged for their benefit. We now suffer impostors like him with such extraordinary mental athletic prowess as to scale unheard of heights of arrogance and studied ignorance and achieve unparalleled duplicity.
To me McCain is like a cadaver prepared for viewing. The removal of blood and organs equates to the trading away of honor and moral authority. The reputation that remains is like the cosmetics applied for viewing a corpse at the funeral. It is easy for anyone to get onto the same sort of gently downward sloping path. The final result is tragic, but we should not suffer such pathetic and contemptible modern day Macbeths or Hamlets as Republicans in the Senate or any other public office.
Unless something weird happens McCain will slaughter JD. Id vote for JD against McCain but he isnt all that he pretends to be. I wouldnt vote for him as dog catcher unless he was running agains Juan.
AZ is full of retired liberals as senile as Mc’Lame.
Thanks for the in-depth analysis of Juan. I find all points 100% valid, and totally admire the knowledge and judgement that you bring to this important assessment of Juan.
I just wish it had gotten traction, but I have never had any indication it did.
When McCain was elected to the Senate in 2004 he received 1,505,372 votes.
Maybe this time he should just hand out twenty dollar bills.
If McCain wins, I hope that Hayworth runs as an independent. Even if Hayworth loses it will send a strong message to McCain and the powers that be. Who the heck is still voting for McCain anyway?
Another question - are Democrats and independents allowed to vote in the Republican primaries in Arizona?
If McCain were not a war hero he would not still be on the ballot.
Thanks for taking the time to write a great summary of “why not to vote for McCain”. How anyone could vote for McCain after reading it is beyond me. His record is public.
JD is not great or ideal. But McCain needs to go. He is a conservatives biggest nightmare. Come on AZ! Dump the fossil.
The only difference between John McCain and Arlen Specter is that McCain hasn’t officially switched political parties.
And McCain still has a job, but I hope we can fix that come November!
AFAIK, the Arizona primaries are open to all registered voters, and yes, the Democrats are McCain's strongest support base.
AZ voters will today truly show their colors, and they won’t be bold but pastel.
That must be the problem — retired liberals, but liberals never retire from their political philosophy.
Looks like Capt. Queeg is going to win again, damn it