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McCain's Shift Makes Him Senate's Most Conservative (HURL ALERT)
The National Journal ^ | 2011-02-24 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 02/24/2011 5:25:56 AM PST by rabscuttle385

The politician who once best exemplified the idea of a "maverick" independent has shifted so far to the right that he is now tied for the title of the Senate's most conservative member, according to National Journal's 2010 vote ratings.

According to a comprehensive examination of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side. His 89.7 composite conservative score ties him with stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and gives him a more conservative score than Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

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Though McCain's latest NJ ranking is a stark contrast with his past record, the senator's spokeswoman, Brooke Buchanan, said his ideology has not changed. "But I can assure you," she added, "the legislative agenda in the Senate sure has."

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


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1 posted on 02/24/2011 5:26:07 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

Drugs have wasted many minds.


2 posted on 02/24/2011 5:28:03 AM PST by dforest
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To: rabscuttle385
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3 posted on 02/24/2011 5:28:53 AM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: rabscuttle385
he was never a maverick, he was a sore loser that wanted to stick it to Bush whenever possible, being the small petty man that he is.
4 posted on 02/24/2011 5:30:00 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Carter 2.0 The Epic Fail edition)
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To: rabscuttle385

The Leftist media would love a re-run of BO and the pitiful, decrepit McCain, the only “Republican” BO is sure to beat in ‘12.


5 posted on 02/24/2011 5:30:36 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: rabscuttle385

If he were a Conservative, there would be no “shift”.


6 posted on 02/24/2011 5:30:44 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: rabscuttle385

” McCain’s Shift “

Spel-Chek is NOT your friend....


7 posted on 02/24/2011 5:31:15 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: grobdriver

Actually, if he were a Conservative, he’d be President.


8 posted on 02/24/2011 5:32:02 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Well, of course Juan voted conservative during 2010 when he had to hoodwink the Arizona voters one more time. Just watch him for the next five or six years and see how conservative he is.

He’s already cozying up to Obama and talking about comprehensive immigration reform.


9 posted on 02/24/2011 5:32:07 AM PST by Will88
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To: rabscuttle385

No mention of any specific votes that allowed McCain to receive a higher ranking than Sessions or DeMint.


10 posted on 02/24/2011 5:32:46 AM PST by Huck (one per-center)
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To: rabscuttle385

Mr. Wilson, you really need to put the bong down and step back.


11 posted on 02/24/2011 5:33:18 AM PST by Ladysmith ("A community organizer can't bitch when communities organize." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yesterday my son asked me if John McCain was a Republican.
I said “Not really”.


12 posted on 02/24/2011 5:33:35 AM PST by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: rabscuttle385

Where’s that “Not Again” picture?


13 posted on 02/24/2011 5:33:51 AM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: indylindy

LOL So true. McCain has never been a maverick; rather he has been a loose cannon.


14 posted on 02/24/2011 5:40:42 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: rabscuttle385

“””For the 2010 ratings, National Journal examined all of the roll-call votes in Congress last year—664 in the House and 299 in the Senate—and identified the ones that show ideological distinctions between members. Many votes did not make the cut—those that involve noncontroversial issues or that fall along regional lines, for instance. Just under 100 votes in each chamber were selected and were categorized as economic, foreign, or social.”””


A couple of reasons for this anomaly regarding McCain’s new-found conservativeness.

1. Only 100 votes made the cut.
2. There were a lot of “party-line” votes in 2010.

Now that the Senate is a 50/50 organization, I believe we can expect to see Juan McCain seeking across the aisle to suck up one of the Democrats.


15 posted on 02/24/2011 5:43:17 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Presbyterian Reporter
Now that the Senate is a 50/50 organization, I believe we can expect to see Juan McCain seeking across the aisle to suck up one of the Democrats.

Like nothing has changed. He views statesmanship as compromise, especially involving fundamental principles. A discipline learned well at the Hanoi Hilton.

16 posted on 02/24/2011 5:52:58 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: Huck

Voting records are a scam that both sides use to BS their supporters.

It works like this.

I’ll do the math for a lefty that wants a 100% lefty raitings. Well half the votes or more are lefty anyways, so right then and there, you are at 50%. Of the other half( ish ), they are conservatish, but half of those are going to go through, so you vote against them, and this lefty congresscritter is now at 75% and hasn’t done anything. Not one ‘hard, heroic vote’.

So to with McLame.

Further, not all votes are the same.

Voting for a bill to name a Post Office after Ronald Reagan, counts as much as a nation killing spending bill.

It’s not the number of votes, which are gamed, it is the quality of votes.

Both Democrat and Republican lawmakers sit around and gin up votes....FOR EACH OTHER....so that they BOTH can have high ratings. It’s like letting school kids grade each others papers.

David Keene the balding, RINO loving, hack conservative is totally on board with this cover up of fake, lying, fraud RINO’s getting the CPAC Badge Of Good House Keeping Conservative Seal.


17 posted on 02/24/2011 5:58:57 AM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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To: Roccus

I believe it- it was an election year.


18 posted on 02/24/2011 6:01:24 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the constitution"-Obama official)
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To: rabscuttle385

don’t believe it. Leopards don’t lose their spots.


19 posted on 02/24/2011 6:02:58 AM PST by chainsaw
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To: grobdriver

Bingo !


20 posted on 02/24/2011 6:05:16 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: rabscuttle385

If they wanted to fool voters into believing someone was a conservative that wasn’t they should have picked someone more believable than McCain... like Bernie Sanders


21 posted on 02/24/2011 6:07:21 AM PST by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: rabscuttle385
According to a comprehensive examination of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side.

Oh for God's sake: he was up for RE-ELECTION in 2010.

The National Journal has its head up its @$$.

22 posted on 02/24/2011 6:09:01 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Roccus; 506Lake; alrea; Amanda King; americanophile; Artemis Webb; Babsig; be-baw; ...
Like your flagpole :)

His 89.7 composite conservative score ties him with stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint

Any comparison like this between McCain and DeMint overlooks one thing: there isn't any comparison between McCain and DeMint.



Want on or off this ping list? Just FReepmail me.

Follow Sen. DeMint on Twitter

23 posted on 02/24/2011 6:13:01 AM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: rabscuttle385

24 posted on 02/24/2011 6:19:00 AM PST by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: freekitty
McCain has never been a maverick

James Garner good; McCain not so good. Perhaps Tom Cruise??
25 posted on 02/24/2011 6:28:39 AM PST by sasquatch
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To: rabscuttle385

Do you think the AUTHOR even believes this?


26 posted on 02/24/2011 7:01:36 AM PST by ConservativeChris
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To: rabscuttle385; All

This writer needs to put down the crack pipe.

John McCain being the most COMMUNIST Senator....I can believe that....the most Conservative....LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Next, the idiot author will claim Barack Obama was born in Hawaii


27 posted on 02/24/2011 8:21:48 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Newt Gingrich and Chris Matthews: Seperated at Birth??)
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To: rabscuttle385

Are you still glad Obama won? Wouldn’t want to have a conservative McCain leading the nation, would we? Then, you little whining RINOs wouldn’t have anything to complain about.


28 posted on 02/24/2011 10:57:29 AM PST by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: wilco200

ROTFLMAO!


29 posted on 02/24/2011 10:59:50 AM PST by dforest
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To: grobdriver

If he was president, he would be conservative.


30 posted on 02/24/2011 11:01:15 AM PST by Sarabaracuda (Sarah 2012)
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To: grobdriver

What is the ‘f’ doing in that word?


31 posted on 02/24/2011 11:03:42 AM PST by Loud Mime (If it is too stupid to be said, people will listen to it, if sung - - Voltaire)
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To: Sarabaracuda; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; stephenjohnbanker; TigersEye; indylindy; Kimberly GG; ...
Are you still glad Obama won?

"Still"?

I was *never* glad that Obama won, but that means nothing to you GOP hacks who feel entitled to my votes and my support.

Wouldn’t want to have a conservative McCain leading the nation, would we?

Since when is the amnesty-pushing, free-speech-squelching, bailout-loving, lying two-bit treasonous bastard McCain a "conservative"?

Put down the bong, sarabaracuda, and step back for a bit.

Then, you little whining RINOs wouldn’t have anything to complain about.

In order for me to be a "RINO," I would have to be a Republican.

I'm not a Republican. I left the party years ago after Bush II turned it into a neo-con, globalist, statist mockery.

And I'm not going back any time soon.

32 posted on 02/24/2011 4:58:51 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: Sarabaracuda
If he was president, he would be conservative.

Pray tell, what sort of drugs are you on that would cause you to think that McCain's election as president would somehow cause him to change his leftist, anti-American ways and become a conservative?

33 posted on 02/24/2011 5:01:07 PM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385
Wouldn’t want to have a conservative McCain leading the nation, would we?

Positively breathtaking...

34 posted on 02/24/2011 5:08:46 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: DoughtyOne; rabscuttle385
Oh ye of little faith. If George Soros orders McCain to be conservative Juan will wag his tail like a good little puppy dog and be conservative.

John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

John McCain Gets Soros Cash

McCain/Soros by Rabbi Areyh Spero

McCain-Soros Toppled GOP Candidates Nov. 21, 2006

Soros' "Reform" (an article about Soros‘ instrumental hand in McCain/Feingold)

John McCain: George Soros' Useful Idiot?

Through The Weeds; John McCain, George Soros and the Reform Institute

McCain’s Reform Institute donor list: (From the WayBackMachine. RI removed it in 2006)

Lining the Pockets of McCain’s Reform Institute

Reform Institute greatfully acknowleges Sen. McCain as past Chairman:

35 posted on 02/24/2011 5:17:27 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye

Looks like any other fine Conservative to me. /s


36 posted on 02/24/2011 5:26:27 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: rabscuttle385; Sarabaracuda; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; stephenjohnbanker
RE :”Are you still glad Obama won?.......
“Still”? I was *never* glad that Obama won, but that means nothing to you GOP hacks who feel entitled to my votes and my support.

I am still glad McCain's not president. That was easy. Obama doesnt make me think McCain would have done anything good.

37 posted on 02/24/2011 5:44:42 PM PST by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: sickoflibs

One Soros handmaiden or the other, what a wonderful choice.

What the confused don’t comprehend is that if McCain had been (were now) president, the House would never have turned Republican. And while McCain proves “Republican” is no guarantee of sound policy support, it’s still far better to have the Republicans in the majority in the House.

McCain doesn’t go to the White House to compliment Obama for nothing folks. The man actually agrees with Obama on more than any of you (not you SickOfLibs) care to admit.


38 posted on 02/25/2011 7:03:49 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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To: DoughtyOne; rabscuttle385
RE " What the confused don’t comprehend is that if McCain had been (were now) president, .."

Amazing that this McCain nonsense still comes up here. When certain Palinistas talk up McCain it tells you what their standards are.

39 posted on 02/25/2011 8:01:11 AM PST by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: sickoflibs; rabscuttle385

With McCain, there is no ambiguity. The guy’s whole life is on the record. And that record is disgusting.

What is troubling most here, is that we consider ourselves to be well-grounded well-informed Conservatives. And even here, there are people who actually promote John McCain, as a Conservative.

If people here, who read so many Conservative issues, and are exposed to as much light as they could be exposed to, can’t grasp these matters, it is very demoralizing to contemplate what the overall grasp of Conservatism is by Republicans at large.

There really needs to be a Conservatism 101 or something. I know it’s hard to pin down Conservatism completely, but some of these folks don’t have the slightest clue what Conservatism is.


40 posted on 02/25/2011 8:34:59 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Here's the proof of Obama's U. S. citizenship: " " Good enough for our 3 branches...)
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