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Can Palin Save McCain's Political Life? Should She?
Politics Daily ^ | 2/1/10 | Dave Corn

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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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jdhayworth; mccain; palin; palin4rinos; rinopalin; senoritasarah; sptf
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Good question. Can she? Hopefully not.
1 posted on 02/01/2010 2:34:00 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

No


2 posted on 02/01/2010 2:35:07 PM PST by A. Morgan (The ONE is a BIG LIAR!)
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To: pissant

1) She might.
2) She shouldn’t.

Let McKennedy sink to the mediocre idiot depths to which he so richly deserves.


3 posted on 02/01/2010 2:35:09 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: pissant

Maybe she can but it will cost her. Is he worth it, Sarah? Are you listening?


4 posted on 02/01/2010 2:35:28 PM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: pissant
In the normal course of politics, personal endorsements count for very, very little.

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.

5 posted on 02/01/2010 2:35:56 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: pissant
Republican Moderates?

NO SUCH CRITTER.

You are either wholly Republican or you're not.

6 posted on 02/01/2010 2:36:40 PM PST by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: pissant

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.


7 posted on 02/01/2010 2:37:02 PM PST by anton
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To: pissant

Does this answer your question?

McCain continues to push cap&tax
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2442146/posts


8 posted on 02/01/2010 2:37:23 PM PST by DManA
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To: pissant
David Corn

"..David Corn is an American political journalist and author, and is chief of the Washington bureau for Mother Jones.[1] He has worked as the Washington editor for The Nation and has also appeared regularly on FOX News, MSNBC and National Public Radio..."

9 posted on 02/01/2010 2:38:08 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Da Coyote

1. No
2. No


10 posted on 02/01/2010 2:38:27 PM PST by benewton (Life sucks, then you die)
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To: Kansas58

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.


11 posted on 02/01/2010 2:39:27 PM PST by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: pissant

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.


12 posted on 02/01/2010 2:39:50 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Join the TEA Party Rebellion!! Just vote them OUT!!)
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To: pissant
No and No!

McCain owns his own defeat at the hands of Obama. He wimped when he should have whaled Obama.

Time to go Juan!

13 posted on 02/01/2010 2:39:50 PM PST by Candor7 (((The effective weapons against Oba- Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA)))
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To: DManA
I'm not a McCain fan but you are not correct.

It's not McCain who's pushing cap and trade in that story. It's his former advisor.

14 posted on 02/01/2010 2:40:28 PM PST by Siena Dreaming
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To: A. Morgan
Sarah's Excellent Adventure...


15 posted on 02/01/2010 2:42:49 PM PST by skimbell
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To: pissant
Palin will probably do the minimum to avoid looking bad if she does nothing. Then when McCain loses she should do some type of celebrating to rub it in.
16 posted on 02/01/2010 2:43:15 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Round 2 (insert Bikini Babe here) - DING!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Amen brutha, and may it always remain so...


17 posted on 02/01/2010 2:43:38 PM PST by dps.inspect
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To: Candor7
JD Hayworth for US Senate
18 posted on 02/01/2010 2:46:30 PM PST by Falcon28
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To: pissant

NO. He’s a goner. But it’s okay. It shows her loyalty.


19 posted on 02/01/2010 2:47:14 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS ... taxes, pain and slow death. Is this what you want?)
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To: pissant
Should she?

No.

Support the best candidate, Sarah. You don't owe McCain anything.

Go J.D.!

20 posted on 02/01/2010 2:48:20 PM PST by Semper Mark (Life is a series of sucker punches. Protect yourself at all times.)
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To: pissant

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.


21 posted on 02/01/2010 2:49:27 PM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: pissant
No one can save his political life except John McCain. Endorsements provided for a damaged product are futile.
22 posted on 02/01/2010 2:49:27 PM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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To: pissant

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.


23 posted on 02/01/2010 2:49:41 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: pissant
Yes, it's political strategy. McCain is going to win, no doubt. I don't like McCain, but by supporting him now in an inevitable situation, Palin all but guarantees McCain's support for her Presidential ambitions, and has the side effect of nullifying the criticism brought by McCain's presidential election team.

Score 1 for Palin on good strategic thinking.

U.Y

24 posted on 02/01/2010 2:51:02 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: pissant

I think she should make one token appearance and then beg off any more.


25 posted on 02/01/2010 2:51:36 PM PST by AdaGray
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To: pissant

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.


26 posted on 02/01/2010 2:51:42 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats: the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy and Sedition)
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To: Kansas58

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.


27 posted on 02/01/2010 2:52:13 PM PST by Robbin (If Sarah isn’t welcome, I’m not welcome, it’s just that simple…)
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To: pissant
Sarah will be in town this coming weekend and Monday, the 8th.

I'll talk to her and let her know our thoughts, maybe take her fishing.

28 posted on 02/01/2010 2:57:25 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: pissant

No, and no.


29 posted on 02/01/2010 2:59:33 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Kansas58; karnage; Robbin

FWIW, IMHO from afar — you three are correct.


30 posted on 02/01/2010 3:01:15 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: pissant

She should only support him AFTER his primary.


31 posted on 02/01/2010 3:02:08 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: pissant

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!


32 posted on 02/01/2010 3:03:49 PM PST by moodyskeptic (the counterculture votes R)
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To: pissant
I get sick of this lifetime ratings BS. How about specifics as of late?:

2008 - 63 2007 - 80 2006 - 65 2005 - 80

Therefore his last 4 ACU ratings average 72. Pretty lousy.
33 posted on 02/01/2010 3:06:26 PM PST by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: pissant

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.


34 posted on 02/01/2010 3:08:16 PM PST by Wee-Weed Up
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To: pissant
"Can Palin Save McCain's Political Life? Should She?"

NO.

And, NO.

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.

35 posted on 02/01/2010 3:10:52 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: pissant

Posting crap by leftist scumsucker David Cron now, Pissant?

Pathetic...

- JP


36 posted on 02/01/2010 3:11:50 PM PST by Josh Painter ("We cannot spare this woman. She fights" - David Karki re: Sarah Palin)
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To: Josh Painter

He’s on your side of the argument. What’s the beef?


37 posted on 02/01/2010 3:15:34 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Politically Palin is in to far to back out now because it would give the MSM
too much ammo. She should stay away from McCain and stay busy with real conservatives
and doing speeches.

/Imo

38 posted on 02/01/2010 3:15:46 PM PST by MaxMax (Lets get a sense)
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To: Josh Painter
LOL - What do you expect from the Birther Gnome?

-JA

39 posted on 02/01/2010 3:16:42 PM PST by jla
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To: pissant

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.


40 posted on 02/01/2010 3:18:08 PM PST by Tonytitan
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To: pissant

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.


41 posted on 02/01/2010 3:20:38 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: pissant

No


42 posted on 02/01/2010 3:21:35 PM PST by Logic n' Reason (You can die rich; but you can't live poor.)
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To: Windflier
I would have advised her to support him privately ...

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.

43 posted on 02/01/2010 3:21:57 PM PST by Tonytitan
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To: pissant

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.


44 posted on 02/01/2010 3:24:52 PM PST by jwparkerjr
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To: pissant
No, she can't and if he wins she shouldn't be blamed. McCain has been a Senator from Arizona since 1986. This will be a referendum on him by Arizona Republicans. The Palin fans on FR show no willingness to vote for McCain because of her endorsement and I suspect the same is true among Arizonans who want him out.

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.

45 posted on 02/01/2010 3:24:58 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: karnage
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.

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.

46 posted on 02/01/2010 3:25:39 PM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Cicero

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?


47 posted on 02/01/2010 3:27:53 PM PST by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

I sure as HECK hope not.


48 posted on 02/01/2010 3:30:29 PM PST by tioga
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To: Kansas58
In the normal course of politics, personal endorsements count for very, very little.

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.

49 posted on 02/01/2010 3:34:49 PM PST by penowa
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To: Tonytitan
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.

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?

50 posted on 02/01/2010 3:39:21 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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