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.