The Other McCain

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Fundraising Idea: RINO Scalps

Posted on | April 4, 2015 | 32 Comments

by Smitty via Hot Air

USA Today:

“The grass roots in Arizona want McCain to retire or be replaced by a conservative in the primary next year,” said Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general who now is president of the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Glad that Cuccinelli continues to do the good work of recovering this country from Progressivism. Further down the article:

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., who represents a conservative East Valley district, appears to be these groups’ top choice, but Salmon has not publicly made any move to suggest he would seriously consider taking on McCain. Most political watchers in Arizona are not expecting him to run.

State Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, has said she is contemplating a U.S. Senate campaign, and supporters have started a PAC to encourage her to run. However, national groups have yet to embrace her.

This blog will plant itself firmly in the “Anyone but The IFNAG“. Request everybody link and spread this post. Let’s nationalize the AZ Senate race, and let the warhorse know it’s Long Since Time For The Pasture. Maybe the various PACs for these candidates can sell commemorative RINO scalps as a fundraiser. Conservatives around the country would contribute to retiring the old fart, I reckon.


32 Responses to “Fundraising Idea: RINO Scalps”

  1. Adobe_Walls
    April 4th, 2015 @ 9:35 am

    Defeating that useless old fart would be a gift to the country.

  2. JeffWeimer
    April 4th, 2015 @ 9:46 am

    But what will happen to the Blog when the “original” McCain is gone?


  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 4th, 2015 @ 10:01 am

    I would be better than ice cream.

  4. CrustyB
    April 4th, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    This is why I weep for what used to be this country. Democrats are 100% liberal. Republicans are 50% RINO aka liberal, 50% conservative. That means we are represented by 75% liberals, 25% conservatives. I wonder if Monaco is hiring.

  5. smitty
    April 4th, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    John Sidney will remain a historical hazard to navigation.

  6. Matt_SE
    April 4th, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    Senator McCain’s behavior is worse than many Republicans know:
    First, there’s the indications of bad behavior: McCain is financially-backed by monied interests from California. Those people cannot be relied upon to advance a conservative agenda, either in the social or fiscal spheres.
    Next, there’s the locally-infamous acts, fait accompli: McCain was censured by party conservatives, and he didn’t like that. His response has been to REPLACE local party activists in the form of precinct committeemen.
    Senator McCain is conducting a quiet party PURGE in Arizona, or he’s trying to. Rather than being chastened, his response has been to double-down.

  7. Matt_SE
    April 4th, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    Every GOP Senate race should be nationalized. Rest assured that both the Democrats and RINOs already treat the races this way. Only naïve individuals in the base hold to the quaint view that these races are state-only.
    It’s obvious that every Senator’s vote impacts the entire country, so why shouldn’t we treat the races with the same scope?

  8. Matt_SE
    April 4th, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    I’ll add that McCain is also pandering to racialist blocs for support:
    He has a rather cult-like following among the Vietnamese locals because McCain sponsored a huge influx of their immigrants in the aftermath of that war.
    The precinct captain who introduced the censure resolution to the AZGOP general meeting was ousted briefly by McCain’s people filling vacancies in the captain’s district. These people were Vietnamese McCain loyalists.
    Thankfully, the captain turned the tables at the last minute with a district-packing scheme of his own, and he was returned to leadership.
    This sort of thing hasn’t been confined just to that district, though, and I would estimate about 40% of committeemen statewide have been packed with McCain loyalists.

    The closest analogy to this phenomenon I can think of is unions electing government officials who then push the union agenda.
    This is a sham of real democracy, and is morally corrupt in the extreme. THAT’S what McCain represents.

  9. PPs43
    April 4th, 2015 @ 11:52 am

    Let the McCain Mutiny begin!

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  11. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Ach. John McCain has a bad temper (known to yell a term which rhymes with “Brother Trucker” at colleagues), has a portfolio of idiosyncracies and peevish displays, has a bad head for personnel (viz Nicolle Wallace), and was overly ‘collegial’ (see his appearance at the latest memorial for E. Kennedy, about which Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment).

    He has represented Barry Goldwater’s Arizona for 30-odd years and his median ACU score assessed over the period running from 1998 to 2013 is 79. He was also the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and the runner up in 2000. The notion entertained on these boards that he’s anything but a mainline Republican and the notion that he’s some sort of latter-day manifestation of Nelson Rockefeller cannot be taken seriously.

    The RINO discourse is stupid and you’d all be well-advised to retire it.

  12. NeoWayland
    April 4th, 2015 @ 1:03 pm

    Speaking as a lifelong resident of Arizona, I can say definitively that the one thing John McCain has not done is represent Arizona.

    Please do not mention Barry Goldwater in defense of John McCain. One was a man of principle, the other is a sell-out.

  13. K-Bob
    April 4th, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

    Kelli Ward ( @KelliWardAZ ) was among the first of the various states’ legislators to fully support the Convention of States’. So if she runs, I’ll send her money.

    I had an idea the other day to raise money for Ted Cruz. A bunch of us are keeping jars next to the computer, so that every time we’re in a thread and someone new joins who claims he’s ineligible, we put a dollar in the jar. Two if they say “He’s a Canadian citizen.”

    After a few months we’ll send in that amount to his campaign and thank all the “He isn’t eligble” folks for helping the campaign.

    (Boilerplate: this comment is not eligible for the fundraiser)

  14. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 3:43 pm

    Sell-out to whom, re what? The man’s lousy on certain issues (e.g. immigration control); so was Goldwater in his later years. News flash: the Republican Party is an omnibus of people dissatisfied with liberal establishment for all the reasons one might be. Of course you’re going to be irritated by and disappointed with living and breathing politicians because you have a kitchen sink of groups with different priorities.

    There are plenty of poseurs and opportunist apparatchiks in the Republican Party, people with scant sense of honor who as a matter of course disgust more than McCain at his worst: Robert Ehrlich, Jon Huntsman, Rob Portman, Kelly Ayotte, and Marco Rubio to name just a few. Only Ehrlich has definitively left public life.

  15. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 3:50 pm

    Republicans are 50% RINO aka liberal, 50% conservative.

    If you make idiosyncratic and silly uses of political terminology, you communicate with your own navel and no one else.

    Get it through your head. Jacob Javits died almost 30 years ago and John Anderson is over 90. The last of the liberal Republicans left Congress around about 1997 and no one replaced them.

  16. smitty
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:44 pm

    I’d say whoever has the file on what really happened circa the Keating 5 scandal has the title deed on JSMcCain’s backside.

  17. Quartermaster
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:47 pm

    I’ll raise fund any which way I like and use your post if I feel like it!

    So there! thhhhhhhhhhpppp!

  18. Quartermaster
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

    The Republican establishment is a paid up member of the liberal establishment. McCain’s ACU score really doesn’t mean much. Subtract 20 to get a more accurate idea of what he really is.

    Since we use the term RINO to describe anyone that sells out conservatives and who happens to be in the GOP, the term fits McCain quite well. You may not like it, but there it is, and frankly, I couldn’t care less how much you want to defend the man. He’s a traitor to the country on many different fronts. He’s in good company with the other dung heaps you’ve named.

  19. CrustyB
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

    The last of the liberal Republicans left Congress around about 1997 and no one replaced them.

    John McCain is still in Congress. What color is the sky in the world you live in?

  20. Quartermaster
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:55 pm

    Go contemplate your own navel, but leave us out of the “loop.” You seem to be doing a good job without us.

  21. Quartermaster
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    Not to mention McConnell and his ilk. There are plenty of them. They may not call themselves ”
    Rockefeller Republicans” anymore, but that’s exactly what they are.

  22. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    Even if he’d done anything criminal, prosecution of McCain has been time-barred for 20 years. (And see James Jackson Kilpatrick on this point, who thought the Keating 5 scandal media onanism: only Dennis DeConcini said things at those meetings which would be fodder for a prosecutor).

  23. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 4:59 pm

    McCain’s ACU score really doesn’t mean much.

    Because it pleases you to pretend that for effect. None of you ever refer to any distinct and specific stances he has.

    Since we use the term RINO to describe anyone that sells out
    conservatives and who happens to be in the GOP, the term fits McCain
    quite well.

    You use the acronym for Republican-in-Name-Only for the quondam Republican presidential nominee because almost none of you will call B.S. on anyone engaging in this sort of performance.

  24. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    That’s ‘essentially what they are’ to someone unfamiliar with the trajectory of public policy and political discussion over the last eighty years, with how political factions self-sorted during the Depression, how they did so in the 1st 30 years after the war, and how they self-sort now.

    There’s a reason why Julie Eisenhower is cutting checks to Democratic candidates now and again, and it’s not because the gatekeeper positions in the Republican Party are manned by Rockefeller legacies.

  25. Art Deco
    April 4th, 2015 @ 5:05 pm

    John McCain qualifies as ‘liberal’ to someone not cursorily familiar with his voting record and to someone who is not familiar with how political terminology is properly used.

  26. Quartermaster
    April 4th, 2015 @ 5:26 pm

    I’m really not impressed by a navel gazer that isn’t much paying attention to what is rally going on. RSM’s crazy cousin is leftist and his ACU score does not accurately measure what he actually is. You wanna say that’s BS, then feel free to live in your little dream world.

  27. Quartermaster
    April 4th, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

    What Julie Eisenhower does with her money is her business. That Ike couldn’t make up his mind which label to run under is something that escaped you, obviously. Ike was a New Dealer and made no move to end any of the lefts signature project during his administration.

    If you really think leftists like Juan McCain and Little Miss Lindsay aren’t Rockefeller legacies, then you have no attachment to reality. The party has been moving further to left my entire life.

    Julie Eisenhower was a libtard many years ago.

  28. smitty
    April 4th, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

    No, but the voters certainly should mete out some judgement.

  29. NeoWayland
    April 4th, 2015 @ 6:19 pm

    I’m against any sort of political establishment, liberal or conservative. I think more people should have listened to Goldwater in his later years.

    As far as McCain being a sellout, you don’t have to look too hard. The obvious example is McCain-Feingold, which actually made it easier for 527 groups to channel money. There’s more, but much of it involves him becoming the GOP kingmaker in Arizona. It’s very dirty politics, but it’s also well known that you don’t get above local level politics in the AZ GOP without McCain’s blessing.

    I for one am tired of the least bad choice.

    I still say that Sarah Palin was better qualified than the other three major candidates. She still wouldn’t have been my first, third, or tenth choice.

  30. NeoWayland
    April 4th, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

    Some of us tried. Very hard.

  31. K-Bob
    April 5th, 2015 @ 12:49 pm

    Of course you will. This is America!

  32. Quartermaster
    April 5th, 2015 @ 12:59 pm

    I’m glad we understand each other. 🙂