John McCain, “I Was a Maverick Before I was Against it and now a Partisan”


I was a Maverick before I was against it …

From Maverick to Partisan … Guess the Arizona Republican primary with J.D. Hayworth is getting too close for McCain’s comfort. At the heart of the Republican primary is now whether John McCain was ever a Maverick. McCain now seems to be running form the label he so embraced in 2008 and prior.

” If you want real reform and if you want change, send a team of mavericks. And what maverick really means, what this team of maverick really means, is we understand who we work for.

Wow, it appears that both candidates for the 2008 Presidential election have something in common … they can’t tell the truth as to what they are. Then candidate Obama claimed to be a middle of the road, reach across the aisle, moderate Democrat and candidate McCain claimed to be “Mavericky”.

Well, we all know what Obama turned out to be, the most partisan first year President in history; however, John McCain now says that he was not a maverick, but instead a Partisan.  Today on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace McCain said the following:

“Look, when I was fighting against my own president, whether we needed more troops in Iraq, or … spending was completely out of control, then I was a maverick. Now that I’m fighting against this spending administration and this out-of-control and reckless health care plan, then I’m a partisan.”

The FOX News VIDEO can be seen at Think Progress.

To be or not to be a Maverick, that is the question.

McCain’s “maverick” reputation and his past willingness to work with Democrats on issues like the environment, campaign finance reform and immigration before his run for President in 2008 often frustrated or angered fellow Republicans and he has lately made it appear like it’s a moniker he’d like people to forget.

Has McCain forgot that he approved the campaign ad below?

McCain startled many political observers when he told Newsweek magazine “I never considered myself a maverick” — even as Sarah Palin was describing him that way in a campaign appearance late last month in Arizona for her old running mate.

What is rather comical and ironic is that McCain could cite Obama’s camapign ads in 2008 stating that McCain was not a Maverick to make his case.

Is it possible after all that Sarah Palin really did help the “consistent conservative” J. D. Hayworth in the end? People on the right ripped Palin for simply repaying the favor to campaign for McCain in 2010. However, how soon some on the right forget, had it not been for McCain … there would be no Republican sensation known as Sarah Palin.

That being said … ultimately, did Palin actually provide Hayworth with a political advantage in the Republican primary by “urging her fans four times in 15 minutes to send McCain the Maverick back to Washington.” It is that very label “Maverick” that long time Senator John McCain seems to be running from.

Why run from being a Maverick or as some call it the death of a Maverick? Because McCain being “mavericky” means that he sided with Democrats on such issues like immigration reform with Ted Kennedy or campaign-finance reform with Russ Feingold and his cap & trade position. In today’s political climate where Democrats have lost the favor with the American people on several of the top issues including immigration … McCain can’t run fast enough away from his past beliefs on immigration and shamnesty.

In any event, one would think that the LEFT would want to support a McCain re-election to the US Senate rather than J.D. Hayworth, a true conservative.  A recent Rasmussen poll shows that either McCain or Hayworth would defeat Democrat Rodney Glassman in a general election.

Potential bad news for the Democrat is the finding that 57% of the state’s voters believe the health care reform bill signed into law by President Obama will be bad for the country. Thirty-two percent (32%) say it will be good for the country.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters in Arizona favor a repeal of the law, including 53% who strongly favor repeal. That’s higher than support for repeal nationally. Thirty-three percent (33%) oppose repeal, including 28% who strongly oppose it.

Looks like McCain’s chickens are coming home to roost.

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “John McCain, “I Was a Maverick Before I was Against it and now a Partisan””

    1. Greg the Mongoose on April 18th, 2010 5:05 pm

      I thought Tom Cruise was Maverick? RINO?

    2. Scared Monkeys on April 18th, 2010 5:48 pm

      Sorry this is what happens when one decides to be a moderate Republican Progressive … its bites you in the back side eventually.

      JD Hayworth has the momentum and may actually pull this off.

    3. Greg the Mongoose on April 18th, 2010 5:49 pm

      The Arizona voters are against illegal aliens.
      McCain is more like “Chico and the man”.

      Unemployment x Foreclosures + illegal immigration = Bye, bye McCain…

      Can “Anchors Aweigh” McCain win?

    4. Tamikosmom on April 18th, 2010 8:19 pm

      Political correctness … bowing to the enemy … is the downfall of the democracies of the free world.



      Boston Globe
      Supporters jeer as McCain calls Obama ‘a decent person’
      October 11, 2008

      When a woman referred to Obama yesterday as “an Arab,” McCain cut her off and seized the microphone from her hands. “No, ma’am,” he interjected. “He is a decent family man with whom I happen to have some disagreements.” In fact, the most rousing applause of the afternoon came not for McCain, but for one of several questioners who appealed to the candidate to “fight” in next Wednesday’s final debate with Obama.

      “If you want a fight, we will fight,” McCain replied. “But we will be respectful. I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments. I don’t mean that has to reduce your ferocity. I just mean to say you have to be respectful.”

    5. Tamikosmom on April 18th, 2010 8:46 pm

      While campaining in the last election John McCain and the other Presidential candidates … both Republican and Democrat … should have been exposing Barack Obama for who he was .. a Marxist running for the highest office in the land deceptively disguised as a Democract.

      There seem to be an underlining fear that critism of Barack Obama’s ideology would be perceived as racist while race was not the issue.


    6. Tamikosmom on April 18th, 2010 9:08 pm

      WHY did’nt John McCain and the other Presidential candidates … both Republican and Democract … warn the American people while campaign about Barack Obama’s far left political leanings … far left ideology.



      Obama Sought Endorsement of Marxist Third Party in 1996
      May 29, 2008

      (Refresh page with the above article immediate or website will revert to homepage.)

    7. nurturer on April 19th, 2010 6:09 am

      A democrat in republican clothing!

    8. southernsue on April 19th, 2010 6:45 am

      pray for hayworth to win against this rino. be at the polls in november. vote out all democrats and rinos!

    9. Michelle Smith on April 19th, 2010 10:21 am

      I didn’t really think McCain could win the Presidential election but I couldn’t vote for Obama. McCain is finished, I think. He blew it in 2008. I respect him & thank him for his service to this Country but he’s to wishy washy politically.

    10. NewGirlBoston on April 19th, 2010 12:11 pm

      John McCain confuses me. I think he was trying to be respectful towards Obama by stating when he was running that he was a decent human being. No one ever said he wasn’t. What we said then and what we’ve been saying all along is that Obama was too INEXPERIENCED to run this Country. He has proven this to be the case in many areas, and further insulting millions of Americans with how he embraces our enemies, bows to Foriegn Leaders and how he insisted on making Health Care Reform his top priority and literally shoved his Socialistic Agenda down America’s throats for much of his first year in Office.

      I agree with #9 above about McCain’s service and legacy—we should always be thankful to him for the sacrifices he made as a POW for our Country. I don’t think anyone on this blog has ever portrayed McCain as the perfect Conservative either or admitted that he hasn’t made his mistakes—still—nothing can be taken away from John McCain and all the years of public service he has devoted to our Country. Too bad he ends up being another politician that sometimes sends mixed messages.

    11. Brunilda Clayburg on April 30th, 2010 11:14 am

      John McCain is also a very good politician. he did not win because the people are not satisfied on the Republicans..~”

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