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.