Saturday, December 12, 2009

Every Year Should Be An Election Year

Over the past few weeks, John McCain, the King of the RINOs, has been acting like an actual conservative Republican. Must be election time in Arizona! Indeed, just like a broken clock is right twice a day, RINO senators lean right every six years. So let us take his actions with a huge grain of salt, but let us also see what kind of senator Mr. McCain could be if he put his mind to it.

Over the past few months, McCain has:

• Opposed Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination despite years of trying to avoid battles on judicial nominations;

• He blasted the Democrats on climate change, even though he was formerly an early supporter of cap-and-trade (he opposed it this year);

• He’s attacked the administration repeatedly on Afghanistan;

• He’s denounced the Democrats’ health care plans and tried to strip out their attempt to fund it by robbing Medicare;

• He’s blasted AARP for their support of ObamaCare and their abandonment of the interests of the elderly in exchange for a promise of greater profits.
And has anyone noticed? Oh yeah. Said Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez:
“He’s definitely a far more partisan figure than he’s portrayed himself in the past. I don’t know whether he’s angry about his loss or whether he’s preparing himself for the next presidential run; the bottom line is what’s come across is a far greater partisan than I’ve noticed in the past.”
Boo hoo.

When McCain recorded robocalls for the National Republican Senatorial Committee blasting five Democrats who opposed his amendment to restore the $500 billion in cuts to Medicare (cuts the Democrats are using to pay for ObamaCare), his friends across the isle “were taken aback.”

Said Sen. Kent Conrad: “I don’t think it’s very collegial.” Oh noooooo! You can almost hear the tears.

Said recently exposed Sen. Ben Nelson that he found it “curious as to why someone would think that would be worth doing.” Oh, I don’t know, why would the opposition try to hold your rotten votes against you? Nope, can’t think of a reason.

They even filed an ethics complaint against McCain for this (a common Democratic tactic), which McCain dismissed as “entertaining.” Oh, I like that.

Actually, what you’re hearing is the Democrats' usual attempt to peer pressure McCain. . . “don’t you want to be seen as bipartisan?” It's worked so often in the past, but this time he's having none of it because there’s an election to win, and if you will recall Writer X’s piece on Arizona politics, you will recall that McCain faces a serious conservative challenger. We should not forget that, nor should we forget that during this past year, McCain has tried to RINOcerize the party with McCaindidates.

Still, it shows us that McCain could be a pretty darn good senator if every year were an election year.

So let me finish by saying this: John, I respect what you’re doing right now. I don’t believe this is permanent, so I can’t say that I respect or support you. But I will offer this carrot. I expect that you will win re-election, though I would prefer a change. But if you keep acting the way you are now after re-election, I will find it in my heart to toss a little respect your way.

Welcome to the side of light and right, even if only for tonight.


Pittsburgh Enigma said...

If the weasel actually does win reelection, the McClock will no doubt be wrong for the next five years. :-(

AndrewPrice said...

Pitts, I'm pretty sure that you are right.

Sadly, I think he'll probably win re-election. If he does, all we can do is hope he remains the McCain of today and not the McCain of the rest of his career. If he does, like I said, I will throw him some respect. If he doesn't, then it's business as usual.

LawHawkSF said...

Andrew: I have a great idea. Let's sneak some new people onto his staff. Their job will be to make sure that wherever McCain goes, there will be a calendar showing ten days to election. He's getting more than a little dotty, so I don't think it would ever occur to him that it's a trick. That way we get "election McCain" all the time, and "maverick McCain, well, never."

AndrewPrice said...

Lawhawk, That's a great idea! LOL! Seriously, if he kept acting like an election was just around the corner, he would be a great senator. Too bad he loses that once the election is over.

Maybe he's thinking about "his legacy" now?

StanH said...

McCain will be back to his RINO self once in office. Life wouldn’t be right without the maverick, …yuck!

I like it Lawhawk! Give’em a camera, and a microphone, and you can lead McCain anywhere.

AndrewPrice said...

You're probably right Stan, but let's enjoy his "conversion" while we can.

AndrewPrice said...

P.S. Stan, when I say "probably" read that as "definitely."

Tennessee Jed said...

He hasn't changed. He is seemingly the mirror image of Arlen Spector

AndrewPrice said...

Jed, He is absolutely true to form. . . turn right to trick the voters then return to normal.

Still, it would be interesting to see if he has a real change. I wouldn't bet on it, but then we can't really do anything about it one way or the other, so we might as well enjoy the good McCain while we can.

Joel Farnham said...


You are right in that McCain has turned right, but with the gathering storm which is going to be unleashed next year, I don't think McCain will survive. He has two elections next year. The primary and then the fall. He is most vulnerable during the primary. If his conservative opponent is at all perspicacious, McCain's voting record and prior policy stances will be called into question. He won't have many satisfactory answers. Maybe WriteX will have better insight.

Writer X said...

Andrew, great post!

McCain's conservative tendancies are totally dependent on the election year cycle. A few weeks ago, he was in a statistical deadheat with J.D. Hayworth (former AZ Rep) and Hayworth (a conservative) isn't even officially running. The most laughable flip-flop was the Cap and Trade.

My wish: I would like him to retire to his ranch after losing in a landslide.

AndrewPrice said...

Joel, I would love to see McCain tossed out, but history is against us on this one. Sadly, most people have very short term memories and they will remember McCain being a solid, conservative leader, doing a great job protecting Medicaid from the evil Washington establishment (because that's how he's acted for the past few months prior to the election). . . they'll forget that McCain is the establishment.

It's the same instinct that causes people to want to let vicious criminals out of jail because "they've suffered enough."

We'll see. I have my fingers crossed.

AndrewPrice said...

Writer X, Thanks! I hope Santa fulfils your wish. I would love to see Arizona send a real conservative to Washington. Then we can work on my state, which has gone insane. :-(

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