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July 5, 2013 - 8:37 am

The Hill’s Molly Harper engages in some political mischief today. Her headline story begins with this lead:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is on a collision course with House conservatives over immigration reform.

“Collision course.” Wow. That sounds dangerous, even violent. So what’s the scoop?

Some political observers believe it’s just a matter of time before McCain aggressively goes after House GOP members for not voting on the Senate-passed immigration measure.

Oh. Well that doesn’t mean very much. Political observers say lots of things. Occasionally they actually know what they’re talking about. How about quoting some on the record?

Anyway, there must be something to this course of collision, right?

The five-term senator has stopped short of criticizing Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) vow to move immigration reform only if a majority of House GOP lawmakers are on board. Yet, McCain made a pointed comment last weekend that suggested he would only bite his tongue for so long.

“I really don’t feel it’s appropriate for me to tell [Boehner] exactly how he should handle this. But I think Republicans realize the implications for the future of the Republican Party in America if we don’t get this issue behind us,” McCain said on “Fox News Sunday.”

McCain stopped short of taking House Republicans on, and when the media asked him to, he declined. That’s a whole lot of nothing.

About halfway in, Harper finally quotes someone on the record.

Jim Manley, a former senior staffer for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), pointed out the stark differences between the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate.

“The idea of compromise that Sen. McCain and others are pushing is at odds with a great majority of where the House Republican caucus is right now. [House Republicans] see compromise as a dirty word and they sure as heck don’t trust the Senate,” the Quinn & Gillespie Associates Public Affairs senior director said.

Manley added that if McCain “were to ratchet up the pressure, I think it would be counterproductive.”

It’s a fair bet that Manley is the one pushing the “McCain vs House Republicans” storyline, to put pressure on the more security-minded Republicans in the House. Not McCain. The real pressure is coming from a guy who is connected to Democrat Harry Reid. Molly Harper is his dutiful scribe.

McCain and the House GOP may well be on some kind of “collision course” on immigration, as McCain is part of the Senate’s illustrious amnesty Gang, and the House Republicans aren’t lining up to support the Senate’s bad bill. But Harper provides no direct evidence that McCain is up to anything at all.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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When I see McCain nowadays the term "doddering old man" keeps popping into my mind....sad. He has truly outlived his usefulness in the Senate, at least for conservatives anyway, if he ever truly served a good purpose. But, if he chooses to run again, which he probably won't when he sees how poorly he polls against, well, almost anybody, his role in this latest fiasco will force him into retirement. People are really starting to pay attention and they are getting more pi$$ed off every day.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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Your mileage may vary, but I get the distinct feeling that John McCain isn't happy as a Republican, hasn't been for a while, and won't be a Republican for much longer.

The enduring mystery is how he bagged the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Political scientists will be chewing over that one for decades to come.
1 year ago
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John McCain should be a Democrat. His positions are actually pretty consistent with what was once the hawkish wing of the Democrat party. The fact that he is a Republican still is merely an expression of his age. When he was running against unicorn messiah he was a weak candidate not because of who he is so much as that he was physically limited. However. With his record and experience he would have been President if melanin wasn't such a big thing here in America. He has bad policy ideas but he is also dedicated to America.
1 year ago
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And, this title is Just. Awesome.
1 year ago
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any bill that gives any power over the outcome to any of these progressives is a bill that ain't worth the paper its written on. that's the catch. they will (and have in the past) say one thing and do exactly the opposite.

what do you call people who keep doing the wrong thing over and over and over again, always expecting a different outcome, mr. mccain?

my parents are mccains age, (long ago retired) and they say there are a lot of people who stay too long and ruin all the good they ever did. mccain's main problem is that he is very powerful, and usually very wrong. that or he really is on the other side. you want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but by now he has to know they have no intention of enforcing anything against the hugh block of 'free stuff' voters coming illegally across our borders. we already have half a country full of that kind of 'free stuff' citizen. more'n nuff, thanks anyway.

this sure is a little block you have write in. can't see what you already wrote. the old format was much better. who thought this was a good idea, ob?
1 year ago
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Could we hope for this great "collision" to actually work it's way up to an all out brawl with McCain and Boehner putting each other in the hospital? Maybe we could get Harry Reid to jump in and try to stop it and wind up going with them.
1 year ago
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Look at the videos of actual legislative fights from around the world like this one from Taiwan and count the number of people with white hair: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=royoZlbGa0A Compare and contrast with our "die with your boots on" Senate. These shoving matches serve as age limits and de facto term limits. We should have some actual floor violence to clear out those determined to yank on the levers of power until they leave office like Lautenberg.
1 year ago
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I'm willing to wager a lager on the outcome if it happens..
1 year ago
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As the recall against him gathers steam, I expect McCain will get meaner and go even more "maverick," especially if it looks like he will lose. It wouldn't surprise me if he didn't official change over to the Democrats.
1 year ago
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What it amounts to is a bug's collision course with a windshield.
1 year ago
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Which reminds me of the old joke: What's the last thing to go through a bug's mind when it hits your windshield? It's anus! ;-)
1 year ago
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Well, hasn't McCain survived several impacts with things before ... like power lines and flight decks and stuff? What's a little old impact with the House Republicans? Of course, this time we could hope that he implodes on impact.
1 year ago
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And 8 years in the Hanoi Hilton and the Keating Five, unscathed both times. It's almost like Fate is keeping him around as a really nasty joke.
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