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January 26, 2014 - 9:27 am
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The Arizona Republican Party passed a resolution of censure against Senator John Mccain, citing his support for issues “associated with liberal Democrats.”

What’s the latest litmus test? Immigration reform and funding Obamacare. Of course, McCain is not alone in his guilt. Half the Republican Party in Congress could be censured as well.

The real question is whether McCain is conservative enough for Arizona. Apparently not.

The Associated Press reports:

The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate.

Sifert said no further action was expected.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. But former three-term Sen. Jon Kyl told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1mIyKyy ) that the move was “wacky.”

“I’ve gone to dozens of these meetings and every now and then some wacky resolution gets passed,” Kyl told the newspaper on Saturday. “But most people realize it does not represent the majority of the vast numbers of Republicans.”

Kyl also said McCain’s voting record was “very conservative.”

McCain isn’t up for re-election until 2016, when will turn 80. He announced in October that he was considering running for a sixth term.

According to the resolution, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee has campaigned as a conservative but has lent his support to issues “associated with liberal Democrats,” such as immigration reform and funding the federal health care law.

Several Republican county committees recently censured McCain.

Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution, said the censure showed that McCain was losing support from his own party.

“We would gladly embrace Sen. McCain if he stood behind us and represented us,” Schwartz said.

Fred DuVal, a Democrat who plans to run for Arizona governor, called the censure an “outrageous response to the good work Sen. McCain did crafting a reasonable solution to fix our broken immigration system.”

McCain has been dogged by conservatives objecting to his views on immigration and campaign finance, among other issues, since he first ran for Congress in 1982. Republican activists were also turned off by his moderate stances in the 2000 presidential race.

Today’s GOP is far too orthodox to tolerate supposed apostates like John McCain. But on almost all issues, McCain is a straight, down-the-line, solid conservative. His positions and votes on abortion, taxes, spending, energy, education, and free enterprise are a mirror to, or closely follow, those of the conservative majority. That’s the reality.

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"His old-fashioned notions of compromise and working with the opposition to accomplish a legislative goal are now rejected by a majority of his party."

I've smelled his compromising and to me, it smells like surrender.

If he is so eager to compromise, why wasn't he on a soapbox pushing for the Republicans often-stated alternatives to obamacare; after all, as the prior Republican presidential nominee, he could have generated a lot of publicity for step by step changes to allow interstate competition, to publicize alternative pre-condition solutions, etc., etc., etc. Or even more simply, he could have been vocal about the dangers of 2500 page bills that have to be passed before learning about them. But....crickets from him on that.

Then there's amnesty, and a million other things. McCain "conservatism" is a distant second to his desire to be a Washington insider.
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Rick, you fail to mention one of John McCain's signature achievements: the McCain-Feingold Act, a "compromise" and "reaching across the aisle" that was a blatant assault on the First Amendment. Pretty impressive for a conservative, no? And, on immigration, there's not only the terrible bill he supported that would reward lawbreaking (very conservative of him), but do you remember "Just build the [danged] fence?" Given the dangers Arizonans face from smugglers and traffickers crossing their land, I'm sure they appreciate his completely forgetting about it when reelection was won.

I'm not anti-McCain and I recognize the good things he's done in the past, but he's stopped being a thoughtful conservative and descended into a vain old fool. It's time for him to go into an honorable retirement.
43 weeks ago
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The objective is to shrink the size and scope of the federal government.
None of McCain's many "compromises" advanced that goal. In fact, they have all had exactly the opposite effect.
Thus, his goal must be something other than shrinking the size and scope of the federal government.
Q.E.D.
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This is true "circling-the-wagons" in all of We The elite People of culture of corruption in ALL of Washington DC. This is a quantum shift for all of GOP and RNC to center-left political spectrum(this authors position, too). Senator McCain is most demonstrably "left-of-center" crony capitalist. For example, McCain's most recent efforts in pushing through a very, very unpopular Immigration Reform Bill (amongst other pieces of dubious legislation), having had some surveillance companies "donate" funds to Senator McCain to the tune of nearly (or more than) $400,000 devalued American dollars. Then, even tho' Senator McCain couldn't have accomplished this feat without his bosom buddy from Arizona, Sen. Jeff Flake's able, smooth talking. See, Jeff convinced Speaker "Toll Booth" Boehner to fast track Immigration Reform Bill placing it on the "highway's HOV Lane." This is but one example, of countless ones, even Ms. Sarah Palin is supportive of...describing her political views as those aligned with both Sen. McCain's and Jeff Flake,i.e., left-of-center!!!. Mr. Priebus, Jeb Bush, and all of We The WashingtonDC Elite's are in communion with their Democratic Socialist of America brethren. Now, even Sarah Palin has aligned herself with this cabal of ne'er-do-wells!!! We The People are united in one effort, ridding WashingtonDC's cesspool of these Progressive New Left Activists. Sad, the power of crony capitalism has on modifying ones core values, religion and political convictions. Pray. Amen. God Bless America...follow the money. Join a Tea Party. This author has forgotten Lincoln Savings & Loan, DeConcini and Keating Five. How's that turn coat McCain in Hanoi Hilton, HUH? Consorted with his captors to relay Jane Fonda's receiving and collecting crumpled notes from his fellow POW's only to have them turned over to McCain's captors...HUH? And McCain is another "Holier than Thou" Washington "Untouchable" Elite??? Puleeeze, McCain is what's patently wrong with Washington DC.
42 weeks ago
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The POW is a spy for Russia.
43 weeks ago
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Rick, the problem with John McCain is he repeatedly weakens the negotiating position of conservative Republicans by prematurely compromising. In a successful negotiation, each side asks for more than they expect to get in the end while applying whatever leverage that they have. John McCain strikes out on his own in ways that weaken the leverage of Republicans, forcing them to compromise more than necessary.
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Hey Rick - How would you know what conservatives feel and think? You surely aren't a conservative; you do not believe in principles, only "compromises". The modern democratic party is nothing but modern communists - there can be no compromise with those who wish to harm our nation and destroy our children's future. "Compromise" (aka: SURRENDER) IS WHAT GOT US IN THIS MESS TO BEGIN WITH! The neo-communists and the Chamber of Commerce and every other lying group of sell-outs and cronies are the problem...not the patriotic conservatives. But, I'm just preaching to the choir as everyone who regularly reads PJ Media already knows your weak, unprincipled positions.

Remember BENGHAZI!
43 weeks ago
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Both of these RINO'S flew over the Cukko's nest a long time ago!

John McCain Lindsey Graham explaining why the NDAA bill, also known as the indefinite detention bill, must become law. The bill allows for any American citizen deemed a "terrorist" to be arrested & detained without a trial. This bill was signed into law on December 31, 2011 (New Year's Eve) by President Barack Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pD0GthpIgQw
43 weeks ago
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Unless it is followed by an effort to recall and replace John McCain, I don't care what a portion of the Republican Establishment in Arizona does.
43 weeks ago
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McCain went to Davos, where he wined and dined the finance arm of today's Progressives - George Soros. Enough said.
43 weeks ago
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I like to read Moran to see how people thought ten years ago.

Perhaps, the most important factor in McCain's political makeup is the fact that he's a lifer government employee. He knows nothing else. (Except a very wealthy wife. Something like John Kerry.)

The positions he takes viewed from that understanding explains his thinking much more clearly than particular political party squabbles.

A majority of Americans across the board do not like the way Washington is handling things That includes discontent with McCain et al. The nation is in the process of creating a new consensus. Fossils like McCain will not be part of it unless they can live in the world of today.

43 weeks ago
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I'm probably going to get some blowback on this, but as a military man myself, I've always said this. Someone who's never worked a job in the private sector has no idea what life is like for the masses who generate the money to pay his salary. That's why I'd never just jump on board with a given candidate just because he's a retired general or "seasoned politician" or whatever. This has nothing to do with the gratitude we should all express for their service and sacrifice. It's just that the life perspective simply isn't in sync with the massive majority who've actually had to worry about whether their next paycheck was going to clear, or myriad other concerns that don't apply inside the cocoon of military/government life. People like that have run our country into the ground precisely because they are clueless about how real life works out here in the sticks.
43 weeks ago
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"Blah, blah, Tea Party sit down and shut up, blah, blah, conservatives aren't smart enough to understand, blah, blah, poor wittle Johnny McCain, blah blah, he's 'severely conservative' just like Romney, blah, blah let Washington handle everything, blah, blah....."
43 weeks ago
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The truth is that Jon McCain is a nasty man, at worst and a curmudgeon at the least. He's gotten worse over the years and needs to retire and let someone younger and in touch with reality take over as Senator.
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