Election 2020

For John McCain, the End May Finally Be Near

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Looks like the Maverick may at last be facing the end of his Senate career. Eight years too late, but hey… better late than never:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing what may be the toughest reelection of his Senate career in an unpredictable presidential year, when many voters are angry with Washington.

Early polls show McCain tied with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), at around 40 percent despite having nearly 100-percent name recognition in the state he has represented in either the Senate or House since 1983.

“The basic problem for John McCain is the same kind of thing that faces a lot of incumbents right now. He’s been there a long time. People are leery of Washington. They don’t like Washington,” said former Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe, who served 18 years alongside McCain in Arizona’s congressional delegation.

“This is a very tough challenge, probably the toughest race that he’s faced since he was first elected,” Kolbe added.

McCain’s path to victory is complicated by the likelihood the GOP ticket will be headed by Donald Trump, who has an overwhelmingly negative rating among Hispanic voters, a powerful and growing electoral bloc in Arizona.

Gee, that’s too darn bad. McCain has made a career out of stabbing his fellow “conservatives” in the back whenever possible, so don’t expect any tears to be shed if an when he loses either to a primary challenger or to the Democrat in the fall.