Election 2020

Silver Lining: McCain Says He's In 'the Race of His Life'

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Who says the news is all bad these days?

Republican Sen. John McCain is worried that Donald Trump will affect his reelection chances in Arizona, revealing his concerns during a closed-door meeting with donors last month, according to a recording of the event obtained by Politico earlier this week.

“I do not take my primary opponent lightly,” McCain said in the recording, published online Thursday. “But have no doubt that if it is Donald Trump at the top of the ticket, here in Arizona — with over 30 percent of the vote being the Hispanic vote — I have no doubt that this may be the race of my life.”

People are angry,” McCain continued. “They’re upset. They feel that there’s this disconnect and all of that and frankly there’s an element of nativism in it as well, as you know.”

All true — but what America’s worst senator doesn’t get is that people are angry… at people like him. Angry at being constantly lied to by the GOP establishment, double-crossed, mocked, betrayed and generally made to feel like fools for trusting his “conservative” credentials (based on his voting record on certain hot-button, sucker issues) rather than considering the man as a whole.

Naturally, McCain blames Trump for riling up the Hispanic vote:

McCain noted the prevalence of anti-Trump rhetoric among Hispanics both in Arizona and around the country. “If you listen to or watch Hispanic media in the state and in the country, you will see that it is all anti-Trump,” McCain said at his Arizona fundraiser. “The Hispanic community is roused and angry in a way that I’ve never seen in 30 years.”

“And so,” he admitted, “this is going to be a tough campaign for me.”

Well, good.