Will McCain need Palin to save him in Arizona?

posted at 6:06 pm on November 20, 2009 by Allahpundit

Don’t laugh.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters in Arizona finds the longtime incumbent in a virtual tie with potential challenger J.D. Hayworth. McCain earns 45% of the vote, while Hayworth picks up 43%…

Hayworth, a conservative former U.S. congressman who now is a popular radio talk show host in Phoenix, is reportedly interested in the race but has not formally declared for it. He captures 59% of the male GOP vote, while McCain wins 58% of female voters.

Younger GOP voters like Hayworth more than their elders. McCain has a solid lead among the relatively small number of moderate and liberal Republicans in the state while Hayworth picks up a plurality (48%) of conservatives.

Remember, Reid and The One are itching to revive amnesty in the Senate next year as part of their grand “piss off every last independent in America” strategy. What’s an open-borders Maverick with a conservative primary challenger breathing down his neck to do?

Bill Kristol says it’s time to pull out the big gun.

[W]ho could help McCain beat back a populist conservative challenger? Sarah Palin. I predict that Palin will come to Arizona next summer to campaign for McCain, will make an impassioned case for him, and will help him win. She will thereby repay McCain for his confidence in picking her last year, help keep McCain as a crucial voice in the Senate for a strong foreign policy, and get credit for being a different kind of populist conservative—a Reaganite, not a Buchananite, populist—than the immigration-obsessed, voter-alienating (he was ousted in 2006 in a Republican district) Hayworth.

The conditions for a Palin cameo are ideal: (a) It’s the base who’ll determine the winner, (b) there’s no credible Democratic challenger (yet?) and thus little risk of an anti-Palin backlash at the polls, (c) McCain’s so notoriously squishy that even the Palin-haters can’t convincingly smear him as a “theocon” or whatever by association, and (d) if there’s any politician in America who’s already linked in eternity to Palin, it’s John McCain. The information’s already priced into his political stock. All he needs is a few appearances from her on the trail. I’m sure she’d do it too, not only as a favor to Johnny Mac but because endorsing him over a “true conservative” blunts the media narrative that she’s severed all ties to the center. So why do I think it’s not going to happen? Because I suspect it’d be awfully hard for a mavericky Maverick to swallow his pride and ask for the support of someone who’s loved by his constituents in a way he’ll never be. He’s endured a year of conservatives telling him how horrible his campaign was and how Palin was the only good thing about it. Now he’s going to beg her to carry him over the finish line? Put me down for ten bucks on “no way.”

Update: Speaking of “no way”:

Crist’s comments, in a brief interview with Hotline OnCall, are the latest indication that many prominent GOPers view Palin more as a liability than an asset — even if, like Crist, they are courting the right…

[I]nstead of hitching himself to a rising star in the GOP base, Crist simply noted Palin’s apparent lack of interest in the race. Her support “hasn’t been offered,” he said when asked if he would welcome her backing.

Pressed whether he’d accept the endorsement if Palin offered it, Crist declined to answer, shutting the door of his SUV and driving off.

Crist’s coolness to her makes more sense than McCain’s, as Florida’s a bit more purple and he lacks the advantage of incumbency. But even if he’s worried that a Palin endorsement would spark a backlash in the general election, he could desperately use it in the primary to undermine Rubio’s “true conservative” brand. I’m amazed he’d react this way — unless he’s already plotting a party switch and wants nothing to do with her.


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I always feel a bit bad for the Maverick when he faces the fury of the right.

He brings that on himself.

beachgirlusa on November 20, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Palin campaign for McCain? She isn’t that stupid. She already hitched her wagon to that failed donkey once. How is Palin going rogue by supporting a career politician RINO who supports amnesty, cap-and-tax, and penned one of the most virulent anti-free speech laws in America’ history? Ain’t going to happen.

chicagojedi on November 20, 2009 at 7:51 PM

If Johnny Mac can’t win a purple state on his own I don’t know who can. Don’t care either.

Limerick on November 20, 2009 at 7:52 PM

I am certain, that Sarah Palin will give John McCain the same robust, strong endorsement of his Senate campaign that John McCain gave Sarah Palin when his campaign aides trashed her anonymously.

Hehe.

john bono on November 20, 2009 at 7:53 PM

FloatingRock on November 20, 2009 at 7:26 PM

McCain burned any bridges with Palin when he let his staffers trash her for weeks after the election without saying one thing in her defense. It’s time for McCain to retire.

highhopes on November 20, 2009 at 7:57 PM

I am certain, that Sarah Palin will give John McCain the same robust, strong endorsement of his Senate campaign that John McCain gave Sarah Palin when his campaign aides trashed her anonymously.
john bono on November 20, 2009 at 7:53 PM

That’s exactly right.

And as for ‘loyalty’, my question would be to whom or to what does Sarah Palin ‘owe’ her loyalty? I’d say nobody and nothing, but having listened to her over the last year and a half, I’d say for her it is principle over politics, the way it should be.

Because of that, I can’t see her selling her principle down the river in a contest where the other candidate lines up more closely with her values than McCain.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Sarah Palin should support John McCain with all the fervency he defended her with against the scumbags who ran his campaign when they blamed her (and continue to do so) for his failings and mistakes as a candidate.

So, basically, I think she should endorse JD.

Down Florida way…Christ can’t take the heat, probably will go Specter on the party, so basically, endorse Rubio now and seal the primary for him.

I think Rubio will have no problems peeling off enough senior votes to win in the Senate race IF he’s smart enough to hammer home the medicade cuts and, frankly, by next year, the Donks are going to be so toxic, there just aren’t going to be “purple states”.

You’re going to have the usual gerrymandered blue “safety” districts for The House, but for the Senate and Govs, it’s going to be a bit of a “Red Dawn”.

SuperCool on November 20, 2009 at 8:15 PM

It is embarrassing for the Republican Party that the man who may be the best among them may need help from anyone to get reelected in his home state. But I’m sure Palin will be proud to endorse the man for being the hero that he is.

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Juan McAmnesty should prove that he can win an election on his own after acting like a royal bitch and allowing his staff to blame his loss on Palin.

alliebobbitt on November 20, 2009 at 8:17 PM

I think McCain needs to go.

Spathi on November 20, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Because of that, I can’t see her selling her principle down the river in a contest where the other candidate lines up more closely with her values than McCain.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 8:12 PM

Other than abortion I’m not sure what her values are. She didn’t refute any of McCain’s more liberal stances during the campaign, understandable, but has she made her position clear on specific policy issues since then? How is she on immigration, trade, and foreign policy?

DFCtomm on November 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Why would everyone suppose that SP would support McLame over a true conservative. He did nothing to stop his campaign people from slandering her, leaking stuff to the media that was negative about her, and in general being total jerks. It is time for the Mav (HAH! He isn’t a maveric to the dems, is he?) Let him go and get someone who supports the views of the electorate.

TimothyJ on November 20, 2009 at 8:23 PM

I may have to scrounge a few $$ for Mr Hayworth.

bikermailman on November 20, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Sarah has strong loyalty and I’m afraid she will endorse and campaign the for McCain. Remember she gave his re-election campaign the legal maximum donation from her pac. So as much as we Palinistas might hate it, she’ll do it. To not would devastate his chances. She’ll give us Rubio.

CCRWM on November 20, 2009 at 8:39 PM

DFCtomm on November 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM

http://www.ontheissues.org/sarah_Palin.htm

She doesn’t line up all that well with Mac, except of course for Foreign Policy. And Mac’s given us years of compromise that have resulted in crazy spending that based on Sarah’s record are antithetical as well.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 8:41 PM

DFCtomm on November 20, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Supports a path to citizenship, but no amnesty for illegals. (Oct 2008)

Tightened restrictions on illegal alien’s drivers licenses. (Sep 2006)

There’s more out there, but from what I can remember Sarah diverges wide of Mac on immigration.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Supports a path to citizenship, but no amnesty for illegals. (Oct 2008)

Tightened restrictions on illegal alien’s drivers licenses. (Sep 2006)

There’s more out there, but from what I can remember Sarah diverges wide of Mac on immigration.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 8:44 PM

How are these positions any different from McCain’s positions? McCain is not in favor of giving illegals either amnesty or driver licenses.

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 8:56 PM

How are these positions any different from McCain’s positions? McCain is not in favor of giving illegals either amnesty or driver licenses.

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 8:56 PM

I think they’re very different. McCain has been unabashed in his desire and support for amnesty.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 9:09 PM

There are some here that actually think we in Arizona want McCain back, we don’t. As to J.D.Hayworth, he will be a vast improvement over McCain in almost every way. J.D. hasn’t even announced that he’s running, and he’s polling even with McCain, that should tell you something!

Sarah will not be put in the position to back McCain, she should and will leave it to us here in Arizona to put this backstabber on the beach.

jainphx on November 20, 2009 at 9:10 PM

How are these positions any different from McCain’s positions? McCain is not in favor of giving illegals either amnesty or driver licenses.

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 8:56 PM

You forgot the sarcasm tag.

DFCtomm on November 20, 2009 at 9:10 PM

If McCain was the honorable man he likes to portray himself as, he would not run for re-election and endorse JD. Time for some new blood in the Senate.

Retire with class John.

huckleberryfriend on November 20, 2009 at 9:11 PM

As far as immigration is concerned, I am not sure Palin is all that different from McCain. I do think that she would be more likely to listen to the people on the right on this issue however.

To be honest, I think that a lot of the speculation is useless at this point. I just hope the Republicans keep the seat. The Democrats are really starting to get on my nerves.

Terrye on November 20, 2009 at 9:13 PM

You forgot the sarcasm tag.

DFCtomm on November 20, 2009 at 9:10 PM

No, I don’t think he did.

russcote on November 20, 2009 at 9:13 PM

I just heard JD Hayworth on the ride home from work tonight and he states it will be a “family decision” to decide if he runs. I am wondering if there is a downside for McCain if Palin is asked to help him. If she publically refuses and puts her weight behind JD, as I think politically they are closer together then she and John, McCain’s coffers would get a big boost from Democrats nationally who would want to spite Palin and keep a moderate Republican in office. The only thing preventing that would be a strong democratic candidate who could win in a three way race where McCain gets thrown under the bus, but despite his somewhat centrist viewpoints, I don’t think will happen given his tenure in DC. The ony democrat who MIGHT be an interesting choice in a three-way race would be Harry Mitchell. He is actually pretty centrist for a Democrat.

shakespeare101 on November 20, 2009 at 9:37 PM

Harry Mitchell a centrist? Please.

jainphx on November 20, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Isn’t that what Reagan did?

AnninCA on November 20, 2009 at 6:23 PM

Just about the time I think you got it going on…….

You realize that while Reagan was indeed a democrat, he stopped being a democrat in the late 1950′s. He famously said, “I didn’t leave the democrat party, the democrat party left me.

It wasn’t until years later he ran for elected office.

gary4205 on November 20, 2009 at 9:52 PM

If Sarah wants to completely piss off her supporters and lose all credibility she has with them, there would be no better way to do it than by supporting McCain over a true conservative. She would be showing them that she has been lying all along and that she supports party over principles. Do you really think she’s that stupid? Evidently Bill Kristol does. I don’t.

darwin-t on November 20, 2009 at 9:55 PM

Whoa! Perhaps it’s said already, but having listened to J.D. I suspect the ‘cuda won’t be standing behind the incumbent on this one. She’ll be Going Rogue.

desertdweller on November 20, 2009 at 10:22 PM

Palin can easily thread the needle on a helping McCain. All she needs to do is verbally endorse him and then do a short drive by appearance with McCain on the weekend before election day.
Therefore, she could claim her debt was paid to him, while she avoids contracting RINO cooties.

veni vidi vici on November 20, 2009 at 10:26 PM

McCain’s critics tend to hear what they want to hear, regardless of what he actually says or how he actually votes. This is especially true on the immigration issue. McCain’s efforts to address illegal immigration included securing the border “with walls, with UAVs, with sensors, with cameras, with vehicle barriers”; “a temporary worker program with tamper-proof biometric documents” with the prosection of any employer who hires illegals outside of this program; immediate deportation of illegals who commit crimes other than coming to this country illegally; the payment of fines and so forth. What’s JD’s plan? Round up and deport or arrest 20 million people?

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 10:41 PM

I clearly remember an amnesty bill that set Congressional phone lines on fire that had somebody’s name on it – what was it? McGillim? No. McQuire? No, that wasn’t it. Hmmmmmmm. McCain? Yes, that was it!

And let’s see, there was a law that killed the first amendment as it relates to political campaigns. What was the name on that bill? (See previous paragraph).

darwin-t on November 20, 2009 at 10:48 PM

I clearly remember an amnesty bill that set Congressional phone lines on fire that had somebody’s name on it – what was it? McGillim? No. McQuire? No, that wasn’t it. Hmmmmmmm. McCain? Yes, that was it!

And let’s see, there was a law that killed the first amendment as it relates to political campaigns. What was the name on that bill? (See previous paragraph).

darwin-t on November 20, 2009 at 10:48 PM

Amnesty? As in exempting illegals from punishment? Don’t remember McCain supporting anything like that. Perhaps you are thinking of Reagan.

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 10:55 PM

This Arizonan hopes John decides to ride off in to the sunset…..forever!!!

BillyGoatGruff on November 20, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Palin won’t support McCain’s bid for re-election. McCain, and the people he surrounds himself with, are liberal Republicans — that’s a political point of view to which Palin is intent on getting some distance from. I disagree that Palin would play politics at this juncture and taint her image by associating with a known fence-straddler — what’s in it for her?

Despite the narrow comparative polling numbers between Hayworth and him, McCain has fallen out of favor in Arizona because of, among other things, his lack of support for illegal immigration control and border fences, his support of the minimum wage boost, McCain-Feingold, and a raft of other sickening Liberal concessions. Kristol is out of touch with what’s going on in this state — Hayworth has become quite popular in Arizona because of his staunch Conservative views and public personna — the only reason he’s not thumping McCain in the polls is due to that fact that he’s not yet declaired as a candidate for the Senate position. If Palin puts in a word for anyone, it would be Hayworth.

As for Crist, his behavior reeks of petulance — ‘I wasn’t picked?’ That Palin didn’t contact him says more about Crist that he realizes. Palin is grooming her Midas Touch at the moment and she certainly doesn’t seem to want to waste it on politicians who don’t measure up to the standards she hopes to represent.

Wilbur on November 20, 2009 at 11:04 PM

DarkKnight3565, you might want to look into your claims regarding McCain’s bonafides on the immigration issue. That’s some campaign spin that is really short on actual fact. When pressed on these issues, McCain has caved.

Wilbur on November 20, 2009 at 11:08 PM

J.D. Hayworth. McCain earns 45% of the vote, while Hayworth picks up 43% …

HA! And that without announcing. If JD formally announces watch that number flip overnight and go exponential in a week. Folks here are looking for any reason to vote against Maverick.

Will McCain need Palin to save him in Arizona?

She doesn’t owe Mr Amnesty anything. Nothing. Nada.

Her views are more aligned with JD’s. If she backed McCain, I would think she needs her head checked.

AZ_Redneck on November 20, 2009 at 11:23 PM

This Arizonan hopes John decides to ride off in to the sunset…..forever!!!

BillyGoatGruff on November 20, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Amen. Send that liberal packing.

AZ_Redneck on November 20, 2009 at 11:24 PM

I think if asked she will support McCain. She claims the relationship between her and McCain is a good one. Palin does not strike me as someone who would turn her back on someone she may feel she owes. And to be honest I think not doing so could be spun and probably would be as Palin being ungrateful. The flip side of course would be that she will be seen as violating her political principles

Aggie95 on November 20, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Retire with class John.

huckleberryfriend on November 20, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Too late.

SuperCool on November 21, 2009 at 12:24 AM

Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Senator. But it’s time to hang up the cleats.

Too much bending to meet the left part-way on issues where it was necessary to stand your ground. Too much trying to see (or play) both sides. Too much ignoring the will of the voters.

Time to retire to Sedona and enjoy the sunsets.

n0doz on November 21, 2009 at 1:41 AM

Not just J.D. Hayworth..but Chris Simcox are both vying for McCain’s seat.

The_Basseteer on November 21, 2009 at 2:52 AM

McCain is precisely what we need to get rid of in the GOP. I hope all he gets from her is a busy signal.

Virus-X on November 21, 2009 at 5:22 AM

Vote that scumbag out!

father on November 21, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Palin should campaign for his challenger.

father on November 21, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Retire with class John

, the only class MCCain has is almost exclusively directed to his Liberal ‘Friends’. Please, please AZ put this AHole out to pasture!

el Vaquero on November 21, 2009 at 8:15 AM

Being a escapee from Arizona – I hope JD wins. I hope he trounces McCain’s butt.

I will never figure out how McCain went from having a dead campaign one summer to being the nominee the next. McCain candidacy is why we have Obamao in office.

Good riddance. Put on a Depends, John, and retire to Sun City.

And I wish the ‘Palin Phenomenon’ would play out and be over with. Palin is NOT what this country needs. She may be what the GOP needs (which is proving each day to not be the party for conservatives) – but not what the USA needs.

Timothy S. Carlson on November 21, 2009 at 8:44 AM

Amnesty? As in exempting illegals from punishment? Don’t remember McCain supporting anything like that. Perhaps you are thinking of Reagan.
DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Amnesty as in writing off the penalties earned, for a mere fine, because you don’t want to impose penalties, and then refusing to hunt down violators.

Chris_Balsz on November 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

I have voted for McCain for many years but it is time for him to go. I listen to JD almost every day on KFYI Radio and he is awesome.

Arizona needs a take no prisoners; make no apologies conservative like JD. If Sarah comes to Phoenix for a book signing and I get a chance to speak with her, I will ask her to support JD. There are allot of Arizona voters ready for a change and JD is the man.

Badbrucskie on November 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Maybe Palin will offer McCain a cabinet position if he steps aside for JD.

Vote that scumbag out!

father on November 21, 2009 at 7:10 AM

Dude, you need to learn a little respect. This man has devoted his life to service to his country. What have you done?

mike_NC9 on November 21, 2009 at 9:11 AM

J – message from headquarters: buh-bye
-S

Blacksmith8 on November 21, 2009 at 9:53 AM

It is embarrassing for the Republican Party that the man who may be the best among them may need help from anyone to get reelected in his home state. But I’m sure Palin will be proud to endorse the man for being the hero that he is.

DarkKnight3565 on November 20, 2009 at 8:17 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAAAA. WHOO BOY. When you go for the sarc you don’t hold back. WOW!

Blacksmith8 on November 21, 2009 at 9:56 AM

McCain will take whatever position gets him invited on Meet the Depressed…always has been that way…I still think he could have beaten the community organizer had he articulated a few Conservative principles with passion….but he has no passion for conservatism…does not understand it…at all.

winston on November 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Let McCain fight! Fight!! FIGHT!!! on his own.

He failed to do so for the country against the disaster of Obama.

Let’s see if he’ll do it for his own butt, at least.

He doesn’t need Sarah, right John?

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 9:59 AM

I think if asked she will support McCain. She claims the relationship between her and McCain is a good one. Palin does not strike me as someone who would turn her back on someone she may feel she owes. And to be honest I think not doing so could be spun and probably would be as Palin being ungrateful. The flip side of course would be that she will be seen as violating her political principles

Aggie95 on November 20, 2009 at 11:35 PM

I’m not with you on this. When your brother has a drinking problem you don’t offer to drive him to the bar. What little I’ve seen of the Heaths and Palins tells me those families know what TOUGH LOVE means.
 
Besides what kind of hypocrite would Governor Palin, the Reagan Conservative, be endorsing or supporting a RINO? I think she’ll remind us of the eleventh commandment and not say anything bad about Juan McShame.

Blacksmith8 on November 21, 2009 at 10:02 AM

… endorsing or supporting a RINO? I think she’ll remind us of the eleventh commandment and not say anything bad about Juan McShame.

Blacksmith8 on November 21, 2009 at 10:02 AM

She can just try McCain’s approach: do nothing.

She can claim to have learned it from him… (although not saying this until after the election in Arizona, when Mac is popularly retired).

Meanwhile, she should just keep out of it.

Beg off.

Claim prior committments.

Give out meaningless fluff on talk shows, just as Mac did when she was being attacked after the election.

Learned it from the master, Mavs,” she could joke at his next Moose Lodge ‘Roast’..

profitsbeard on November 21, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Rush’s interview covered immigration.

Can’t quote, but she is on our side not John McClame’s/Soros/Graham/Kennedy side.

nondhimmie on November 21, 2009 at 10:28 AM

As much as it makes me question my manhood to agree with AP, I have to in this case. I just don’t see McCain acting against his overblown sense of self-importance and resentment of her ascendancy to ask Gov. Palin for help.

SKYFOX on November 21, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Here is a thought…far fetched though it may be at this juncture, but what if McCain loses the Republican primary? Would he tear a page from Liberman’s book and run anyway as an independent? What would he lose? He is a Maverick…Watch him do it.

shakespeare101 on November 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I’m sorry, but if McCain loses the primary, he’s history. The only votes he’ll get is from the left.

The loathing of McCain is deep here by CONSERVATIVES who have felt the pain of the knife in the back once too often. McCain is for McCain and no one else.

When the elites here in Arizona tried to build the football stadium under the flight path of Sky Harbor airport, the city of Phx and Arizonan’s in general were astounded. A big fight was mounted to stop it. Guess which side McCain was on. He lost and so did the elites. These same elites gave us Janet Napolitano who proceeded to bankrupt us and then flee.

No McCain the back stabber has to go and go with a crushing defeat.

jainphx on November 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

The tiresome Allah, as is his custom, doesn’t understand why Crist isn’t excited about a Palin endorsement. I’ll help you out here. Crist isn’t seeking Palin’s endorsement because he knows it won’t be forthcoming. She’s going to endorse Rubio and Crist knows it. Crist would look stupid saying he wants her endorsement before she gives it to Rubio. Really, Allah, this is not complicated.

DB9 on November 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I predict that Palin will come to Arizona next summer to campaign for McCain, will make an impassioned case for him, and will help him win. …than the immigration-obsessed, voter-alienating (he was ousted in 2006 in a Republican district) Hayworth.

Ahhh, how sweet. Yes, Allah, it’s a RINO’s dream come true.
.
My money’s on the “immigration-obsessed” conservative candidate. And not just in Arizona. And if ObamaCare gets passed, with illegals getting free (non-emergency) healthcare- I’ll double-down.

NightmareOnKStreet on November 21, 2009 at 1:37 PM

So, what to do?

If the goal is a conservative Congress in the future, then McCain *has* to be replaced. Even if people think he’s a nice guy, would continue to make a good senator, etc., he simply must be replaced. Simple political calculus demands it.

The reason is that, with only a limited # of conservative states in our Union, conservatives can’t afford to “waste” one on a Senator that is less-than-conservative. Those kinds of senators can hail from the more liberal states, and be fine/welcome/supported and so on.

But not from conservative states. If Arizona is the kind of state that can remotely support J.D. Hayworth as Senator, than he simply must get the slot, or else the conservative movement will never have enough votes in Congress to move their agenda forward.

“If McCain wants to stay in that bad, he can move to Maine and run against Olympia Snowe!” :-)

RD on November 21, 2009 at 5:43 PM

I am certain, that Sarah Palin will give John McCain the same robust, strong endorsement of his Senate campaign that John McCain gave Sarah Palin when his campaign aides trashed her anonymously.

Hehe.
john bono on November 20, 2009 at 7:53 PM

In fact, the scenario you point out is probably too good for him, and not true reciprocation.

True reciprocation would mean, her going out on the stump for him on the one hand — to enormous crowds, worshipping her — while on the other hand, a bunch of newly adopted Plain “cronies” and “insiders” crack jokes 24/7 about McCain, make fun of him behind his back, “leak” all kinds of embarrassing rumors and allegations to the media, cause the Dems in Arizona to place him under investigation, etc.

I think she’s too classy to do that. But she’s within her rights. If she really wants to (and, yes, if McCain asks for her support — which he may not).

RD on November 21, 2009 at 6:07 PM

…a bunch of newly adopted Plain “cronies”…

Er, “Palin”.

RD on November 21, 2009 at 6:11 PM

I have become a Palinista
JetBoy on November 20, 2009 at 6:08 PM

Ah, increasing the hit count on “Palinista” again, are we? Repeat after me:

“I have become a Paulnut.”
“I have become a rabid fan of Olberdouche.”
“I have become a Perotista.”
“I have become a racist teabagger, straight up.”

RD on November 21, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Hopefully Palin is smart enough to realize that not only does McCain need her, she needs him too. If she has any aspirations towards higher office – which I hope she does -Palin needs the support of John McCain (and Republicans like John McCain). In fact, McCain is the model of the sort of running mate Palin should hire – a conservative, enormously respected for his national security views, who can appeal to moderates and independents; many of whom consider Palin to be “a joke”. Conservatives may be the largest voting bloc in the nation, and Palin may be the most popular conservative, but like Reagan she will need a running mate with a more centralist appeal to win.

DarkKnight3565 on November 21, 2009 at 6:39 PM

What better way for Sarah to gut the bastards in the McCain camp who hung her out to dry than for her to campaign for Hayworth.

Or to just tell McCain that her schedule’s too full to show up for him.

TXUS on November 20, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Or simply to show up frequently as a guest on Hayworth’s radio show. Get to know him, exchange friendly stories, banter, etc. — in public view. Before McCain asks.

Better yet, take over his radio show as the resident guest host, while JD is on the campaign trail. (Wouldn’t there be some rule against him staying on the radio anyhow, during that time period? Maybe even some part of McCain-Feingold, if that weren’t ironic enough?)

“Sorry John, I’d love to endorse you but I have to fill in for your challenger because of your law, and endorsing you while doing his show would be a conflict of interest…”

She wouldn’t have to endorse JD — she wouldn’t have to endorse anyone publicly. Just the media coverage of her doing Hayworth’s radio show with a wink and a nod would be enough to make the point.

It would be hilarious if Palin back the challenger. It would take a shit load of balls to pull something like that though.

clement on November 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

I prefer the end-run. :-)

RD on November 21, 2009 at 7:04 PM

DarkKnight3565 on November 21, 2009 at 6:39 PM

What McCain are you talking about, you talking about old reach across. I live in Arizona and he ain’t no CONSERVATIVE, and we don’t want or need him.

jainphx on November 21, 2009 at 9:06 PM

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