Oh my: McCain working on getting another Democrat to switch? Update: Carney says no

posted at 6:52 pm on December 23, 2009 by Allahpundit

And so the decade comes full circle, with Maverick talking to Democrats about switching parties. Except this time, he’s the hunter, not the hunted.

Second look at McCain?

Democratic Rep. Chris Carney received a phone call Wednesday from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asking him to consider becoming a Republican, a top GOP official told POLITICO.

A spokesman for Carney declined to say if the congressman was considering such a switch…

A top House Republican aide, wanting to avoid revealing a poaching patrol, downplayed the effort.

“You’ve got to have a willing partner; you don’t just hunt these guys down,” said the Republican. “They have to nudge you first.”

But the aide acknowledged that they had gotten “a nibble” from Carney and were now making the pitch that he’d be better off switching parties than running again as a Democrat in a northeastern Pennsylvania seat that President Obama lost by 9 percentage points last year.

Carney won easily last year, 56/44, even in a solidly McCain district and felt confident enough about reelection to vote for the stimulus in February. In fact, on that legislative scorecard I posted yesterday, he’s slightly to the left of Griffith. Pretty amazing that the GOP thinks he’ll be formidable enough next year, even in the poisoned climate of huge unemployment and ObamaCare bitterness, to try to flip him instead of knocking him off cleanly in the general. There’s no Dixiecrat dynamic to worry about here: Unlike Griffith’s seat, the GOP had a lock on this one until just recently. Why flip him when you can whip ‘im, especially with grassroots righties eager to flex their muscle by running conservatives against centrists in primaries?

As for Griffith, here’s the scene from the House floor today when the ceremonial committee de-pantsing took place. And of course, the whisper campaign is gearing up as we speak.

Update: Most of the article’s behind a reg wall but Roll Call says Carney has nixed the switch. I wonder what the Dems have on him. Or did Politico’s source mess up the deal by leaking information too soon?


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Why flip him when you can whip ‘im, especially with grassroots righties eager to flex their muscle by running conservatives against centrists in primaries?

Because Mccain knows if he doesn’t flip democrats, these seats will go to conservatives and that he wants to prevent. Duh!

promachus on December 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

The ‘Rats are deserting a sinking ship.

Chip on December 23, 2009 at 6:56 PM

would Specter be low hanging fruit here?

disillusioned on December 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Can I say how much I love bitter, Obama hating McCain?

Illinidiva on December 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM

Writing
– – – – – –
. .wall. .

LastRick on December 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM

When is somebody going to get McCain to switch to the Republican Party?

Emperor Norton on December 23, 2009 at 6:58 PM

How Mavericky.

“My friend…”

portlandon on December 23, 2009 at 6:58 PM

I can’t for the life of me think of why the Republicans shouldn’t appeal to those on the other side that they perceive are open to such.

KittyLowrey on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Second look at McCain?

A few of us never looked away from the Mav…

Most of the McCain-deranged are so invested in their “RINO” hunts this won’t make a difference to them.

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I just posted on this, on another thread.

I don’t trust this. If this guy is unhappy with where his party is taking the country, then stand up, and say so. Be the hero, and voice it. But running, and voting as a democrat, then switching parties only makes me suspicious.

I’m sick of rinos, and pseudo’s. We need real conservatives. Not mutts.

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Any enemy of a Democrat is a friend of mine.

royzer on December 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

This McCain would have won.

lavell12 on December 23, 2009 at 7:03 PM

My friends we have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency.

Ted Torgerson on December 23, 2009 at 7:04 PM

Anyone voting for Obamacare isn’t welcome in this party. You can’t vote for it and THEN switch.

clement on December 23, 2009 at 7:04 PM

The Obama campaign spent an entire year encouraging their supporters to call McCain an obscenely rich old geezer who did nothing brave during Vietnam. I’d be bitter too.

Speedwagon82 on December 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

“Carney won easily last year, 56/44, even in a solidly McCain district and felt confident enough about reelection to vote for the stimulus in February.”

Excuse me if I can’t seem to get excited about this. Another centrist rino added to our ranks? The GOP seems almost to have a death wish & is begging for a 3rd party to be formed up.

Darvin Dowdy on December 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Like when he made it a crime for us to buy ads too close to an election; or to join with a million others of us for some policy purpose, and buy ads through that organization; or volunteer things of value like adspace or time or paper, without registering with the federal government? Everybody else for 200 years thought that was banned by the First Amendment, but genius found a way…

Chris_Balsz on December 23, 2009 at 7:06 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

He probably could’ve been, but unfortunately he has quite a history of poking conservatives in the eye and (more recently) failing to fully engage the enemy in his POTUS race.

I voted for him, but the loss is his responsibility.

Adults understand how to accept a loss. In public at least, McCain has been gracious and accepted his defeat.

Some of his cheerleaders seem to still be nursing their wounds, however. Kind of unseemly, IMO.

cs89 on December 23, 2009 at 7:06 PM

WARNING: WAY OT

Just got power back after six days since snowstorm. Good to be back (and to be warm again). Good to be back.

I hope to have some meaningful comments after I catch up on the news.

Thanks for the indulgence.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:06 PM

@Emporer Norton:

When is somebody going to get McCain to switch to the Republican Party?

LOL! Zing!

@kittylowrey: Hi kitty!;- Maybe we could do both? Flip Carney plus any other dem who’s amenable to the idea AND let grassroots righties flex their muscles against them in the primaries. Make the flippers prove their mettle, demonstrate they are beholden to conservative principles or let the best man win?

leilani on December 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM

McCain starts getting real supportive of the GOP when he’s about to be tossed out of his job by the conservative base in Arizona.

Cicero43 on December 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Careful, there. You’ll make Lindsey jealous.

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM

I would be bitter too if I had worked my ass off for years doing what he did for this country and then some unqualified left wing dirtbag came out of nowhere and stole my election.

lavell12 on December 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM

You know what? I would like to see some of these guys flip, just to make the Democrats look bad. Although they honestly do appear to be beyond all shame.

Terrye on December 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Why flip him when you can whip ‘im, especially with grassroots righties eager to flex their muscle by running conservatives against centrists in primaries?

Maybe he is afraid the “grassroots righties” will pick another guy who knows nothing about the issues like Hoffman?

Speedwagon82 on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

I don’t really trust anyone who flips parties for re-election prospects, but, given how important Arlen’s been to the Dems, I say the more the merrier right now.

Come on over!

BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

To paraphrase: McCain could walk across a lake and HotAir readers would post complaints that he was polluting the water.

DarkKnight3565 on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

OK, so we’re going to win a majority with a bunch of ex-democrats or what? And this is good? It sounds more like a Howard Dean plan to run two democrats in every race.

Ronnie on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

He should be working on fellow senators. I’m sure there are more than a few that would consider “switching”. Meanwhile he should get the hell out of the way and make room for a conservative. ;)

Nelsa on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

McCain is a lot more conservative than people here would like to give him credit for, he has never accepted one dime of pork.

lavell12 on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

The Obama campaign spent an entire year encouraging their supporters to call McCain an obscenely rich old geezer who did nothing brave during Vietnam. I’d be bitter too.

Speedwagon82 on December 23, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Criminey…if Obama gets a hang nail, he probably tells stories of the time he had bamboo shoots shoved up his finger nails. He wouldn’t know a thing about serving, if it bit him in the arse. He’s a gimme gimme gimme person.

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Dems willing to switch get a free date with MeggieMac.

Cicero43 on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Some of you Conservatives are such damned hypocrites. You sit there and decry the fact that McCain is trying to reach out to someone who judge to be no sufficiently rightwing. But you don’t want to do a damned thing to expand our GOP base yourselves.

When’s the last time you recruited a Libertarian Party member to the GOP, huh?

If you’re not going to reach out to the Center to expand our base, fine. Then go to the Libertarian-Right. Hang out at Reason Hit& Run, go to Libertarian Party boards, attend a local Libertarian meeting, and recruit these guys into the GOP.

CONSERVATIVES CANNOT WIN ALONE!!! Either you all allow outreach to Centrists, like McCain is doing. Or, you start seriously reaching out to Libertarian Party members.

ericdondero on December 23, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Valerie Jarrett does the spin and whitewash with a little help from the writers of this piece: http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/12/23/valerie-jarrett-on-the-extreme-right-the-extreme-left-and-seed/?icid=main|main|dl1|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.politicsdaily.com%2F2009%2F12%2F23%2Fvalerie-jarrett-on-the-extreme-right-the-extreme-left-and-seed%2F

Jarrett’s arrow to the right is Lindsay Graham. Lindsay Graham ?!?!! That wild-eyed extremist?

onlineanalyst on December 23, 2009 at 7:10 PM

McCain will agree to any health care bill as long it contains the words, “My friends”. He is no enemy of socialism.

keep the change on December 23, 2009 at 7:11 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I respect McCain. But his “Stand up, Stand up with me” speech was masterful. It was than followed by constant stammering and incoherent behavior. Suspending the campaign? A terribly run campaign? Refusing to go After Obama over the Associations?

I’m afraid a McCain administration would have felt just as “fly by the seat” as his campaign felt.

portlandon on December 23, 2009 at 7:11 PM

McCain is a lot more conservative than people here would like to give him credit for…

lavell12 on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

+1

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 7:12 PM

If it happens in time to waylay the OgabeScare bill, then go for it. At this point, with so much at stake, use the weapons available.

Bishop on December 23, 2009 at 7:13 PM

McCain is a lot more conservative than people here would like to give him credit for…

lavell12 on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

+1

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 7:12 PM

Yup.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I’m afraid a McCain administration would have felt just as “fly by the seat” as his campaign felt.

Which would still be a lot better than what we have…

Realist on December 23, 2009 at 7:14 PM

They have dirt on everyone… that’s how they get all of their votes on the big, huge crap sandwich they’re trying to feed to us.

stenwin77 on December 23, 2009 at 7:15 PM

How does Mac get into a bidding war, when the Demoncrats have the treasury as their bank?

This is futile imo.

Rovin on December 23, 2009 at 7:15 PM

Flip him, fine…but primary him next year just to keep him honest.

SouthernGent on December 23, 2009 at 7:15 PM

LIBERAL MEMO,

All hands abondon ship!

canopfor on December 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Oh yeah. Like when he attacked 527s that would’ve helped him. Or when he infringed on free speech by banning certain ads too close to an election. Or when he pursued amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens. Or when he said he’d consider capital gains tax increases. Or when he talked about global warming. Or when he opposed drilling domestically.

Or when he did any of the other idiotic things that aren’t even Republican much less conservative.

amerpundit on December 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM

Could it be,that they went,just a we bit too
faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar Left,into,a Socialist
Cult!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on December 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Oh, and geniuses don’t suspend their presidential campaigns in a transparent political move that was destined to fail miserably.

amerpundit on December 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Which would still be a lot better than what we have…

Realist on December 23, 2009 at 7:14 PM

True. I mean a prop plane to hell goes alot slower than a Jet to hell. But they both end up at the same place.

I’d still wear my McCain visor though.

portlandon on December 23, 2009 at 7:18 PM

Which would still be a lot better than what we have…

Realist on December 23, 2009 at 7:14 PM

To those who say that if a Manchurian Candidate were trying to destroy our nation from within, that he would be doing the same things as Ojesus——————

————— I have to agree.

Is it on purpose, or by the way of blind ignorance?

You tell me.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Too bad he couldn’t have gotten Spectre to stick around.

joeindc44 on December 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Whatever, with McCain. He’s more happy hunting future RINOS than bringing in true conservatives. If the common conservative denominator that appeals to Mac is fiscal conservatism, why doesn’t he do that? This is what bugs me about him – not to mention the fact that he’s enjoyed unloading on conservatives whenever possible, panders to illegals, etc., etc, etc.

He doesn’t think strategically and always seems to be playing catch-up.

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Anyone who is fighting OjesusCare at this point in time is an ally if not a friend.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

RINO building? Pardon me if I don’t get all tingly at this news. It’s easy to switch when your mothership is sinking. Are we so desperate that we’ll go after any old port in the storm? Probably.

Monica on December 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I get what you are saying however he sold out conservatives as well.

1. Gang of 14.
2. Amnesty plan.
3. Juan Hernandez on his staff.

Come quickly to mind.

There is good reason why conservatives don’t trust him, heck if it was not for him nominating Palin he would have lost by a much greater margin then he did.

F15Mech on December 23, 2009 at 7:22 PM

I can’t stand opportunistic switchers. They’ll stab you when you don’t look.

Hopefully some have convictions.

And of course, the whisper campaign is gearing up as we speak.

The word “Democrats” contains “rats” for a gooooood reason.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2009 at 7:23 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

McCain-Feingold, Amnesty, Gang of 14, Cr*p & Tax, TARP all were really fighting for us?

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 7:23 PM

SEVEN WORDS:

McCain: Your days are numbered (in office)

PappyD61 on December 23, 2009 at 7:23 PM

CONSERVATIVES CANNOT WIN ALONE!!! Either you all allow outreach to Centrists, like McCain is doing. Or, you start seriously reaching out to Libertarian Party members.
ericdondero on December 23, 2009 at 7:09 PM

I have no problem with either, or with outreach to Baathists, or Maoist guerrillas–if by “outreach” you mean getting people to share our policy goals.

If you mean dropping our agenda to be liked by people who don’t like our agenda, what’s the point?

Chris_Balsz on December 23, 2009 at 7:24 PM

When is somebody going to get McCain to switch to the Republican Party?

Emperor Norton on December 23, 2009 at 6:58 PM

+1

farright on December 23, 2009 at 7:25 PM

The fun of this is the paranoia it may induce in Bela Pelosi, with her wondering who will jump next. Which may drive her to extreme behavior, which may induce someone to think, “No way do I want to put up with this beeyutch any longer.”

Wethal on December 23, 2009 at 7:26 PM

ok, I know this is off topic but Hotair.com and Ed M. got a mention on yahoo.com. There is a front page story about the movie Avatar and it’s political message. It mentions Ed’s review.

jesterstear on December 23, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Oh boy,the Liberal Inquisition,and witch hunts,
will commence,black-mailing,snitch phone lines on
current Liberals!

Imagine,living in constant fear of somebody,saying
your toying with the idea,of switching parties!!

canopfor on December 23, 2009 at 7:28 PM

ok, I know this is off topic but Hotair.com and Ed M. got a mention on yahoo.com. There is a front page story about the movie Avatar and it’s political message. It mentions Ed’s review.

jesterstear on December 23, 2009 at 7:28 PM

jesterstear: Excellent,Kudo’s Capt’n Ed!!:)

canopfor on December 23, 2009 at 7:29 PM

The fun of this is the paranoia it may induce in Bela Pelosi, with her wondering who will jump next. Which may drive her to extreme behavior, which may induce someone to think, “No way do I want to put up with this beeyutch any longer.”

Wethal on December 23, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Something tells me the ol gal is still vying for Times person of the year! LMAO

capejasmine on December 23, 2009 at 7:30 PM

McCain had me convinced that he had the right ideas about fiscal policy until October last. I still believe he is a good man with some good ideas, but campaign finance reform certainly wasn’t one of them; nor was his frantic stupidity during the financial “meltdown”.

As a man and a patriot, I admire him.

As a leader, I doubt him.

As a conservative, he is strong in some areas and pitifully feeble in others.

However, at this point, if he’s pushing against this liberal steamroller, I’ll thank him for his help.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:31 PM

lavell12 on December 23, 2009 at 7:07 PM

McCain ran a cr*ppy campaign. If he had run a good campaign he very well could have won the election. If he had run a great campaign he would be POTUS now. The “won” didn’t steal it, McCain gave it away.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Anyone who is fighting OjesusCare at this point in time is an ally if not a friend.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

hillbillyjim: Merry Christmas HBJ,and Amen on that!

It would be awesome,if the Leftys purged
themselves to the right,hehe!:)

canopfor on December 23, 2009 at 7:33 PM

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Well said.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Barapublicans? Obapublicans? Rejecthopeicans?

What are we going to call these people? These congressmen and millions of other Americans that President Obama is driving over to the GOP?

29Victor on December 23, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Because Mccain knows if he doesn’t flip democrats, these seats will go to conservatives and that he wants to prevent. Duh!

promachus on December 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Yeah, that’s what I was thinking as well. Establishment GOP may prefer a squishy Dem-turned-Rep to a conservative.

Midas on December 23, 2009 at 7:38 PM

I wish each party could initiate some trades. Of course they wouldn’t allow a salary cap.

I’d sure like to trade some Liberally fiscal Repubs for some fiscally Conservative Dems. The social differences mean nothing now. With the burn rate on spending money right now …that we don’t have we will implode. Than who cares if people are Atheists or Religious if there is no country left?

portlandon on December 23, 2009 at 7:38 PM

The man’s a genius,…..
JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Okay. I’ll be back shortly.I have to go to Radio Shack to replace the goofy meter you just broke with that one.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on December 23, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Which may drive her to extreme behavior, which may induce someone to think, “No way do I want to put up with this beeyutch any longer.”

Wethal on December 23, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Got a point there, but it’s difficult to imagine how more extreme the Crypt Keeper could be.

Admittedly my loathing of Dems may be overdone. There must be some that function on a level slightly higher that the common earthworm and object to her bullying.

Cody1991 on December 23, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Carney’s probably just playing games to get as much money as Nelson and Landrieu did.

Mark1971 on December 23, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Anyone who is fighting OjesusCare at this point in time is an ally if not a friend.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I agree with that 100%.

The problem I have is come primary election time, when you have an ex-Dem running against a newcomer who just sick of the same old from their states/DC

Who will the GOP support then? The incumbent ex-Dem/RINO with experience doing business as usual or the challenger that wants “change”?

F15Mech on December 23, 2009 at 7:43 PM

I don’t really trust anyone who flips parties for re-election prospects, but, given how important Arlen’s been to the Dems, I say the more the merrier right now.
Come on over!
BadgerHawk on December 23, 2009 at 7:08 PM

people seem to forget that Specter gave the Dem’s 60 votes across party lines. I’d guess without the backlash of the stimulus vote, he’d had kept a Rep. party line on this to prevent the 60 votes.

joeindc44 on December 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

starting with the Stimulus vote.

disillusioned on December 23, 2009 at 7:44 PM

canopfor on December 23, 2009 at 7:33 PM

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

I’m not sure how long our AC will last, as it has been in and out since it came back around 5:00 PM, so I’m getting my howdys and Christmas greetings in while I can.

Y’all stay warm up there in the Great White North!

Remember the reason for the season. (Sorry, AP!)

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:45 PM

McCain wants them to switch for one simple reason. In these districts where they will lose to a conservative opponent, he’d rather have a “democrat” than a conservative.

CC

CapedConservative on December 23, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Unlike Griffith’s seat, the GOP had a lock on this one until just recently.

This is such a flawed analysis. Yes, yes — my AL-5 district has been Dem since Reconstruction. But my Republican dog could’ve have beat a Dem Griffith next year. He’s been hounded by Tea Partiers all summer and the seat was GUARANTEED to go Republican next election.

Cuffy Meigs on December 23, 2009 at 7:46 PM

F15Mech on December 23, 2009 at 7:43 PM

The GOP needs to wake the hell up.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

Would I vote for a republican challenger in the primary? Hell Yes.

Would I be a pragmatist and vote for this guy in the general if he won the primary? Hell Yes.

jukin on December 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

ok, I know this is off topic but Hotair.com and Ed M. got a mention on yahoo.com. There is a front page story about the movie Avatar and it’s political message. It mentions Ed’s review.

jesterstear on December 23, 2009 at 7:28 PM

I saw this also. Nice.

uknowmorethanme on December 23, 2009 at 7:48 PM

He,s working to get another Ringo no thanks .The one from Ala. who switch yesterday voted 85% with the speaker (Rino) and will face a primary challenge from a true conservative .

thmcbb on December 23, 2009 at 7:49 PM

CapedConservative on December 23, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Bingo

F15Mech on December 23, 2009 at 7:49 PM

“Obowmao would make a good president.” Yeah, this really gives me a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling about McLame’s judgment. The only good thing he did during his campaign was select Sarah Palin as his veep candidate. The rest was just pathetic political posturing, trying to play the nice guy by saying very supportive things about his opponent while trashing his supporters. I held my nose and voted for him, because I had some idea how bad Obambi was going to be; too bad McLame wasn’t smart enough to see it.

I hope he gets his @ss handed to him in next year’s elections.

rmgraha on December 23, 2009 at 7:50 PM

McCain probably thinks he can be knocked off easily. You have to remember, McCain is a back stabbing RINO who in all honesty represents the worst of Washington, because his antics are what allows the government to expand and expand and expand. The best thing for America is a dead locked congress that is incapable of any action outside the absolute requirements for keeping government going. Fund FBI, CIA, Military, Judicial, Executive and themselves.

astonerii on December 23, 2009 at 7:53 PM

Oh my!

Maverick: Hey Allahpundit, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.

Allahpundit: Again!…

Maverick: Presto! *Pulls Rino out of his hat* Well, I’m gettin’ close. Hmmmm… No doubt about it… I need a new hat.

Americannodash on December 23, 2009 at 7:55 PM

McCain ran a cr*ppy campaign. If he had run a good campaign he very well could have won the election. If he had run a great campaign he would be POTUS now. The “won” didn’t steal it, McCain gave it away.

chemman on December 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM

In reality, it was a bit of both. McCain ran one of the worst campaigns I can remember. Not going after Obama’s associations — when they were a) relevant and b) the only information anyone had related to exactly who Obama is was one of the biggest gaffes. That and making the statement, “you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidency [except a sharp turn to a marxist fascist state]. OK, I made the last part up — that’s what he should have said.

However, there was also a huge amount of fraud that helped turn the election for The One as well. The fact that the Ohio secretary of state would not release information on 200 THOUSAND questionable registrations, ACORN fraud in swing states, and Black Panther voter intimidation were not insignificant contributors.

It all stacked up to get us the fascist we have in charge now. Not a good thing at all.

AZfederalist on December 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM

I think if you are going to switch parties, you need to resign and allow the people to choose you or someone else in a new election. I don’t like it when it happens for either side. Especially in a time when true conservatives are going to be a threat to a moderate/democrat. I guess it is good to see they are all running scared though. At least we have that to keep an ounce of hope alive.

truetexan on December 23, 2009 at 8:00 PM

rmgraha on December 23, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Did you read her book?

I blame McCains loss on his HQ.

I originally purchased her book as a present for a family member.

My curiosity got the best of me so I read it (in a day and a 1/2) and need to go buy extra copies tomorrow as presents.

Sarah, the one women stimulus machine. My single book purchase resulted in me going to buy 5 more of her books.

F15Mech on December 23, 2009 at 8:02 PM

Oh My God! He voted for stimulus and for Obamcare?

Have you McCain jock straps lost your freakin minds (like the maverick)?
They are Dems tryin to rescue their sorry arses and the GOP is being played for a bunch of suckers again!

Sure let em come over and keep their seat so we can never get some real conservatives in there who might have a chance at over turning the socialist takeover!

This is the dumbest efn idea I think I’ve ever heard!

Throw the bums out while we have a chance!
Don’t reach across the isle to get b…. slapped!
Stockholm Syndrome?
Masochism?
I have trouble finding the words to articulate the stupidity of this move.

Oh ef it then! Third party!
If this is what the GOP has come to. Sniveling little punkass panderers!

dhunter on December 23, 2009 at 8:02 PM

The man’s a genius, and has always fought for us. He should be POTUS right now…

JetBoy on December 23, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Oh yeah. Like when he attacked 527s that would’ve helped him. Or when he infringed on free speech by banning certain ads too close to an election. Or when he pursued amnesty for 12-20 million illegal aliens. Or when he said he’d consider capital gains tax increases. Or when he talked about global warming. Or when he opposed drilling domestically.

Or when he did any of the other idiotic things that aren’t even Republican much less conservative.

amerpundit on December 23, 2009 at 7:16 PM

McCain generally toes the line with conservatives, 90% of the time, it is that 10% when he decides to jump ship that he goes batshit crazy. Ameripundit lists some of the best hits, let us not forget about the gang of 14 that he was so proud to be in.

bluemarlin on December 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

As for Griffith…the whisper campaign is gearing up as we speak.

My question is this: To produce the “dirt” so quickly, they had to have it on hand already, somewhere, at some level. I mean, come on. It’s been only a day, and he was one of their guys. Do they do oppo on their own guys as a routine precaution? How they’d get the info so quickly?

Do Democrats have some kind of “security apparatus” that keeps tab on Party members, to insure loyalty? Maybe it spies and checks up on private citizens thinking of running in primaries during the period before they become official Party nominees? I mean, someone at some level had to be checking up on this man. So I guess the Democrats have got themselves a little Stasi.

And if so–does it spy on other private citizens as well?

And to think people call these guys communists sometimes…no similarities at all…

Horatius on December 23, 2009 at 8:13 PM

would Specter be low hanging fruit here?

disillusioned on December 23, 2009 at 6:57 PM

No– Specter would be a low hanging hemorrhoid!

chickasaw42 on December 23, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Americannodash on December 23, 2009 at 7:55 PM

with a visor?

disillusioned on December 23, 2009 at 8:14 PM

An email from RINO Specter, who finally admitted his true blue colors when he embraced the party of socialism:

From the cloture vote, it is now apparent that 60 Democratic Senators are in favor of comprehensive health care reform. This legislation is an important step in seeing to it that adequate health care becomes a right in America and not just a privilege.

Click below to watch my video message on healthcare

It is not the bill that I would have preferred and there is an oppuntunity to improve it in conference. I would like to see a strong, robust public option. I would like to see more clear-cut language on a woman’s right to choose. But it has many important features. It covers 31 million more Americans. It has important insurance reforms. No longer can an insurance company reject a claim because of a pre-existing condition. No longer can there be a lifetime limit on insurance coverage.

I consider the legislation similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1965. It was a very good law, but it took a preliminary legislative enactment in 1957 and another in 1964 – each an incremental step – to set the stage for what was satisfactory and adequate civil rights legislation.

It is regrettable that there is such divisive partisanship in the Senate today. When we took the cloture vote, every one of the 60 Democrats said ‘Aye,’ and every one of the 40 Republicans said ‘Nay.’ It is the same attitude that pervaded the Senate during the stimulus package which I think was indispensible to avoid a 1929 Depression. I believe that when you have thousands of people dying each year because they don’t have insurance or adequate medical care, this bill is a very significant step forward.

Have a happy and healthy holiday season.

What an *ss!

onlineanalyst on December 23, 2009 at 8:14 PM

SEVEN WORDS:

McCain: Your days are numbered (in office)

PappyD61 on December 23, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Sweetest words I’ve heard in a long time I will have sweet dreams tonight and a Merrier Christmas just pondering those seven lovely words!
Replace the RINO with a conservative Arizona, you can do it!

dhunter on December 23, 2009 at 8:17 PM

What an *ss!

onlineanalyst on December 23, 2009 at 8:14 PM

You are way too kind. I was thinking along the lines of: “What a shitheel.” (Inject your favorite unmentionable expletives here.) But that’s just me.

Specter would have to climb a couple of ladders to reach the sewer.

hillbillyjim on December 23, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Carney won easily last year, 56/44, even in a solidly McCain district

Here’s the story on Carney. I’m in his district.
This is a pretty solid conservative district. Carney took Sherwood’s seat because Sherwood was stupid and got himself into an affair. He cheated on his wife! That only destroys conservatives.
The next election, I believe although I am not completely sure, there were no Republicans in the primary. I was in civil service at the time and when I found out about it, too late, I wanted to kick myself! It would have been an easy GOP primary to win! (I was civil service anyway and couldn’t have run). But I know there are more than a few Republicans around here in the tea party movement that have their eyes on that seat. Carney is a lib and I don’t think a very smart lib. He pretty much hid during all the town meetings. If he has had any conservative votes, it’s because he knows he has to tread lightly around here.

JellyToast on December 23, 2009 at 8:21 PM