We must deploy troops to patrol the border, says … John McCain

posted at 8:40 pm on March 30, 2010 by Allahpundit

I came thisclose to headlining the post “comedy gold.” What miracles hath this Hayworth primary challenge wrought!

From the man who once famously groused about conservatives’ desire to build a “goddamned fence” and then denied voting for it when pressed by Univision during the campaign, I give you John McCain — border warrior:

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), under fire from the right for not being tough enough on immigration in his Senate primary race, has called on Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to dispatch National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border…

In the letter, McCain says he has supported sending troops to the border in the past.

“Unfortunately that request was rejected by this Administration,” he writes. “A year later, in light of the recent incidents and the continued growth of drug violence along the border, I am asking you and the Administration to immediately reconsider your position and send National Guard troops to our southern border region.”

“All the language he’s using is red meat for conservatives,” said Gabe Gonzalez, a national director at the Center For Community Change. “He’s getting attacks on the right, so he’s going right.”

You think? It turned out, of course, that McCain’s preferred virtual fence didn’t work, so I guess this is his attempt to stay on offense by using that horrible murder of an Arizona rancher as a way to tack right on the issue. There’s some disdain among our commenters for Hayworth too given, among other things, his previous flirtation with Birtherism, so this seems like a fine time for a reader poll. New and (temporarily) improved right-wing McCain! Good enough for reelection?


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To coin a phrase, McCain is no longer relevant.

GarandFan on March 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I’m just a meek and mild little wallflower of a woman, says … HornetSting

MB4 on March 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM

What’s with all the Macistas flying off the handle, and the McHaters going apeshiite?

Jeebus…can’t even mention McCain without everyone jumping to and fro.

Bishop on March 30, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Men, this stuff we hear about America wanting to stay out of the war, not wanting to fight, is a lot of bullshit. Americans love to fight – traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble player; the fastest runner; the big league ball players; the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards. Americans play to win – all the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost, nor ever will lose a war, for the very thought of losing is hateful to an American.

Gen. G. Patton addressing 3rd Army

Word.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM

not 93!

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Gentlemen, We can rebuild him …

We have Sarah Palin …

We have the capability to build the world’s first RINOIC man.

John McRage will be that man. Better than he was before.

Younger … More Conservative at Election Time … Less Angry!

HondaV65 on March 30, 2010 at 9:11 PM

McCain suffers from the RINO virus, it lays dormant for appx 9 months during election cycles then attacks with a vengence for over 5 years.

It appears that he has infected his little buddy Lindsey with it also.

farright on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

shameless. please let this primary spell the end of maverickism.

sbvft contributor on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

JetBoy on March 30, 2010 at 8:49 PM

jetboy, nobody knew that the virtual fence wouldn’t work? Seriously? Tell you what, if you are actually being sincere in making that statement, I’ve got a virtual door I’d like to install on your house.

What? You can’t prove it won’t work.

Zetterson on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Head for the Palin TV show thread. A real prizewinner in there.

bikermailman on March 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM
Oh, I heard, I heard…

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM

You know, you say one little comment and it descends into hell. Pass the popcorn.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

McCain and Graham.
Living la vida loca!

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 8:48 PM

With Ricky Martin…

…in an RNC-sponsored trip to a bondage-themed club? The possibilities are endless.

(Curse these current events.)

Diane on March 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Can McCain have had an “awakening”? He has been awfully anti-Obama since losing to him in ’08.

It’s a good thing only Arizona residents get to vote in Arizona.

portlandon on March 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM

A virtual fence will work the same day we get a virtual bathroom. No real toilet paper allowed.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 9:10 PM

This language seems awfully…uh…vigorous. The Eye sees all, so you better watch the words that seem as if you are attempting to foment rancid.

Bishop on March 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

New and (temporarily) improved right-wing McCain! Good enough for reelection?

NO! You can’t trust McCain on this issue (and several other ones.) He’ll stab you in the back the day after the votes are counted.

Dusty on March 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

A virtual fence will work the same day we get a virtual bathroom. No real toilet paper allowed.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Its the thought that counts…you’ll get used to the smell.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Pass the popcorn.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

I heard MeggyMac prefers the Plankton flavored popcorn… got any?

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

On the one hand, McCain is so pissed off of the way ObamaCare was handled — the process issue. This may have changed him, and his willingness to reach across the aisle, going forward.

On the other hand, it’s John McCain… in an election year.

He is, in the final analysis, a box of chocolates, but with him you know what you’re gonna get.

TXUS on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

No real toilet paper allowed.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Cheryl? Cheryl Crow?

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Why was it that JD Hayworth didn’t run for another term in the House?

portlandon on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

the twins

Monica on March 30, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Frum and Brooks?
MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Two boobs- same thing.

Monica on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Actually if you really want to mess with minds, put up this sign on the border: Bienvenidos a Guatemala!

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

ajacksonian: Gautemala,lol!:)

canopfor on March 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

I could support McCain if allowed the Tea Partiers to place an “electric” device on “him” … every time he votes with Graham, those violent Tea Partiers get to zap him!

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Head for the Palin TV show thread. A real prizewinner in there.

bikermailman on March 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM
Oh, I heard, I heard…

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 9:08 PM
You know, you say one little comment and it descends into hell. Pass the popcorn.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Hell, I’ve been twisting chunder’s virtual nuts for a while. C’mon over, the water’s boiling.

katy the mean old lady on March 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

did someone say boobs

blatantblue on March 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Two boobs- same thing.

Monica on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Oh…

MeatHeadinCA on March 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

This language seems awfully…uh…vigorous. The Eye sees all, so you better watch the words that seem as if you are attempting to foment rancid.

Bishop on March 30, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Don’t worry…I’ve got an angle.

Me and AP have an undocumented, undiscussed agreement…I don’t besmirch the lovely Mrs. Obama, and I get access to a secret selection of adjectives and adverbs most others don’t.

Everyone is equal….some are more equal than others.

BobMbx on March 30, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Two boobs- same thing.

Monica on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Not all boobs are the same or pleasing.

thomasaur on March 30, 2010 at 9:18 PM

One doesn’t garner an over 80 rating from the ACU by being a flip-flopping RINO.

Right. The way to do that is to use a system that doesn’t score all your votes.

Spirit of 1776 on March 30, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Well said. The ACU rating system is a joke.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Two boobs- same thing.

Monica on March 30, 2010 at 9:15 PM
Not all boobs are the same or pleasing.

thomasaur on March 30, 2010 at 9:18 PM

obama man boobs…Helen Thomas, bleh. Sorry. That even grossed ME out.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Actually the virtual bathroom quip is one I stole from somewhere and re-adjusted it for a virtual fence… beats me where I stole it from, but it was pre-2006.

Now Cheryl Crow along the border offering to lead people to the virtual bathroom… right next to the Guatemala sign… yes… I can see that.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:20 PM

Build the fence,and put up a sign that says,

“Welcome to Canada”,!!!

That’ll screw’em up!!

canopfor on March 30, 2010 at 9:01 PM

:)

FloatingRock on March 30, 2010 at 9:21 PM

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM
Hell, I’ve been twisting chunder’s virtual nuts for a while. C’mon over, the water’s boiling.

katy the mean old lady on March 30, 2010 at 9:17 PM

Oh, I was over there earlier….my post seemed to, uh, get things off to the races.
It WASN’T funny.
My funny bone is VERY discriminating, to pun a thread.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:22 PM

canopfor – I do know how to mess with minds… it is a well honed skill that has ruined many a fine gamer in its day. I am coming to firmly believe that time travel is true… and that our timeline has been messed with as someone else’s idea of a joke. They kept on saving us so often: Berlin, Cuban Missile Crisis, flock of geese with NORAD, that fun stuff.

Now they stopped to watch the fun.

We are in deep trouble.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM

Number one: It is great to have HornetSting back. Number two: If this really is the New McCain, he needs to come out with a Big Apology for all of his past blunders and explain specifically why he has made such a turnaround (ha, ha) Then, after he officially disavows his past leadership, he needs to somehow give proof that he will never revert back to the old ways after the election in November. Pretty tall order, my friend. Number three: Ignore number two.

mobydutch on March 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Doesn’t matter if they send troops, Guardsmen, Border Patrol, or Boy Scouts. If they can’t shoot without getting indicted, what good are they???

n0doz on March 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Head for the Palin TV show thread. A real prizewinner in there.

bikermailman on March 30, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Anyone remember the TV shows Ronald Reagan did in the 1970s? Just saying.

bw222 on March 30, 2010 at 9:29 PM

If JD wins the primary and loses the general election, every person who has boosted him here should be banned…

ninjapirate on March 30, 2010 at 9:04 PM

First, let’s ban all of the people who supported McCain during the presidential primaries who then lost the general.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Doesn’t matter if they send troops, Guardsmen, Border Patrol, or Boy Scouts. If they can’t shoot without getting indicted, what good are they???

n0doz on March 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Pads. Helmets. Football.

Feel sorry for those folks coming over unprepared for the game!

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM

There are 3 possible scenarios:

1. He’s had a change of heart.
2. He and Lindsey are having a tiff.
3. The man is shameless.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM

n0doz on March 30, 2010 at 9:27 PM

I know some boyscouts who could chase the border-hoppin bastids back across the border crying for their mommies….and they wouldn’t need guns to do it! Mean little devils!

speed911 on March 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM

obama man boobs…Helen Thomas, bleh. Sorry. That even grossed ME out.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:19 PM

Helen, my love…

… Oh, I see you got the Brazilian wax job, you naughty girl!

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Interior enforcment.
Implement E-Verify.
Illegal alien employers are subject to 1 year in jail for each offense, along with a STIFF fine and six month revocation of license for each offense.
Stop paying welfare to illegal aliens.
Stop the anchor baby scam.
Without the government teat, they will go home.
Then, our Border Patrol can concentrate on drug smugglers and gang members.
And yes, stop putting our Border Patrol Agents in jail for doing their jobs!

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM

O…..M…..G. There is not enough bleach to clean that out of my brain.

speed911 on March 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2010 at 9:32 PM
O…..M…..G. There is not enough bleach to clean that out of my brain.

speed911 on March 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Quit bogarting the bleach…I need some too.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

You know, you say one little comment and it descends into hell. Pass the popcorn.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:12 PM

The choadster was itching for trouble. Wasn’t interested in actual debate, just wanted to get people as POd as it is.

bikermailman on March 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

mobydutch on March 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM

Thanks, dutch.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Empty words if I ever heard! Get out of politics your useless/

swimcoachmike on March 30, 2010 at 9:39 PM

The choadster was itching for trouble. Wasn’t interested in actual debate, just wanted to get people as POd as it is.

bikermailman on March 30, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Didn’t work. Chowderhead left, flailing it’s arms, mumbling something about “mean people,” then tripped on the steps climbing into the short bus.

speed911 on March 30, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Now they stopped to watch the fun.

We are in deep trouble.

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:25 PM

ajacksonian: I’m always laughing with you,never against
you guys,if I had my way,after 9/11,I would
of shut down both borders air tight,clean out
all the un-desirables,and then,cautiously,re
instituted allowing travel back into the USA!:)

canopfor on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 PM

mobydutch on March 30, 2010 at 9:26 PM
Thanks, dutch.

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:37 PM
=============================================================You are welcome, and I mean it!!!!!

mobydutch on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 PM

But does McCain want to deploy-deploy troops?

farright on March 30, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Stop the anchor baby scam.
Without the government teat, they will go home.
Then, our Border Patrol can concentrate on drug smugglers and gang members.
And yes, stop putting our Border Patrol Agents in jail for doing their jobs!

HornetSting on March 30, 2010 at 9:33 PM

HornetSting: Ya got my vote Stingette:)

canopfor on March 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM

canopfor on March 30, 2010 at 9:40 PM

I’m the one who’s been calling for a wall along the border… combines what everyone wants: moat, ditch, high wall, and then the close-in defense system of the Phalanx sort on auto-track and fire. Cost about what a superstructure of CV does, and way easier to maintain. And if we get all nicey in the future then its one of the greatest tourist attractions ever devised since the Great Wall (which had to pay itself back a century or so ago in tourism).

But then I do believe that defending the Nation starts at the borders…not at the UN… and, really, why is the UN inside our borders? Its a security risk. No good ever comes of lots of diplomats in confined spaces. They need open air and space… maybe Alberta… Siberia, perhaps… Mongolia…

ajacksonian on March 30, 2010 at 9:48 PM

McCain is in his conservative phase. Normally it lasts about 6 months and comes around once every 6 years. For some reason, this time it’s appeared a few months early. I wonder why?

Fred 2 on March 30, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Two Mexican Nationals have robbed a train in northern AZ.

John “amnesty” McCain to the rescue.

tetriskid on March 30, 2010 at 9:56 PM

It’s Too Late

DeathB4Tyranny on March 30, 2010 at 10:00 PM

JD by a mile in the poll. Big surprise….

conservnut on March 30, 2010 at 10:03 PM

3. The man is shameless.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Show me shameless!

russcote on March 30, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Time to go home you tired old RINO.

I for one will never forget your standing with Teddy and calling me a Racist because I want our borders enforced.

You’re an obvious fraud – and Karma’s a bitch! Time to go home and yell at the little kids walking on your lawn. cough.cough.

Tim_CA on March 30, 2010 at 10:07 PM

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rollthedice on March 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

The ROFLCOPTER crashed…

sorry

rollthedice on March 30, 2010 at 10:16 PM

I don’t normally post before I read the comments but I’m done with him.

Colorado Anne on March 30, 2010 at 10:18 PM

88 in Tucson today.

exdeadhead on March 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM

McCain wanting troops on the border is about as believable as Obama wanting tax cuts. The guy has spent his entire career in the Senate making sure the border has remained as wide open as possible. He has opposed every border enforcement policy with an actual chance of working. McCain is an illegals best friend.

roninacreage on March 30, 2010 at 10:31 PM

“All the language he’s using is red meat for conservatives,” said Gabe Gonzalez, a national director at the Center For Community Change. “He’s getting attacks on the right, so he’s going right.”

Poppycock! All that talk of amnesty from McVain & Grahamnesty is what keeps them pouring over the border in hopes of getting in while the getting’s good so that they can be counted as one of the new bona fide US citizen.

When we demanded that they first build a real fence, then discuss a comprehensive plan, we were told to shut up, change our bigoted ways.

Then the “border wars” heated up, namely the cartels and the Mex govt going at each other with cross-border collateral damages, these RINOs laid low.

When the dust settled, Lindsey starts talking up amnesty and while McVain would have dearly loved to show us conservatives his lefty-mavericky side, he couldn’t because of JD. If not for JD, post-HC DC would be all abuzz about a bipartisan plan to reform immgration like now.

Now that there’s betrayed blood in the Arizonian fields, McVain’s acting all concerned about the border. And to think if McVain, Grahamnesty and others of their ilk weren’t aiding and abetting the open borders crowd just a couple short years ago, we’d have a fence from sea to shining sea along our Southern flank.

Thanks for nothing JUAN, you’re as good as toast now. How’s that lovey-dovey feeling for poor ole illegals working out for you now?

AH_C on March 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM

It would be a mistake to nominate Hayworth. We need to focus repealing Obamacare. McCain is solid against it and is more electable then Hayworth. Hes provided too much fodder for the democrats to demagogue the hell out of him during the election for McCain’s seat.

jawkneemusic on March 30, 2010 at 10:39 PM

I don’t know what’s worse..that he thinks voters are stupid enough to buy sh*t like this, or that some of you actually will. Remember true believers, actions speak louder than words…amnesty ringleader? Juan Hernandez? He’s a liar and he’s insulting your intelligence. Do the ‘He’s a veteran’ mantra, if you must, or ‘He has an ‘R’ next to his name’ or ‘Hayworth is a birfer’ but please don’t trot out this pathetic pandering cr*p out as an actual arguement for voting for this turd.

austinnelly on March 30, 2010 at 10:42 PM

I seriously doubt that McDumbass has turned conservative he is after all a professional panderer,

But if he has, I still will never forgive him for telling the voting public that we should not question Pinnochios’ patriotism, that we had nothing to fear from an Obama presidency, that he loved his country.

After a statement like that the man has shown himself too be too stupid to represent any state in the US Senate or hold any public office higher than dog catcher!

Oh and need I mention his suspension of his pathetic campaign to throw capitalism, free enterprise and real conservatives overboard by voting for TARP?

Money bomb JD National money bomb to retire McCain!

dhunter on March 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Did McCain say what border? Maybe he meant the borders of DC to protect his “Good Friends” whose patriotism we must not mention, and who gave the biggest socialization of America evah! The “Kill Babies and Old People Bill”

dhunter on March 30, 2010 at 10:50 PM

There is a third guy running JD Dekin who would be better than either JD or McShame. I fear he will split the vote and we will end up with McShame.

Azygos on March 30, 2010 at 11:16 PM

*ring, ring*

John McCain: Hello.

Lindsey Graham: Hi John, this is Lindsey

John McCain: Are you talking to me on a cellular phone. I don’t know you. Who is this? Don’t call here anymore. I’m hanging up the phone. Prank caller! Prank caller!

Barrack on March 30, 2010 at 11:23 PM

I am perfectly happy to support those who are birthers. I do not particularly think Obama is not qualified, but the fact that the media failed the duty is entrusted with, which is to investigate and help do a solid vetting of our potential elected officials, such as the huge teams of reporters dispatched to dig dirt up on Sarah Palin, I feel that at this point in our nation’s history, it is time that the qualification of candidates be done in a transparent, verifiable and credible manner. I think that either the states need to make laws the require election officials to obtain vault certified copies of birth certificates, be granted access to all school records, travel outside the USA records and so forth. Should candidates fail to comply, then their name just simply will not be on the ballot and they can try to win with write in votes.

astonerii on March 30, 2010 at 11:36 PM

I am sick of McCain. I want him gone.

I donated money to JD Hayworth’s campaign, and I would invite you to do so also.

Hayworth or his office sent the first handwritten (not auto-pen) signature thank you note I’ve seen from a politician.

scotash on March 31, 2010 at 12:12 AM

We are all Charlie Brown and McCain is Lucy. Just when you think she’s going to hold the football, she pulls it away.

I for one will vote to never let that POS stab me in the back again. Ninja pirate, J.D. will win primary and the general by a large margin, go back to your I hate Palin mode.

jainphx on March 31, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Allah — for all the cr*p you get about candy-*ss Chamberlain RINO Eeyore beta-male tendencies, the two short paragraphs that began this post amply demonstrate why you are treasured. I was laughing so hard I had to stand up and walk away from the computer.

…border warrior.

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-hahahahaha!

cthulhu on March 31, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Can McCain have had an “awakening”? He has been awfully anti-Obama since losing to him in ‘08.

portlandon on March 30, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Maverick has an “awakening” every six years. IF the slacker wins … again … he will be reaching back across the aisle on Nov 3 to sell us out.

AZ_Redneck on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 AM

They must be having an election in AZ…Grue forgot to come down from the attic and tell me…

Gohawgs on March 31, 2010 at 1:03 AM

It would be a mistake to nominate Hayworth. We need to focus repealing Obamacare. McCain is solid against it and is more electable then Hayworth. Hes provided too much fodder for the democrats to demagogue the hell out of him during the election for McCain’s seat.

jawkneemusic on March 30, 2010 at 10:39 PM

So tell me this, Geniusboy: What happens when health care is resolved (for better or for worse) and then Barry tries to push something else through…like amnesty? You’d really trust McCain’s proven track-record on amnesty just cause he says he’s four-square for putting national guardsmen on the border?

Moron.

gryphon202 on March 31, 2010 at 1:17 AM

Funny how these illegals go back home when the economy starts to suck…gee, I thought they luuuuuved America?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 31, 2010 at 4:58 AM

Rebuilding John McCain would be like putting a wedding dress on a gorilla.

mixplix on March 31, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Some of you want to over think McCain’s conversion. Don’t he’s a professional politician who loves the power and prestige. He will say what he thinks to get people to believe him and Hayworth off his back. He is no different than any other pol.

Should pretty much give you his stripes, or spots, or what else it takes to make you see who he truly is. It could be argued in a small way that his wishy-washy approach to his own state’s border problems assisted in that rancher’s murder in some small way. In life, all things are connected.

Please someone vote against the guy. He isn’t a god, just a moderate who likes being liked by the same people who are trying to crush the nation.

Again, it seems an awful easy choice for Arizonians to make..

Jeeez..

archer52 on March 31, 2010 at 7:15 AM

Sometimes “Heh” is the only thing you can say. The last time McShamnesty wanted to send the National Guard to the border, it was to protect the poor, innocent illegal aliens from the evil, racist Minute Men.

Jaibones on March 31, 2010 at 7:23 AM

No, Allahpundit (and like minded posters), this is not the result of J.D. Hayworth. John McCain would be saying the same thing about sending the National Guard to defend the Southwest U.S. border if J.D. Hayworth had decided to spend 2010 in Tahiti drinking Mohitos.

John McCain is an expert in foreign policy, military matters and national security; and McCain knows well that the narco-terrorism and lawless behavior going on in northern Mexico is a serious national security threat to the United States. Further, John McCain got the message on immigration years ago that law enforcement must come first, saying that the current problem stems from the failure of the law enforcement provisions in the Reagan-era immigration reform bill to be enforced. So John McCain would be saying that we need to send the National Guard to the Southwest U.S. border with or without a primary challenger.

Nor has J.D. Hayworth prompted John McCain to be voting conservative in the Senate. McCain’s votes against Obama’s multi-trillion dollar deficit spending and bailouts are exactly what you expect McCain, who has always been a fiscal tightwad, to do. McCain’s staunch opposition to ObamaCare also reflected McCain’s historical fiscal conservatism as well as the fact that in the 2008 Presidential race, he had the most free market oriented approach to health care of all the candidates in either party. McCain’s vote against Sotomayer to the U.S. Supreme Court is matched by McCain’s vote against Sotomayer in 1998 to the U.S. Court of Appeals. McCain’s vote against radical pro-abortion Sibellius reflected his life long pro-life position.

It is, however, more than just mistaken what Allahpundit has posted here and what is also being said by some conservatives. For a number of reasons, it is counterproductive. First, McCain has been an effective voice against Obama, but that voice has been undercut because leftists can and have been saying that it is just because of a primary challenge citing to what some conservatives say. Second, saying that McCain has voted the way he has because of a primary challenger deflects attention away from the fact that Obama has a radical left agenda, and McCain’s votes were principled responses to Obama’s left wing agenda.

Phil Byler on March 31, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Send JD Hayworth $5 buck. Or more if you can spare it. This is the most important contest of the 2010 political season. If Hayworth can pull this off it’ll change the face of the GOP. Defeat the Big Tent Rino Moderates. DD

Darvin Dowdy on March 31, 2010 at 8:11 AM

Ajacksonian, you are far from the only one to support a real fence, with real teeth.

I dream of using microwave power transmission to create the fence. Try crossing that, and it cooks your goose. Side benefit is that it would make a solar power facility viable with an efficient distribution grid.

Barring that, and the technology does not quite exist to make it work yet, using an inner and outer physical barrier with a central “kill zone”, and automated weapons platforms would seem ideal.

A nation without borders is not a nation. A border that does not prevent crossing is not a border.

Someday we’ll learn. Maybe.

NavyspyII on March 31, 2010 at 8:37 AM

As to McCain’s position, I’ll take it with a grain of salt.

Ever notice how downright Hawkish he gets come election season? Every time, right on cue.

I once gave him a pass on the Keating 5 check-kiting scandal, figuring that he was just going with the flow in Washington. Now it appears to be more part of a pattern and practice of pushing for just as much as he can personally get away with and remain in office.

I respect the man for what he has been through, but that is not license to do whatever he wants, damn all consequences.

NavyspyII on March 31, 2010 at 8:40 AM

MCCAIN.. THINK AGAIN FOOL!

Senator John McCain, the so-called GOP maverick, is fighting for his political life in Arizona against former congressman and talk show host J.D. Hayworth. While most pundits believe his race may be close but he’ll pull out a win, some believe it’s time for McCain to retire.

In 2006, I wrote a column regarding U.S. Border Patrol agents from Arizona’s Local 2544 blasting McCain for his words and actions regarding border security, illegal aliens and amnesty. Here is that column which originally appeared in News with Views (2006):

United States Border Patrol agents are not happy with Senator John McCain (R-AZ) since he voted for the Amnesty Bill (S. 2611). And they’re not being quiet about their collective anger over the senator’s actions and remarks.

According to members of the agents’ union local 2544, Senator McCain has never been a friend to rank-and-file Border Patrol agents. Local 2544 represents US Border Patrol agents in Arizona, McCain’s home state.

“He routinely ignores correspondence from Border Patrol agents and often gives the impression that he is just too big and too important to deal with us,” they said.

“He attempts to undermine our mission at every turn and actively supports the criminals who violate our laws. He always trys to downplay the fact that illegal aliens knowingly and willingly violate our laws, and he is a close ally on immigration matters with Senator Ted Kennedy, who we believe is the biggest disgrace of all time in the United States Senate.”

These law enforcement agents point to Senator McCain’s “imperious attitude” towards rank-and-file Border Patrol agents and his complete disdain for their mission has been evident for many years.

BobAnthony on March 31, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Phil Byler on March 31, 2010 at 7:31 AM

That’s all fine and dandy. Yes, McCain has taken some positions that oppose the national non-defense policies of Obama.

However, he has also consistently advocated many of the same social train-wrecks that we all love to hate. Immigration, bailouts, etc.

I have a hard time supporting a man known to backstab, and then trust him not to backstab me. He gets the full x4 damage, and wields a vorpal dagger.

NavyspyII on March 31, 2010 at 8:45 AM

I don’t know what’s worse..that he thinks voters are stupid enough to buy sh*t like this, or that some of you actually will. Remember true believers, actions speak louder than words…amnesty ringleader? Juan Hernandez? He’s a liar and he’s insulting your intelligence. Do the ‘He’s a veteran’ mantra, if you must, or ‘He has an ‘R’ next to his name’ or ‘Hayworth is a birfer’ but please don’t trot out this pathetic pandering cr*p out as an actual arguement for voting for this turd.

austinnelly on March 30, 2010

It’s a weak hand, but it’s the one McCain handed them and they have to play it.

SKYFOX on March 31, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Wow Maverick. If you would have said this, maybe 2+years ago, you’d be President now.

IDIOT!

PappaMac on March 31, 2010 at 9:23 AM

What ^he^ said. If Mac had led the fight against Bush-Kennedy amnesty in 06, he would have been a far more formidable challenger for the WH in 08.

james23 on March 31, 2010 at 10:01 AM

John McCain suspended his campaign, just when Sarah was pulling his pathetic hind end out of the fire, went to D.C. to negotiate and ultimately sign on to Tarp, throwing capitalism, free enterprise,and conservatives to the dogs and ushering into office the lying, 1/2 black activist, American hating, Marxist/socialist that we have today and for that Mccain needs to go! Quietly or otherwise!

dhunter on March 31, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Doesn’t make a damn bit o’ difference what Maverick Senator John or Big Sis want/say/do. The Arizona National Guard belongs to the Governor. If the gov doesn’t say so, it simply doesn’t happen.

Mr. Grump on March 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Has mclame returned the Tides Foundation and George Soros money?
Has mclame fired his LaRaza buddy.
Is mclame a liar?

Not one congress critter in 545 old coots ever stood up during “takeover” and said out loud on the floor how many billions illegals received in health care, education, prisons etc. NOT ONE…..not one of these congress critters deserve to walk the halls of the senate or house. Not one decried muslim worship day on the grounds of the White House. Not one……butts in the air for all to cluck how progressive they all are. Americans will be rationed, no help for you sick white person, jose gets your xray and chemo…..and mohammed gets the very best treatment…because every congress critter is a coward and thief…

nondhimmie on March 31, 2010 at 11:21 AM

John McCain is an expert in foreign policy, military matters and national security; and McCain knows well that the narco-terrorism and lawless behavior going on in northern Mexico is a serious national security threat to the United States. Further, John McCain got the message on immigration years ago that law enforcement must come first…

Phil Byler on March 31, 2010 at 7:31 AM

Really genius?

Please site a few examples of Mr. “Call it a Banana”‘s deeds after “getting it” at the Border…that viurtual fence thing worked great didn’t it? – sorta like pissing money down a rathole.

No, silly little man, I don’t want a “maverick” in office, I want a solid Conservative…who shares my values.

Defeat the RINO!

Tim_CA on March 31, 2010 at 1:47 PM

As the song says, “We won’t get fooled again.”

Anchors Aweigh, Senator McCain

gordo on March 31, 2010 at 5:40 PM

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