Oh my: McCain 52, Hayworth 37?

posted at 2:08 pm on April 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Yeah, yeah, the poll was commissioned by Kos, but we’ve been over this before. Their pollster’s reputable, and if they were gaming the numbers here, some of their results would have tilted the other way. Hayworth beats all four hypothetical Democratic challengers? Obama’s net approval rating stands at -14? A plurality prefers a candidate who favors repealing ObamaCare to one who supports the law (44/39)? Not very Kos-y.

Despite the conventional wisdom that McCain could be vulnerable to an intra-party challenge, we find that McCain has a fairly solid level of favorability among Republicans. His current favorability among GOP voters stands at 76%, with only 19% expressing disapproval.

Hayworth, meanwhile, may well have some upside in the GOP primary, as he is still unknown to about a quarter of the electorate. And it is worth noting that among Republicans, he is well liked (a 61/16 favorability spread).

However, his upside might be limited to a GOP primary. In a general election, he is clearly a greater liability for the GOP. Hayworth is much less popular among both Democratic and Independent voters, and sports an net negative favorability (34/42) among all voters, joining only President Obama (41/55) and incumbent GOP Governor Jan Brewer (39/54) in minus territory.

McCain’s favorable rating stands at just 47/46 but it’s the grassroots’ misfortune, I guess, to be saddled with a “true conservative” champion who’s even less popular than he is. Incidentally, this is a poll of likely voters — just as Rasmussen’s polls are, of course. Except that when Rasmussen polled this same race two weeks ago, they found McCain’s lead to be just seven points. I don’t get it. What could have happened between now and then to rescue McCain’s sagging campaign and reinflate his lead?

Oh, right. That. More from Rasmussen’s mid-March analysis:

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Arizona GOP Primary voters shows McCain ahead 48% to 41%. Three percent (3%) favor another candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.

Following the announcement that Sarah Palin would campaign for his reelection, McCain opened up a 53% to 31% lead over Hayworth in January. The two men were in a near tie in November.

Every time Palin enters the equation, Maverick gets a jumbo-sized boost. Which is great news for her — proof positive that she’s an influence on conservative voters — but not so great for McCain-haters who are hoping for a Hayworth upset. If this race gets close near the end, you’d better believe ol’ Mav will be on the horn to Wasilla asking for another quick whistle-stop tour of Arizona. And there’s no reason at all to think Sarahcuda will say no, especially if given such a plum opportunity to play Senate kingmaker. Exit question: Blame Sarah?


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If McCain wins it strongly suggests our little country is simply too weak and sheep-like to resist the dirty socialist perversion of our little country.

Definitely not a hopeful sign, and that ridiculous woman has no clue at all what she’s doing on our little country.

She makes me sick.

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

How old are you? Seriously.

pugwriter on April 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

McCain is corrupt and vile I think.

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Since we are a day from Easter let me remark that John McCain is a carbon copy of Pontius Pilate. Pilate knew that Jesus had not committed a capital offense to be crucified for, but he made the mistake of trying to reach across the aisle in a spirit of goodwill and asked the people what they wanted; and they wanted Jesus killed. So instead of doing the right thing, he stepped aside and allowed Jesus to be taken to the cross to be mocked, have his side pierced by a spear to draw blood and finally to be crucified on the cross. But 3 days later Jesus rose again to reign supreme.

Why is John McCain, Pontius Pilate? During the campaign and after the campaign when the Obama war room allied with the Alaska bloggers designed a plan to send Palin into bankruptcy and to crucify her before the citizenry of Alaska, he stood by and said nothing and therefore let it happen even though he knew it was wrong. Palin was mocked, figuratively her enemies drew blood and she was mercilessly crucified which led to her resignation 9 months ago.

But like Jesus, Sarah Palin has risen from the political landfill of the dead and now reigns supreme among our political world.

Without Pontius Pilate there would have been no resurrection of Jesus Christ and without John McCain there would have not been a Sarah Palin who needed to be resurrected.

technopeasant on April 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Vile to where he makes me sick like I could throw up.

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Sarah is just like Mr. Jesus!!

Happy Easter ebrybodies!

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Good people of AZ, for the good of your state, but especially the good or our land, please send him home to retire with a little decency.

I plan on voting against this backstabbing POS RINO. And this isn’t just because of his piss poor record of late this goes back to his carpet bagging, Keating 5, holier-than-thou attitude. Imagine what this arrogant ass will do with Lindsey Graham and Obama. Be afraid.

skanter on April 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Palin owes nothing to McCain

Facepalm.

YYZ on April 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Hey! Same to you! Will they let you outside the aylum grounds for Easter?

darwin on April 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Can’t say I’m terribly surprised, given Arizona’s past voting propensities.

gryphon202 on April 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Are you referring to Goldwater, Kyle, Flake, or our conservative legislature?

itsnotaboutme on April 3, 2010 at 4:56 PM

To those who say Palin betrayed the Tea Parties by endorsing John McCain, how do you reconcile that with the fact that the Tea Parties pointedly refused to endorse McCain’s opponent in this race? Seems to me that if McCain was such an enemy to Tea Party values that endorsing McCain constitutes a betrayal of the Tea Parties, they would not have hesitated to endorse Hayworth.

DarkKnight3565 on April 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

How old are you? Seriously.

pugwriter on April 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I was laughing at that, too. I mean, c’mon.

itsnotaboutme on April 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:39 PM

How old are you? Seriously.

pugwriter on April 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

happyfeet is as old as his forked tongue and slightly older than his remaining tooth.

Americannodash on April 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Good people of AZ, for the good of your state, but especially the good or our land, please send him home to retire with a little decency.
I plan on voting against this backstabbing POS RINO. And this isn’t just because of his piss poor record of late this goes back to his carpet bagging, Keating 5, holier-than-thou attitude. Imagine what this arrogant ass will do with Lindsey Graham and Obama. Be afraid.

skanter on April 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM
During the presidential campaign, McCain came very close to endorsing Obama by showering him with undeserved praise. We should be afraid because Lindsey Graham is waiting for his bud to get back on board the maverick train to nowhere.

mobydutch on April 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

To those who say Palin betrayed the Tea Parties by endorsing John McCain, how do you reconcile that with the fact that the Tea Parties pointedly refused to endorse McCain’s opponent in this race? Seems to me that if McCain was such an enemy to Tea Party values that endorsing McCain constitutes a betrayal of the Tea Parties, they would not have hesitated to endorse Hayworth.

DarkKnight3565 on April 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Yes.

the_nile on April 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I’d like to know what CK MacLeod thinks of this.

MadisonConservative on April 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM

MB4, you confuse the kids with facts.

McCain is in great part responsible that the tanker project will end up with Airbus, again, or with Russia.

Then, he’ll support amnesty, cap ‘n trade, more financial bills that scroom all of us.

You go for him…some of you for your blind ‘love’ for SP.

Get a grip. This land is at a pivot (see Ryan article in HA headlines) and you’re still partying on top of the tilting point.

If you don’t stop, next year I’ll laugh even more at you, because by then you will deserve even more what has been wrought, with your help. The liberals are only one party to blame.

Wake up America. You are either doomed or will save yourself. Adorable ‘leaders’ won’t save you.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

It’s obvious that if McCain wins, it will be thanks to Palin. My prediction: he will serve only one more senate term, and the entire six years he will not do anything that seriously displeases her. More broadly, as leader of her own brand/special interest group, she may be very influential at aligning the GOP with Main Street instead of K Street or Wall Street. Imagine: Ordinary Folks having one of the most visible and influential advocates/lobbyists around. How novel.

alwaysfiredup on April 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Forgot – I’m sick and tired of this great land being ‘lead’ by incontinent old men/women (Reid, Pelosi, McCain,etc.) and arrogant, incompetent, teenager thugs (entire WH).

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I wonder what McCain has to say about this. He is always saying how he supports the military so much.

LTC Terry Lakin is the highest ranking and first active duty officer to refuse to obey all orders on the basis on unanswered questions regarding President Obama’s eligibility. A medical officer, Lakin has an impeccable military record, which includes providing medical care for admirals and generals at the Pentagon where he serves as Chief of Primary Care and Flight Surgeon for the DiLorenzo TRICARE Helath Clinic, and a previous tour in Afghanistan among other overseas posts.

His decision to refuse to obey all orders (including orders to deploy for a second time to Afghanistan) pending the release of the president’s original long-form birth certificate — not the computer-generated copy — is certain to have hit like a bombshell at the White House and Pentagon. It has already triggered an alarming phone call to Lakin from an officer thought to be conveying the opinion of “those higher up the chain of command.” The officer expressed concern for Lakin’s well-being and frame of mind — the strong implication being only someone not right in the head would risk the possibility of a court martial and loss of pension over Constitutional principle. Indeed, it was unofficially suggested to Lakin in this same phone call that a “brain scan” might be in order to detect a possible “brain tumor,” according to Margaret Hemenway, who is familiar with the conversation and who first broke the Lakin story earlier this week at Family Security Matters.

This creepy development should set off alarms everywhere. Even the unofficial suggestion that this brave challenge, mounted by a respected career officer and physician, might be resolved not, for example, in a court martial, but with medical treatment can only conjure visions of the worst excesses of the USSR and its nefarious treatment of “psychiatric patients” — read: political dissidents.

The fact is, the questions LTC Lakin wants answers to are completely valid, as I have written here, here, here, & here, for instance. A brain scan (don’t submit to one, Sir!) would only reveal an elevated presence of common sense.

These same questions are also ridiculously easy to answer. It takes but the merest presidential nod to the state of Hawaii, which could then make the original, long-form birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama available to the citizens of the United States he serves as president and commander-in-chief. End of story, right?

Why wouldn’t President Obama do this? Why wouldn’t he want to lay the issue to rest once and for all, ending his not inconsequential legal costs in a string of still-active court cases, calming all “birthers” (I hate that word) still tortured by “why?” inoculating all soldiers against cases of pre-post-and-during-traumatic stress syndrome as they deploy into war zones.

The two main possible answers I come up with are 1) he sees political gain in the division the mystery perpetuates, or 2) he has something to hide. Neither answer is a good one, and only begets more questions.

MB4 on April 3, 2010 at 5:17 PM

It’s obvious that if McCain wins, it will be thanks to Palin. My prediction: he will serve only one more senate term, and the entire six years he will not do anything that seriously displeases her…

alwaysfiredup on April 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Delusions are indignant (not only on the left).

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Forgot – I’m sick and tired of this great land being ‘lead’ by incontinent old men/women (Reid, Pelosi, McCain,etc.) and arrogant, incompetent, teenager thugs (entire WH).

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

And I would add to that the current crop of political Generals and Admirals who must have had their fingers crossed when they took their oath.

MB4 on April 3, 2010 at 5:24 PM

“The Obama campaign is to a large degree responsible for the birthplace controversy by at first claiming that Obama was born at Queens Hospital and, at another time, claiming that he was born at Kapioliani Hospital. These conflicting assertions, combined with reports of his paternal grandmother’s insistence to an interviewer that he was born in Kenya; and the break-in to the Obama passport file at the State Department (at least one news report alleged the file was cauterized) by an employee of The Analysis Corp., a firm headed by one of Obama’s top advisers (John Brennan) have all contributed to escalating demands for Obama to document his “natural born” citizenship status.”

MB4 on April 3, 2010 at 5:29 PM

DarkKnight3565 on April 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM

the_nile on April 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I hope it hasn’t escaped your attention that they have not endorsed McCain either. And won’t.

Eren on April 3, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Sorry, let me reformat:
DarkKnight3565 on April 3, 2010 at 4:57 PM
the_nile on April 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I hope it hasn’t escaped your attention that they have not endorsed McCain either. And won’t.

Eren on April 3, 2010 at 5:31 PM

“This creepy development should set off alarms everywhere. Even the unofficial suggestion that this brave challenge, mounted by a respected career officer and physician, might be resolved not, for example, in a court martial, but with medical treatment can only conjure visions of the worst excesses of the USSR and its nefarious treatment of “psychiatric patients” — read: political dissidents.”

When is John McCain, great supporter of soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen, going to call for a senate investigation of this clear abuse of power?

MB4 on April 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

MadisonConservative on April 3, 2010 at 5:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtMV44yoXZ0&feature=player_embedded

CK MacLeod on April 3, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Can’t say I’m terribly surprised, given Arizona’s past voting propensities. Not sure how much of this is directly attributable to Sarah Palin’s influence.

gryphon202 on April 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Well, the reference to Palin’s influence is based on the swing that AP mentioned. If that swing had gone the other way, we’d sure as hell be hearing how Palin is poison.

ddrintn on April 3, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Why wouldn’t President Obama do this? Why wouldn’t he want to lay the issue to rest once and for all, ending his not inconsequential legal costs in a string of still-active court cases, calming all “birthers” (I hate that word) still tortured by “why?” inoculating all soldiers against cases of pre-post-and-during-traumatic stress syndrome as they deploy into war zones.

The two main possible answers I come up with are 1) he sees political gain in the division the mystery perpetuates, or 2) he has something to hide. Neither answer is a good one, and only begets more questions.

I agree, there is something very wrong here. If I may though, there is a third possibility. Namely that it is a combination of 1 and 2. Obama has something to hide and to give him added incentive there is a clear political advantage of painting his opponents with the “birther” brush.

Shogun144 on April 3, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Quite a contrast in today’s Army – a muslim jihad is promoted to Major and a respected LTC and physician is told he needs a brain scan for a brain tumor.

MB4 on April 3, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Note: I am not saying the Obama his hiding any of the things that the birthers believe he is(namely, not being born in the US or not being a natural born citizen) but there may be something in his past that he is very interested in keeping secret.

With this man, there is no way of knowing. Obama is layers upon layers of nasty.

Shogun144 on April 3, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Uh oh, minor grammer issues above. Should be this:

Note: I am not saying the Obama is hiding any of the things that the birthers believe he is (namely, not being born in the US or not being a natural born citizen) but there may be something in his past that he is very interested in keeping secret.

Shogun144 on April 3, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Can’t say I’m terribly surprised, given Arizona’s past voting propensities. Not sure how much of this is directly attributable to Sarah Palin’s influence.

gryphon202 on April 3, 2010 at 4:30 PM

I was thinking the same thing. The same people who voted in Napolitano as governor, not once, but twice.

Shay on April 3, 2010 at 5:56 PM

McCain will NEVER get another dollar from me.

southsideironworks on April 3, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Vile to where he makes me sick like I could throw up.

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Make sure you get falling down drunk first, lay down on your back and relax first.

heshtesh on April 3, 2010 at 6:00 PM

McCain is a traitor to conservative principles–pure and simple. He has no future as a presidential candidate nor as an asset to the Republican party.

Sayonara, Maverick!

Stepan on April 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Michelle Malkin says it best about dear ole McCain.

mobydutch on April 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM

How old are you? Seriously.

pugwriter on April 3, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Well, I am 10 years old and happyfeet is about 4 years younger than I am so I guess that would make him about 6 years old.

Cheshire Cat on April 3, 2010 at 6:40 PM

My friendsh, shank you for your shupport. Now on to amneshty. I mean victory!

angryed on April 3, 2010 at 6:45 PM

I was thinking the same thing. The same people who voted in Napolitano as governor, not once, but twice.

Shay on April 3, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Yeah but you’d think Republicans would be a little smarter. Just when you think maybe things will change, the American voter throws water on those hopes.

Enjoy ObamaCare Arizona, especially you retirees out there. Idiots.

angryed on April 3, 2010 at 6:47 PM

CUDA

Metro on April 3, 2010 at 6:50 PM

McCain is a traitor to conservative principles–pure and simple. He has no future as a presidential candidate nor as an asset to the Republican party.

Sayonara, Maverick!

Stepan on April 3, 2010 at 6:02 PM

McCain is a traitor to conservative principles – pure and simple? Did he vote for tax increases like Huckabee? Did he support abortion and an individual mandate like Romney? Does he support gay marriage like Dick Cheney? Did he vote for Medicare Part D like Paul Ryan or Brownback? Did he call for retreat from Iraq like so many “real conservatives” did back in 2006 when the war was as popular as the Black Plague?

Point is, once you start cherry picking issues and going down this ‘he’s a traitor to conservative principles’ road, you can say it about just about anyone.

DarkKnight3565 on April 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Hayworth should just go for the other Senate seat of Arizona.

mooseburger on April 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM

She owes nothing to McCain? Sure, his campaign may have screwed up her chance to hold an elected office again but she also got moved into the national spotlight despite that and is now a king maker and thorn in Obama’s side.

Palin is not a “kingmaker”. She could have been a thorn in Obama’s side regardless if she campaigned for McCain or not. The simple fact is that McCain is not good for the conservative cause, period.

Yes, but he was still a better option than The Won.

Of course, that is why I voted for McCain. He was going to lose either way though, wasting Palin on his campaign was a mistake.

Because by not campaigning for him the narrative would never be pushed that this is another Right on Right battle or the extreme right fighting moderates, etc.?

Not at all, she could have stayed neutral. Believe me, she would be getting alot more credit on the right for never associating herself with McCain in the first place. To double down and support his re-election after his dismal presidential campaign is just stupid.

So which is it, in the first place or in retrospect?

Both.

Maybe she had a stronger desire to stop the socialist/extremist candidate rather than only think of her political fortunes?

She wasn’t in a position to stop Obama. You need to deal with the fact that as excited as some of us were to see her on the ticket, there were millions of people who abandoned McCain who were leaning his way. You may not like to hear that but it is true.

I was hyped after seeing her initial speech, but the interviews went horribly, I am sorry. She just plain wasn’t ready yet. And yes I know the media didn’t play fair with her but she should have seen that coming. She probably still isn’t ready now. She is a voice that needs to be heard but she has morphed into a celebrity/pundit. The TV shows and crap do not enhance her reputation as a leader, they diminish it. Finishing out her term as governor would have been a far better springboard for higher office. And I understand she had her reasons for leaving but that doesn’t change the fact it makes her look like she can’t handle the job.

I have to wonder, did you vote for McCain/Palin or are you one of those who thought we should teach the GOP a lesson or let America get screwed by liberal extremism so it would supposedly shift back to conservatism enough to undo the harm.

Of course I voted for McCain, straight Republican ticket every time since Reagan.

If you’re not a concern troll, try not to make the perfect the enemy of what is possible.

I am not a troll at all. I am being honest about some things you can’t seem to face. Palin is not our savior. I don’t expect perfection but she has made some blunders and bad decisions. Supporting McCain, for me, was the end. Just as RomneyCare ruins Mitt for me, a guy who I supported in the primary and liked alot. All I ask is for a good, Conservative, eloquent candidate that can lead.

The votes of Independents will be needed to win the next election and in 2012. She does not poll well with them and she has done little since leaving the governorship to turn it around. You need to deal with that.

Within the last 60 days, 70% of people say she is unqualified for the presidency. Even allowing for some bias in the polling that is an abysmal number that no amount of TV shows, tea party appearances or Facebook posts is going to erase. I say that not to diminish these contributions, they are all welcome and help the cause. They just don’t translate to presidential credentials.

echosyst on April 3, 2010 at 7:12 PM

I eagerly anticipate Sarah’s line of flavor saver plastic food storage containers.

Keep the tatey salad fresh!

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 7:19 PM

I’m really disappointed that she’d actually work to get him elected. Endorsement is one thing, another is going out and doing a whistle stop tour with her.

I am working hard with people to get JD elected. During summer, I plan on volunteering with JD.

We need to get rid of the POS who has continually sold us out.

Tim Burton on April 3, 2010 at 7:24 PM

I diasagree a ton with McCain’s policies and I’m mad about his handeling of the ’08 election, but the vile you guys spew towards a guy who gave several years of his life to this country in a Viet Cong prison camp is pretty pathetic. You should all be ashamed.

I’m far more conservative than McCain but there’s no way I’ll ever support a pompous windbag like JD Hayworth who’s trying to take advantage of the tea party movement. The guy is an un-authentic oppurtunist who probably looks at himself in a mirror as much as Obama does. I have no problem with supporting someone other than McCain, but please find me someone real to support. Is Hayworth really the best people could come up with?

eski502 on April 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM

Hayworth? Really?

mike_NC9 on April 3, 2010 at 7:31 PM

OT: I am Looking for productive slogans for NYC Tea Party signs; not cute-cute, but biting-effective.

NYC Tea Party will have major media coverage (because the lazy media is just a few blocks away). So there’s a big value to getting good signage…

I will post this in several places. Click on my “Posted by,” below to respond by Twitter or AskParisParamus at gmail (obviously, post it here as well).

ParisParamus on April 3, 2010 at 7:34 PM

I guess this proves how detrimental Palin was to the 2008 campaign.

Sven on April 3, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Ta dadada ta daaa! Palin power!

Mr Purple on April 3, 2010 at 7:56 PM

I eagerly anticipate Sarah’s line of flavor saver plastic food storage containers.

Keep the tatey salad fresh!

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Leftovers? At your house?

Please.

portlandon on April 3, 2010 at 7:58 PM

I really really really hope that McCain does not stab conservatives in the back one he’s safely ensconced in the Senate again… I really really really hope he doesn’t!

CCRWM on April 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Though it looks like Sarah will get McCain over the finish line victorious…might I also say… I would not be heartbroker if he lost…I just don’t trust him especialy on amnesty and we all know amnesty is coming down the pike…he’ll side with Obama on it …ugh!

CCRWM on April 3, 2010 at 8:02 PM

I can never find the lids.

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Sarah looks hot in that motorcross jacket-looking thing she has on in that photo.

Dork B. on April 3, 2010 at 8:26 PM

Poor JD. Looks like he’s hired some top GOP strategists/consultants. And getting the expected results. When will they ever learn? DD

Darvin Dowdy on April 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Who did J.D. hire? I suspect it was McCain’s presidential strategists and consultants.

mobydutch on April 3, 2010 at 8:54 PM

It’s a trap !
and Sarah Palin is unprincipled.

Mr. Arrogant on April 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM

McCain is one of the bastards Rush was talking about.

Speakup on April 3, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Sounds like LTC Terry Lakin is the Birthers latest & last Great White Hope.

AprilOrit on April 3, 2010 at 9:36 PM

I eagerly anticipate Sarah’s line of flavor saver plastic food storage containers.

Keep the tatey salad fresh!

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 7:19 PM

Which will be one more thing she does better than Obama. Sarah’s line of flavor saver plastic food storage containers will actually help create jobs, unlike Barry’s big bag of Chinese money.

jimmy2shoes on April 3, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I diasagree a ton with McCain’s policies and I’m mad about his handeling of the ‘08 election, but the vile you guys spew towards a guy who gave several years of his life to this country in a Viet Cong prison camp is pretty pathetic. You should all be ashamed.

Does serving a few years is a POW camp exempt you from your destructive decisions later? If that is the case, would you please start telling everyone what a great man Benedict Arnold was and how he was a great patriot and statesman….

I also hope you hold all Southerners who left to form the CSA as great Americans. Nearly all gave much in the Mexican-American War.

Davis was a great supporter of the Constitution, he served the US government faithfully, until he decided that the US Government was not faithfully serving the Constitution.

I expect you to hold them as great Americans and never curse their names when you speak of Lincoln.

I’m far more conservative than McCain but there’s no way I’ll ever support a pompous windbag like JD Hayworth who’s trying to take advantage of the tea party movement. The guy is an un-authentic oppurtunist who probably looks at himself in a mirror as much as Obama does. I have no problem with supporting someone other than McCain, but please find me someone real to support. Is Hayworth really the best people could come up with?

eski502 on April 3, 2010 at 7:28 PM

JD was with the Tea Party movement long before it was popular. He organized the march on our State Capital last April 15th, when the likes of McCain was refusing to speak there.

Hayworth also is not pompous, for you to believe that, means you never have actually met him. When I was a teenage, his church would pick me and my friends up, even though we were problem children. We ran into him many times at that church and he always spent a few minutes talking to us. He talked about Christianity, he also talked sports, especially high school sports. We knew who he was, because he was on TV. He never was arrogant, he wasn’t running for office and he had nothing to gain by being such a great human to a bunch of inner-city thugish kids.

Now McCain attended the same church. I can’t say he ever came up to talk to me, even though I knew who he was. He walked past me, but he never actually stopped and talked about Christ, sports, or anything else.

If JD is pompous, then the type of pompousness he demonstrated we need more of.

Tim Burton on April 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I can never find the lids.

happyfeet on April 3, 2010 at 8:10 PM

That is self-evident. Your brain has been exposed to the elements way too long. It’s fried.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM

I really really really hope that McCain does not stab conservatives in the back one he’s safely ensconced in the Senate again… I really really really hope he doesn’t!

CCRWM on April 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Oh, he will. He did it everytime he could. Tax cuts, judges, TARP, Presidential Campaign, etc, etc.

Tim Burton on April 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Oh, he will. He did it everytime he could. Tax cuts, judges, TARP, Presidential Campaign, etc, etc.

Tim Burton on April 3, 2010 at 9:55 PM

And how! He won’t ever run again and will have nothing to lose. He’ll be on an absolute RINO and media-loves-me mission.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Since we are a day from Easter let me remark that John McCain is a carbon copy of Pontius Pilate. Pilate knew that Jesus had not committed a capital offense to be crucified for, but he made the mistake of trying to reach across the aisle in a spirit of goodwill and asked the people what they wanted; and they wanted Jesus killed. So instead of doing the right thing, he stepped aside and allowed Jesus to be taken to the cross to be mocked, have his side pierced by a spear to draw blood and finally to be crucified on the cross. But 3 days later Jesus rose again to reign supreme.

Why is John McCain, Pontius Pilate? During the campaign and after the campaign when the Obama war room allied with the Alaska bloggers designed a plan to send Palin into bankruptcy and to crucify her before the citizenry of Alaska, he stood by and said nothing and therefore let it happen even though he knew it was wrong. Palin was mocked, figuratively her enemies drew blood and she was mercilessly crucified which led to her resignation 9 months ago.

But like Jesus, Sarah Palin has risen from the political landfill of the dead and now reigns supreme among our political world.

Without Pontius Pilate there would have been no resurrection of Jesus Christ and without John McCain there would have not been a Sarah Palin who needed to be resurrected.

technopeasant on April 3, 2010 at 4:51 PM

That is what is known as a profound statement.

With that said, and EVERYONE knows I am as big a Palinista as there is, I’m not sure I’m down with comparing her to Jesus.

I will say this, God works in Mysterious ways. I also think God has a HUGE plan for Sarah and yup, it involves her sitting in the Oval Office.

As sick as I am that the little Communist Chicago street thug won in 2008, and I have been sick since day one, I think this HAD to happen.

Look, Obama is actually WORSE than I thought he would be, and knew going in he was the spawn of the devil and just pure evil. Worse than Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, whoever.

Possibly the most evil being that ever lived.

He’s worse than all of that.

But think about it. Had John and Sarah won, he would have made a decent President and she would have been beyond miserable. She’s a team player, of course, but she’s used to being the lead dog.

Worse yet, while John would have been “OK” we would have continued our march toward where we are now,a communist state, just at a much slower pace and with only token resistance.

With Obama winning, and his insane radical communist agenda, and evil foreign policy toward Israel, America has awakened.

20 or 30 years worth of frustration with Big Government has come to a head. People have been pissed for a long, long time. But just as the Declaration of Independence states, people tend to put up with a hell of a lot before they say enough is enough.

Conservatives were frustrated with Bush, but they also love him. That’s kinda where we would have been with John. He would have made us mad on some things, but done just enough right for us to defend him to the hilt.

The thing about Obama is he is not a sympathetic figure. He is cold, uncaring, and well, just plain evil. Even his supporters can’t defend him. They can only attack his opponents. No one can actually defend the guy, because he is indefensible.

There would have never been a Tea Party or a 912 Project had Obama not been elected.

America would still be asleep.

That brings us to Sarah Palin. No one would have witnessed her strength, courage, and supreme leadership abilities had John been elected. She would have just been the VP. Depending on how bad John pissed people off, she may or may not have been POTUS afterward.

As it is, Sarah went on the attack just days after Obama was elected and has never stopped. She has proven she is the nation’s real leader.

There’s more to it, and this is where I believe God has made his choice. Sarah will be our next President.

Think about it. The more the left hits her, the stronger she gets. Nothing they try works. There has been an all out assault on her like this nation has never witnessed, and not only has it failed, it’s only made her stronger, more popular, and more powerful. (richer too!)

Then there is the GOP.

Think about it. think of all of the “flavor of the month” candidates all of the unenlightened have swooned over since late 2008.

First it was Mark Sanford. Remember? He was the best conservative ever, a genius. Oh man he was Teh Won. All of a sudden his life went to hell. Now I don’t think God made him get the 7 year itch, this guy had been doing the horizontal tango for some time, but all of a sudden… BOOM!

The everyone got all hot and bothered on that Huntsman guy. He went to work for Obama.

Newt is always out there and has nimrods drooling over him like he would make a good POTUS. People were too stupid to get the first sign (Newt and Pelosi on the park bench shilling for Algore) So…God sent De De Scozzafava, and that was that.

Huckabee was all that, ,and all of a sudden his stupidity and love for “rehabilitating” murders caught up with him.

Then there is Willard Romney. Man, no one in history looked so good to turn out and be such a slug! Romney already had a TON of issues that made him less than disirable, but RomneyCare, which is basically ObamaCare beta version, has ended any real shot he had. Oh, he’ll run. Too vain not to. Hell, Newt will probably run as well. But neither has a shot.

God works in mysterious ways, and I honestly believe God sees America as a place that was founded in his honor. At least our founders set us on a righteous path.

Most of America still wants to follow that path. We just have enough loud rebels who don’t.

I think this has all been arranged like it has for a reason, and a path has been cleared for Sarah to lead us back to the righteous path.

And I say this as someone who isn’t all that religious! I don’t go to church regularly and probably sin more than most.

But I know what I see here.

gary4205 on April 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM

What has to be recognized about the KoS poll is that it is employing a full spectrum poll to obtain primary voting results. It is not polling likely Republican primary voters.

Part of what needs to be recognized is that Hayworth still beats every single democrat.

Read between the lines. It is a KoS script after all.

Opportunity Costs on April 3, 2010 at 11:46 PM

Our little country deserves so much better than Meghan’s daddy in the Senate.

It’s just so sad.

happyfeet on April 4, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Does he support gay marriage like Dick Cheney? Did he vote for Medicare Part D like Paul Ryan or Brownback? Did he call for retreat from Iraq like so many “real conservatives” did back in 2006 when the war was as popular as the Black Plague?

Point is, once you start cherry picking issues and going down this ‘he’s a traitor to conservative principles’ road, you can say it about just about anyone.

DarkKnight3565 on April 3, 2010 at 6:51 PM

I’m amused about how the diehard socons on this site maintain their love for the Cheneys despite the gay marraige issue. I think after 8 years of lefties bashing Dick for everything under the sun, they feel they owe him and Liz no matter what.

Speedwagon82 on April 4, 2010 at 3:01 AM

Michelle Malkin says it best about dear ole McCain.

mobydutch on April 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Yeah. Obama appreciated it during the campaign.

Boxy_Brown on April 4, 2010 at 3:47 AM

Hayworth would be an embarrassment, just like he was in the House before being beaten.

I respect McCain. Even when he pisses me off, I respect the man.

Tres Angelas on April 4, 2010 at 7:25 AM

Ah yes, 2006, the year we taught the Republicans a lesson – that worked out great, huh? And not only did AZ’s fifth district teach JD a lesson in 2006, they reelected Harry Mitchell, lying-ass democrat, in 2008. Very smart, just like electing Nappy (twice) was smart. So far, everything has worked out well, right? Forget that illegals have overrun AZ. Don’t worry about child rapists who keep coming back after deportation, murderers taking out ranchers on their own land, they’re God’s children too, right, John? We don’t need the “GD” fence and eveything is hunky dorey so let’s keep doing what we’ve been doing. Great idea.

sloopy on April 4, 2010 at 8:14 AM

I’m not an AZ voter, so I don’t have any direct influence on the outcome here. But I will say that I would like McCain to lose to a better candidate. From what I have seen and heard I just don’t think Hayworth is a better candidate. As for endorsements, they mean little to me. (and I like Palin.)

drocity on April 4, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Blame Sarah?

Hmmmm. I guess you’ll have to if you’re not a McCain person. But a Senator McCain redux is not the end of the world.

xax on April 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Not that i have anything in particular against Hayworth but i just seem to get a weird feeling about him.

heshtesh on April 4, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Palin has repaid McCain 3 times over; with her on the ticket in 2008 she helped keeping McCain in the running and prevented a massive mandate for the one.

joeconn547 on April 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM

I hate John McCain and the decidedly unconservative brand of ‘republican’ he represents. He is everything that is wrong with the current version of the Republican party.

Yes, Senator McCain redux would be disastrous for the party – and for the country. The sooner he is gone, the better. Unfortunately, it looks like he’ll die before his constituents wake up and get rid of him.

joeconn547 – if a better candidate had been on the ticket, ‘the one’ wouldn’t be in the office now.

FU Johnny Mac.

Midas on April 4, 2010 at 2:09 PM

I respect McCain. Even when he pisses me off, I respect the man.

Tres Angelas on April 4, 2010 at 7:25 AM

I respect his service; that’s it.

Midas on April 4, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Sarah looks hot in that motorcross jacket-looking thing she has on in that photo.

Dork B. on April 3, 2010 at 8:26 PM

smokin.

johnnyU on April 4, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Arizona: 0

profitsbeard on April 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Hey…here’s a great idea:

McCain/Palin in 2012.

Show of hands. Who’s with me?

/

GrannyDee on April 4, 2010 at 3:10 PM

hayworth is garbage… anyone who support him is simply a hater

conservador on April 4, 2010 at 4:46 PM

If Sarah Palin values political support from males, she’ll back off from any further campaigning for John McCain. Just stay out of AZ period until after 11/2. DD

Darvin Dowdy on April 5, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Tim Burton on April 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Your comments are a perfect example of what makes America the great country that it is. Free speech is a wonderful individual right that even you get to exercise. Too bad you choose to exercise it in a foolish manner.

Your argument that McCain = “Traitor” and Jefferson Davis = “Patriot” is a failure.

Davis was a great supporter of the Constitution, he served the US government faithfully, until he decided that the US Government was not faithfully serving the Constitution.

Jefferson Davis was indeed great supporter of a Constitution, just not the United States Constitution. He embraced the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. You know the one. It contained Article I, Section 9, Clauses 1, 2, and 4, which denied individual rights to certain individuals.

Your patriot was for individual rights for certain individuals and against individual rights for certain other individuals, but you already knew this fact.

Davis willfully discarded the Constitution of the United States and embraced the Constitution of the Confederate State of America. He willingly took up arms in an attempt to forcefully replace the US Constitution with his new and improved version.

Patriot to the United States of America is not one of the applicable descriptions of Jefferson Davis.

I expect you to hold them as great Americans and never curse their names when you speak of Lincoln.

There is no need to curse the names of those embracing the Confederacy.

Their actions solidified their rightful place in history as being on the wrong side of individual rights.

The Lincoln Memorial is a fitting tribute to Lincoln’s rightful place in history.

rukiddingme on April 5, 2010 at 1:12 PM

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