Video: McCain town hall on immigration in Arizona gets hot

posted at 10:41 am on February 20, 2013 by Allahpundit

I’m giving you the video, but honestly all you need to do is look at this photo. That’s the face of a man who once famously grumbled about having to build “the goddamned fence,” then magically metamorphosed into an immigration hawk in time for his 2010 Senate re-election bid, and now has magically metamorphosed back into Chuck Schumer’s dance partner on a path to citizenship — only to face questions at home about that “goddamned fence” again.

If you missed it last week, here’s what one Arizona cop told Katie Pavlich about the future of comprehensive reform:

During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama touted the lowest illegal border crossings in 40 years, but with amnesty looming and border enforcement most likely coming after citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, law enforcement officials in Arizona are seeing an uptick in activity.

“We are seeing an uptick in bodies as of the last couple of weeks. We are starting to see large groups again in our AOR [Area of Responsibility]. The groups are up into the 20 to 40 range,” Pinal County Sheriff Department Lieutenant and SWAT team member Matthew Thomas tells Townhall…

Thomas tells Townhall Pinal County deputies are bracing for a “mad dash” as hints of amnesty continue.

WaPo also reported last week on the “new urgency” among would-be illegals to make it into the U.S. in time to enjoy the instant legalization that’ll come if/when the McCain/Schumer/Rubio Senate bill is enacted. (“[I]f the Americans were finally going to change their laws and offer a chance to stay, no one wanted to be stuck on the wrong side of the border.”) Still, give Maverick credit for facing the music here. You won’t see many other Republicans in Congress follow his lead, not just because they lack the nerve but because having grassroots conservatives on camera shouting about troops on the border or whatever from the audience undermines the whole point of this effort from the GOP leadership’s perspective. McCain himself has been admirably blunt about their motives: “Elections. Elections.” This is a PR play to try to win back some Latino voters, and the last thing you want when you’re doing PR is someone on your side going wildly “off-message.” Don’t expect many more town halls unless the audience has been carefully screened in advance.

Here’s the local newscast about the event followed by a 2010 flashback to one of the most ludicrous campaign ads you’ll ever see.



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Arizona’s finest since 1986.

DanMan on February 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Is that an old-man ponytail or is that an arm growing out of that guy’s back in that picture?

Monkeytoe on February 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Haha. Banana. Real funny Sen McCain. This is such a laughing matter. 30 illegals squatting in pretty decent neighborhoods with sewage literally running down the driveway in a home they’re not paying for is hysterical!

Hawkerflyer on February 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

“That’s not a fence!”

“It’s not? OK, it’s a banana.”

A real man of genius….

HotAirian on February 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Well, AZ had their chance to get some new blood in the senate and punted. If they thought that maybe McLame had grown a pair or had seen the light about immigration, or the fence being built, they now have 6 years to reflect on their vote. Unfortunately, so do the rest of us.

Kissmygrits on February 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Elections… my friends.. elections.

Hee. Why Rubio is in Israel this week playing President.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Haha. Banana. Real funny Sen McCain. This is such a laughing matter. 30 illegals squatting in pretty decent neighborhoods with sewage literally running down the driveway in a home they’re not paying for is hysterical!

Hawkerflyer on February 20, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Then call up the local gov’t or the home owners association and complain.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

If I had been in that meeting and McCain flashed that angry grimace at me, I would have been asking for a sheet of paper to write up the Recall petition and start passing it around the meeting for the first batch of signatures right there on the spot, and I mean with that SOB McCain standing there the whole time! And I would have made sure he KNEW what that petition was for!

This guy has been in office way too long! People in AZ need to hand him his walking papers like yesterday!

Enough is enough as far as McCain goes!!! And GO, he must!

pilamaye on February 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Interesting video, including the comments afterward. I preceeded McCain in the Valley, and like so many at the time he came here (and unfortunately ever after), I swooned over his war hero status. But volunteering for his campaign among the Republican students at ASU gave me a chance to know him for what he really is. I wish I were persuasive telling people about him… “But he’s a war hero!” seems to trump everything else…it seems that Arizona Republicans are no smarter than American Dims.

Shay on February 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

This is a PR play to try to win back some Latino voters, and the last thing you want when you’re doing PR is someone on your side going wildly “off-message.”

There is no evidence that giving illegals a “path to citizenship” will translate into Republican votes.
Actually just the opposite will happen. McLame, Rubio and all the rest are just wrong.
As long as Obama is president the border will remain open and the democrats will be rewarding the border crossers with food stamps and free health care…..

Heck I would cross the border myself if I got a deal like that.

Too bad Canada won’t make the same offer to Americans.

redguy on February 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

I would like to thank the voters of Arizona for once again re-electing this @zz. One would think that you would wise up to his line of crap over the years, but no! You fell for it once again.

Jeff Flake had better wake up and fast. Get away from this guy.

De Oppresso Liber on February 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Is that an old-man ponytail or is that an arm growing out of that guy’s back in that picture?

Monkeytoe on February 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM

its his sunglasses.

ChunkyLover on February 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

This is a PR play to try to win back some Latino voters

Republicans should just push for the decriminalization of all crimes committed by non-white people. They’ll love you forever!

Buddahpundit on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

There is no evidence that giving illegals a “path to citizenship” will translate into Republican votes.
Actually just the opposite will happen. McLame, Rubio and all the rest are just wrong.

They never get that message, even when you give them facts about what happened after the ’86 amnesty.

ChunkyLover on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Meanwhile, McCain’s fellow amnesty pusher Marco Rubio, the guy who we are suppossed to forgive on amnesty because he is so electable, has a net negative approval rating, 27% approve, 29% disapprove.

http://www.people-press.org/2013/02/20/hagel-better-known-viewed-more-negatively/?src=rss_main

Jon0815 on February 20, 2013 at 11:03 AM

1. The Mexican Drug Cartels run the U.S./ Mexican Border now.

2. The Mexican Drug Cartels use the Zetas/Hired Killers as enforcers

3. The “coyotes” obey the drug bosses or they die with their heads chppped off or are burned to death with car tires around their bodies “burned alive”.

4. Every illegal that crosses the border now is required to “mule” in a set amount of drugs.

5. There are leaks from our side of the border now from “paid enforments in law enforcement on our side. DEA, Border Patrol, Local under paid sherriff dept.’s ect.

6. There are Mexican Army units on the Mexican Drug Cartels payroll who use Mexican Army equipment to guard drug shipments and often come as far as 10 or more miles into U.S. territory.

7. All of the members of the two party evil money cult know all this, yet they do nothing.

8. Fast and Furious all known by them all to include the Mexican Goverment.

9. Brian Terry is still dead.

10. Ramos and Copehean both went to jail, lost there jobs for just the act of stoping a known drug mule as he muled drugs into the U.S..

Only Question left after these facts are known to U.S. and the members of the two party evil money cult,,,,

Will , We the People fight back?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

I am glad someone in Arizona brought up the “build a fence” commercial McCain used to get re-elected. I realize that it isn’t going to shame McCain but it does tell him if he thinks their isn’t a groundswell of support for border security and that when a Ted Cruz looks him in the eye and tells him that he isn’t politically afraid of opposing Amnesty McCain will know he isn’t bluffing.

Conan on February 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

“You said, ‘Build the dang fence.’ Where’s the fence?”

I know more about this than anyone else in this Room!!! Or any room for that matter! I’m John McCain, son and grandson of Admirals! Now sit down and shut up you nativist low life before I and my dear amigo Marco Rubio ram a fence up your ass! – Juan McCaino

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 11:09 AM

The “fence” ad is quite perfect. Two shameless liars walking along a fence that’s completely ineffective as-is and neither of whom has any intention of completing.

I wonder if McCain knew about Babeu’s gay tryst with the illegal immigrant at the time he made this ad?

KingGold on February 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Lsm just loving their maverick

Blech

cmsinaz on February 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Benedict McCain

Bmore on February 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Obama and his very willing stooges in the Destruction of America – McCain, Graham and Rubio.

President Barack Obama reached out by telephone Tuesday to Republican senators playing a key role in the debate on overhauling America’s immigration policy, the White House said. He called Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida “to discuss their shared commitment to bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform,” spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Funny how to McCain, spending money is equal to actual results. Only in Washington.

Neo on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

John McCain—tough talking “Conservative” for the 6 months before his race and a squishy RINO for the remainder of his term…until the next race. C’mon Arizona, wise up.

Clink on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Exactly. Its amazing that people keep falling for the same schtick over and over.

Mimzey on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

We didn’t have the best guy against him during the primary

Sorry..McCain’s money machine is huge

cmsinaz on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Don’t be duped by Marco “Teddy” Rubio The Borker or you are the biggest dupe of them all.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/340962/borking-immigration-hawks-mark-krikorian

Remember this?

Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens.

The high-immigration Right has borrowed not only its immigration-policy views from Ted Kennedy, but now his political tactics as well. Grover Norquist, Linda Chavez, American Conservative Union president Al Cardenas — and Senator Marco Rubio — have launched a campaign to Bork those on the right who disagree with President Obama’s immigration plans.

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Why doesn’t McCain just get his pandering over with already and stand at the border distributing green cards, EBT cards, info on Section 8 housing and O-care, pre-filled voters’ registration cards, drivers’ licenses, etc?

onlineanalyst on February 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

1986 – “There will be no more amnesty. We will secure our borders.”

Uh, yeah.

GarandFan on February 20, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Does anyone else think a 24% increase in the minimum wage will bring MORE illegals here?

$7.25 might not be worth the trouble…but $9 an hour….yeah, it would.

originalpechanga on February 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Only Question left after these facts are known to U.S. and the members of the two party evil money cult,,,,

Will , We the People fight back?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Good question – if people on the border did fight back – they would be arrested by US border patrol and shipped over to Mexico – never to be heard from again.

It’s a war and the US and Mexico are aligned with the powerful drug cartels.

How do you fight an asymmetrical war? Terror my friend. Terror. That’s all I am saying.

redguy on February 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Hmm…..the HighLights,

Bedding Down Kennedy,and a Curved Banana!

And Mc Cains OnGoing/NeverEnding Immigration Mutiny!!!!!

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Why doesn’t McCain just get his pandering over with already and stand at the border distributing green cards, EBT cards, info on Section 8 housing and O-care, pre-filled voters’ registration cards, drivers’ licenses, etc?

onlineanalyst on February 20, 2013 at 11:16 AM

He does that everyday while being a Senator. Ted Cruz needs to rabid on McLame……

redguy on February 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Allow me to re-post what I had posted last night in a Headline thread about the Rubio plan.

This is interesting. Mark Krikorian weighs in with this little squib:

Republicans may not like David Plouffe very much, but he did help get Obama elected, twice. And he certainly gets Hispanic politics better than the GOP brain trust. Here’s an excerpt from a piece in Sunday’s NYT magazine:

But, I asked Plouffe, wasn’t the G.O.P. just one postmodern presidential candidate — say, a Senator Marco Rubio — away from getting back into the game?

Pouncing, he replied: “Let me tell you something. The Hispanic voters in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico don’t give a damn about Marco Rubio, the Tea Party Cuban-American from Florida. You know what? We won the Cuban vote! And it’s because younger Cubans are behaving differently than their parents. It’s probably my favorite stat of the whole campaign. So this notion that Marco Rubio is going to heal their problems — it’s not even sophomoric; it’s juvenile! And by the way: the bigger problem they’ve got with Latinos isn’t immigration. It’s their economic policies and health care. The group that supported the president’s health care bill the most? Latinos.”

So, the appeal of Obysmal and his merry band of Dems is not citizenship at all but more presents from the Preezy. But we knew that.

onlineanalyst on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Reporter: Senator McCain, is it true that if you are reelected you will work hard to see that a real fence is put up along the border with Mexico rather than just some phony so called “virtual fence”? And a follow up question sir, if so what will the physical fence look like?

Senator McCain: That is a very good question my friend and yes when I am reelected I will see to it that a physical fence is put up along the border if I and my dear friends Lindsey and Marco have to build it ourselves! What will it look like? Well it will run the full length of the border and have special security gates every 100 feet. All the security gates will have on them:

1) Press one for Spanish (with a response of “Welcome Amigo, my country is your country and please take a free map to the wonderful plantation
owner employer of your choice. Also please feel free to enroll you children in our schools and demand that they be taught in Spanish and please also feel free to avail yourself of all the free medical care that you want. If there are any Gringos in line in front of you, just go to the head of the line. If you want to fly any Mexican flags please feel free to just take down an American one and use it’s flag pole”).

2) Press two for English (with a response of “screw you! I know more than any of you damned bigoted nativist lazy honky gringos who do not want what is right for America del Norte!!!”)

VorDaj on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Capt’n Queegs Dang Fence Curse!!

canopfor on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

McLame says we are a Judaeo-Christian nation so we must reward lawbreakers.Are you talking about all lawbreakers,Mclame,or just those who belong to an important political demographic to whom the GOP is shamelessly pandering.And if we are talking about Judaeo-Christian values-how about “an eye for an eye”-That shoild give us the right to invade Mexico and take whatever the hell we like!

redware on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

“They wash … they mow our lawns, they care for our babies, they … that what those people do, but that’s what those people do sir …”

And the point is what? That they do thing Americans don’t do? Or, is it that they aren’t lazy takers but hard working individuals? Or both?

That’s all underground economy, effected by their relative inability to get jobs within the standard framework of being known to the government. (Those that get take the chance on regular jobs have ot break some other laws to do so.) They’re more likely to accept less than minimum wage in exchange for the job with the mutual understanding that both worker and employer will keep the arrangement on the QT.

An underground economy means no income taxes, no FICA and Medicare payments. If it’s a service it means no sales taxes. If it’s a business that hires, the costs still go somewhere to keep the profit down.

Quite a bit of that goes out the window when the illegal alien is legalized and a lot of other things just change. The jobs may be retained and the taxes still aren’t paid, but the legal worker now has access to government entitlements. Or the jobs may go, because the price is now too high to employ them. And that will be exacerbated by the other brilliant “we’re here to help” political schemes, like raising the minimum wage. So all te newly legalized illegal aliens will compete with citizens for scarce jobs, putting downward pressure on wages ad upward pressure on entitlements.

All because the government refuses to control immigration and does it’s best with their wrongheaded policies to increase the problems along the borders.

During the 2008 campaign, McCain admitted he was ignorant of economics and yet he’s still done absolutely nothing to fix that problem, which should be as big a concern to the public as is his addiction to ‘fixing’ the illegal immigration problem.

Dusty on February 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM

A significant portion of these people are coming in claiming fear of return to their country of origin. They know that if they pass their asylum interview, they can get a bond hearing and plop down a few thousand bucks for release. Take a wild guess about the % that group actually shows up before an immigration judge after they get out on bond.

NorthernCross on February 20, 2013 at 11:28 AM

John McCain is a doddering old fool who has been privileged throughout his life. Had his father and grandfather not been admirals, he would have not been admitted to the Naval Academy or would have flunked out. Then he married money.

I would like to see him take the Beer Baroness and Miss Piggy and ride off into the sunset.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

magically metamorphosed back into Chuck Schumer’s dance partner

…I’m starting to think the Senile Senator is his butt buddy!…I’m starting to get sick when I see that idiot. HE IS NOT A SPOKESMAN FOR THE R SIDE OF THE FENCE!…shut up the old fart and keep him home dammit!
I can not stand his senility anymore!

KOOLAID2 on February 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

I doubt it even gets done AP. No urgency in congress, no deadline and Obama isnt heavily invested in it to make democrats work.

Flapjackmaka on February 20, 2013 at 11:33 AM

More nails in the GOP coffin.

Mr. Arrogant on February 20, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I just love it when any ‘I’m better than you, now shut up’ elected get slammed by voters! It is funny to watch them get so mad at having to answer questions on krap they told us they would do but haven’t!

Sure wish this would happen more and more.
L

letget on February 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

As I said many times back in the 2011 GOP primary, anyone who tells you he’s going to get a complete fence built along the whole border is lying to you, or doesn’t know what he’s talking about, so keep that in mind.

At the same time, Napolitano is on drugs if she thinks everything’s hunky-dory along the border. In Brooks County, TX last year, ranchers found 127 dead bodies on their ranches, and they also saved many who were still alive but abandoned to die by their coyotes. Also, the sheriffs estimate that fewer than half the bodies are found because the hogs eat the bodies, so probably 250 illegals died on ranches in just that one county. Of course many of these are OTMs from Asia or Central America, not Mexico, but you have Mexican cartels who’ve overrun Texas ranches and caused the owners to move away.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

McShame, you’re a detestable lying sack of sh!t and everyone’s known this for a very long time (including your won mother who understood that her idiot son was hated by conservatives like no ones business). Take your pathetic self and your annoying daughter and leave the public stage, already. And take the crybaby boner and the worm rubio with you. Don’t come back. You’re not welcomed. Go move to Mexico to be with your constituents, dirtballs … and cow.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

pilamaye: “This guy has been in office way too long! People in AZ need to hand him his walking papers like yesterday!
Enough is enough as far as McCain goes!!! And GO, he must”!

McAmnesty won re-election by 59.2%. I’d say that the people of AZ want him there.
Voters really weren’t that dumb to believe him when he campaigned for border security, or were they?

Belle on February 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

You can fight the good fight as long as you choose or you can try to minimize the damage. I’m not exactly a McCain supporter, but this appears to be his method to the madness. It is my belief that in the end President Obama and his crew of Democrats will derail immigration reform. As it stands it would be best to not allow a lot of stench to get on you in this process.

DDay on February 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM

John McCain is a doddering old fool who has been privileged throughout his life. Had his father and grandfather not been admirals, he would have not been admitted to the Naval Academy or would have flunked out. Then he married money.

I would like to see him take the Beer Baroness and Miss Piggy and ride off into the sunset.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

McCain’s little brother did flunk out of the Academy, so being an Admiral’s son is not a guarantee. Also, three of his sons have quietly served in the military, so that partially makes up for the one horrible daughter.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Only Question left after these facts are known to U.S. and the members of the two party evil money cult,,,,

Will , We the People fight back?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Can’t see anything to disagree with here. But to your question:

No, probably not. People are too encumbered by their comforts and think that the politicians will do it. That is, the people who are paying attention, which is probably about 10% of the population. The rest enjoy their iCrap and Honey Boo Boo and have absolutely no idea what is going on.

It will only become apparent to those 90% when it is much too late.

Kim

kim roy on February 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM

So, the appeal of Obysmal and his merry band of Dems is not citizenship at all but more presents from the Preezy. But we knew that.

onlineanalyst on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Yes, we know that. I remember reading a poll of Latino voters only…and the one thing that struck me most was how more than 60% of Hispanics said they were not in favor of repealing Obamacare. Romney was dead in the water with those voters right from the start.

lynncgb on February 20, 2013 at 11:52 AM

McCain’s little brother did flunk out of the Academy, so being an Admiral’s son is not a guarantee.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

McShame, himself, was right around the bottom of his class – 894 out of 899.

And he ranks around 99 out of 100 Senators (with over half of them being brain-dead, America-hating leftist vermin).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 20, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Ed Morrissey in 2010, hotair’s John McCain:

The 73% fringe that supports AZ immigration law
posted at 12:55 pm on May 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama and the Democrats keep trying to paint the new law in Arizona on immigration as some sort of misguided effort by a frustrated fringe. Unfortunately for them, a new poll from Pew Research shows that they’re the fringe — even in their own party. Almost three-quarters of Americans support Arizona’s new law, and almost two-thirds of Democrats support the already-law requirement for immigrants to carry ID:

That’s not the only bad news for Obama from Pew. While they have his overall job approval at a perhaps-generous 47%, his numbers on immigration have tanked over the last six months. They started off badly in November, at 31/48, making immigration one of his weakest policy areas, but he’s managed to lose 12 points in the gap since. He’s now at 25/54, down from 29/47 a month ago. His dismissive attitude towards Arizona’s law has damaged him.

The AZ immigration law is only getting more popular, not less. It’s making Obama look more and more like an ivory-tower elitist and less every day like someone who understands the problems of people in the country he leads. With numbers like these, don’t expect a push on amnesty any time soon, or perhaps ever. This appears to have become a big game-changer.

Ed’s pushing for amnesty now.

sauldalinsky on February 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

McCain’s little brother did flunk out of the Academy, so being an Admiral’s son is not a guarantee. Also, three of his sons have quietly served in the military, so that partially makes up for the one horrible daughter.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Actually surprised that Meggie Mac is allowed to be as frivolous as she is considering that McCain’s sons have all served in the military. Both his sons with Cindy have done tours in warzones. In fact, the younger one was actually in Iraq in 2008 when McCain was running in the primaries.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

So, the appeal of Obysmal and his merry band of Dems is not citizenship at all but more presents from the Preezy. But we knew that.

onlineanalyst on February 20, 2013 at 11:25 AM

If you read the article, Newt underscores what Plouffe said in the context or debating Stuart Stevens and disputing Rove. As long as the Dems are the party of “free stuff” and anyone else is the party of personal responsibility, the incoming “immigrants” to whom amnesty is being promised will line up to vote democrat. Period. They vote their wallets, not social issues.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Here’s another video from the same town hall meeting where McCain calls the man a jerk. We pay his salary and he should be above that kind of display.

McCain insults all Americans when he tells us the illegals he wants to give amnesty to are the ones that mow our yards and take care of our babies. Maybe wealthy politicians hire illegal aliens for household duties but not all Americans do so.

GrannySunni on February 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

OT: Hey, HotAir? What is up with the periodic, automatic logging out of the clients here? It’s getting a bit annoying to try and post only to be told, “You are not logged in” when you know damn well you were logged in 15 minutes ago and did nothing to change your status in the interim.

totherightofthem on February 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Here’s another video from the same town hall meeting where McCain calls the man a jerk. We pay his salary and he should be above that kind of display.

When one has been in DC as long as McCain, one often fails to remember who pays the salaries and shouldn’t be subjected to such public treatment by citizens.

hawkeye54 on February 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

John McCain is an habitual LIAR. He LIED to the people in Arizona durung his last election.

If McCain decides to run again, which I suspect he will do if he does not die in office during his current term, he will LIE AGAIN and be FOR border security!

Long term plutocrats like Kennedy, Byrd, Spector, and McCain, cannot accept losing the power they desperatly crave and love to die in office.

Freddy on February 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Ed’s pushing for amnesty now.

sauldalinsky on February 20, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Ed has long been pushing for amnesty. Where have you been?

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“But he’s a war hero!” seems to trump everything else…it seems that Arizona Republicans are no smarter than American Dims.

Shay on February 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

McCain like became a war hero (and POW) because he was a lousy pilot. He crashed far more than his share of planes.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

You AZ morons voted the old fart into office for years. Now you get what you wanted, somebody with good ‘ole boy attitudes and a Schumer pal. Good Lord, save us from RINO’s and fools.

ultracon on February 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Actually surprised that Meggie Mac is allowed to be as frivolous as she is considering that McCain’s sons have all served in the military. Both his sons with Cindy have done tours in warzones. In fact, the younger one was actually in Iraq in 2008 when McCain was running in the primaries.

Illinidiva on February 20, 2013 at 12:02 PM

That’s ONE thing I will give McCain. He is the only neocon I know whose children have served in the military. Most, like Bill Kristol, are all for getting the sons and daughters killed for their nation-building.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

John McCain—tough talking “Conservative” for the 6 months before his race and a squishy RINO for the remainder of his term…until the next race. C’mon Arizona, wise up.

Clink on February 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Exactly. Its amazing that people keep falling for the same schtick over and over.

Mimzey on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Over the course of the last several years, my estimation in the relative and exhibited intelligence of my fellow Americans has greatly diminished.

Midas on February 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

3 words…Screw John McCain.

xblade on February 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

What an arrogant prick. He forgets that he is there to represent the people of his district, not belittle them and tell them what they should think. A senator that thinks this type of behaviour is acceptable no longer belongs in office.

deuce on February 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Obamacare deja-vu.

Ukiah on February 20, 2013 at 12:33 PM

How about decades of stabbing his fellow American’s in the back by allowing and even encouraging an evasive force, eating away at the American way, the culture that created a once in history United States, that’s driven down blue collar middle class jobs to minimum wage, Balkanizing what was the south west now the entire nation.

Don’t you think there’s higher priorities than appeasing foreign special interests?

Can’t you get off your high horse and see the cockamamie way America and American’s have been screwed over by the corrupt way the laws we demanded have been gutted, gummed up and selectively not enforced?

American’s have every reason to show blind fury at the way they’ve been forced to endure their own lives very destruction, by a people who hold a great nationalistic animus toward the American’s who’ve paid and paid and paid in so many and often times terrible ways.

We have the natural right to self preservation but government has shot us all in the back with a willful disregard for the nation’s welfare.

Speakup on February 20, 2013 at 12:34 PM

You AZ morons voted the old fart into office for years. Now you get what you wanted, somebody with good ‘ole boy attitudes and a Schumer pal. Good Lord, save us from RINO’s and fools.

ultracon on February 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

This conservative Arizonan didn’t vote for him. Get lost, broad brush boy.

JannyMae on February 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Senator McShame is a lying two-faced back stabbing devious power hungry crock of shite…

SHAME ON YOU MCCAIN!

Scrumpy on February 20, 2013 at 12:43 PM

in the six years since this last came up the govt has done NOTHING to improve border security. mccain and his crew couldve used that time to show they were serious about controlling the border. the lack of action shows he is lying through his teeth.

chasdal on February 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Maybe wealthy politicians hire illegal aliens for household duties but not all Americans do so.

GrannySunni on February 20, 2013 at 12:03 PM

And, that is why Bush didn’t seal the borders after 9/11, too many business owners and wealthy politicians loved paying “the help” next-to-nothing under the table. I will never forgive Bush for foisting the TSA upon us and leaving the borders open. I guess that is what is considered “compassionate” in some circles.

Fallon on February 20, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I would like to thank the voters of Arizona for once again re-electing this @zz. One would think that you would wise up to his line of crap over the years, but no! You fell for it once again.

De Oppresso Liber on February 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Unfortunately, it was a “Dumb or Dumber” choice for Arizona voters.

Hill60 on February 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

McCain is an old swine all the time, except 6 months ahead of each election, when he lies through his filthy teeth.

To Hades with him. I’ve grown to detest him more than Obama.

Schadenfreude on February 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM

the AARP crowd in Arizona just continues to put that guy back in office, and then expect a different result. until they wise up or die off, nothing will change.

burserker on February 20, 2013 at 12:58 PM

McCain like became a war hero (and POW) because he was a lousy pilot. He crashed far more than his share of planes.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM

That’s what the Obamabots always say on HuffPo. Like 99% of the hundreds of POWs in the camps, he was shot down, not crashed.

I’m angry at his policies, but when you go after his service record it just makes me want to defend him. It’s counterproductive. this is just me, but I would rather we stick to the issues.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 12:59 PM

That’s ONE thing I will give McCain. He is the only neocon I know whose children have served in the military. Most, like Bill Kristol, are all for getting the sons and daughters killed for their nation-building.

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Not only that, but when McCain was pushing for the surge, his son was preparing to deploy as a Marine grunt. He truly had skin in the game.

I don’t like how McCain is performing on the issues, but his family’s military service really shouldn’t be maligned, especially when so few people ever serve. I’d say the same about someone like McChrystal, who was an excellent JSOC commander, but is a freedom-hating prog(opp)ressive in civilian life.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ed has long been pushing for amnesty. Where have you been?

bw222 on February 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I’ve been reading hotair for 4-5 years and remember well that Ed was anti-amnesty during the 2010 elections and the Arizona immigration law debate. The GOP won big in 2010. Ed did point to posts at his old blog where he was for the Bush amnesty in 2005/2006. I never read his old blog, so I was surprised.

sauldalinsky on February 20, 2013 at 1:24 PM

The political elite ruling class at it’s finest…

… my friends.

Seven Percent Solution on February 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM

I don’t like how McCain is performing on the issues, but his family’s military service really shouldn’t be maligned, especially when so few people ever serve.

juliesa on February 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I’ll just malign his political ineptitude and fiscal carelessness.

If the video clip is a “gets hot” moment, McCain would be in for a real surprise if he came to North Cackalacky with that attitude.

LoganSix on February 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

We didn’t have the best guy against him during the primary

Sorry..McCain’s money machine is huge

cmsinaz on February 20, 2013 at 11:13 AM

I was really pissed about the whole deal and JD not working out. When I saw that McCain had spent over 20 mil to remain Maverick 5150, it became apparent that anyone would have had difficulty.

arnold ziffel on February 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Unfortunately, it was a “Dumb or Dumber” choice for Arizona voters.

Hill60 on February 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Actually JD was a better choice than McCain, especially on this issue. He was capable of listening and changing, neither of which McCain has ever been able to do. He had his faults but he was and is MUCH more conservative than McCain.

Shay on February 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Would love someone to ask him or any other congressional proponent of this “reform” about identity theft illegal aliens engage in. Not one of their reforms requires even the disclosure of the SSN they used for work so that, at very least, the victims can be informed of the breach.

Nope – that’s swept under the rug and victims left with the fallout so that McCain et al can continue to pander for votes they’ll never get.

batter on February 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

We need to wear shirts and put bumper stickers on our cars asking what laws citizens can break and be rewarded.

Cindy Munford on February 20, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Paraphrasing…

McCain: “We have 11 million illegals in the country. We can’t just round them all up and send them back on buses. It’s un-American and we couldn’t afford it enforcement-wise or logistically even if we tried.”

Audience member: “How about we do something to more effectively prevent them from entering going forward so people like you aren’t saying the same thing in another couple of decades about an additional 11 million? Something like building that fence you said we should build? And promised how many years ago?”

Answer… crickets.

farsighted on February 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

As an Arizona voter I can explain to you how McCain got re-elected again…..he fought against his primary opponent about 10 times harder than he fought against Obama for the Presidency! Truly, if he had expended even 1/2 the effort he unleashed on JD Hayworth against Obama he may quite possibly have had a chance. That being said, Hayworth was not the candidate we needed; we needed a much stronger candidate to un seat McCain. I can only hope when McCain’s term is over we have a candidate strong enough to overcome the democrat tide that is seeping into our state from California transplants.

azconservativegirl on February 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

McCain not only lies — he is a traitor to America.

Strong words but let me explain…

2006 — the McCain-Kennedy comprehensive amnesty bill had a Z visa with a 90 calendar day waiting period, during which time the FBI had to complete a criminal background check. As soon as the illegal alien (not just one but 12 to 20 million) applied, the clock started ticking. At the end of 90 days, if the FBI couldn’t complete a background check, you were home free – permanent rolling residency, work permit, the works. As bad as an automatic 90 day limit was — it got worse.

2007 — the Z visa waiting period was changed to a SINGLE BUSINESS DAY. So when you think how long it takes the FBI to clear American citizens for classified jobs, and how long a passport application takes, do you think any illegal aliens would be rejected because the FBI had time to found out they had committed crimes in addition to ID theft, non-payment of taxes, etc.?? McCain is a traitor to American citizens — he basically flipped the bird to America, American citizens, UNEMPLOYED Americans, and the rule of law: “Screw you, America — we’re going to let them ALL in!!”

fred5678 on February 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Mr. McCAIN is not doing his job. He’s not defending Arizona and the USA like he did back when he was in the military. We need the country defended and he’s not doing it. It’s time to retire.

TX-96 on February 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM