McCain: I’m seriously thinking of running for reelection in the Senate

posted at 8:41 pm on October 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via WaPo. To think, some people say I never give you guys any good news.

For what it’s worth (not much, three years out), he sounds a bit rosier here about running again than he did last month when the subject came up. Maybe there’s good reason for that. Even if he was 50/50 last month and is 50/50 now, he doesn’t want wealthy donors starting to hunt around for replacements. If they find someone appealing, that could inadvertently create pressure for him to retire even though he’s genuinely undecided. Better to err on the side of sounding like he’s running again than not so that he’s fully in control of his own destiny.

The one genuinely newsy thing he says is the mention in passing of business groups clamoring for him to hang in there. That’s entirely plausible given the upset among the national business lobby towards tea partiers like Ted Cruz over the shutdown. If McCain retires, it’s possible — maybe likely — that Arizona GOPers will nominate a tea partier to replace him, which means business is facing the prospect of either another populist Republican in the Senate or a Democrat. Solution: Stick with the incumbent. That’s an interesting new wrinkle to McCain’s 2016 calculus, which right now involves somehow surviving a primary during a presidential campaign year when conservatives will be clamoring for a nominee who’s further to the right than Maverick or Romney was. Can McCain get reelected if he declares he won’t support Rand Paul or Ted Cruz if they’re the party’s choice to face Hillary? Or will he suck it up and support them in the name of rebuilding goodwill with the right? Would it even matter at that point? I sense we’re past the rebuilding stage here. The bridges are burned.

Don’t underestimate McCain’s chances, though. He’s got plenty of money and tons upon tons of name recognition. To beat him, it’ll probably take someone who’s just as famous, with ties to Arizona, who can mobilize tea partiers more effectively than a garden-variety grassroots rightie could. Exit question: Dude?


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I never believed for a moment McCain would not run for reelection (& win easily).

Much like the electorate in South Carolina with McCain’s sidekick-Graham, McCain will automatically be sent back to his lifetime appointment in the Senate.

It goes back to the mentality that voters think their representatives are great, but the others stink.

I envision Senator McCain celebrating his 100th birthday being serenaded to by Senate Majority Leader Cory Booker.

Arizona will send McCain to the Senate into perpetuity.

kkune on October 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

It wasn’t just that J.D. Hayworth was a fool. Late in the campaign he started to undermine his own credibility in attacking McCain over border control. He started to soften his position and fudge, I guess to be more “moderate” and invite support from open borders supporters with deep pockets.

But the thing is, without America for the Americans, there was no other rationale for J.D. Hayworth’s candidacy. Without that, he had nothing.

This is what the respectable GOP always does, including allegedly brilliant people like Romney. They crowd toward the left, trying to stand just half an inch to the right of their socialist or antiwhite opponent, figuring that that will get them all the votes of everybody who isn’t quite as far left as their opponent is.

And then they lose, because it doesn’t work that way. If you stand for nothing and nobody can trust you, nobody has a reason to vote for you.

David Blue on October 22, 2013 at 11:01 PM

This is like when a career 3rd-string QB hangs on one season too many.

myiq2xu on October 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM

NO, no, no, no, no, no. No period. Hell, no. No one cares, so NO. Oh, and NO!

ghostwalker1 on October 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM

There are a lot, a whole lot, of former supporters who will not vote for this faux Republican ever again.
He lies, he lied, he will lie in the future, and he’s a liar.

srdem65 on October 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM

But the thing is, without America for the Americans, there was no other rationale for J.D. Hayworth’s candidacy. Without that, he had nothing.

But Hayworth never threatened McCain’s lead, so his “softening” — if that’s what he did — was about money, not policy. And this is the most difficult thing for anyone challenging the entrenched power of incumbents — it’s a rigged game. McCain promises positions and votes that benefit his financial benefactors in big business. He’s corrupt, like all the other Senate overlords.

Our system is run by money, and to overcome the huge donations of the rich, you need a vast number of small donations. And not many people are disciplined enough or persuasive enough to go after that money. I think grassroots conservatives would have flocked to a viable candidate for McCain’s seat — ex. Ted Cruz in Texas (not that Dewhurst was an incumbent; he wasn’t); Lee and Bennett in Utah, and Mourdock in Indiana against lifer Dick Lugar.

It’s rare, but it can be done. It’s to our shame that McBane, that little pr1ck in Utah, Orange Hat, Lamar the Liberal in Tennessee (another crook), and that witch in Alaska are all still in the Senate.

Jaibones on October 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM

…no comment from me…IT would cause a BIG hammer…to fall!

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Jaibones on October 23, 2013 at 12:09 AM

(in case you come back)……I look forward every Sunday…to your break down of the guests on the politburo press shows….THANKS!

KOOLAID2 on October 23, 2013 at 12:33 AM

F U McCain…..

you are one of the few Vets I’d EVER give the middle finger to….

F off! you commie supporter!

JihadKiller1s1k on October 23, 2013 at 12:36 AM

No thank you, John.

In fact, he won the Senate seat the last time because his primary opposition was a former TV sportscaster who was a bigger idiot than McCain.

John got the votes of all the RINOs in Arizona.

slp on October 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Yeah, it’s a corrupt money game and the big money wants mass immigration, amnesty etc.. That’s a big problem.

David Blue on October 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM

No thank you, John.

In fact, he won the Senate seat the last time because his primary opposition was a former TV sportscaster who was a bigger idiot than McCain.

John got the votes of all the RINOs in Arizona.

slp on October 23, 2013 at 12:42 AM

You seem to have left out that Hayworth was also a former United States Congressman, with a 98% ACU rating, in 12 years in congress. He’s about as far from an idiot as you are from a Mensa candidate.

I supported Hayworth in the primary, which featured an absolutely shameful character assassination, courtesy of the McCain campaign, and an understandable but very disappointing endorsement of McCain by Sarah Palin.

Nice try, though.

JannyMae on October 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM

JannyMae on October 23, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Isn’t JD also a birther.? That would partially explain his lose to McC.
I loathe McC-but people that fall for conspiracies are unfit for public office.
Run a non-wacko against McC next time and you’ll probably get him out of office.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 23, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Only a wacko bird would vote for this traitorous liar.

profitsbeard on October 23, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Mr. “I’m temporarily suspending my campaign” you ARE the problem … please leave.

kregg on October 23, 2013 at 5:39 AM

AZ would show a great set of go-nads if they put this fool out to pasture instead of letting him ‘retire’.

TX-96 on October 23, 2013 at 6:19 AM

Why, why why . . . why?

rplat on October 23, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Is that pic for real??

Sherman1864 on October 23, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Only a wacko bird would vote for this traitorous liar.
profitsbeard on October 23, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Just so.

Sherman1864 on October 23, 2013 at 7:39 AM

McCain has gained all of his personal attention by throwing wrenches into everything, as a maverick and as a gang of obstructionists.
I suspect that he full well intends to go out on his last breath stabbing the GOP in the back for ransom.

“I’ll run and you’ll lose if I do, so give me my way or else.”

This is the time to start a third party, based upon fiscal sanity and traditional values and reject all that Washington has done to destroy us. Let McCain and another party get rid of the real impediment in America–the elitist in both parties. First the pretend opposition who hates the common man more than they do the Godless socialists ruining this nation.

Don L on October 23, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Lifers are what is wrong with our government…
If he is reelected I’m never going back to the Grand Canyon…///

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

If he is re-elected, I’m going to jump off the danged thing.

Don L on October 23, 2013 at 8:17 AM

IF he does run again, the only reason will be that his beer baroness wifey and corpulent embarrassment of a daughter, Meggers, wants to keep him out of house and home.
One Problem: As more and more Californians escape that Third World State and infect Arizona, a right-to-work State, it is they who might turn the tide re: the Party of that Senate seat.
If Johnny Mac decides to not run again, watch that perennial failed candidate Terry Goddard, he of very questionable sexual predilections, to jump in.
It is time for real Conservatives to begin “testing the waters”.
Just DO It!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Put a sock in it John . Go home . No one wants you .

Lucano on October 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

That sound you hear John is the entire country laughing.

The old adage; “fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me applies here.

McCain could not get elected dog catcher in most places outside Arizona.

Marcus Traianus on October 23, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Wonder if he’s picked up his new membership card from the DNC?

billsheck on October 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Time for this senile old RINO to be put out to pasture – and if doesn’t go quietly, someone needs to give him a shot of the old pink juice….

dentarthurdent on October 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Please just go away!

rjoco1 on October 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

To my friends living Arizona challenge Sen. McCaine to truly test the boarder controls, which have been equated to being a giant revolving door. Request, Sen. McCaine to enter Mexico illegally and see how long it takes for him to be deported back to Arizona.

Sen. McCaine will probably find that his retirement benefits will allow him to live higher on the hog than he’s ever been and he may choose never want to leave.

Sen. McCaine has violated conservative values on so many occasions, over the last 5 years start he is beginning to resemble Sen. Kerry throwing his military ribbons over the White House fence in the 60′s.

MSGTAS on October 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Sen. McCaine has violated conservative values on so many occasions, over the last 5 years start he is beginning to resemble Sen. Kerry throwing his military ribbons over the White House fence in the 60′s.

MSGTAS on October 23, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Except, those “ribbons” (individual citations) were not his.
He did however show up at a Congressional hearing where he should have been arrested for wearing an illegal uniform.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

McCain and Peter King for President! Sure. Explore that…for 5 minutes.

Let’s be practical about futures for McCain:
1. His own show on MSNBC (“SnarkTank with John McCain”)
2. Tying the knot, finally, with Lyndsey Graham
3. Postmaster General
4. Poet laureate

virgo on October 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM

No better way for Senator Nightingale’s career to end than with a total and complete repudiation of that career by the voters of Arizona.

We know he will run to the right – pitching himself as a senior conservative lawmaker, but all that motivates him is his ego. He is nearly as narcissistic as the President, rivals Chuck Schumer as the Senate’s biggest media whore, and is as vapid as Kathleen Sebelius.

Athos on October 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Don’t tell us, it is Rove or Norquist who are trying to tell him he has a chance. They are the biggest RINO pushers alive today.

jake49 on October 23, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Is it too late for the VC to take this tyrant back?

Murphy9 on October 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Believe me, what’s left of the Charlie don’t even want him anymore.

TXUS on October 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

It was the NVA backed by the Яooskees, not the “VC”.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Or nor

api on October 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Or not

api on October 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Yeah, it’s a corrupt money game and the big money wants mass immigration, amnesty etc.. That’s a big problem.

David Blue on October 23, 2013 at 12:59 AM

And that is what all the friendly fire among Republicans is about. They are setting the stage to do something “bi partisan” and “prove they can govern.” They will screw us all and then turn around and try to sell it to us as something that got done because of how “reasonable” they were. Cronie capitalism. May they choke to death. I guess we know what the “conservative journalists” talked about when they visited the President.

magicbeans on October 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

I actually hope he does. I hope he gets primaried and slaughtered by the voting public.

PJ Emeritus on October 23, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Do yourself and the country a huge favor and just go home…for good.

Pardonme on October 23, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Really, Arizona? You’d even consider putting this useless old man back in there? What are you, California?

blackgriffin on October 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

We need a very strong challenger that will not rollover. We need a candidate that will pummel McCain with all the “across the aisle” and “my friends” crap he has been doing to undermine our party. AZ needs a strong choice to send McCain to permanent retirement.

azconservativegirl on October 23, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Good. I hope he gets his clock cleaned.

Cylor on October 23, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I don’t know about McCain, but Graham has followed through on the Thurmond/Hollings model of constituent service. If a South Carolinian has a problem with the federal government, they call their Senators and it gets fixed.

~

Many years ago, my stepdaughter was 101st Airborne NCO at Fort Campbell when she became pregnant and had the option to leave the service. The commander of the base wanted her to stay in, she was very talented at her job and white female leaders were in short supply. He promised her her choice of overseas deployments and a few other perqs if she stayed in, so she did. Whereupon the lying bastard reneged on all his promises. She was very upset and called me.

I called Storm Thurmond’s office and spoke to an aide. TWO DAYS later, she was called into the CO’s office for an APOLOGY and informed all the promises would be kept, and if she wanted Hawaii as her overseas posting, it was hers (she did, and it was).

~

People don’t forget things like that. There is scarcely a voter in SC whose family or friends haven’t been directly helped by one of our Senators. Ever wonder how Fritz Hollings stayed in office after going all liberal in DC? That’s how.

If McCain has practiced good constituent service over his many terms, he’s earned a lot of good will from voters that ideology just doesn’t beat.

Adjoran on October 23, 2013 at 3:36 PM

If you do run again just make it official and change your party to Dem. And for that matter take you little buddy with you (Grahm)

lwssdd on October 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Go home John McCain and stay there. Oh yeah, and shut up!

mixplix on October 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Bring it John, and your little piggy daughter too.

mmcnamer1 on October 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

No, John, it is time to enter the ranks of the retired. Been there too long, John, and you would have a serious challenge in the primary, so give it up. Siding too much with the Democrats has changed your so called Senate image.

Amazingoly on October 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Can Somebody please put him back in his bamboo cage already?

BigAnge on October 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Oh Juan, I’m sure there’s a nifty little rest home run by a bunch of illegals who would just love to have you stay there.Later it will probably become a polling place so you and all the other illegals can cast their votes together.Only problem is you will probably want to become a Democrat(finally).

redware on October 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

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