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 wrote the check and I’m just waiting for the name of his opponent!

Tbone McGraw on October 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Hahahahahahaha

socalcon on October 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Fool me once,

phatfawzi on October 22, 2013 at 8:43 PM

RETIRE

Philly on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Like old times!

The Nerve on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Good. Effing. Gawd.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I apologize on behalf of the entire state that he continues to represent us…go away McCain…go away!

nextgen_repub on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

AZ billionaires kept him there, in spite of his insanities, the last time.

Maybe they will again.

Someone needs to show him the way to the creche. Maybe Ms. Lindsey will wipe his butt and change his diapers.

His grandpa and father despise him from their graves…what he’s become.

He is the left’s laughing stock, and he doesn’t know it.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I don’t support wackos,

phatfawzi on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

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

Sarah Palin should denounce him in the open, for good.

Her loyalty was understood, but it’s time.

While at it, she should include that liar scumhag Ayotte.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Az caved on Zerocare. I’ve no desire to go back there at any rate.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Uh, wasn’t he just spouting off that he was going to run for President again? He is seriously losing it.

Johnnyreb on October 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Arizonans….?

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Palin should run for his seat!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Good. Effing. Gawd.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 22, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Took the words right outta my mouth.

bazil9 on October 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

FOAD, Insane McVain.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Well, I’ll double my efforts to hate McJuan to death.

Jeddite on October 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Now, I know the definition of a “Wacko Bird”…

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I can’t wait for the 2016 “build the dang fence” ad.

Mark1971 on October 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

You think Palin bought that house for vacations?

It’s time.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Better to err on the side of sounding like he’s running again than not so he can pretend that he’s fully in control of his own destiny. mental faculties and bladder.

FIFY

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

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

Of course you are. And I hope you do. So we can have the satisfaction of kicking your crusty as* to the curb this time.

rrpjr on October 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM

GOPe is busy…

2016… Primed for getting primaried.

socalcon on October 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Please Arizona… enough is enough. Retire him. For the sake of the nation.

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Delusional.

wheelgun on October 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Nice pic.. lol….

FOAD, old man. Take your idiot daughter with you, too.

kim roy on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Here’s a thought…sure it’s crazy, but hear me out. Primary all the RINO career politicians, EXCEPT McCain. Let him run unopposed. If he wants to die in office, give him his wish. Let him watch as all his pals are defeated one by one. Let him sit in his seat as an object lesson. But do not give him the respect to field a challenger. Shun him…while he is still in the room.

Like I said, it’s a crazy idea.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

“My friends….”

ElectricPhase on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Only the good die young, so ¡viva Juan McCain!

VibrioCocci on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Primary him. But please, please pick someone who can actually win.

GOPRanknFile on October 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

I think it’s a great idea.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I’m assuming he’ll run as a democrat?

phatfawzi on October 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

I hope that big sis runs. that will scare him off

rik on October 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Palin should primary his ass.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Sorry, should read, sorry ass.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease
…and I hope Palin wipes the floor with him….

whatabunchoflosers on October 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I hope that big sis runs. that will scare him off

rik on October 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Big Sis could scare off anyone.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

McCain… the best argument for TERM LIMITS.

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Go straight to hell, you back-stabbing, prevaricating, pernicious crapweasel.

Midas on October 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Shut up Mav!

vityas on October 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Tired……

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Sleepy…..

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 9:02 PM

zzzzzzzzzzz……..

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Like I said, it’s a crazy idea.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

I’d prefer to see him leave office suffering a soul-crushing, bank-draining, and in every possible way, an unmitigated and humiliating defeat.

But maybe that’s just me.

Midas on October 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

McCain… the best argument for TERM LIMITS.
thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

You beat me to it.

fight like a girl on October 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Great! Next year I’m changing my US residence to AZ. Can’t wait to vote against him. But really, we need to do a lot better than his last opponent.

Dongemaharu on October 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Hey John, get off our lawn.

1921 C DRUM on October 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Alzheimers isn’t pretty.

RoadRunner on October 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Which party?

29Victor on October 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

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

Murphy9 on October 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Via WaPo. To think, some people say I never give you guys any good news.
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Er, what,…Lol!

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Pretty dang hard to remove a sitting senator, especially one that’s been there as long as he has. The low-info voters go heavily by name recognition.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

IMO this is more bravado than reality.

Best way to end the nonsense? Successfully primary Lindsey Graham next year.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Which party?

29Victor on October 22, 2013 at 9:05 PM

29Victor:)
============

The WackoBird Party!!!

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

McCain would make a great Imam.
The Sunni the better.

SparkPlug on October 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

The WackoBird Party!!!

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Birds out! Beavers in.

SparkPlug on October 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Halloween is next week Allahpundit!

jazzuscounty on October 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

As a veteran, as a serving military man, I have to say that I would write in a vote for the rotting, stinking corpse of Osama bin Laden before I voted for John McBag-of-sh**.

M240H on October 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

FOAD you slimy sh*t weasel.

bbinfl on October 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Why won’t this waste of time just go away? He can think about running again all he wants, I can’t think of a person I know who would lift a finger to help him.

Aodhan on October 22, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Midas on October 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

I hear you. But consider the fact that that was already tried, and if you think he’s insufferable now, just think what he will be like if the same thing is tried and has the same results.

Let’s compromise? Run a fake primary campaign against him, suck off TONS of $$ from his RINO pals’ primary fights, then have the AZ primary challenger drop out at the last second. When he gets back to DC, have a hand-written calligraphy note waiting for him–Congratulations, John. You have been punked.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Retire! Just STFU and GO AWAY!

GarandFan on October 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

McCain… the best argument for TERM LIMITS.

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 9:01 PM

No, the best argument for term limits was probably Strom Thurmond. He was wakened by staffers and literally shown what button to push for votes.

I am an advocate of age limits.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Only one. Huh.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

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

.
Never realized that cryogenics was covered under the Senate version of Obamacare

LincolntheHun on October 22, 2013 at 9:17 PM

My friendzh…

slickwillie2001 on October 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Arizonans….?

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

He won’t have my vote. My word will be better than his promise to “build the dang fence.” I guaran damn tee it.

Hill60 on October 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Exit question: Dude?
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Awesome:

PRESS RELEASE:

The SarahCudian ReBellion Forces and ReVolutionary Voter Guards are
setting up the Security Perimeter as I type!
(snark)

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canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Halloween is next week Allahpundit!

jazzuscounty on October 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

But the candy, at least here, was out before Labor Day. Think of this as a pre-scare. Boo!

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Birds out! Beavers in.

SparkPlug on October 22, 2013 at 9:09 PM

SparkPlug:Good point,at least Beavers can be usefull:)

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

primary (verb)

AshleyTKing on October 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

The Old Man Is Dead

Trippy, first-hand account of an old, dead man smoking cigarettes and spending the evening with family in Haiti.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

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

bgibbs1000 on October 22, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I am pulling for Charles Barkley.

VastRightWingConspirator on October 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

No.

wolly4321 on October 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Here’s a thought…sure it’s crazy, but hear me out. Primary all the RINO career politicians, EXCEPT McCain. Let him run unopposed. If he wants to die in office, give him his wish. Let him watch as all his pals are defeated one by one. Let him sit in his seat as an object lesson. But do not give him the respect to field a challenger. Shun him…while he is still in the room.

Like I said, it’s a crazy idea.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

He’ll simply pull and Arlen Spector and switch parties and be hailed as even a bigger hero by the media … after which he’ll be given no seniority by the Democrats in the Senate and told to sit in the back corner, just like Arlen was in 2009.

jon1979 on October 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Ugggghhhhh.

2Tru2Tru on October 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

“And complete the danged fence!”

David Blue on October 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The thought of destroying a conservative in the primary is what is keeping him alive- Like 2004 all over again.

Valiant on October 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

I am an advocate of age limits.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

I’m a bit more of an advocate of gone-crazy limits.

TXUS on October 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

The Old Man Is Dead

Trippy, first-hand account of an old, dead man smoking cigarettes and spending the evening with family in Haiti.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 9:22 PM

Axe:Capt’n Queeg, of the Mc…Cains Mutiny!:)


The Magic Island

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 9:35 PM

As a veteran, as a serving military man, I have to say that I would write in a vote for the rotting, stinking corpse of Osama bin Laden before I voted for John McBag-of-sh**.

M240H on October 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Thanks for your service, and Roger that. McVain maxed out his POW card decades ago, and is an embarrassment to anyone in uniform today, or yesterday. Kerry Light.

TXUS on October 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Palin should run for his seat!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

You think Palin bought that house for vacations?

It’s time.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Palin should primary his ass.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease
…and I hope Palin wipes the floor with him….

whatabunchoflosers on October 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

There’s a better chance of Palin endorsing him again than running against him.

GOPRanknFile on October 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM

This guy ..this guy..burns me up just as much as Obama..If he runs again then I want Palin to primary him and just let him have it..take the kid gloves off and speak the truth about this RINO

sadsushi on October 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

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

As a Democrat?

JellyToast on October 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I would be a little surprised if Palin endorses him this time. She paid him back with the last endorsement, and there’s plenty of distance since they ran together. And McCain has gotten even more disrespectful to conservatives and TPers, amazingly enough. It’s likely she’ll just stay out of it, or hopefully support someone else, if anybody good comes along, and I ain’t talkin’ about J. D. Hayworth.

Dongemaharu on October 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I’d support building a “hollowdeck” recreation of the Senate Office Building and Congress and then ushering in McCain so he could persist in his idea of “governing” there amidst the holograms.

Remember that STAR TRECK film where the bad, ugly guys were transported against their awareness (until afterward) to a hollowdeck recreation of their ship and the rest of reality?

We could do that with McCain. And Pelosi, and Grayson, and Obama and…and…

…there’s a long list there of those we could/should just whisk away to a simulation of That Which Would Keep Them Conniving while removing their harms from the rest of us.

Lourdes on October 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

John McCain’s words:

“You have nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency…my friends.”

Yep, John was sure helping Obama get ‘er done, no doubt about it.

Lourdes on October 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Hopefully this time he will ask Tina Fey to be VP.

BL@KBIRD on October 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

TERM LIMITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is the perfect example of why we need them. GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)

scalleywag on October 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

The sad fact is that he will run and win re-election (heck the corpse of John McCain could run in 100 years) and still win.

F15Mech on October 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

McCain, in my humble opinion, is part of the reason the GOP is so divided. He seems to think the newcomers need to straighten up and get in line with the status quo and that there’s no room for them. And his belittling comments towards others over the past year makes him the one that seems like a whacko.

scalleywag on October 22, 2013 at 10:14 PM

McLame translation:

“My Friends”

Meaning: You ignorant Tea Party and unwashed scum.

shorebird on October 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Statistically speaking, I think it’s close to 50/50 he’ll be pushing up daisies in 3 years. Just sayin’, not hopin’. Long live the Maverick…lord knows we can’t get enough tongue chewing octogenarians in the Senate.

bigjack on October 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM

John McCain’s words:

“You have nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency…my friends.”

Yep, John was sure helping Obama get ‘er done, no doubt about it.

Lourdes on October 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

+1

SparkPlug on October 22, 2013 at 10:38 PM

I’m pretty sure this is just McVain attempting to taunt his conservative critics. But let’s face it — this nitwit is only there to aid Democrats because Arizona runs slobbering idiots like J.D. Hayworth against him.

Someone who could speak in complete sentences would have beaten McLame in his last primary.

Jaibones on October 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Proof that power corrupts and makes old men delusional.

William Eaton on October 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

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