McCain censured by Maricopa County GOP for voting record, attacks on conservatives

posted at 2:41 pm on January 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Worth mentioning, especially as Maverick prepares to either run for another term in the Senate or retire.  The action by the Maricopa County GOP in censuring John McCain was designed to convince him to choose the latter, but how realistic is that? Matthew Boyle reports on the resolution adopted with “sadness and humility”:

“As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates,” the formal censure resolution reads. “Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened.”

The resolution continues by stating, with “sadness and humility,” the Republicans in the county “rise and declare” that McCain “has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co- sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees.”

That voting record from McCain, they say, “has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States.”

McCain was elected, the Republicans say in the censure resolution, by campaigning “as a conservative” and making promises during his various reelection campaigns “such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises.”

The Republicans say that McCain “has abandoned our core values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party.” Therefore, the Maricopa County GOP leadership “censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation.”

The censure states that formally, “until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform and values, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.”

Not to toss a lot of cold water on this effort, but …. just how does McCain’s track record on these points differ substantially from 2010, when he ran and won his fifth term in office?  By that time, McCain had fronted the GOP effort to partner with Ted Kennedy on immigration reform for four years, and at least played footsie with the notion of joining his friend John Kerry as his running mate in the 2004 election. McCain has been re-elected twice since that widely-reported and less-than-energetically denied phase of his career, from which he bounced back to win the 2008 presidential nomination.

Maricopa County includes metropolitan Phoenix, the most populous part of the state (and where I lived briefly during McCain’s first term in the Senate), but Maricopa isn’t Arizona in toto. Arizonans tend to be fiscal conservatives and more libertarian on other points, strong on defense, and thanks to a growing Hispanic population, less hard-line on immigration than one might think (clearly, considering McCain’s success there). Like much of the interior West, they tend to like people who can’t be pigeonholed into one set category, preferring individualism over lock-step conformity.  Even after all of McCain’s heterodoxy on immigration and his loss in the 2008 election, he won his 2010 Senate race by 25 points, and won all but two counties — including a 29-point win in Maricopa County.

His potshots at Ted Cruz and Rand Paul won’t help in 2016, but then again, they probably won’t hurt as much as the activists hope there, either. He’ll find a way to find common cause with the Tea Party between then and now, probably on spending issues, and mitigate any intraparty challenges, unless he decides not to run at all. However, given McCain’s personality, these kinds of censures might just convince him to go one more round just for satisfaction’s sake.

Besides, don’t we want him around until Katie Pavlich can unseat him in 2022?


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This doddering old fool needs to go…

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Arizona is as fun to laugh at on the (kinda’) right side as california and new york pretty much all of yankeeland is to laugh at on the left side.

cozmo on January 13, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Thank you Maricopa GOP. You make me feel less embarassed about being born in AZ.

nobar on January 13, 2014 at 2:49 PM

If the 17th amendment had never been ratified, this POS wouldn’t be in office. Repeal the 17th, get rid of carrier politicians.

jawkneemusic on January 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Since he’s missed the point of leaving BEFORE everyone wants him to leave (i.e. leave them wanting more of you), it is time for an intervention by whoever loves him pointing out,

“Do you REALLY want your legacy to be a debate over whether you were senile while still in office?”

PolAgnostic on January 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

The ruling elite are without Party. They pretend to be “on the other side of the isle”, but they meet behind closed doors and plan the demise of the country with impunity.

McCain is a disgrace to the constitution and certainly to the Republican Party. He’s been screwing this nation on the tails of his war record for decades.

I’m glad Obama beat him. At least Obama is a card carrying progressive/communist. He doesn’t pretend to be anything else except maybe a Christian. McCain would have stained the conservative brand for decades had he won.

cajunpatriot on January 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

So, I guess it’s safe to say McLame probably can’t count on Maricopa County’s support for him running for President again in 2016, huh?

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Besides, don’t we want him around until Katie Pavlich can unseat him in 2022?

With all due respect to Katie, I want McCain gone today.

rbj on January 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Well at least somebody is publicly slapping his hand. It may be worthless but at least it is something.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

just how does McCain’s track record on these points differ substantially from 2010, when he ran and won his fifth term in office?

Maybe people are finally tired of his Conservative at election, statist RINO after schtick?

Maybe voters don’t think perpetual deference isn’t the only mode in civics.

Maybe the base is tired of being treated like a booby prize spouse?

chimney sweep on January 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Pity; does AZ allow for recall efforts at the federal level?

Midas on January 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Not to toss a lot of cold water on this effort, but …. just how does McCain’s track record on these points differ substantially from 2010, when he ran and won his fifth term in office? By that time, McCain had fronted the GOP effort to partner with Ted Kennedy on immigration reform for four years, and at least played footsie with the notion of joining his friend John Kerry as his running mate in the 2004 election. McCain has been re-elected twice since that widely-reported and less-than-energetically denied phase of his career, from which he bounced back to win the 2008 presidential nomination.

McCain’s win in 2010 has a huge asterisk beside it. First of all, he was less than 2 years removed from being the GOP nominee for President. It was gonna be tough to unseat him under those circumstances. Add to that the complete lack of a respectable alternative in the primary(sorry J.D. Hayworth, but you ain’t it), a crucial endorsement by Palin, and McCain actually doing a convincing job of publicly opposing Obama in the first two years of his Presidency, and he had enough cover to win reelection handily.

2016 will be a whole new ballgame. I’d be very surprised to see Palin endorse him again. McCain has destroyed any credibility he may have had left with conservatives with the renewed push for amnesty with the Gang of Eight followed by the public trashing of Cruz and Lee and actually referring to Obamacare as the law of the land on the Senate floor(think that won’t be used in political ads?). And I suspect he’ll get a real challenge this time in the primaries.

That’s not to say he won’t get reelected in 2016. But he’ll have to work for it this time. And running to the right come late 2015 won’t be a viable option, so I’ll be curious to see how he suckers the base into supporting him again.

Doughboy on January 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

McCain isn’t a doddering old fool! He knows exactly what he is doing and it’s all for his back pocket and ego. His war record? If the truth were known (hey Hillery let us see those FBI records) he would be drummed from office. How would being a continual back stabber somehow be a claim to some sort of statesmenship. he laughs all the way to his off shore accounts. He threw the last election against the weakest opponent and we don’t ask why? Why? John, what was in it for you or what did they have on you that made you once again into the rat you were in Hanoi

jainphx on January 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM

chimney sweep on January 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Heh, heard my first John Cornyn ad this morning.

He made it sound like single handedly held off 0bama and the liberal hoards from turning the whole country socialist.

cozmo on January 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Pity; does AZ allow for recall efforts at the federal level?

Midas on January 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

I believe the 17th Amendment prevents it.

I have been a big supporter of repealing the 17th Amendment, and McLame (among too many other examples to list), is a shining example of why this needs to be done, and soon.

It would pave the way for a State approved Amendment that would allow State Legislatures the power to recall their Senator or Senators should they fail to vote in the State’s best interests.

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Ouch, that’s gonna leave a mark.

John the Libertarian on January 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Voters don’t own Senators. Only Lobbyists.

portlandon on January 13, 2014 at 3:06 PM

That is a big YES for Katie!!!

tim c on January 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

AZ does have a recall for senators it was tried against Dennis DeConcini. The problem is that it takes upwards of half-a- MILLION (legitimate) signatures on the petition to initiate the recall election. (At the time of DeConcini I believe the number was 440,000 signatures.)

Missilengr on January 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

If I’m not mistaken we here in Arizona have the right to recall ALL our elected officials. The constitution gives the several states that power. Stop me if I’m wrong, but don’t the states have the right to write laws. I’m just asking because that’s the impression I have.

jainphx on January 13, 2014 at 3:08 PM

If the 17th amendment had never been ratified, this POS wouldn’t be in office.

jawkneemusic on January 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Neither would Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Mike Lee.

Kafir on January 13, 2014 at 3:08 PM

McCain is the quintessential RINO as I use that term, which has less to do with policy positions than orientation toward his party. Like former governor Arne Carlson in my own state of Minnesota, McCain is endlessly respectful of the “esteemed members” of the opposition party, but has nothing but vitriol for “wacko birds” in his own. Clearly his passion is all on the side of attacking his fellow Republicans. Like Carlson, he’s the media’s go-to guy when they want to cause dissension among Republicans, and McCain seems to relish that role. I think it’s time for him to decide to “spend more time with his family.”

SacredFire on January 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Several other AZ counties voted on this censure as well at their meetings

It was a heated debate lemme tell you …..

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 3:11 PM

AZ does have a recall for senators it was tried against Dennis DeConcini. The problem is that it takes upwards of half-a- MILLION (legitimate) signatures on the petition to initiate the recall election. (At the time of DeConcini I believe the number was 440,000 signatures.)

Missilengr on January 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I appreciate the clarification.

Meople on January 13, 2014 at 3:11 PM

+1000 doughboy

cmsinaz on January 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Besides, don’t we want him around until Katie Pavlich can unseat him in 2022?

Ed Morrissey on January 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

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With all due respect to Katie, I want McCain gone today.

rbj on January 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

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Or yesterday.

Day before yesterday would be better, still.

Can we make it retro-active by several years, and nullify some of his legislative votes?

listens2glenn on January 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

“Do you REALLY want your legacy to be a debate over whether you were senile while still in office?”

PolAgnostic on January 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

That concern never troubled Harry Byrd.

Deafdog on January 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

“Worth mentioning, …”

Dang right it was. It’s been an amazingly nice Monday.

Tsar of Earth on January 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

McCain has been re-elected twice since that widely-reported and less-than-energetically denied phase of his career,….

Yeah, but he can win! I love the people that vote based upon someone being able to win. This is what happens when you put winning above principles.

el hombre on January 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Deafdog on January 13, 2014 at 3:18 PM

?

cozmo on January 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees.”

…and NDAA, which was a bipartisan assault on the People.

It would have better been named FPA (Fear of Pitchforks Act).

(But it surely helped our economy here in SC. Business at the gunshops is booming.)

Tsar of Earth on January 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Heh. I hope he does retire, but if anything, something like this will probably motivate him even more to run. I hope he gets primaried.

GOPRanknFile on January 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Maricopa” must mean “wacko birds“, clearly.

profitsbeard on January 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

?

cozmo on January 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM

.
Pretty sure he meant Robert Byrd, Democrap, of WV rather than Harry Byrd, (I), of VA

ExpressoBold on January 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Arizonans tend to be fiscal conservatives and more libertarian on other points, strong on defense, and thanks to a growing Hispanic population, less hard-line on immigration than one might think (clearly, considering McCain’s success there).

We take a hard line against law breakers aka illegal aliens, not immigration Ed.

Wigglesworth on January 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

ExpressoBold on January 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

I know. But it was fun thinking he had Frankensteined Robert Byrd and Harry Reid.

cozmo on January 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Glad I moved out of that state. What a disgrace that state is electing that man repeatedly.

astonerii on January 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

But, but, but, McCain is the ONLY Republican than can beat Hillary!!!

(So said the McCainiacs back in 2008).

Gunlock Bill on January 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

?

Oops…..I meant Robert Byrd…..who’s the senile one now?

Deafdog on January 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

“Hey, you pesky kids—-get off of my career!”

Time to go away, old man; time to go away.

orangemtl on January 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Neither would Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, or Mike Lee.
Kafir on January 13, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Sure they would. Their state legislators are just as conservative if not more so than AZ’s. Even if this were true, It would be a small price to pay to get rid of POS like Michael Bennett, Mark Udall, John McCain, Schmuck Shumer, Barbara Boxer, Diane Fienstien etc.

jawkneemusic on January 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Deafdog on January 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

If Rick Perry can have a brain fart on national TV, I guess its okay for you to have one here.

cozmo on January 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

2016 will be a whole new ballgame. I’d be very surprised to see Palin endorse him again. McCain has destroyed any credibility he may have had left with conservatives with the renewed push for amnesty with the Gang of Eight followed by the public trashing of Cruz and Lee and actually referring to Obamacare as the law of the land on the Senate floor(think that won’t be used in political ads?). And I suspect he’ll get a real challenge this time in the primaries.

That’s not to say he won’t get reelected in 2016. But he’ll have to work for it this time. And running to the right come late 2015 won’t be a viable option, so I’ll be curious to see how he suckers the base into supporting him again.

Doughboy on January 13, 2014 at 2:59 PM

…I really don’t think Arizona can be fooled again!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

John McCain and all those who hold onto power too long: “From my cold dead hands!”.

potvin on January 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

He’s been censured before. I think the old goat wears it as a source of pride.

Fallon on January 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Besides, don’t we want him around until Katie Pavlich can unseat him in 2022?

No. His grandpa/father are disgusted by him, from their graves.

Wake up AZ. It’s way past time.

He won last time being bought/sold by the AZ billionaires.

Schadenfreude on January 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Although a Censure is little more than the equivalent of a rolled up newspaper swat to the nose, a mere verbal chastiseing, McCain’s Censure is well deserved.

He is given credit for being an American Hero for being held and tortured in a POW camp a long time ago. As the saying goes, “What have you done for me lately?”

McCain coveted the idea of being a ‘Maverick’, bucking the system and being willing to work both sides of the aisle to get something done. During all that time he never once took time to notice that it was him and his other RINO partners who always had to make the trip to the other side of the aisle to work those deals, that the Liberals he worked with rarely agreed to venture over to his side of the aisle or even meet him IN the aisle (middle). Basically, he has a rep as a POW about never ‘talking’, never giving anything over to the ‘enemy’…yet his nickname ‘Maverick’ was all about ‘giving it up’ to the ‘enemy’.

McCain has become a ‘ME-1st’, ‘Washington Extablishment’ RINO who is more interested about keeping his own job than remaining faithful to that oath of office he took, than working diligently as a ‘servant of the people’, and representing his Constituents / Conservatives. Instead, he joined Boehner in lambasting Conservatives & TEA Party members. He forgot he USED to wear the uniform and was part of the military brotherhood, always remaining faithful and ‘never leaving a man behind’. Instead he just sided with the enemy to F* the military, his fellow Vets, disable Americans, & the many Wounded Warriors that sacrificed when he and his fellow fat-@$$ politicians callously sent them off to war and used them as political pawns.

When his Washington Establishment buddies & his pals the Liberals needed to cut the budget to save $4.1 billion for tax credits for Illegals, fruit fly studies, & other pieces of pork designed to get them re-elected he was all too eager to join the fight to protect those things rather than defend the sacred trust this government held, the promise to take care of them if they gave their lives and bodies to service and sacrifice for this nation.

He should be ashamed of himself…and he should be voted out of office.

easyt65 on January 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

and thanks to a growing Hispanic population, less hard-line on immigration than one might think (clearly, considering McCain’s success there).

Then why did he win after declaring in the 2010 race that he had “learned his lesson, so build the danged fence already”?

Hopefully Arizona won’t fall for that nonsense this time and will send his sorry ass into retirement.

xblade on January 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

McCain censured by Maricopa County GOP for voting record, attacks on conservatives

A well deserved award for John McCain.

RJL on January 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

He needs to go to the Democrats then let them put up with his crap.

rplat on January 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The state party should invite him to register as a democrat. But they have no spine.

meci on January 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

So they finally woke up. It’s about time. He’s been like this for a while now.

dogsoldier on January 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM

…I really don’t think Arizona can be fooled again!

KOOLAID2 on January 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

You underestimate the stupidity of the average Arizona/American voter.

cajunpatriot on January 13, 2014 at 5:55 PM

The more they try and push him out, the more the SOB will dig in.

jnelchef on January 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Because John McCain in 2010 ran the most conservative campaign ever. He was promising to stop illegal immigration, build a strong border and smaller government. He was so anti-amnesty in is 2010 campaign. In other words, the difference is that he was a LIAR on a very large scale.

aigle on January 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

And I am talking about his local campaign in Arizona.

aigle on January 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

in 2008. 2010 he made a bold move in his pick with Palin.

aigle on January 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

In the 15 years I’ve been in Arizona, I’d be hard pressed to come up with a significant accomplishment that McCain has made for his constituents and his state. Never mind the fact that he has all but abandoned any pretense at fighting for conservative values.

“Fight with me”…

bah!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 13, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I live in Maricopa County and am a precinct committeeman.

http://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior/2014/01/13/when-conservatives-unite-and-organize-inside-their-local-party-committee-good-things-can-happen/

I hope some of the HotAir regulars will actually get involved in the Republican Party as a precinct committeeman where they live. At least attend your next monthly local Party committee meeting to see how the sausage is made. You might be surprised by what you find.

Either RINOs or conservatives will be running things. And if it’s the former, it’s because not enough of the latter are willing to leave their keyboards for a couple of hours a month.

Thank you.
Cold Warrior
http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

Cold Warrior on January 13, 2014 at 11:57 PM