McCain’s team quietly purging Arizona GOP of tea-party foes before 2016 reelection bid

posted at 8:01 pm on December 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

I considered saving this for tomorrow night, just to send you off into 2015 on the most depressing, eeyorishness note possible. But then I reconsidered.

For maximum eeyorishness, I should really end the year with a “Romney 2016” post instead, no?

Team McCain’s goal? Unseat conservative activists who hold obscure, but influential, local party offices.

Under the byzantine rules of Arizona Republican Party politics, these elected officials, known as precinct committeemen, vote for local party chairmen. The chairmen, in turn, determine how state and local GOP funds are spent, which candidates are promoted in an election year, and which political issues are highlighted — all matters of central concern for McCain heading into 2016, when the threat of a primary looms.

Prior to Aug. 26, when the races for the party offices were held, the vast majority of the 3,925 precinct slots were filled by people McCain’s team considered opponents. Now, after an influx of candidates were recruited by the senator’s allies, around 40 percent of those offices — 1,531 to be exact — will be held by people McCain’s team regards as friendly. They will have the power to vote down hostile Republican chairmen in each of their respective localities…

McCain advisers believe their campaign to alter the state GOP will strengthen his hand in 2016; a more sympathetic Arizona Republican Party, they reason, will be less likely to lodge a censure resolution against him and rally activist support for any would-be primary opponents.

Control the committeemen and you control the local chairmen. Control the local chairmen and you control the party, at least enough to keep it from being a thorn in your side when you suddenly revert to your embarrassingly phony once-every-six-years “build the dang fence” border hawkishness. If any of this seems familiar, it should: Orrin Hatch used a similar tactic two years ago to cruise to reelection in Utah. Utah was the very first state to oust a Republican Senate incumbent in favor of a tea partier when GOP delegates bounced Bob Bennett in 2010 and replaced him with Mike Lee. Hatch, a fellow establishment dinosaur, feared the same would happen to him; an early internal poll of the delegates who defeated Bennett showed similarly low levels of support for Hatch. So Hatch huddled with his team and came up with a plan — instead of trying to win over the delegates, which was unlikely given the ideological rift between them, he would try to replace them. He recruited thousands of people to run as delegates and then thousands more to turn out at their local precincts on election night and vote for those delegates. Result: Not only did Hatch comfortably win reelection in 2012, he came within less than a point of winning the 60 percent of delegates he would have needed to bypass a primary altogether and win his party’s nomination by de facto acclamation. That was a true Empire Strikes Back moment for establishmentarians. No wonder McCain wants to emulate it.

In fact, apart from Bennett and Dick Lugar, who took for granted how loyal Indiana Republicans would be to him in a primary and didn’t campaign hard early against Richard Mourdock, GOP Senate incumbents have been mostly (and increasingly) successful against tea partiers. It’s not always easy: Pat Roberts failed to break 50 percent in the primary earlier this year against three opponents and a somnambulant Thad Cochran barely held on against Chris McDaniel, and only thanks to help from black Democrats. Then again, sometimes it’s been much easier than you’d expect. Hatch’s victory is one striking example; another is Lindsey Graham’s easy reelection in South Carolina earlier this year, avoiding a runoff in the primary against six challengers by taking 56 percent of the vote. How’d he do it? I wrote about it back in April but the short version is smart organization and plenty of political favors to locals, the same blueprint McCain is using and the same blueprint that all incumbents will use in years to come. We may have already reached the point in the young life of the tea party where it’s next to impossible for the movement to knock off a senator who expects a challenge and begins preparing for it early. There won’t be any more Bennetts or Lugars who are caught off guard by the threat, and there won’t be any more Cochrans allowed to dodder their way to near-defeat before the national party quietly intervenes with financial and organizational support. The next incumbent the tea party ousts will need to be hobbled in some other way, perhaps through scandal, to give the movement an opening with voters. It’s hard to beat someone with lots of friends in Washington and lots of money from the donor class when they can see you coming.

And it’ll be especially hard in 2016. There are some incumbents, like, say, Kelly Ayotte, whom righties ideally might challenge but who’ll be given a break simply because the national map is so foreboding for the GOP. Fully 24 Republicans are up for reelection compared to just 10 Democrats and the fact that it’s a presidential election year means a bluer electorate overall. Do you want to try to knock off Ayotte in a purple state like New Hampshire when it might very well mean an extra seat for Democrats, imperiling the GOP’s Senate majority? Do you want to target Mark Kirk in the blue state of Illinois? How about Lisa Murkowski in Alaska, a red state but one where Democrat Mark Begich lost by just two points in his own reelection bid earlier this year? One of the reasons tea partiers are eager to beat McCain, I think, is because Arizona may well be the only state where a Republican sees a serious primary challenge. Go hard at him. But don’t stray too far from eeyorishness about your chances.


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Mark my words. If this RINO POS runs for reelection again, I will do everything in my power to primary his ass. I’ll run myself if I have to.

JannyMae on December 30, 2014 at 11:32 PM

I considered saving this for tomorrow night, just to send you off into 2015 on the most depressing, eeyorishness note possible.

It’s not “eeyorishness” if everything really is going to hell in a hand basket and we’re getting screwed over big time.

I call that “acknowledging reality”.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 30, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Due to Newtie an the Beauty and Fallon I have called off the multipronged nuclear attack on Florida, they are proof there is hope to hold off the zombies infesting the area. If I am wrong… God save us all.

OregonPolitician on December 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Face it the only way McCain can cause the Republican party anymore grief since they have now figured out that he is really anti Republican Party. Is to get people who might vote to actually help the country and the party out of any place that they can help the party or the country.

pwb on December 30, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Whoa, that’s a rather unwarranted and tasteless comment.
JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Unwarranted? How so? Do you even know about his role concerning MIAs back in the day? When working arm in arm with his dear friends across the aisle to kill the issue? Yeah he wore it out, more like used it to get his 30 pieces of silver. Or like when he used it to skate from the Keating 5? Yeah, he’s been a piece of trash ever since he rode to power on Reagan’s coattails. May the devil take him a la St Paul’s command.

AH_C on December 30, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Due to Newtie an the Beauty and Fallon I have called off the multipronged nuclear attack on Florida, they are proof there is hope to hold off the zombies infesting the area. If I am wrong… God save us all.

OregonPolitician on December 30, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Please, Governor Skeletor is about to rip Floridians off for another four years. This is the best the GOP could come up with…twice?

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM

JetBoy, take the blinders off. In 1982, dazzled by his war-hero status, I ignored the advice of my Goldwater-Republican relatives and threw myself into a student campaign for him at ASU. Over the space of a year I began to see the glitter fall off.

There is much I could tell you but most of it is public information that you are more likely to believe if you do the research yourself. I know because I spent many years talking to people who were too similarly dazzled by his Hanoi Hilton experience to hear it. Just like I couldn’t hear my relatives who knew. The crazy thing is that I had no reason not to listen to my relatives – I come from a military family, these relatives were part of that tradition. And they were not dazzled.

Shay on December 31, 2014 at 12:06 AM

If Arizona is stupid enough to re-elect this maverick American gets to suffer the consequences. PUT THE DEMENTED OLD FART OUT TO PASTURE!

lel2007 on December 31, 2014 at 12:08 AM

Dolce Far Niente on December 30, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Exactly!!!

AH_C on December 31, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Please…Please…Please…Do not re-elect this non-Republican, conservatively-confused, with an even more annoying daughter senator who has no business whatsoever representing conservatives. Please Arizona…I don’t care if a rock runs against him. Vote for the rock.

MomofFour on December 31, 2014 at 12:41 AM

McCain must lose.

njrob on December 31, 2014 at 1:12 AM

McCain’s team quietly purging Arizona GOP of tea-party foes before 2016 reelection bid

That sounds like he’s purging the party of foes of the TP.

Akzed on December 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Well this is great, isn’t it? This is the very spirit of ‘bi-partisanship’ – Republicans doing more to help elect Democrats than the Democrats are doing themselves.

ghostwalker1 on December 31, 2014 at 1:28 AM

The Republican Party has definitely gone downhill over the years, but put that on McCain’s shoulders…or even compare that with being anywhere near as bad as the Democratic Party has reduced itself to…is ridiculous.

JetBoy

Yeah,that McCain who wants to pass amnesty and open borders for Ted Kennedy couldn’t possibly be part of the problem, lol. Your willful ignorance is ridiculous.

Just curious – what Senate races did non-”Tea Party” candidates lose in 2010 compared to “Tea Party” losses?

Midas

Good luck with that. They like to pretend those establishment candidate losses didn’t happen, lol? It’s like those races didn’t exist. You’d have more luck finding bigfoot.

Even if the Republican Party ran Michelle Obama as their candidate the Democrats, the Republican Party, and the new 3rd Party all would have more votes than the libertarians.

OregonPolitician

If the Republican party ran Michelle Obama, BuyDanish would be first in line to vote for her. You know, the Republican agenda and all.

xblade on December 31, 2014 at 1:35 AM

McCain might have to answer some new questions about Charles Keating – or the same ones just to remind the new people that he has some skeletons lurking about.

Another Drew on December 31, 2014 at 1:49 AM

SHOCKING!!!!

A politician seeks to install his allies and defeat opponents within his party’s organization! Why, that’s just . . . sorta normal, isn’t it?

~~

Is there any evidence of anything illegal? Unethical? Untoward?

Or is he just mean and unfeeling for supporting his supporters and opposing his opponents?

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McCain’s biggest advantage is the small-mindedness and foolishness of his opponents.

You hate him, so anything he does is wrong. Sounds like leftists to me.

Adjoran on December 31, 2014 at 2:10 AM

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McCain’s biggest advantage is the small-mindedness and foolishness of his opponents.
You hate him, so anything he does is wrong. Sounds like leftists to me.
Adjoran on December 31, 2014 at 2:10 AM

John McCain relies on conservative voters in order to get nominated each time. Believe it or not, many conservative Arizona voters would be surprised to learn that McCain looks down on them with contempt. He runs to the right and pretends to be against amnesty whenever he wants to get renominated. The more stories that expose this phony, dishonest, liberal Republican, the better.

bluegill on December 31, 2014 at 3:12 AM

How does this man intend to get re-elected? He’s not representative of his State or of its Republican Party. He is the epitome of the Washington insider. Put Arizona down as a pick up for the Democrats.

grumpyank on December 31, 2014 at 6:53 AM

McCain’s biggest advantage is the small-mindedness and foolishness of his opponents.
You hate him, so anything he does is wrong. Sounds like leftists to me.
Adjoran on December 31, 2014 at 2:10 AM

John McCain relies on conservative voters in order to get nominated each time. Believe it or not, many conservative Arizona voters would be surprised to learn that McCain looks down on them with contempt. He runs to the right and pretends to be against amnesty whenever he wants to get renominated. The more stories that expose this phony, dishonest, liberal Republican, the better.

bluegill on December 31, 2014 at 3:12 AM

Exactly. The reason McCain (and all Republicans) get nominated is the conservative base. Then they go to Political Hollywood (DC), drink the NYT koolaid, and turn their backs on those that got them there.

If I vote for a candidate I have every right to call him a traitor if he abandons the core ideals that got him elected.

itsspideyman on December 31, 2014 at 7:04 AM

A good politician has no fear of a primary fight and, indeed, will relish it as a chance to sharpen his campaign and get it tuned up for the general election.

Those that seek to thwart primaries, get them by-passed by party rules or otherwise undermine the ability of an opponent to organize: they are corrupt, weak and are showing that they acknowledge that they are unable to muster a sound campaign.

Primaries that are bruising, hard fought and get an individual able to run, talk and joust with a fair field opponent is in a much better position to deal with the general as they have shown that they know how to run a campaign. Yes this does matter and it matters quite a bit.

I don’t care if you like or dislike the incumbent: they must ALL face primaries to show that they know how to do politics amongst the public, get their name out, do meet and greets, and generally show some comprehension of being able to run a campaign. In fact the ones you LIKE need to do this the MOST so that their mental skills stay honed and sharpened. A good politician will not see this as a loss of funds, only the weak will see it that way. A good politician who is a WINNER in his own party will get easy donations because they have already demonstrated they know how to do so and have a ready base to work from.

Run away from the base, try to thwart the base, and you are not only facing a world of trouble, but it shows just how weak you are.

Sen. McCain has been very lucky in facing slackluster corruptocrats from the D’s in AZ. That may not always be the case. And if he has no workable base to fall back to, to work with, to help him reach out to the general public, then the first sleazeball with a nice image will handily defeat him and McCain will be left wondering how it was he was able to rig his path to power only to have it thwarted by someone who KNEW HOW TO RUN A CAMPAIGN and run it well.

ajacksonian on December 31, 2014 at 7:19 AM

I didn’t realize honorable military service, dedication to country, and enduring two years of extreme torture, starvation, and solitary confinement for it had an expiration date.

Not to mention, how often has McCain used his POW history as a political or election-related tool? Sheesh.

JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

educate yourself
http://www.truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/80200:mccain-and-the-pow-coverup

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/was-rambo-right/

http://www.wclt.com/news/articledetail.cfm?articleid=23261

http://www.wclt.com/news/articledetail.cfm?articleid=23261

all in pdf form here
http://www.theconservativevoices.com/files/file/211-mccain-pow-stories/

dmacleo on December 31, 2014 at 7:46 AM

As critical as I am of McCain, he did reach hero status in mind when in enemy captivity (by the Cong during Nam, not by the Ds since, to be clear), after the VC found out his was “royalty” because of his family’s rich history in Navy. By several accounts, he refused early release over his fellow POWs and conducted himself with honor and bravery throughout.

TXUS on December 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

only according to the limited declassified data, the rest will be locked up for years to come still.

dmacleo on December 31, 2014 at 7:52 AM

I didn’t realize honorable military service, dedication to country, and enduring two years of extreme torture, starvation, and solitary confinement for it had an expiration date.

Not to mention, how often has McCain used his POW history as a political or election-related tool? Sheesh.

JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

educate yourself
http://www.theconservativevoices.com/topic/82015-mccain-pow-stories/

4 links there as well as link to the pdfs of those pages

dmacleo on December 31, 2014 at 7:58 AM

Liberal Democrat John McCain…

Conservatives are without a political party and have been for sometime.

voiceofreason on December 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

But, but I thought they wanted the GOP to be a Big Tent.

WannabeAnglican on December 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Republican Party is going to rue the day they didn’t figure out how to work WITH the tea party. People like McCain wanted to get the benefits (i.e.. the votes) without accepting the responsibility that went along with those votes. People like McCain were happy being in the minority, in the Senate, because it was all pay and no responsibility.

No one can survive the sort of negative publicity thrown at the tea party for long. The fact that they have is because more people understand the principles behind the movement and the fact that they’re not about the social issues, but the economic, which is why the politicians hate them, they want them to stop spending money and our politicians don’t want to stop.

bflat879 on December 31, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Let McCain be a national war hero but also let him be an ex-senator from Arizona.

rplat on December 31, 2014 at 8:08 AM

And, hell yes, I want to take out Princess Lisa. I’d rather have a Democrat than her.

WannabeAnglican on December 31, 2014 at 8:14 AM

McCain is, unfortunately, a consummate politician. It’s a toss up who’s going to do the most damage to America over the next two years, Obama or the RINO squad.

Gearbox on December 31, 2014 at 8:16 AM

This is bad news? All I can say, is- so long, farewell, goodbye. DLTDHYOTWO.

Mind you, I would be fine with McCain retiring, and I have never been his biggest fan (to put it mildly), but he is an absolute delight compared to the Ted Cruz wing of the GOP in the Senate and the Ron Paulian wing in the House.

Buy Danish on December 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Spoken like the true, mindless, Romney cultist that you are.

Your opinion is more useless then anything on earth, except a democrat.

TopFuel425 on December 31, 2014 at 8:26 AM

It would have been better to primary Scozzafava in 2010, since the seat was a fairly safely GOP seat, than to split the anti-Dem vote amongst two candidates, allowing the Dem to win.

Horologium on December 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM

You are so disingenuous. You know very well that Scozzafava endorsed the Democrat. That wasn’t just allowing the Dem to win–it was supporting the Democrat.

Remember that? A RINO is no better than a Democrat.

When assessing the usefulness of a non-RINO candidate, a careful consideration of general election results is needed. In a state such as Delaware (or even Nevada, Colorado, or New York), a RINO is better than a Democrat.

Horologium on December 30, 2014 at 11:16 PM

What pretentious nonsense. New York elected a Conservative Party Senator in a 3-way race back in 1970. That was Jim Buckley. He defeated the incumbent RINO Charles Goodell and Democrat Dick Ottinger. In Colorado, Cory Gardner is a conservative.

Emperor Norton on December 31, 2014 at 8:40 AM

He’s 78, maybe his clock will stop ticking, sooner, rather than later?

woodhull on December 31, 2014 at 9:39 AM

avagreen on December 30, 2014 at 9:15 PM

You really need to get out more:

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Newtie and the Beauty on December 30, 2014 at 9:25PM

Your version.^^^

Carol insists she remains on good terms with her ex-husband, who agreed as part of their divorce settlement to pay her medical costs for life. ‘I have no bitterness,’

she says. ‘My accident is well recorded. I had 23 operations, I am five inches shorter than I used to be and I was in hospital for six months. It was just awful, but it wasn’t the reason for my divorce.

‘My marriage ended because John McCain didn’t want to be 40, he wanted to be 25. You know that happens…it just does.’

Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womaniser who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons…
McCain has acknowledged that he had girlfriends during this time, without going into details. Some friends blame his dissatisfaction with Carol, but others give some credence to her theory of a mid-life crisis.

He was also fiercely ambitious, but it was clear he would never become an admiral like his illustrious father and grandfather and his thoughts were turning to politics.

In 1979 – while still married to Carol – he met Cindy at a cocktail party in Hawaii. Over the next six months he pursued her, flying around the country to see her. Then he began to push to end his marriage.

Carol and her children were devastated. ‘It was a complete surprise,’ says Nancy Reynolds, a former Reagan aide.

‘They never displayed any difficulties between themselves. I know the Reagans were quite shocked because they loved and respected both Carol and John.’

Another friend added: ‘Carol didn’t fight him. She felt her infirmity made her an impediment to him. She justified his actions because of all he had gone through. She used to say, “He just wants to make up for lost time.”’

Indeed, to many in their circle the saddest part of the break-up was Carol’s decision to resign herself to losing a man she says she still adores.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html

My version.^^^
Cindy won’t be the first person who allows herself to be violated and manipulated by a man. Because she didn’t stand up for herself, doesn’t make his adultery right.
He’s a jerk.
She’s the hero.
Perhaps you should check your chauvinistic bone.

avagreen on December 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Perhaps you should check your chauvinistic bone.

avagreen on December 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

While I tend to agree with you on her reasons for not fighting it and his as*holiness, I thought newtie was female.
god if I am wrong newtie please forgive me and don’t hold it against me LOL

mccain was a poison flier well before nam.

dmacleo on December 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I fail to see how he’s destroyed the GOP or this country, or been “complicit” in doing so. The Republican Party has definitely gone downhill over the years, but put that on McCain’s shoulders…or even compare that with being anywhere near as bad as the Democratic Party has reduced itself to…is ridiculous.

JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

McCain gave us Obama. McCain quit his campaigning to bail out the bankers at the 11th hour against the will of the majority of Republicans, cooling turnout in 2008. When his own staff sabotaged his running mate, it was the last straw for me.

McCain’s actions gave us Obama.

But Obama hasn’t been all that bad, right? /sarc

dominigan on December 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I didn’t realize dishonorable military service, dedication to country self, and enduring two years of extreme torture, starvation, and solitary confinement for it had an expiration date.

JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Fixed for accuracy.

dominigan on December 31, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Didn’t this old, relic POS say that he was retiring? The GOP needs change, starting with this useless member of the senate who spends more time running for the mic & cameras than in the chamber.

RdLake on December 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Thank you for your service but please now retire Senator McCain. They mothballed your carrier. Hint. Hint…..

Krupnikas on December 31, 2014 at 10:29 AM

How does this man intend to get re-elected? He’s not representative of his State or of its Republican Party. He is the epitome of the Washington insider. Put Arizona down as a pick up for the Democrats.

grumpyank on December 31, 2014 at 6:53 AM

The advantage of incumbancy. I read a report that 93% of money in campaigns is spent by incumbents. In 2016 McCain will outspend primary and general election opponents by four, five, possibly even 10 fold. The Chamber of Commerce and McCain’s special interest buddies in the defense industry will pony up big bucks to keep the crazy old coot in the senate to do their bidding.

bw222 on December 31, 2014 at 10:49 AM

dmacleo on December 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Newtie is a female.

The meaning of chauvinism is not gender specific.

Prejudiced belief in the superiority of one’s own gender, group, or kind.

I voted for McCain, too, in the last election. He was better than the alternative.
But, that voting does not blind me to what a t*rd he was and still is. I think his actions as a Senator proves that.

avagreen on December 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I didn’t realize dishonorable military service, dedication to country self, and enduring two years of extreme torture, starvation, and solitary confinement for it had an expiration date.

JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Obviously JetBoy has never been in service. I have been and one of the most disappointing things I found was that many career officers are not especially patriotic. For them, it’s a job … nothing more.

bw222 on December 31, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Most of us vote from the choices we are given. There is no way possible that Sen. McCain will make it through the primaries and be the nominee. I know that the Tea Party is sadly diminished but they should be able to at least stop that from happening.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Same tactic that Ron Paul tried with his failed attempts at the nomination.

I hope that the Arizona teaparty sees this correctly, which is McCain spitting on them and conservatism as a governing philosophy, and fights back in the same way.

Rebar on December 31, 2014 at 11:14 AM

So at what point is McCain going to pull an Arlen Spector, and just go to the party that he truly belongs in?

Star Bird on December 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

avagreen on December 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

The only thing missing from your version is the way Cindy’s parents encouraged McCain and pushed Cindy to him. His marriage didn’t matter to them at all. Her father was a mobster wannabe and the reason it matters is that Cindy is his heir. That is what McCain was pursuing, not so much Cindy herself.

Shay on December 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

So, conservatives, still think we can change the Republican Party from the inside? Still believe it’s salvageable? Conservatives are no longer the GOP’s base. Conservatives don’t have a party. When will enough conservative Americans realize that to stop with the wishful thinking and finally do something about it?

blackgriffin on December 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

McCain is not a Democrat; He is not a Republican either.
McCain is a Minister of Washington.
It is apparent to me that he does not believe in “We the People” so much as “We the Government” He makes relationships and deal with whomever in Washington that fund his desires or align with his ambitions. Whether that is to demand that we take action in Syria (My guess is at the request of the Saudi Kingdom and their wealth) or realign Senate Rules to the benefit of his allies and the adulation of the press.

notalemon on December 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

OMG, I’ve been outed! I thought my secret alliance with Michelle Obama was locked away like gold in Ft. Knox but some of you super clever people managed to hack your way to the truth. Like this!

There are so many more examples of my adoration of her and her husband and the Democrat Party, but alas, you’ll just have to Google “Danishova+Michelle Obama” or “Danishova+Barack Obama” and so on, to get all this for yourselves. I’d hate for only one person to have this kind of access to the REAL ME! Not just a RINO, who only donates to the GOP, votes GOP, and advocates for the GOP platform and agenda as a ruse to conceal my true identity as an undercover agent for the DNC.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I live in Phoenix and if he makes it through the primaries, I’m seriously thinking of voting for the Donk just to get rid of his ass.

rotorjoe on December 31, 2014 at 12:36 PM

That describes me, and not most of you. And with that, I’m outta here. Life is too short to deal with your lame commentary.

Buy Danish on December 30, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Does that mean permanently or just short term?

katiejane on December 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Return this bastard to Hanoi!

redware on December 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

“He who controls the precincts controls the Party.”

More here:

http://www.redstate.com/diary/tngal/2014/12/30/coldwarrior-sen-john-mccain-go-toe-toe/

Please follow the links in the comments.

It all comes down which group shows up to play in greater numbers.

The real ball game of politics is played by the “voting members” of the two major political parties.

The real ball players of politics are those who become “voting members” of the two major political parties.

And, because about half of these “voting member” precinct committeeman slots of the Republican Party are, six years after the election of Obama, still vacant, a huge opportunity exists for whatever group can fill these slots. Now the RINOs are figuring out that, if they fill these slots before the conservatives do, they will be strengthening their hold on the Republican Party.

Conservatives? They can’t even seem to find out where and when the local committees meet so as to get into the real ball game.

I have tried tried to sound the alarm. I have tried to convince conservatives they need to do more than discuss issues on the internet — that they need to organize and unite politically inside the single best organization that would get them political power — wait for it . . . a political party. The Republican Party. Where they each live.

Seems everyone has an excuse. I have heard them all.

Thank you.
CW
http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

Cold Warrior on December 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

DIABLOs destroy the land better/faster. They enable the D-latrine rats.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM

McLame”s POW card reached its expiration date years and years ago…

TXUS on December 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Whoa, that’s a rather unwarrantedhonest and tastelessappropriate comment.

JetBoy on December 30, 2014 at 9:36 PM

fify

cableguy615 on December 31, 2014 at 1:32 PM

So at what point is McCain going to pull an Arlen Spector, and just go to the party that he truly belongs in?

Star Bird on December 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM

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The “establishment” wants him right where he is, because that’s where he can do the most damage to the conservative revolt (Tea Party).

If he were to “pull an Arlen Specter”, it would open up the possibility of getting a Republican candidate sympathetic to the Tea Party.

As long as John stays put, the Arizona voters can only choose between liberal, or “moderate.”

That makes it a win/win for the “establishment.”

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

This is puzzling. If the Tea Party faithful cannot outwit John McCain then perhaps they are not ready for prime time just yet…..after all didn’t they have an overwhelmingly successful 2014 run against the establishment? Oh…never mind.
Perhaps Sarah P should change residence and administer the revenge long overdue for his poor treatment of her in 2008.

Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Does that mean permanently or just short term?

katiejane on December 31, 2014 at 12:38 P

Aw, you are all SO CLEVER with your ripostes! Dorothy Parker, Clare Booth Luce and Lady Astor had NOTHING on you halfwits.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2014 at 1:37 PM

None of those will be the nominee. It’ll be Jeb.

ddrintn on December 30, 2014 at 10:56 PM

And you wil call him Master….

Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Cold Warrior on December 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM

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If anyone hasn’t already read Cold Warrior‘s preceding comment, go back and read it, and follow the links that accompany it.

It’s well worth it.

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

avagreen on December 31, 2014 at 9:44 AM

The only thing missing from your version is the way Cindy’s parents encouraged McCain and pushed Cindy to him. His marriage didn’t matter to them at all. Her father was a mobster wannabe and the reason it matters is that Cindy is his heir. That is what McCain was pursuing, not so much Cindy herself.

Shay on December 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM

You are correct! I had forgotten that tidbit.

There’s multiples of stories of how Cindy’s fa. financed McCain’s rise to the top in politics. It helps to have a politico at the top when one is a crime boss.
http://www.wnd.com/2008/02/57354/

avagreen on December 31, 2014 at 1:46 PM

That makes it a win/win for the “establishment.”

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

It speaks volumes about the ‘establishment’ given their actions and tactics when faced with those who prefer to stand on and advocate for conservative principles. The differences between the ‘establishment’ and the Democrats are getting harder and harder to detect… in particular their contempt to the voter / citizen and believing that we exist to serve the government as opposed to it being the other way around.

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Thanks for that link too. It’s a critical method, because what the ‘establishment’ is doing in AZ is no different than the methods and tactics undertaken by the ‘establishment’ here in CA – to the point of open and underhanded warfare being waged against TP conservatives.

Those are the ‘trenches’ where this ‘war’ has to be won…and that means we need people to get in those trenches and confront the establishment whenever, wherever, and however possible. They’re trying to keep the system rigged – for their own power, accumulation of wealth, and ego.

Athos on December 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM

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Are you ever going to tell me upon what you based the ‘sarcastic jab’, yesterday?

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Shame on me for voting for McCain in ’08.
Shame on me for voting for Romney in ’12.
I’ll not be shaming myself again.

Belle on December 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

See dicussion between you and Picaro
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listens2glenn on December 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

In 2016 McCain will have been in that office for almost 30 years and will be 80 years old. It’s time to go no matter who you are.

RadClown on December 31, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Ah, RadClown, you’re right.
But tell me of 1 politician that stepped down to give up power & greed just because of his age?

Belle on December 31, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Amazing coincidence that for a few months or so every 6 years McCain gets tough on border security, then the rest of the time he’s busy writing amnesty bills w/ the likes of Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy. I wonder why that is?

Redstone on December 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Shame on me for voting for McCain in ’08.
Shame on me for voting for Romney in ’12.
I’ll not be shaming myself again.

Belle on December 31, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Who the heck should you have voted for?

Supporting and voting for your favorite candidate is what the primaries are for. And if your number one choice doesn’t run, get over it. If your favorite doesn’t win the GOP nomination, suck it up. My favorites and “number one’s” my whole voting life so far either haven’t run, or haven’t won. It stinks, but I got over it and voted GOP.

JetBoy on December 31, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Vote for McCain!!!

Vote for Jeb!!!

Go red team go!!!

Who cares about America?

Redstone on December 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

O T :

Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 1:34 PM
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Are you ever going to tell me upon what you based the ‘sarcastic jab’, yesterday?

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 1:56 PM

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See dicussion between you and Picaro at :

listens2glenn on December 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM
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Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

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If I was advocating for, or promoting the Islamic way of husbands dealing with wives, I would NOT have counseled for young men to make sure that they and their girl are in agreement on such issues, before they say “I do.”

IF … I was advocating for, or promoting the Islamic way of husbands dealing with wives, I would have said something like :

“These American men need to learn how to SUBJUGATE their wives, instead of putting up with this nonsense.” Slap ’em down, and rape ’em if you have to.”

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But that is not implied, in even the slightest sense, in my original comment.

listens2glenn on December 31, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Jetboy: I get your meaning. But I’m older now, & I’m NEVER going to vote for a rino again. This was my 1st year to prove to myself I wouldn’t swallow the lie any longer, & vote for the lesser of 2 evils. So I didn’t vote for Lindsey Graham, not in the primary, & not in the final election. It didn’t change anything, & it didn’t make me feel much better, but at least I didn’t vote against my conscience.

Here at hotair, many of us know that the GOP establishment = liberalism.

Belle on December 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

OFGS. All of you who make silly claims that the GOP establishment = liberalism, please compare the GOP platform to the Dem Platform. There is NO comparison. After watching Obama’s past 6 years, along with the odious duo of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi this should be SO FREAKING Obvious. You have to be adamantly stupid not to see this. A Romney Presidency would not look ANYTHING like Obama’s. Dittos for Jeb Bush (just to pick someone you all love to peg as a RINO) with Hillary.

Buy Danish on December 31, 2014 at 4:39 PM

If you find this post depressing just remember how insane JD Hayworth was as a candidate. Fast forward 6 years and it’s still hilarious.

spaz on December 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

Time to go, John. Thank you for your service.

petefrt on December 31, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Thank you for your military service. You were an American hero then. Now get the hell out of the Senate you RINO POS

nikophil on December 31, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Establishment GOP like McCain either don’t understand or don’t care that politics in this country is no longer business as usual, that politics today is an existential, no-holds-barred fight to the end. The intent of progressivism today is to complete our revolutionary transformation into a permanent one-party state that is “post-constitutional,” “post-liberal,” “post-democratic,” and “post-American.”

As Hudson Fellow John Fonte puts it:

The challenge from transnational progressivism to traditional American concepts of citizenship, patriotism, assimilation, and the meaning of democracy itself is fundamental. If our system is based not on individual rights (as defined by the U. S. Constitution) but on group consciousness (as defined by international law); not on equality of citizenship but on group preferences for non- citizens (including illegal immigrants) and for certain categories of citizens; not on majority rule within constitutional limits but on power-sharing by different ethnic, racial, gender, and linguistic groups; not on constitutional law, but on transnational law; not on immigrants becoming Americans, but on migrants linked between transnational communities; then the regime will cease to be “constitutional,” “liberal,” “democratic,” and “American,” in the understood sense of those terms, but will become in reality a new hybrid system that is “post-constitutional,” “post-liberal,” “post-democratic,” and “post-American.”

http://www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/archives_roll/2002_04-06/fonte_ideological/fonte_ideological.html

The central issue before us in 2016, as it was in 2012, is existential: Individual liberty. Romney, instead of addressing the liberty issues squarely, allowed his campaign to be dragged off into the weeds. If we fail to persuasively address the liberty issues again in 2016, we will lose again… and it will be a loss not just for the next four years, but for the generations.

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petefrt on December 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

petefrt on December 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

WUT? What do those paragraphs you cited have to do with Romney or McCain?

Buy Danish on December 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

And you wil call him Master….

Bradky on December 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

You just put Metallica`s Master Of Puppets in my head..

..not complaining, mind you, love that tune!

cableguy615 on December 31, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Anyone who calls McCain GOP “establishment” obviously wasn’t alive in 2008 or was living on Mars.

spaz on December 31, 2014 at 9:40 PM

Jetboy: I get your meaning. But I’m older now, & I’m NEVER going to vote for a rino again. This was my 1st year to prove to myself I wouldn’t swallow the lie any longer, & vote for the lesser of 2 evils. So I didn’t vote for Lindsey Graham, not in the primary, & not in the final election. It didn’t change anything, & it didn’t make me feel much better, but at least I didn’t vote against my conscience.Here at hotair, many of us know that the GOP establishment = liberalism.
Belle on December 31, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Bravo, Belle. But unlike your impression that nothing chaned, it did and quite significantly. Pull up your Secretary of State website and examine the poll results. Tim Scott was also on the ballot and pulled in 10 points more than Graham. What does that tell you? There is indeed change a coming. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to send Graham home, but definitely change is coming. If 10 points now, what will it be in 16? You can bet that whomever Lindsey endorses, that 10 and then some more will not follow him. Sooner or later, there will be a tipping point. There always has been whenever we’re put upon and won’t take it any longer.

AH_C on December 31, 2014 at 11:28 PM

petefrt on December 31, 2014 at 7:28 PM

WUT? What do those paragraphs you cited have to do with Romney or McCain?Buy Danish on December 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Thanks for proving our point and exposing your ignorance of the GOP platform.

The passage is exactly why you’re not at Romney’s New Year’s gala at the White House tonight. Mittness failed to understand that when the individual rights trump social consciousness we all win. The inverse is tyranny. RINOs are forever proposing a kinder gentler tyranny than the REB’s party. No thanks.

AH_C on December 31, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Buy Danish on December 31, 2014 at 9:15 PM

In my first paragraph I tried to say that RINO’s like McCain think politics today is like politics of yesterday, that we all have an essentially similar vision of and for America, and the main difference is our paths to getting there. What RINO’s don’t understand is that the Dem party has replaced traditional liberalism with transnational progressivism, as Fonte outlines it.

Now instead of a shared vision of and for America, we have opposing visions, theirs now being “post-constitutional,” “post-liberal,” “post-democratic,” and “post-American.” I would add that it’s also authoritarian, collectivist, and totalitarian.

Transnational progressives intend to transform America into an antithesis of its former self. For those of us who treaure liberty, this is no time for RINO’s.

BTW, if you want to see what looks like an Obama road map, John Fonte is good reading: The Ideological War Within the West

petefrt on January 1, 2015 at 9:12 AM