Conservatives: Beware of McCain Regression Syndrome


Pay attention: In the afterglow of the Massachusetts Miracle, there are flickers of peril for the right. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but like Paul Revere’s midnight message, consider this warning “a cry of defiance, and not of fear.” Conservatives have worked hard to rebuild after Big Government Republican John McCain’s defeat. But McCain isn’t going gently into that good night.

Red Flag No. One: A reader from Arizona informed me the day after the Bay State Bombshell that he had received a robo-call from Massachusetts GOP Sen.-elect Scott Brown. “He basically wanted me to vote for John McCain in November,” the reader said in his description of the automated campaign call supporting the four-term Sen. McCain’s re-election bid. “No wonder [Brown] said he hadn’t had any sleep. … He was busy recording phone messages!”

Red Flag No. Two: Also in the wake of the Massachusetts special election, the nation’s most popular conservative political figure Sarah Palin announced she would be campaigning for her former running mate in Arizona in March. Palin told Facebook followers that she’s going to “ride the tide with commonsense candidates” and help “heroes and statesmen” like McCain.

Facing mounting conservative opposition in his home state and polls showing him virtually tied with possible GOP challenger and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, McCain welcomed the boost: “Sarah energized our nation and remains a leading voice in the Republican Party.”

Savor the irony: After a career spent bashing the right flank of the party, McCain is now clinging to its coattails to save his incumbent hide.

And pay attention to the hidden, more troubling irony: While he runs to the right to protect his seat, McCain’s political machine is working across the country to install liberal and establishment Republicans to secure his legacy.

In Florida, McCain’s Country First Political Action Committee is supporting the Senate bid of fellow illegal alien amnesty supporter and global warming alarmist GOP Gov. Charlie Crist, whose crucial 2008 primary endorsement rescued McCain from disaster. Grassroots conservatives support former GOP state House leader Marco Rubio — who is hitting Crist hard for lying to voters about his embrace of President Obama’s pork-laden, fraud-ridden stimulus package.

In Colorado, McCain and his meddlers infuriated the state party by anointing former Lt.

Gov. Jane Norton to challenge endangered Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. She’s a milquetoast public official who has served on a lot of task forces and GOP clubs — and who happens to be the sister-in-law of big Beltway insider Charlie Black. An estimated 40 percent of her coffers are filled with out-of-state money (and much of that is flowing from the Beltway).

The mini-McCain of Colorado claims to oppose “special interests,” but has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from D.C. lobbyists at McCain’s behest — stifling the candidacies of strong conservative rivals led by grassroots-supported Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, an amnesty opponent whose aggressive illegal-immigration prosecutions have earned him the rage of the far left and big-business right. A recent Rasmussen poll showed Buck and GOP candidate Tom Wiens beating Bennet — despite the huge cash and crony advantage of frontrunner and blank-slate Norton.

In California, McCain’s PAC supports former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — a celebrity name with deep pockets of her own, massive media exposure and a checkered business record. Fiorina served as the economic adviser to McCain, who supported the $700 billion TARP bailout, the $25 billion auto bailout, a $300 billion mortgage bailout and the first $85 billion AIG bailout. As GOP rival and grassroots-supported Chuck DeVore’s camp notes, Fiorina has also vacillated publicly over the Obama stimulus. With taxpayer “friends” like this, who needs Democrats?

With all due respect to McCain’s noble war service, it’s time to head to the pasture. As the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, he was wrong on the constitutionality of the free-speech-stifling McCain-Feingold campaign finance regulations. He was wrong to side with the junk-science global warming activists in pushing onerous carbon caps on America. He was on the wrong side of every Chicken Little-driven bailout. He was wrong in opposing enhanced CIA interrogation methods that have saved countless American lives and averted jihadi plots. And he was spectacularly wrong in teaming with the open-borders lobby to push a dangerous illegal alien amnesty.

Tea Party activists are rightly outraged by Palin’s decision to campaign for McCain, whose entrenched incumbency and progressive views are anathema to the movement. At least she has an excuse: She’s caught between a loyalty rock and a partisan hard place. The conservative base has no such obligations — and it is imperative that they get in the game (as they did in Massachusetts) before it’s too late. The movement to restore limited government in Washington has come too far, against all odds, to succumb to McCain Regression Syndrome now.

  • Demhater

    Palins light just blew out for me, Steels went out months ago and the Illy GOP is pushing Kirk for senate, he is a moderate at best whose vote for cap and trade should disqualify him from any seat at "new" GOP table. It looks like Crist a "moderate" is getting taken down in Florida. Until the GOP gets some backbone and fights back against the all liberal dems it will be hard to pull them over the finish line, look at Snowe today who said Supreme Court decision over Mclame/Feingold was wrong! Whats up with Glen Beck belittling Scott Brown the other day after his BIG upset???

    • davarino

      Oh God, and here I thought the Republicans had learned their lesson. I thought Sarah would have kicked McCain in the you know what, damn it. Come on Sarah, where is that rogue spirit? Since when do you play nice with party officials. McCain should have gone to the other side with Spector where he could play kissy face with Ted Kennedy.

      Hold off your celebration of Scott Brown dude. I am as elated as the any other conservative but we dont even know this guy. Hopefully he lives up to what we think he is and is not just another politician looking to line his pockets.

      I really hope I dont have to vote straight independant in November.

  • koraishy

    I will never to Palin, if run with McCain because is another Bush

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  • shane comeback

    Sarah,you blew it–out of misplaced loyalty, or do you share his beliefs?

    • teq

      What was Sarah supposed to do when McCain begged her to campaign for him? She probably feels indebted to him and didn't have the heart to say no. I just hope that she doesn't put too much energy into it. Anyway, the people of Arizona will be able to figure it out. I agree with MM that this is hugely ironic. The establishment GOP is now desperately clinging to the people it used to despise just to stay alive.

      Petraeus-Cheney (Liz) in 2012!

  • jonathan

    Conservatives need to dump the GOP and go with the Tea Party Movement to find and nominate a real grassroots firebrand who will take on the culture war and foment popular action to revolt against the expansivism of the fed. A leader who will "damn the torpedos, full speed ahead" to Constitutional restoration. I want to see a leader who is despised by the establishment old guard and loved by the PEOPLE.

    • davarino

      Amen brother. We have an awsome opportunity right now and we should not piss it away. We have them on the mat and we should keep them there, no mercy, pound them back into the 18th century.

      • bardefa

        Anybody saying: "no amnesty, no healtcare reform, build southern fence" is a winner.

    • bardefa

      it's time….Republicans keep on trying to satisfy left.
      Liberalism is a mental disorder.

    • Stephen D.

      How about Chalres Krauthammer? What have you heard of Newt? There are some folks out there that are thoughtful and have balls. Intelligent and in posession of leadership qualities. I agree, time to put them all on notice. No more “pussy footing.” Tea Party or get out of the way!

      • americaninfidel

        NEWT IS A CHAMELEON, changes whichever way the wind blows.

    • ElBrujo

      I believe you're right. The establishment asses will try to see that that fails, unfortunately.

    • BS61

      The Tea Party supported Brown instead of the Lib Kennedy.. I don't trust them right now. Brown's voting record is clearly anti-Tea Party. I'd love to ride this, but something doesn't feel right.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Let's get this straight. You're going to dump an established political party and go with a "movement"? To win, the movement must be organized like a political party. So why not have the movement absorb the GOP … especially at the local level … and win.

      I agree with your stated values and beliefs, and I've marched in the Tea Party movement. But "dumping" the GOP will result in DEM victory, which will benefit only the statists.

  • Mr. X

    Sarah was our flicker of hope and she dowsed that. They say buy gold. But the government is going to sieze your gold as you try to smuggle it out of the country, or whatever international union we will be part of. Its time to sell down, liquidate and time, especially for conservative males to leave.

  • Don L

    Compromise is the tool of the devil.

    The right answer from Sarah to John is; I did my best and I publicly supported you, but this is about principles -not winning you a seat -and my principles are about America and those are not yours. I will refrain from bad mouthing you, and wish you well in you future endeavors in the private sector.
    She's lost me!

    • davarino

      I agree, time for politicking is over. She didnt become popular by playing nice with the big guys. It doesnt make sence, because she went up against the establishment in Alaska. So why is she going soft now? I loved her but this shows a different side to her. Oh well better to find out now rather than after we elect her for what ever……NEXT.

  • La Lydia

    While I would have preferred that Sarah Palin not get involved in McCain’s campaign, it looks to me like she is just “dancing with the one who brung her.” as Bush 41 used to say. I assume she feels some kind of loyalty to the individual who brought her into the national spotlight, and this is her way of thanking him. Once this debt is paid, she can move on and, I hope, away from Captain Queeg.

    • BS61

      I'm not voting or supporting anyone who feels obligated to anyone, except the country and Amercans!

  • Guest

    Sarah Palin's promise to campaign for John McCain in March is both mind boggling and revealing. For someone who has supported her, contributed to SarahPac, bought her book, this has left me dumbfounded!

    How you determine a persons character is by their actions and with whom they surround themselves. It was applicable to Obama, it's applicable to McCain, and it is equally applicable to Sarah Palin! This move by her is deeply revealing of the character of someone who has professed to be for common sense of conservatism and against the good old boys in Washington. It just smacks exactly the opposite of the image she tries to project and shows the "you scratched my back so I'll scratch your" philosophy. This reveals that nothing, but absolutely nothing will change and she is now nothing more than another wheeling and dealing politician.

    McCain, the supporter of campaign finance reform, bailouts, amnesty, cap and trade, and a host of other in your face liberal legislation under the guise of "can't we all just get along" and "reach across the isle" mentality, does not deserve to be reelected. Part of the reason we are in the shape today is because of this man!

    How utterly, utterly disappointing her active support of McCain is to me! Minor mistakes are overlooked but this is a major earthshaking revelation. Obviously, in light of this event, she just lost one of her most ardent supporters.

  • bardefa

    I did not vote last time – there was no conservative candidate! A hero, IMHO, is a guy who after being captured, breaks out. Anybody can be captured….and he/she is a hero?
    And McCain was a strong proponent, with Teddy the swimmer, of AMNESTY!
    GoD, save us from those liberals.

    • Stephen_Brady

      So, how's all that "hope & change" that you voted for, by not voting, working out for you?

  • Abraham Stubenhaus

    Michelle, thank you!
    Let me put it this way, I am not going to support McCain or Palin.
    They are both not what I want. I am interested in Mitt Romney or, I want a real conservative who will DO the following and not just promise it;
    1. Close the borders down immediately.
    2. Get seriously tough with the terrorists in every way possible.
    3. Overhaul the entire "justice" system.
    4. Create jobs through doing the first three (above).
    5. Cut Iran out of everything and sanction their butts off.
    6. Cut out all fake "friendliness" to every nation that hates our guts.
    7. Remember to support those who are our few friends.
    8. Stop offering North Korea's posturing with more and more bribes.
    9. Israel does not need our permission to smash Iran's nuclear buildup.
    10. Support Tibet through all means possible.
    11. Pray for world peace through your language, your religion, your feelings, at your time.
    12. From numbers 13 through 100, add your own suggestions.

    • bardefa

      Anybody saying: "no amnesty, no healtcare reform, build southern fence" is a winner

    • BS61

      Not so sure about Romney, nor with recycling:

      I'd rather have Allen West in FL:

      • Guadapoopé

        He looks good, doesn't he?

  • bardefa

    I did not vote last time – there was no conservative candidate! A hero, IMHO, is a guy who after being captured, breaks out. Anybody can be captured….and he/she is a hero?

  • R Paulos

    "The enemy of my ememy is my friend " so I will support Brown for helping killing Obama care.
    After that I have no more expectations from him.

  • Ohiolad

    One can understand the position that Sarah Palin finds herself. She owes McCain an enormous personal debt for plucking her from relative obscurity and giving her the opportunity to have such a prominent place in the political life of the nation. It would have been unseemly for her to have turned her back on him now when he is in electoral trouble. But once this debt is paid she can go back to what she truly believes. Conservatives/Libertarians/Tea partiers should, therefore, take what she says regarding McCain with a grain of salt and not let it stop them from doing everything possible to defeat McCain and every other RINO candidate running in the Republican primaries.

  • The_Inquisitor

    "The movement to restore limited government in Washington has come too far, against all odds, to succumb to McCain Regression Syndrome now." … or to Palin.

    I am glad to see that people are finally looking beyond the attractive, personable Palin to see who she really is.

  • Raymondo

    It wonder if McCain stills thinks he can be president and he's told Palin that they should keep the team together. McCain is a disaster for all the reasons Michelle lays out though so not enough conservatives will get behind him. I am deeply dissapointed in Palin. She could have just stayed out of it, especailly after McCain's people trashed her laast year. J.D. Hayworth is a conservative and she has put herself on the wrong side. She talked a good talk.

  • gatekeeper96740

    Too bad Sarah I can't go there with you.
    I hate Mccain.

  • Mia

    Go Sarah! This is why I love the woman. She lives her conscience, and doesn't let anyone intimidate her. How long until conservatives are complaining that Sarah poked them in the eye one too many times??? Or crying because they invited her to their party and she messed on the rug??? It's coming. (Probably about the same time they find out they can't hijack the TEA party either).

    Libs pick on Sarah for a reason: They are afraid of her and the threat she poses to their partisan politics and corruption. Likewise, conservatives pick on McCain for the same reason: They are afraid of him and the threat he poses to their partisan politics and corruption. That's why Sarah and McCain make such a great team.

    When we beat back the systemic corruption in Washington, McCain, Brown and Sarah will be leading the charge… and no doubt the conservatives will be taken out with all the other trash — the same conservatives who not only refuse to publicly address the Usurper's ineligibility, but who also worked double time to make sure McCain lost and therefore the Usurper could squat in our White House, destroy our economy, nationalize our industry, and welcome terrorists with open arms.

    Somehow, I won't miss any of them when they're gone.

    • BS61

      McCain voted for the first bailout and he supports amnesty. It's not about liberals, conservatives here in AZ, like me, see him for what he is. Palin won't help him win this… I don't care who is running against him this Nov – I will vote this RINO out.

  • HopeForChangeInAZ

    I am the first to hope there is a viable alternative to McCain but J.D. Hayworth isn't it. He is a blowhard who has only highlighted that fact on his radio show and will do the conservative movement more harm than good because of it. Maybe the far right will get frothy over Hayworth but if that is all McCain has to worry about, he will be re-elected hands down.

  • USMCSniper

    The McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act was perhaps one of the more left-wing acts of Congress in the past twenty years. As recently exposed by Brian C. Anderson, "The Plot to Shush Rush and O'Reilly" in City Journal, McCain-Feingold (which passed with overwhelming Democrat support) is a convenient contrivance to silence conservatives. As noted by a whole host of commentators (George Will, Jonathan Rauch, and even Justice Clarence Thomas), this act poses blatant restrictions on political speech. It especially affects AM Radio and political internet blogs — the only two spheres of popular media where conservatives can truly compete. Critics remain divided why McCain supported a dictate so damaging to conservatives. Was it perhaps so that he could silence many on the Right whom he laconically loathes?

    The Supreme Court defended the Constitution 5-4 by throwing out the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act with a brilliant opinion rendered by Justice Kennedy that has killed it forever.

    • bardefa

      and McCain-Kennedy amnesty plan for 30= million illegals.
      A conservative??? Whatta joke

  • AmericanInfidel

    Mc.Cain Sucks! Sarah disappointed. Back to square one, there is no leadership in the Republican party. Mc.Cain as of late has been somewhat of a chameleon, leading the charge against socialized medicine, the elephant in the room is illegal immigration. Mc.Cain was a supporter of amnesty, supporter of cap and trade, is a greenie.
    I really get it, the progressives have infiltrated every part of the power structure. I am weary of Meg Whitman, she hasnt made clear where she stands on environMENTAL issues, she talks a good talk, but is supported by and supports Mc.SHAME, so I dont know how ready I am to get behind her, my alternative is JERRY MOONSTONE BROWN, and the establishment wonders why we ARE SO PISSED

  • Mike Moore

    Time to look at: for an alternate plan. More of the same old just won't do the job.

  • Paul Martell

    As a vietnam veteran my opinion is that John McCain is a disgrace. He is a left wing progressive who has capitalized on hos POW status for years. I don't live in Arizona but I will be contributing to his opponent in both the primary and general elections. I would rather have see a Democrat who puts his name on what he is hold this senate seat than McCain, who is a progressive who tries to pass himself off as a conservative. THIS MAN IS A SOCIALIST, WHO IS SIMPLY A STALKING HORSE FOR THE LEFT AND THEIR COLLECTIVIST AGENDA.

    As for Sarah Palin, she just lost my vote and my support. She is also now on my list as a RINO or false conservative. I only hope conservatives (Tea Partiers) can come up with a suitable candidate in the fall. As for Mitt Romney, I was enthusiastic about him until I read about Romney Care in Massachusetts.


  • Andrew Struttmann

    Michelle, I think you should be careful not to judge the Jane Norton campaign simply because it has McCain affiliations; Norton has not made McCain-esque statements, she has not acted in a a McCain-esque way, and I trust that she won't. Just because someone isn't the next James Inhofe doesn't mean they are a McCain lackey.

    You raise the fact that Wiens and Buck both beat Bennet in Rasmussen; why did you omit that that SAME Rasmussen poll put Norton in a double-digit lead over her opponent?

    Michelle, I think you need to get your facts straight; in fact, Norton raised 75% of her money in state. And her fundraising numbers are such that she HAS raised more money in-state than her opponents.

    Picking a horse in a candidate race is fine, but if all candidates are conservative (as they all are), don't bloody the frontrunner just because she is the frontrunner.

    • BS61

      McCain is not a conservative!

  • BS1977

    I wanted Romney and Palin for 2008…..not to be. McCain is a good man….but susceptible to liberal legislation and compromises with leftists and socialists.

  • BS1977

    Romney and Brown in 2010

    • BS61

      Romney cannot be trusted. How about Lt Col Allen West?

  • Irene Faulkes

    In the run up for the last Presidiential elections, it was obvious that John McCain was pussy-footing in relation to Barack Obama. When the two of them went on T.V. together, he should have blasted Obama for his obvious lies and anti-Americanism. He did not. It almost seemed also that he was not really aspiring to be President. Does he hide secret wishes that are contrary to the possible will of the American people? As for Sarah Palin, she should not feel beholden to him for ushering her into national politics in what proved to be favourable.

  • bardefa

    Brown/Palin in 2012

  • megapotamus

    Don't forget Romney, who is as married to socialized medicine as Barack Obama, having delivered same to Mass. Also, do not forget that Brown voted for same, and says he does not object on principle now but only on procedures. This has barely begun and the simple fact is that most of our fellow citizens will have to have a good strong gulp of socialism before they realize its bitterness.

  • John C. Davidson

    McCain means well, he's just part of the establishment in Washington, trying to make sense of his past affiliations with Joe Biden, calling him a dear friend on the one hand, while castigated his politics on the other.

    I think they all laugh behind closed doors while collecting money from all the outstretched hands they encounter.

  • ElBrujo

    I don't know what Palin was thinking with coming to AridBoner to campaign the guy whose throwing of the last election got us into the mess we're in. Now she has McCain stank on her. Try cleaning THAT off. Demmunists' best Repugnicant friend.

  • lakewoodbob

    McCain has had 28 years in Congress to do something positive for the American people. All he ever did was reach across the aisle to help Democrats screw us and the Constitution! Assuming he was once a brave man, I think Andrew Jackson had right.

    "The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts in the hour of danger." – Andrew Jackson

  • Phil Byler

    Excuse me, but Michelle Malkin is suffering from a childish McCain derangement syndrome that is as bad as Democrat Bush derangement syndrome. Sarah Palin’s willingness to campaign for John McCain reflects Palin’s sincere respect for McCain, who is a pro-life, foreign policy hawk and fiscal conservative. Malkin needs to back off and think again about how deluded she is about McCain. Malkin’s anti-McCain sentiment is simply unwarranted.

  • Phil Byler

    To continue: consider McCain’s voting record. Historically, McCain’s voting record overall is rated moderately conservative, and he has been a consistent opponent of out-of-control federal spending and earmarks. More to the point, consider McCain’s voting record in 2009. He voted AGAINST every Obama bailout bill (and even voted against the second release of TARP monies when Bush was still President in late 2008). McCain voted AGAINST every Obama spending bill, denouncing Obama’s multi-trillion dollar deficit spending as “generational theft.” McCain voted AGAINST the confirmations of tax cheat Geithner, radical pro-abortion advocate Sibellius, leftist attorney Kagan and transnational advocate Koh to their respective positions in the Obama Administration. McCain voted AGAINST the confirmation of Sotomayer to the U.S. Supreme Court. McCain voted AGAINST ObamaCare and was attacked by the New York Times for throwing bombs on the subject. McCain has announced that he will vote AGAINST this year’s cap and trade bill. The foregoing is as conservative a voting record this year as you could ask for.

    • BS61

      McCain rushed back to DC with Obama to vote for the first bailout that over 70% of the country objected. Your statements are not facts. He is called McAmnesty here in AZ – anyone who is truly conservative could win against him. He wins, because nobody else runs!

  • Phil Byler

    And another point: McCain has been and is still is one of the more knowledgeable persons around concerning foreign policy, military matters and national security, which is why the Republican forreign policy establishment was behind him for the 2008 GOP nomination and Presidential race. He was right about the Iraq War when even many Republicans went wobbly and fought off Democrat led efforts to cut off funding our troops in the field in Iraq; McCain could be right because he knows his stuff when it comes to Commander in Chief decisions. Among more recent issues, McCain has been vocal about Obama's failure to support the Iranian dissidents and pushed to have McChrysta's strategy adopted for Afghanistan. On top of it all, McCain was a combat naval aviator, the son and grandson of U.S. Navy Admirals and a genuine war hero from the Vietnam War; his campaign theme of “Country First” reflected a family tradition of military service continuing with one son who is a Marine who has served several tours of duty in Iraq and another son who serves in the Navy after graduating from the Naval Academy; John McCain’s discussion of serving with a servant’s heart was and is genuine.

    • BS61

      McCains service deserves our respect – his political position will not win my vote.

  • Phil Byler

    You like Scott Brown? Scott Brown was a McCain delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. McCain was one of Brown's earliest supporters, and the night of Brown's victory, he stated his respect and appreciation for John McCain. The first Senator visited by Scott Brown upon arriving in Washington D.C. was John McCain.

    • BS61

      Which is why, I don't now trust Scott Brown. Maybe that's the best MA can offer for a conservative, bur I'm not buying it here in AZ!

  • Phil Byler

    To conclude: it hurts conservatism to have the kind of whiny, nonsense attacks that Malkin delivers here.

  • Randall Thaxton

    After reading all the comments here, I feel that I must make my feelings known. I live in Arizona and have been involved in state politics.

    With that said, It is unfortnate that so many people are willing to over-look McCains record, because he was a POW. I admire his service to America, as I have also served America for 20 years. I, also, have served in Vietnam, I was on the ground in combat, not flying overhead. Does that make me a hero? Probably not. McCain knew that if he were released early, he would not have a future in America, having accepted special favors, i. e. being released early. Does that make he a hero? That's for you to decide, not me.

    But this issue doesn't have anything to do with his being a POW. It have everything to do with with what he has done since being in the Senate. There are several issues that I have a problem with. I'll just name a couple, McCain-Feingold, amnesty for illegals and a long list of others too numerous to name. All of which have helped draged America from Her lofty place in the world.

    • Phil Byler

      There is not a long list.

      McCain-Feingold was a campaign finance regulatory law that was an attempt to cut the influence of money on political decision-making. It did not work, and it had pernicious unintended effects. It was originally supported by many Republicans, including Fred Thompson. Think about George Soros money; think about the illegal money that went to Obama in 2008. Then put the effort at campaign finance reform into perspective.

      The 2007 immigration bill was fully supported by President GW Bush. The concern was that it would create a de facto amnesty that McCain said it was not intended to do because law enforcement was necessary. McCain pulled back from the bill given the reaction to it, commenting that the current immigraiton problem stemmed from the immigration law passed during Reagan's Adminsistration becasue the law enforcement provisions were not enforced.

      Given McCain's overall voting record, which marks him as a conservative and given Mccain's credentials in foreign policy, military matters and national security, I think in all sincerity you have an animosity toward McCain that is not justified by the facts.

      • The_Inquisitor

        "McCain-Feingold was a campaign finance regulatory law that was an attempt to cut the influence of money on political decision-making. It did not work,"

        It was also unconstitutional; a person of principle would have known that and acted accordingly.

        "It was originally supported by many Republicans, including Fred Thompson."

        And your point is? It's time to get rid of all these unprincipled mush brains.

        "The 2007 immigration bill was fully supported by President GW Bush."

        Again, your point is? I would have sent Bush the same message in 2004 that I will send to McCain except that a traitor to his country ran against him.

        • The_Inquisitor


          "McCain pulled back from the bill given the reaction to it"

          You are a great straight man. Given the reaction to it? We need people of principle who aren't swayed by "the reaction to it." The opposition to the immigration bill said in effect: Enforce immigration, then we will talk amnesty. Everyone knew that they were lying about enforcing immigration. McCain is either unprincipled or a fool.

          "Given McCain's overall voting record, which marks him as a conservative …"

          He was for cap and trade before he was against it. He is an opportunist who wants to cash in on the swelling Tea Party Movement. If he's a conservative, count me out.

  • Randall Thaxton

    Comment continued: I have not voted for McCain since he first ran for the Senate. He has poked his finger in the eye of every conservative in America by crossing the aisle to help democrats pass some of the worse bills in our history. In Vietnam, McCain was a different person, than when the person who went to the Senate. And as they say, that was then and this is now. At one time he was a good man, but after he left his sickly wife and married his present one and went to Washington, he is a different person.

    Time has come for new blood in Washington. It is time to put the old horses out to pasture and open their seats for new ideas. We need leaders that are willing to buck the Washington establishment. If we can get enough new faces in the Senate maybe we can change things. McCain is just another go along, to get along. I'm tired of his misleading radio ads, it is time for a REAL change!

  • Randall Thaxton

    Comment Continued: I'm sorry Sarah Palin didn't stick with her principles of campaigning for real conservatives, but I guess she owes McCain for her present situation. Hopefully, she will realize her mistake and return to her principles. After all she brought McCain to within striking distance of Obama, which McCain couldn't do himself. In the last presidential election, I wasn't going to vote for president, because I didn't want either McCain or Obama. But then McCain selected Sarah for VP, and after I heard her acceptance speech, to me, she sounded like Ronald Reagan. Sarah gave me hope and I decided to vote, but only for her. If it had not been for Sarah Palin, McCain would have lost by double digits.

    We need new blood and ideas in the Senate, not the same old tired ones coming from old tired faces! And maybe McCain will lose in the primary, and then there will be a real winner heading to Washington to fight for us.

    • BS61

      Our country is in dire straights – I'm not allowing anyone a second chance! She obviously has no principles if she feels that she owes somebody. I agree that she sounded great at her speach when she was leaving Alaska, talking about our natural resources given by God, but that's not the Sarah I see now, and talk is cheap.

      I agree that we need new blood – I like Allen West instead of the same 2012 running mates Romney, Huckabee and Palin!

  • Len Powder

    Michelle Malkin is NEVER wrong and this article is no exception. McCain is an Arlen Specter with a better disguise. He was one of the most pathetic Republican Presidential Candidates ever selected by the Republican Party. He is NO conservative and we can NO LONGER AFFORD shape-shifters like McCain. The Republican Party needs to be purged of those who contaminate and infect its body politic. McCain needs to be defeated and retired. He is a Democratic wolf in Republican sheep's clothing.

    • Phil Byler

      McCain has a better disguise than Specter? You mean a conservative voting record? Where Specter voted for the trillion dollar deficit spending "stimulus," McCain voted against it and denounced it. That's a disguise? Where Specter has voted for bailouts, McCain has voted against them. That's a disguise? Where Specter voted for the Senate version of ObamaCare, McCain voted against it and denounced it. That's a disguise?

      • BS61

        McCain's been acting like a good conservative when a Dem is president – he voted for the first bailout against the wishes of the people.

  • Steve

    Great Article and I agree about 100%. I live here in AZ and my wife and I both received that same robo-call minutes after Brown's victory speech – SICKENED US!. McCain WAS but now we need a 'conservative" that IS.

  • bushlikesdick2

    How about them Cowboys?

    • bushlikesdick2

      Bernanke will be in the unemployment line that he helped created under Bush's policies. Hope we gets his (socialists) extension.

  • bushlikesdick2

    Bernanke wil get canned for adoption of Bush's policies — light the fire and burn all them by the stake.

  • Phil Byler

    Reading all the posts, including my own earlier posted one, I have to say that Malkin has done conservatism a disservice. At a time when conservatives and Republicans should be pulling together to fight Obama and the socialist minded Democrats, Malkin is attacking John McCain, a man saluted by Scott Brown in his his victory speech and the first Senator visited by Brown upon arrival in Washington. McCain is not going into the night because he has plenty to say, particularly about foreign policy; and given the conservative message that McCain has been delivering and voting this year and that McCain has been one of Obama's chief opponents in Congress, the kind of attacks as delivered by Malkin are counter-productive to say the least.

  • Bruce

    Palin owes the terminally confused McCain absolutely nothing. He picked her as his VP candidate for the same reason a drowning man grabs a lifepreserver. His campaign was as dead as Arizona roadkill in August. Even the flies were gone. Palin revived the whole misbegotten mess – the absolutely worst-run, ill-advised presidential campaign since Dukakis. McCain is a political imbecile who thinks Liberals are honest and ethical and can be trusted to do the right thing. Someone (Malkin?) needs to get the word to Palin ASAP or she'll be as moribund a political candidate as is McLame.

  • Cabby – AZ

    There has been great disappointment over McCain. He is an honorable, courageous
    war hero, but I don't like his intense efforts to so-called "Reach across the aisle". As
    a result we had McCain-Feingold, bad immigration efforts, etc. I don't hold Sarah
    Palin in breach of her beliefs; afterall, she feels somewhat indebted to McCain; BUT
    she will be making a big mistake if she continues to campaign for him. She will do
    so at her peril.

  • Steve G

    If Mrs. Palin is the hope of the Republican party then I quit. She's a bigger dope than Joe Biden. She wouldn't know a conservative if one bit her on the leg. Aren't there any real men in America that we should get woosy over some dame from Alaska?

    • John C. Davidson

      Sir; Joe Biden has no equal when it come to stupidity. He's a career buffoon.

  • Rick Geiger

    Michelle Malkin is over-reacting. Yes, McCain has a whole lot of personality quirks and he does support nutty stuff like the bogus global warming and he is frequently too willing to do the Bob Dole "get something passed" which is truly a disease they have in DC. But his primary challenger really is not any better, he has his bad issues as well.
    Sarah Palin is showing that she is an honorable person. And unless you think McCain just unacceptable as a Senator (he is great on most issues) then Sarah should be lauded for being a person of honor and integrity. We could use more of that in DC

  • AntiFascist18

    Vote Conservative BUT be also sure who you are voting for…

    Take the example of Adam Kokesh, a "supposed" Republican candidate in New Mexico and recent FOX media darling.

    He is being disingenuous about his true views.

    He fought in Iraq to be sure, but since serving there he has adopted a John Kerry Vietnam era attitude. He is one of the founders of Iraq Veterans Against the War (shades of Kerry), and his own National Security policies are NO different than those of Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Durbin, Holder, et. al.,

    He is a Ron Paul groupie. You know, the guy who would continue to have us depend on Saudi oil and who like Obama loves to fund Hamas.

    Kokesh is NO Scott Brown. Scott Brown was a choice all of us could embrace. Kokesh is a Paulistinian no different than the military-hating Democrats. Vote for the mainstream GOP candidate in his district, not for a Paulistinian.

  • Alan

    Better the frothy Hayworth than McBozo, his stupid, rich bitch wife and his Gay-loving daughter. It's time for a change in Arizona. McBozo with his pro-ILLEGAL views, his pro-Obama interrogation of terrorists policies, his arrogance is totally out of touch with the rest of us.

    He's Conservative one day, practically a DemoRAT the next. ENOUGH!

    Hayworth and Simcox are far better choices than this guy who yes, was a bonafide hero, but whose arrogance, stupidity and that of the bimbos in his family are too embarassing anymore to deserve my vote.

    And yes, I do live in Arizona. Those of us who have seen the damage first hand are not going to give Bozo and his bimbos another chance to screw up.

  • Alan

    Those of you disappointed with Palin – here's our BEST hope.

    Michelle Bachmann – she's beautiful, much more so than Palin, she's definitely someone who has stood toe-to-toe with the Dems and never flinched. She doesn't kill animals, and she doesn't have a stupid, clueless daughter who is an embarassment.

    Palin might be a good choice for a cabinet post – BUT NOT the Interior with her anti-animal views – or a Senate seat. But she's proved she's NOT Presidential material even from the get-go.

    Bachmann – and former DHS Deputy Fran Townsend have proven THEY have the right stuff.

  • Cantanz

    I never thought I would say this but I really think it might be the time for Rush to consider a run for the leadership of the Republican party if it is ever going to be saved. To many people consider it to be a centrist thing. If it is truly conservative then lets boost it if not, lets begin a third party. And don't say it can't happen I was living in Canada when it DID HAPPEN. Time for some people with some B…. to take the lime light. GO RUSH.

  • Guest

    McCain certainly doesn't have the conservative credentials but J.D. is the farthest thing from one, too. J.D. is not a tax and spend Republican, he's a tax, BORROW, and spend Republican and the last person we need to carry the conservative banner.
    He may talk the talk as a talk show host, which he is doing now, but that's not how he acts when he's in office.

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