Home-state crowds don’t buy McAmnesty’s snake oil
It’s all over the Internet, even topping the Drudge Report, but the pro-open borders, amnesty-colluding Arizona República is downplaying the loud and angry citizens confronting John McCain at his Town Hall meetings. Arizonans — front line witnesses to the massive problems aligned with illegal immigration — are not taking kindly to his most recent efforts against them.
Let’s put away partisanship for a moment and begin with an candid assessment. Even the most fervent McCain followers are not enamored with him. Many hang onto to the wizened politician’s coattails for other reasons, most often benefiting themselves financially or career-wise. Having worked as a local or DC staffer, strategist or even on a U.S. Senator’s campaign is a sure-fire résumé inflator. To realize the value, the lineup of those folks who have used the experience on their way to their own public offices includes state legislators, Phoenix city council members and even the Chief of Staff for a Democrat Phoenix mayor and her mayoral candidate husband.
John McCain, the blunderous politician, is ubiquitous. Turn on the TV and he’s sure to pop up, whether on Sunday morning news programs, the ever-sycophantic Fox News shows or some obscure sports venue discussing prize fighting. He once sponsored a bill calling for a national boxing agency, no doubt making him an authority on the sport. His “maverick” persona was crafted to give his aisle-crossing a more palatable appearance, although he backs away from it when it’s beneficial. He has built alliances with the most liberal of Democrats and promoted their issues throughout his career.
McCain, the man, is cantankerous, often foul-mouthed and basically a disagreeable sort. A high-bred son and grandson of Admirals, he’s been in the spotlight long enough to develop a well-honed arrogance. Although the political arena has been his home for decades, his attempts at mingling with the hoi polloi are clumsy, frequently ending with McCain calling an audience member who disagrees with him, a “jerk.” He did it again yesterday at an East Valley retirement community when addressing a former police officer who challenged him on his latest amnesty scheme.
Which brings us to his recent attempts to sell his new version of amnesty at Town Hall meetings around the state. Besides insulting senior citizens on the outskirts of Chandler, he has ventured down to Green Valley in the Tucson area. This morning he will be accompanied by state Treasurer Doug Ducey and Phoenix City Councilman Jim Waring in Scottsdale. Waring, a former McCain aide, and Ducey are likely appearing as fresher foils, to deflect the ire the nearly septuagenarian senator has been receiving from constituents statewide who are fed up with his leadership role in the latest amnesty con being perpetrated upon them and the American people. When discussing the illegals he wants to gift with citizenship, he still clings to the 11 million figure bandied about for the last decade. And while acknowledging the ire, he glibly twists the truth, saying, “Oh sure, there are people that are unhappy. Most of the people in here are happy. Most of the people in here agree with me.”
McCain’s new senate seatmate and loyalist Jeff Flake, whom he and Kyl endorsed, is part of the bipartisan “Gang of 8” cobbled together with the most liberal of Democrats and Republican opportunists. But Flake was not led kicking and screaming to this latest amnesty incarnation. As a congressman, Flake has partnered with far leftist Chicago U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on this very issue. In fact Gutierrez even complimented Flake for helping him “turn red states blue.”
POLITICO runs a 2-page report on McCain trying to hawk his amnesty snake oil to Arizona citizens who are not in the mood for another of his scams. We are in the eye of the storm in this incursion and John McCain is trying to convince us to reward those who hold our laws, national sovereignty and Constitution in contempt. (Video). His pitch isn’t playing well.
Over 22 million Americans are out of work or underemployed and wages remain depressed, yet McCain and his allies advance the notion that the cure-all for our economic woes is amnesty and vast expansions of guest worker programs. Rather than enforcing our immigration laws and securing our borders, they choose to put illegal invaders and their advocates ahead of the American people.