Although John McCain claims to be “at the top of his game,”The Herald, Sierra Vista’s newspaper, will have none of it.
In this opinion piece — Our View: McCain in trouble, again— the editorial staff pulls no punches from the opening sentences: “We can’t figure out if U.S. Sen. John McCain is extremely confident, or completely out of touch with his constituency. Or both.”
The Herald points to the Resolution of Censure against the state’s senior senator that passed by more than a three-to-one margin — 1,150 -351— this past Saturday at the Maricopa County Mandatory Meeting of elected Republican precinct committeemen.
“Losing the support of Maricopa County Republicans is not a trivial matter. As the state’s most populous county, which includes Phoenix, Maricopa has 62% of Arizona’s1,129,845 registered Republicans,” the editorial asserts. “…it is apparent that an increasing number of Arizona Republicans want nothing to do with the state’s senior senator.”
Despite the hammering from various corners, McCain’s notorious swagger remains in full swing. He’s already cranked up his fundraising machine. This event last month at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City was $1,000 per attendee, with hosts chipping in a cool $5,200. On Jan. 28, 2014, he’ll be at Johnny’s Half Shell, in D.C., expecting his loyal lobbyists to shell out the same contribution amounts.
Although the most recent campaign finance reports have not yet been released, McCain’s campaign coffers held nearly $1.2 Million, on September 30, 2013. This bundle comes from transfers of accounts connected to his 2008 failed presidential bid with $369,000 from “John McCain 2008, Inc.” and $820,000 from the “McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, Inc.”
When 2016 rolls around, McCain, who turns 78 this year, will be 80. Senate terms run six years. Do the math. Does anyone think a man looking 90 squarely in the eye, will be at the “top of his game?”
Give Arizonans a break, and take one yourself, John. That four-acre compound with guest houses that Cindy’s trust bought up in Cornville should provide you a nice rest. We’d enjoy it, too.