Although Arizona’s U.S. Sen. John McCain was the GOP’s presidential nominee in 2008, he’s always had a challenging relationship with the GOP’s base voters.
A new Rasmussen Reports statewide survey finds that a whopping 61% of Arizona Republican voters think McCain has lost touch with those in his own party.
That’s up eleven points from 50% in May. More telling yet, only 33% of the Republican faithful in the state believe McCain has done a good job representing GOP values.
But without a viable candidate to challenge him, the outlook for replacing this liberal dinosaur appears gloomy. Since his initial races, McCain has been fortunate to have little in the way of opposition. How many voters have heard of Stuart Starky? The 8th grade math teacher made the history books as a perennial Democrat candidate, but provided no alternative to the well-financed, attractive, returning injured vet held captive in Vietnam. And so it has been.
William “Bill” Hegarty was the Democrat and Richard Dodge the Libertarian when McCain swept into the then-CD1 House seat in 1982. Harry Braun, III, was the unlucky Democrat to take him on in 1984.
By 1986 McCain was running for the U.S. Senate. There Richard Kimball was the Democrat touncee. Claire Sargent was the Democrat opponent 6 years later. In 1998 the Democrat was Ed Ranger. You get the picture. These names have been lost to history while McCain inexplicably continues to sail through the decades – while representing a more constricted portion of the party with each election.
What is needed is a candidate with gravitas, a loyal following, the ability to raise the necessary financing and a winning “story.” Such a man will be beginning his weekday 4 – 7 PM radio program on 550 AM KFYI shortly.