Dan Nowicki, the Republic reporter assigned to flatter Sen. John McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign, is now onboard as his chief image re-crafter and apologist. McCain is up for reelection on the 2010 ballot and is just a bit worried about not connecting with his Republican constituency. A recent Rasmussen Reports survey showed that 61% of Arizona Republicans think McCain has lost touch with those in his own party. In political parlance, those are deadly numbers.
Today we are told that although McCain missed more votes than anyone else in the senate in 2007 and 2008, he is back in the saddle, so to speak, and conscientiously casting votes to show his home staters how busy he is working on their behalf. Instead, most remember his predicable aisle crossing on issues that are the antithesis of Republican principles and his service as the architect of amnesty legislation for the estimated 25 – 30 million illegal aliens in the U.S.
During his chronic absences from sessions of the 110th Congress, McCain missed 420 votes, or 63.9 percent, of a total 657.
Yet McCain has arrogantly opined he doesn’t think his missed votes mattered to Arizona voters, since they continue to reelect him. Of course the fact that he has an enormous campaign war chest already bulging with over $5 million and has never previously had a viable challenger, might just be a factor. Omitted from the article is the fact that he carried his home state in last year’s presidential election by an embarrassingly slim 10 percentage points.
The national media is smelling blood in the water. These are just a few of those covering the fact that an exceedingly popular former Arizona congressman is being encouraged to challenge the state’s senior senator.
If J.D. Hayworth gets in the race, brush up on your French. At least manage enough fluency to bid John McCain “au revoir.”