Politics Arizona Republic style

The smoldering embers are reigniting into that familiar old inferno. We’ve seen it before when a conservative has the temerity to gain traction, or heaven forbid, actually win an election. The Arizona Republic pulls out all stops to effect a frontal assault. Pseudo Republicans are taken under wing, which is why Congressmen Jeff Flake and John Shadegg usually garner favorable coverage. Ditto Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain.

But let an actual conservative Republican even talk about the issues or have a base urging him to run, as in the case with popular radio talk show host and former Congressman J. D. Hayworth, and the flames get fanned with extra vigor.

Via its editorial staff, reporters, columnists and even the now-liberal cartoonist, the Republic has relentlessly hammered Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and County Attorney Andrew Thomas, for doing their jobs of enforcing the law. The newspaper would prefer to see selective enforcement and certainly none that results in the arrest, conviction or deportation of their favorite residents: illegal aliens.

Now the vulnerability of John McCain has become the vanguard issue. He has recently been the subject of a Rasmussen Reports survey that showed him to be in a dead heat in a hypothetical match-up with Hayworth — not good news for Arizona’s senior senator. Another such survey indicated 61 % of Arizonans said he doesn’t represent them. He has had a disconnect with his own party base for so long that he didn’t even bother to attend the state presidential preference primary when his name was placed in nomination for the 2008 election, an overt display of disdain for the very people who brought him to that dance.

J.D. Hayworth serves to compound the injury as far as the daily is concerned. He is knowledgeable on the issues, congressional procedures and the myriad personalities. They exposed their growing angst Saturday in an editorial lavishing praise on McCain. The very next day, the newspaper sics the drooling dog E.J. Montini on Hayworth. The more ink they expend, the more fearful they appear that Hayworth could, in fact, show their boy Johnny the door. National politicos are speculating on the possibility of a McCain defeat.

Right now, we can only hope. If Hayworth enters the race, we can look forward to calling him “Senator.”

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7 Responses to Politics Arizona Republic style

  1. Kathy says:

    Run JD Run! McCain needs to go – as well as Sadegg & Flake. Decision still out on Kyl (for me that is).

  2. Clark says:

    Kathy:
    Kyl, like the others, has perfected the art of coolness and appearing to say the right thing. He is a trained trial lawyer, after all. But don’t forget it was Kyl, along with McCain and Ted Kennedy, who drafted and attempted to push through, the “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” (AMNESTY) that American citizens went into full gear to bring down.

    Now Obama is promising a revival of nomalizing an estimated 25 to 30 million illegals, hoping to swell the ranks of the democrat party. I’ve read your comments on this site from time to time, and as I recall that is not where you are.

    If Kyl is even marginally still earning your support and he wants the same thing Obama is promising, where is the benefit in having Kyl lie to us? BTW, the new name is “Temporary Guest Workers” as if we need them when American citizens are losing their jobs by the thousands each and every day.

  3. Hometown Guy says:

    There’s no doubt in my mind that Hayworth will win if he runs. The nearly dead newspaper can attempt to beat him within an inch of his life, and he’ll win. McCain can outspend him, and he’ll win. Arizona voters have wised up to John McCain, many years too late, to be sure, but they have.

    He is an open borders liberal, rude, nasty and has done irreparable harm to the Republican party. Tom Delay summed him up perfectly here.

  4. Doc says:

    “Temporary Guest Workers” = “Illegal Aliens”

    Senator Jon Kyl(R-AZ) voted in favor of Eric Holder to be the U.S. Attorney General. I really believe that is all that needs to be said. Form your own opinion.

  5. ALEX H says:

    It’s a disgrace that a state with such solid conservatives values as Arizona is infested with loony-left d-crat socialist media such as the Arizona Republic and the Tucson Daily Star (referred to locally as the “Daily Insult”). The Tucson Citizen, which thankfully folded many months ago, was no better.

    As a life-long newspaper reader, I could not stand the blatant lies, distortions, half-truths, propaganda and slime that Arizona’s largest “news”papers pass off as “news”. The Daily Insult is so bad, it uses the two most most extremist left papers (The “All The News That’s Fit To Fake NY TIMES, and the The “We Rig Poll Results to Favor the Left” Washington Post) for most of its non-local articles.

    Fortunately, there are many great sources of truth. I subscribed to the The Wall Street Journal (just to get a newspaper in my hands) and frequently visit sites such as The Washington Examiner, The Washington Times, Seeing Red AZ, The Conservatives, Newsmax and many others that carry REAL news that the lame-steam media ignores.

    I won’t waste a penny on either of Arizona’s two disgusting and disgraceful excuses for “news”papers, both of which totally lack any journalistic ethics or integrity, and I look forward to both going out of business.

  6. Kathy says:

    Clark: You are absolutely correct. Hopefully a true Conservative will run. Kyl & McCain both voted to confirm Holder! They both have endorsed the RINO in CA, instead of the Conservative Chuck DeVore. So this does show where Kyl is.

  7. Matt says:

    I am not a McCain fan for several reasons, but can someone tell me why Hayworth is so worthy of the COnservative label? He was one of the biggest earmarkers in COngress and I know the cities and counties look to him and Pastor as their go to gus for pork projects. In addition, he was a lapdog to many of the failed Republican leadership that spent like druken sailors and ruined the republican brand. Like I said, I do not like McCain, I think he is petty, mean, and has NO understanding of economics or free markets, but JD is no Goldwater conservative either.