Arizona’s McMaverick knows where his political bread is buttered these days, as he lives in fear of an assault from his right flank by an unannounced candidate.
In anticipation of avoiding an embarrassingly devastating loss, as suffered by his former senate colleague Tom Daschle, he is bringing in the field artillery. Sarah Palin, McCain’s former running mate and arguably the most powerful brand in Republican politics — until the advent of Scott Brown — has agreed to stump for him on his home turf March 26 and 27. Reuters carries a report here.
It is thought that Palin’s appeal among conservatives — who are not McCain fans — will wrest votes away from former Republican Congressman J.D. Hayworth, currently hosting a popular drive-time radio program — if Hayworth decides to challenge the veteran senator.
A year-end Rasmussen Reports survey showed McCain in a virtual dead heat with the undeclared J.D. Hayworth. And a startling 61% of Arizona Republicans told pollsters that McCain is out of touch with the party base.
McCain’s fear is palpable. Sarah’s defection is damaging.
On her Facebook page, Palin says this: “I look forward to helping Governors like Rick Perry in Texas, Representatives like Michele Bachmann in Minnesota, and heroes and statesmen like Senator John McCain. We will support these candidates and others so that they can continue to fight for our American values.”