In an absorbing tell-all article in the New York Times magazine, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is, of course, depicted as a man struggling to maintain his senate seat. But interestingly, he also lashes out at John McCain.
Reid, 70, said he had been shocked by the behavior of Sen. John McCain, since returning from his failed bid for the presidency. “My disappointment — no, that’s the wrong word; I’ll try to find a better word. My amazement has been John McCain. I thought he’d turn out to be a statesman, work for things. He’s against everything. He’s against everything! He didn’t used to be against everything.”
Even Harry Reid has noticed that McCain is desperately attempting to veer right — to the chagrin of his Democrat comrades. If he is to survive as a Republican, he can’t continue to lend his support to Democrats.
Reid, of course, has ample reason to be worried about being ousted from his long-held seat and membership in the exclusive Club of 100 — the U.S. Senate. According to a recent poll published in the Las Vegas Review Journal, a significant 52 percent of Nevadans had an unfavorable view of Reid.
Bro McCain isn’t faring any better. According to the latest poll conducted by the Behavior Research Center, a mere 40% of Arizonans approve of the job McCain is doing for them in D.C.
A Rasmussen Reports statewide survey of Arizona Republicans found that 61% thought McCain was out of touch with those in his own party. And as dismal as those numbers are, they were up eleven points from 50% in May. Only 33% of Republicans in the state believe McCain has done a good job representing GOP values, according to that same poll.
In this campaign season, in the campaign of his political life, McCain is paying heed and is even risking disappointing his Democrat pals. Republicans have been disappointed in his antics far longer.