How comforting to know that it’s still possible to buy an election in this country

John McCain, who besieged his senate challenger J.D. Hayworth with roughly $21 million in attack ads —  and Ben Quayle, soft-porn blogger, non-voting son of former Vice President Dan Quayle —  immediately spring to mind. Both rose to the top in last night’s primary election.

CD 3 Congressional candidate Quayle even had former President George H. W. Bush host a high dollar fundraiser for him in Texas.

In the state treasurer’s race, Doug Ducey, McCain money bundler and tax delinquent, outspent Sen. Thayer Verschoor 20 to 1, infusing his primary campaign with over $600,000 to Verschoor’s $30,000.

Within the confines of his tough campaign, “Maverick” McCain dropped the label in which he found waffling comfort, as he routinely stuck his finger in the eye of Arizona Republicans. His strategic veering to the right during this campaign ticked off his liberal base of supporters, who winced at his newly constructed border stance.

McCain’s leftie fans accused him of running “so hard to the right” that his actions resembled a “Faustian bargain from which you risk never regaining your soul.”

But in the end, money won out over integrity as McCain blasted Hayworth mercilessly on radio, television, auto dialers and in an onslaught of mailers — leaving one to marvel at the fact that good people continue to engage in this brutal combat as they strive to make a difference.

30 Responses to How comforting to know that it’s still possible to buy an election in this country

  1. Kathy says:

    AZ will see just how fast Johnny will run left – which was right after he took the lead. Now he will take vengence on Conservatives because Johnny doesn’t like being confronted & held accountable.

  2. Overtaxed1 says:

    It is a very sad day when Republicans do not know what a true conservative is. No moral compass? Lets get a definition of conservative and stick to it. Look in the mirror folks, most of you don’t know what a true conservative looks like. This election proves it is a meaningless label and anyone can claim it and win with money and friends in high places. We have to stop supporting candidates who have a closet full of trash and stop trashing the really good guy. We did not kick the RINOS and DID to the curb because of political correctness. It is time we did that, we might win more genuine conservatives next time.

  3. T Dodson says:

    We had a great opportunity in Arizona to hold a back-stabbing RINO accountable and we blew it.

  4. Steve says:

    Perfect assessment, Kathy!

  5. nightcrawler says:

    Each race was different. Ward’s money did not buy CD5 for example.

    Let’s look at CD3. This was a race all about “me”, “myself” and “I”. Conservatives did not create a focused team, just allowed anyone to jump in without challenge. The blame lies with the GOP state, county and district leadership or lack thereof.

    Quayle’s family did the math, saw that the split vote was ripe for the taking and seized the moment. Opportunity knocked and they opened the door.

  6. kstewskis says:

    Kathy,

    But how many times does it take for Arizona NOT to experience that AGAIN??? It’s akin to a disgustingly abusive relationship that Arizona voters have with this crime financed elitist who DUMPS on the state time and time again in his 24+ years in office.

    He is our “Ted Kennedy.” Why cannot we remove this cretin OUT of office?

    • Doc says:

      So well put. It’s EXACTLY like the abusive relationhip…apparadently citizens of Arizona would rather take th’ beatin’ over&over&over&over again, as opposed to gathering up a shred of courage. As I sed in another post, The sheeple have done it again…

  7. Charles says:

    I have personally met many highly intelligent, principled, and well spoken people. How is it that candidates like McCain and Hayworth are all we ever end up with?

  8. John Q says:

    There were many big losses in the high profile races last night, and there were many big wins on the undercard. Many good people are hurting today – the strong ones will use this as a learning experience and come back stronger for it.

    The foundation for our counry was laid in many big losses, never forget the string of defeats prior to the big victory. The building of the superstructure of our country through the Civil War was obtained after many losses.

    The question is not whether we win all the battles, it is how we learn from the losses so we can move forward and win the war.

    This country is in the most vulnerable position any of us have ever known. The economy will get worse before it gets better. Many of the people who lost last night, and many of the people who won against odds will together be the conduits for future victories.

    The good news is that, overall, the legislature will be more conservative and, CAN be the vehicle for long-range success. We, the grass roots, must do our work over the next two years.

  9. AHARD says:

    McCain did not buy the election, Conservatives gave it to him when they chose Hayworth, something I have said from the beginning.

    Hayworth had more going against him than for him, not the least of which was his huckster persona.

    I voted for Hayworth and despise everything McCain has been in recent years.

    When Kyl runs in four years, remember the lesson of this race Conservatives.

  10. GW says:

    @Overtaxed1

    I agree with what you say. I’d further add that we need to turn off our televisions. Nothing will change in this country until the electorate tears itself away from the propaganda machine.

    Your point about principles is one-hundred percent correct. As a start, I’d suggest conservatives read Immanuel Kant’s writings on morality to get to the heart of the “left” vs “right” debate.

    Basically, the right emphasizes freedom of will, that is, that man operates independent of circumstance and is capable–by his will alone–of doing good or not. The left, on the other hand, assumes man is the inevitable product of circumstance. Whereas the right believes that when man transgresses the law he is culpable; the left believes that when man transgresses the law he is excused. If either of the two philosophies is “liberal” in the traditional sense, it is the right; the right believes in free will, and therefore freedom.

    Hence, the left is associated with endless victims groups. The reason why this is so is because it downplays the freedom of man. Victims groups operate under the assumption that its members are disadvantaged in the present due to hardships of the past. These members are in effect slaves to the past. Like low functioning animals, self-designated victims are unable to rise above cause and effect. Paradoxically, by their own free will they choose to adopt a victim label, and thereby estrange themselves from said free will.

    I’ve used “left” and “right” loosely here. They are silly terms. More accurate monikers would be “those who emphasize free will” and “those who emphasize necessity”.

  11. Orion says:

    Nice conciliatory words, John. We need a pep talk. But the fact that so many of our conservative Republican candidates have disappointed us will take time to get over, at least for me. I could not bring myself to vote for Cong. Trent Franks, Gov. Jan Brewer or deserter Andrew Thomas, who have all acted dishonorably. Sheriff Arpaio and Franks have endorsed so many (many in the same races!!) making their endorsement meaningless and making them look like dunces. Thomas must have hit his head, making himself dizzy with arrogance and bringing his personal vendettas to grand jurors, who had the good sense to toss them out. The throw the bums out reasoning has never appealed to me, but in some of these cases, I’m beginning to rethink my objections.

  12. West Side PC says:

    Money talks! That’s the #1 rule of the game.
    If you don’t like it don’t play.
    I can only assume from this post that you are in favor of clean elections and McCain-Feingold.

  13. Ross Wolf says:

    How could anyone with common sense vote for McCain after he introduced March 4, 2010, S.3081, The Enemy Belligerent Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010 that would crush Liberty. Perhaps most voters were uninformed about McCain’s legislation that would eliminate several Constitutional protections allowing Government to arbitrarily pick up Americans on mere suspicion—with no probable cause. That your political opinions and statements made against U.S. Government could be used by Authorities to deem you a “hostile” “Enemy Belligerent” to cause your arrest and indefinite detention.

    McCain’s S.3081 is so broadly written innocent anti-war protesters and Tea Party Groups might be arrested and detained in military custody just for attending demonstrations; Government can charge attending demonstrations “materially supported hostilities.”

    Under S.3081, an “individual” need only be suspected by Government of “suspicious activity” or “supporting hostilities” to be dragged off and held indefinitely in Military Custody. Government would have the power to detain and interrogate any individual without probable cause. Government need only allege an individual kept in detention, is an Unprivileged Enemy Belligerent suspected of; having materially or intentionally supported or engaged in hostilities against the United States, its coalition partners or U.S. civilian population. How would one prove to Government they did not purposely do something? “Materially Supporting Hostilities” against the United States could include any person or group that spoke out or demonstrated disapproval against an agency of U.S. Government. It is foreseeable many Americans might go underground to resist government tyranny. Definition for Unprivileged Enemy Belligerent: (Anyone Subject to a Military Commission)

    At least under the Patriot Act, law enforcement generally needs probable cause to detain a person indefinitely. Passage of S.3081 will permit government to use “mere suspicion” to curtail an individual’s Constitutional Protections against unlawful arrest, detention and interrogation without benefit of legal counsel and trial. According to S.3081 Government won’t be required to provide detained individuals U.S. Miranda Warnings or even an attorney.

    S.3081 if passed will frighten Americans from speaking out. S.3081 is so broadly written, any “individual” who writes on the Internet expressing an opinion against or an entity of U.S. Government, its coalition partners might be detained on the basis he or she is an “unprivileged enemy belligerent” supporting hostilities. The “supporting hostilities” provisions in S.3081 are so broad Government could use “suspicion” to detain U.S. corporate executives on the premise a corporation “supported hostilities” by providing goods or services to a nation engaged in hostilities against the U.S.

    • seeingredaz says:

      Ross Wolf:
      We have taken the liberty of shortening your comment by approximately half — not altering a word, but lopping off the entire lower portion of the overly lengthy missive. In the future, please limit your comments to a reasonable size if you expect to see them posted on this site. We suggest you put in a link to whatever you are copying and pasting. This area is intended as an arena for dialogue, not haranguing.

  14. DeAnn says:

    I believe that we need to remember who supported McCain and make sure they don’t get positions of leadership in the party. It is way past time to fix the Republican party.

  15. charlotteW says:

    Jesus, why post so damn long, I for one will not bother trying to read all that. If you want to blog start your own.

    I will vote Democrat in November, McCain will stab us in the back faster than we can say amnesty. Remember all the Libs were telling us, they could not wait for the old John McCain to come back from a win so he can vote with them again. And you damn stupid people allowed him another win over a real conservative.

    But look on the other blogs some are saying the Independents got him in again, lets stop that now.

  16. Realist says:

    Rush Limbaugh said on his program today that McCain had to run to the right of J.D. and spend $21 million in order to win the Republicn primary. He went on to perdicted McCain would be back to his old self soon.

    I would like to believe that Arizonans wanted to send a message to BHO that McCain should have been elected instead of him. HOWEVER, that is not how it will be interperted. The ruling class will only wink & nod and get back to “business” as usual.

    WHAT A BUNCH OF DOLTS WE HAVE BECOME!!!

  17. Marianne says:

    If I have one single criticism of JD Hayworth it would be his ongoing compliments about McCain’s military service. They became so overdone that they made me want to scream. McCain served in Vietnam a half century ago. His life has been one of wealth and privilege. Others who served, and suffered, as I grant he did while being imprisoned, have chosen not to mention the experience or certainly not live off it for decades. McCain rides it like a fresh horse. My uncle lost the use of his legs and has ongoing serious health problems to this day. He went on to do wonderful things…all while in his wheelchair.

    JD was probably trying to appeal to veterans and older voters, which I understand. But it was too much. Even my uncle thought so !

  18. pgillenw says:

    Frankly McCain won because his opponent was seen as 1) a one issue candidate and 2) more “sleazy” due to his info-commercial. If a more viable candidate had been put in place McCain would not have won with such over-whelming numbers perhaps not have won at all. I did not vote for McCain. The reason was to be among the numbers who wish to send a message that we are watching you with regards to Border Security and Amnesty. Should he turn on Arizona the next time he runs, if he does, and the GOP backs a well vetted candidate he will not win.

    • Lydia D. says:

      We might not be able to wait that long, pgillenw. If McLettuce tries to pull the Shamnesty act on Arizona once again, its high time we pull our ranks together and try to resurrect the recall one more time, as we tried to do in early 2001 (that was so conveniently and rudely interrupted on 9/11). It’s high time that we keep the fire on McNasty at all times, and not let him run rampant any more as he has for the last 28 years. Game on!

  19. tfitzaz says:

    Quayle may be ‘rich’ but he is a lightweight on all accounts with absolutely no experience except by osmosis.

  20. Mad Gramma says:

    The danger to Arizona is not John McCain but a citizenry capable of re electing a man like him. It will be a disaster for the nation in the support to Obama that will prevail but worse still how to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to an Arizona electorate willing to vote AGAIN for ‘the Senator’ who has consistently failed his state for over a quarter of a century.
    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than John, who is a mere symptom of what ails us as a nation. Blaming the flip flopper and his (20+) millions (used to buy the vote) should not blind anyone to the vast “gaggle of fools” that made him their choice.
    The state may survive a McAmnesty or herald in a Democrat and there would be ‘no difference’ in policy. As a state we are less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who would make him their Senator again and again. Money talks and honor walks!

    Expect Comprehensive Immigration Reform (amnesty) to be inflicted on us post haste by Brewer and John!

  21. MaskedTruthman says:

    Nightcrawler says:

    “Let’s look at CD3. This was a race all about “me”, “myself” and “I”. Conservatives did not create a focused team, just allowed anyone to jump in without challenge. The blame lies with the GOP state, county and district leadership or lack thereof.”

    The writer assumes that GOP leadership can limit the candidacy of anyone and that is just not true. GOP leadership is not in control of who tosses their hat in the ring and that is probably a good thing.

    • nightcrawler says:

      MT,

      Technically that is correct, candidacy cannot be limited which is a good thing. As a practical matter, leaders at all levels can inform prospective candidates about the realistic chance of success and also explain the limited availability of scarce PC resources and the concept of split votes and timing.

      If we are walking side by side and you are about to step in a puddle, I’ll let you know. You are free to step in it, that is your right, but at least I’ll let you know you are about to get wet and perhaps drench me as well.

      Poor planning and decision making by prospective candidates harm not only themselves, but others with similar goals.

  22. CESMM says:

    I totally agree with you MaskedTruthman what does nightcrawler expect? The Republicans (who believe in freedom and not fascist control) won’t dictate who can and can’t run for office…what a charge!
    If you can fill out some paper work and get a few people to give you $5 you can be on the ballot and no one can stop that.
    The issue is there aren’t as many conservatives out there as we conservatives would like to believe. This election proves that and really the disgusting state of affairs in our once great country prove that through and through. People would rather have government benefits than pay their own way and they think they are entitled to “their fair share”. The problem is there is no such thing as a “fair share” when you are talking about a share of money which was stolen from someone else.

    • Ben F says:

      I think there are more conservatives out there than you believe. The problem is not that there are too few conservatives, but that those who have been hailed as leaders in the conservative cause sold out this time for one reason or another.

      They were legion this year, but a few of the more egregious ones were the AZ Right to Life, the NRA, Trent Franks and Kirk Adams. Their endorsements in the past were sign posts to conservatives to indicate the correct course.

      This time, their signposts were the same as the signposts the Germans intentionally switched in WWII. They caused confusion in the ranks and many who are not as involved as those on blogs, followed those endorsements to the detriment of the effort.

      If we are going to point fingers, it is to those “conservative” leaders that we must hold accountable.

  23. Fed Up says:

    Just received this message. How much do you think this event will benefit Paul Gosar? Idoubt many conservatives will line up to get in. What a foolish move for this political novice.
    ——————————————–
    Please come out and support your Republican ticket on Thursday!

    Governor Jan Brewer, Senator John McCain and Dr. Paul Gosar – the Congressional District One Republican Nominee will be in Prescott for a Republican Unity Rally.

    Bring your family and friends to meet Governor Brewer, Senator McCain and the next Congressman from CD 1 – Dr. Paul Gosar!

    McCain – Brewer Victory Headquarters
    117 East Gurley Street
    Prescott
    9:00 a.m

    We hope to see you tomorrow morning!

    • Janelle says:

      Life is how you take it. I am forced many times in my private life to choose the best option available. Most times that option is not the one I would ideally like to make, but the ideal is not available.

      Do you believe that Gosar should line up with the Glassman/Goddard Team? Oops, Kirkpatrick is already lined up there, so that could be awkward. After what Trent Franks did, do you really believe that Hay (whose husband is Chief of Staff for Franks) would be doing anything different?

      Lets be somewhat rational, even if we, that includes me, are angry and disappointed at all our options. We have more conservative candidates through the Primary for the legislature than ever in the history of the state. Concentrate your time and energy in making sure they win in the general. Those races may be the salvation of our state.

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