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.
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.