It was bound to happen
Not so long ago in a post titled What’s a Kyl or McCain endorsement actually worth? we pointed out that the two men were handing them out like candy to all comers.
Back in June in the post Kyl backs liberal for 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — again the duo’s dealings in promoting liberals to the federal bench were highlighted.
But nothing beats this, where Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Richard Carmona is using the laudatory praise of Arizona’s Republican Senators during his 2002 confirmation as Surgeon General to his advantage.
Watch as John McCain acclaims, “Dr. Carmona’s inspiring story is the living embodiment of the American dream. He’s one of the most decorated policemen in Arizona.”
Not to be outdone Jon Kyl heaps his own accolades, saying, “One might call him a man for all seasons,” adding, “his unique background will serve him well and serve us well.”
McCain chimes in with, “Dr. Carmona is extraordinarily, perhaps uniquely, qualified to address the needs of our nation.” In his most sincere tone he states “Our nation will gain an invaluable leader.”
Jon Kyl says, “I join my colleague in strongly recommending him.”
The tagline, “I’m Rich Carmona and I approve this message,” says it all.
This ad in support of Jeff Flake shows a solemn Kyl. “I had hoped to stay out of the Republican senate primary,” proclaims a striving-to-sound-earnest, weary looking Jon Kyl. To demonstrate his sincerity, he has doffed his tie and shakes his head in disbelief as he struggles to convey the gravity involved in getting his hand-picked successor elected to fill the senate vacancy created by his retirement. “Jeff Flake is my choice,” declares the somber Kyl. Given that the DC duo of Kyl and his seatmate John McCain did an in-tandem endorsement of Flake nearly three weeks earlier, Kyl’s phony words ring hollow.