Monday, June 30, 2008


BO JANGLES, DAILY KOS Many Arizona Republicans are upset with McCain because they feel that he is not sufficiently conservative. This is particularly true about McCain's statements and positions regarding illegal immigration and illegal immigrants. Bob Haney, the Republican state committee chairman in Arizona's 11th District, has described the situation to Max Blumenthal this way: "'People would be calling in to [state committee] headquarters every week, absolutely enraged, threatening to leave the party because of some comments McCain made,' Haney told me. 'The guy has no core, his only principle is winning the presidency. He likes to call his campaign the 'straight talk express.' Well, down here we call it the 'forked tongue express.'". . .

Not content to let the purely symbolic resolution stand, McCain recruited a slate of candidates to oust Haney and his allies in last November's state committee elections. McCain supporters formed a political action committee, Grassroots Arizona PAC, to bankroll this effort. Forty percent of Grassroots Arizona's funds were provided by two Democratic donors from San Francisco apparently enraptured with McCain and his "maverick" image, Gregory and Lisa Wendt, which added fuel to the flames of Haney's revolt. McCain's slate was formidable, including Fife Symington, a former Arizona governor coaxed out of retirement to come to the rescue of his old friend. So worried was McCain about being rebuked by his own party that he threw his own hat into the race, announcing that he would run for state committeeman. When the votes were counted, McCain and his entire slate were resoundingly defeated.

What do Arizona Republicans think of how McCain handled this situation? According to Max Blumenthal: "McCain's botched revenge has solidified his reputation in Arizona's Republican circles as a divisive, untrustworthy and even dangerous figure. Haney hopes the general public meets this side of McCain before his penchant for angry reprisals is invested with the powers of the presidency. 'This just shows that McCain is mentally unstable and out of control and vindictive,' Haney told me. 'If he is determined to go through that much trouble to attack a district committee chairman, what does that say about his ability to handle real political problems?'"


At July 1, 2008 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the way he instantly cracked under torture, giving away everything he new about Air Force policies, troop strengths, and locations as well as collaborating on enemy propaganda broadcasts in Vietnam, say about how he will deal with the pressure of the Presidency? How can we hope for new policies on torture from a man who has such a vested interest in believing that it always works?


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