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McCain Survives Primary Challenge In Arizona, But Mainstream Republicans Struggle Elsewhere

August 30, 2010 by  

McCain survives primary challenge in Arizona, but mainstream Republicans struggle elsewhere Yesterday’s primaries were expected to be a test of the Tea Party movement’s capacity to influence political outcomes leading up to the general elections in November. With some precincts still counting the votes, it appears that Tea Party-backed candidates did well overall, even if not everywhere.

They may have a cause for celebration in Alaska and Florida. In the former, incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is believed to be trailing Joe Miller, a political novice supported by the anti-establishment grassroots movement and former Governor Sarah Palin, according to The Associated Press.

In the Sunshine State, fiscally conservative candidate Marco Rubio has been declared winner of the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

"Rubio owes his position to the Tea Party, the 9/12 groups and the other grassroots groups," said Robin Stublen, a local Florida activist, quoted by The Daily Caller.

In fact, the strength of that support forced Governor Charlie Crist to leave the GOP, and he will now face Rubio as an independent candidate in November.

However, the populist movement appears to have suffered a setback in Arizona, where former GOP presidential candidate and Palin-backed John McCain defeated his conservative and strongly anti-immigrant opponent J.D. Hayworth after a bitter and divisive campaign.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19931019-ADNFCR

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  • dan az

    hayworth was just a lessor of two evils but mccain was even worse this can only happen if the illegals voted or the electro voted again against the populus!

    • Kinetic1

      Incumbents are hard to beat. You can assume that it was dirty play if you like, but I’ll bet it had more to do with the fact that most voters are uninformed and make their decisions based on political ads and who’s already there. These days the ads are nothing but attacks with little or nothing to back them up. Just one more reason for campaign reform. Give each candidate a chance to debate on public television and nothing more. The papers can print the transcripts and nobody will be able to use their riches to pass off false accusations without a rebuttal.

      • Al Sieber

        Kinetic, we all tried our best here in Az. to make sure McCain didn’t make it. it shows you if voting counted, it would be illegal.

    • EddieW

      Dear God!!! We can’t seem to get rid of these corrupt and evil people soon enough!!! What a tragedy that he is back in!! Obummer has another backer!!!

  • Palin12

    So far, it looks like Lisa Murkowski, who was appointed Senator by her father, is going to lose! (Hurray!) Former Gov. Frank Murkowski (R-AK) turned down Sarah Palin for the job because she had 2 kids (at the time) and instead chose his daughter…who had 3 kids at the time. For up-to-date Alaska election results:
    http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/10PRIM/data/results.htm

    • EddieW

      Thank God for some good news!!! I pray we can get rid of all those corrupt and evil people in Wash…Reid, Pelosky, Franken, Dodd and the rest!!!Then next year perhaps, get rid of the other half!!!I wish we could impeach Obummer before 2012, but with Eric Holder running the Dept. of Injustice, it’s not likely to happen, regardless of how much evidence is produced!!!

      • julia

        Couldn’t we impeach Holder?

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Senator McCain has hurt his political career by flip-flopping on issues. He really needs to retire and go out on top. Just because he won the primary does not mean he will win the election. He is to be respected for his service to our country and some of the good decisions he has made. He really should consider retirement.

    • http://ahalbert@smart-technology.net Allan Halbert

      That flip-flopping, and his refusal to attack Obama on the issues in 2008, gave Obama the election, which did a lot of subsequent damage to America. Yes, McCain has done some good things, but he is too much RINO for me. He flips when he needs to align with conservatives, and I’ve lost respect for him.

      • Norm

        Allan Halbert
        Picking Palin for a running mate was like a bullet to the head.

        • Robin from Arcadia, IN

          Norm.. You couldn’t be more mistaken. Sarah Palin is more of an American than Barry could ever be!

          • Norm

            How so?

          • http://ahalbert@smart-technology.net Allan Halbert

            Totally agree with you Robin.

            Norm, and liberals in general can’t comprehend why conservatives appreciate Palin and are disappointed in McCain. Or maybe they can. They make statements that sound like they’re trying to be supportive, such the current trick of saying something complimentary about Reagan. We know it is a mind game to make a conservative find fault with an idea or person that liberals fear. As if a conservative will say “gee my liberal friend, we are so confused, and you are so insightful”. As for reality, while Palin may be polarizing, she energized a lot of the base that McCain had lost through his RINO actions. And she prevented him from blowing it sooner due to his suspicious lack of fight in the campaign. Palin’s principles and guts were muzzled by McCain. We see two years later how many Americans she helped wake up.

          • http://naver samurai

            Right Robin. She can also prove that she’s an American by showing a birth certificate! Obama bin Laden doesn’t seem to have one for some reason. Mind blank, perhaps? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Kinetic1

            Allan
            While I can’t speak for all Liberals, I can tell you that if I do fear Sarah Palin. Now I’m not sure what you have in mind when you say Liberals fear her. I don’t fear her as a candidate, or even as a supporter of other candidates. I fear her in the same way that I feared Bush, and I trust her even less. None of this fear, however has to do with why I am confused about her support from the right.

            Sarah Palin, like Bush talks a good line about small government, but like Bush she actually increased the size of government when she held office. She talks about fiscal conservatism, but in office she spent and spent and spent. She even handed out her state’s surplus to the constituents while proposing bond sales to pay for infrastructure. She talks about upholding the constitution, but she can’t even get the 1st amendment straight. When others dispute what she has to say, or when “Dr.” Laura or Glen Beck are threatened with loss of advertisers for what they say, she complains about attacks on their 1st amendment rights as if they should be protected from those who disagree.

            So, why do conservatives follow this women? Yes, she has good stage presence and yes she is attractive, but she complains that a question about what magazines she reads is “gotcha” journalism. She replaces substance with a wink and a bit of folksy talk. She brings her family up on stage with her over and over and then complains when her children are talked about by the press and television. Perhaps my comments don’t address any real substantive issues, but I just don’t see much substance in Sarah Palin.

        • Norm

          Allan Halbert
          Palin’s debates and interviews, as a vice-presidential candidate, were so simple minded and showed such a lack of knowledge, that they were an embarrassment.
          You can’t in good conscience actually picture her as anything but a crude, woodsy, zero

          • Palin12

            Norm
            Nothing could be stupider than Obama saying he’s been to 57 states. I knew how many states there were when I was in kindergarden:
            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrsBKGpwi58
            If he was a real American he’d know too.

          • http://naver samurai

            At least she doesn’t need a teleprompter to remember what to say in front of a crowd.

  • J.M.R.

    i just don’t believe the people of AZ put this forked tongue liar back in the seat, i thought they wanted D.C. to help them not throw them under the bus. if T.K. was still alive j m would be sitting on his lap again.

  • Norm

    McCain says what needs to be said to get elected. He and his number 1 backer, Mammy Yokum Palin, are as phony as 3 dollar bills.

    • J.M.R.

      norm you just wish sarah was a phony

      • Norm

        J.M.R.
        She backed McCain didn’t she?

        • http://naver samurai

          Yea, just like Hillary backed Obama bin Laden, so what’s your point?

          • http://naver sook young

            I think that he is referring to the current person in the White House. Though I think that the name is funny, come to think of it he is trying to destroy this nation like a terrorist would try to do. Except, he’s already doing it from the inside and doesn’t have to fly from the Middle East to get here. I think we need to “change” who is in Washington in November. This will be my first time voting and it won’t be for anyone supporting Obama. I became a citizen last month and want to be a good citizen. Woting is a way to do this.

  • mickey

    I can’t believe AZ put McCain back on the list. Look out amnesty.

    • Al Sieber

      Look out something else, mickey.

  • Bernard from Michigan

    Those who follow Palin make a choice based on goodness. They are right. But they do not understand politics it appears. Goodness, honesty and unification do not usually win elections or guide countries……..liars, cheats and destroyers do. The true nature of man is to show off for a purpose and personal gain(S). I doubt there are MANY who are actually trying to TAKE OVER THE WORLD WITH A PLAN but I do believe that as a whole, mankind is evil and evil will rule the earth….but only for a short time. Have no fear except the fear of the one who can take your soul.

    • Norm

      Bernard from Michigan
      Don’t confuse naivety and lack of knowledge with goodness.

      • http://naver samurai

        Well abnorm, we all already know about you being naive and having lack of knowledge!

    • http://ahalbert@smart-technology.net Allan Halbert

      As people become amoral, they lose sight of what goodness is.

      • Norm

        Allan Halbert
        Is that a confession of your amorality?

        • http://naver sook young

          I think that he is describing you very well. If you don’t mind a 45 year old woman’s opinion.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            sook young,
            I don’t mind it at all. Matter of fact, it sounds very accurate, to me!!

          • Palin12

            Elaine I have names for them all.
            Obummer, Dirty Harry, Pigosi, bawney fwank, the Hildebeast, Big Mouth Biden, Al Bore for starts. I can’t help it, I listened to Rich Little a lot.

          • http://naver samurai

            Yes, that is a very accurate description of him and he knows it. He just hates it when we know his real personality! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • http://naver samurai

            Bob Livingston, or whomever is in charge of this post, I wish to inform you that Elaine isn’t who she says she is. I can’t stop the person from posting, but if they need to lie about their identity then they shouldn’t be allowed to post. I’ll leave it to you to decide what to do. Thank you. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Norm

            sook young
            Women in the US have a right to an opinion, as do men.
            My opinion is that your opinion is incorrect.

          • http://naver sook young

            I’m sorry if you don’t agree with me, but you keep attacking people for no reason at all. If you like the president, that’s good for you, but I’ve seen how his policies have drastically affected people. They have caused more harm than good. I though the president was supposed to put the people and America first. Isn’t that true?

  • John

    “Mainstream” Republicans had problems. Wrong answer!! It was the R.I.N.O.s that had the problems. The so-called “moderates” who more times then not side with their left wing lib bros and sis’s.
    WE, THE PEOPLE are fed up with the Political Elite in D.C. and as a Conservative, I am fed up with R.I.N.O.s They mock the American People, look down their Cocktail drinking noses at the American People, The stick their finger in the wind to see which way the political wind is blowing prior to figuring which way they will go. They like to brag about sticking their finger in the eye of their own party, so they “can reach across the isle” Enough is enough

  • s c

    This needs to be said again. A ‘Republican’ is not a conservative, and a conservative is not a ‘Republican.’ I know certain people will never understand that, but that’s THEIR problem.
    It’s OK to call a ‘Dem,’ a lib or a progressive a child disguised as an adult or many other things. A conservative is defined by what he or she believes. With a ‘Dem,’ a lib or a progressive (socialist, communist, fascist, etc.), ANYTHING is OK because what matters most is to be a member of their ‘big tent’ (you make more “friends” by going to bed with anybody and everybody).
    As for McHorse’s Ass, he’s overdue for a forced retirement. Maybe he can be persuaded to move to Mexico – where he belongs. If anybody deserves to be a citizen of that country, it’s McHorse’s Ass.

    • dan az

      sc
      how is it that everyone here knows the problems that we have with imagration and they would not vote in someone that is for amnesty unless the whole state went liberal over night when I was asleep!

    • http://ahalbert@smart-technology.net Allan Halbert

      “This needs to be said again. A ‘Republican’ is not a conservative, and a conservative is not a ‘Republican.’ I know certain people will never understand that, but that’s THEIR problem.”

      Thanks for repeating it SC.

      What liberals fear most is conservative principles. They spend their time finding fault with Republicans to avoid those principles. I think of it as “no-fault” morals.

      • Norm

        Allan Halbert
        The problem for the extremists, who call themselves conservatives, is that they don’t have enough support to get elected in any quantity that has significance.
        In the process they only destroy the moderate republicans who are still grounded in reality.

        • http://naver sook young

          Couldn’t the same thing be said for the left wing nut jobs we have now?

          • http://naver samurai

            Yes it could. You notice how many of these left wing wackos are losing in their elections? Boxer, Pelosi, Reid, etc., are either tied or have fallen behind in the polls. Let’s keep up the good fight, fellow patriots. Let’s keep the beacon of freedom and liberty burning and knock these “people” who wish to extinguish it. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY?

          • Norm

            sook young
            Ultra left extremists are just dangerous as ultra right extremists.
            I hate to shock you, but the current president is pretty close to the center.
            True left wingers are not happy with him nor are right wing nuts.

          • http://naver samurai

            Norm, if this president is in the “center”, then I’m the Pope. He is so far out in left field that he stands in the parking lot outside the ballpark. Carter was known to be a centrist, but Obama bin Laden is far from center. There’s no light that bright to guide him back that far. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Rene

    Mc.Cain is a war hero. Nobody can take that away from him. But as a politician he is doing nobody good. A flip flopper at best. His presidential campaign was run so bad. He had a star in the making and threw her under the bus. That Arizona voted for this old geezer is beyond comprehension…..but then….they had nothing good to choose from. I guess such is as the dice roll not only in Arizona but all States. At least you Arizonians have a good governor. A fighter for justice and Arizona.

  • jopa

    According to Sarah Palin it is Gods will who runs and gets elected, that is why we have McCain and President Obama.God has shed his grace on thee so we should all be thankful.

    • http://naver samurai

      I don’t know what you have been smoking, but it is time for you to stop!

      • http://naver samurai

        No thanks. I go for a walk to loosen up. You can kill your health anytime you want.

        • Norm

          samurai
          How about walking to the library, maybe you’ll come to the world of reality.

          • http://naver samurai

            Very funny Norm, but I already have 150-200 books at home to read thank you. We historians like to have sources at hand, why don’t you have any sources Norm?

  • dan az

    Jopa
    There is a good site you should see its on youtube just type in liberal and tell us are you really one of these people?

    • dan az

      Elaine
      the problem with socialist liberals is that one day your going to run out of other peoples money then what are you going to do?

    • http://naver samurai

      Who are you to call Jesus a liberal? You must out of your little lib mind. Jesus wasn’t a liberal. If you think he is, post where you found it. Guaranteed to be some lib slanted video on youtube.

      Being a lib isn’t bad? Forcing healthcare down our throats, cap and trade, U.N. small arms treaty, can’t clean up oil spills, alienating allies, won’t wear a flag pin, won’t place his hand over his heart during the national anthem, supporting the self destructive welfare state (which also supports illegal aliens), lied about getting our troops out of the Middle East, lied about being christian, lied about where he was from, no birth certificate, no school records of any kind, banned the day of prayer, banned Christmas in the White House, has a destructive marxist agenda for this country (possibly supported by the Bilderburgs or some other warped group), gave land to Mexico, supports Mexico in their case against Arizona, czars, backroom deals, bailouts (The last 3 being Unconsttutional, along with other things), has attacked the 1st, 2nd, and 10th Amendments multiple times, has tried to get people to quit election races for someone else, etc., now do you think that being a lib is a good thing? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • hundabuxt

    Here in Alaska we tried to dump Murkowski, AKA RINO, the results of which are still in doubt and to make matters worse the powerful lawyers in the republican party with a vested interest in seeing that she remains a senator, have decended on Alaska in an attempt to thwart the will of the people. Anyone have the plans for building a guillotine?? Something stinks here and it aint dead fish.

    • Norm

      hundabuxt
      It’s probably the smell of federal handouts going to Alaska.

      • hundabuxt

        Norm

        Yup, we’ve gotten much federal money for the infrastructure we do not have being a State only since 1959. As our former Senator Stevens used to say: “its our turn”. We’re twice the size of Texas with only about 800,000 people many of which live off the limited road system. We serve as a stratigic component in the defense of America to include missle defense of North America. We’re reputed to be among the best military friendly places in the world, highly desirable by those who serve. We provide something like 20% of the oil America consumes, much of it in California and Washington, thus saving a respectable amount in balance of trade. We have well in excess of 200 trillion cubic feet of gas eventually available to North America, a clean source of energy. We have the most and the best sea food in the world, not to mention the least polluted. We have enough coal, if it could be used in a clean manner, to provide all the energy needs of the rest of you 48 States for at least the next 20 years. We have the largest forest in America, which provides wood products to the world. We have numerious places without the means to connect to the common road systems save the ferry or aircraft. Aircraft to us are like pick ups to you who benifit from abundant roads. All that and we still pay our share of federal taxes. I’d say we’re a jewel in the crown of America well worth helping us to develop our infrastructure. What does your State contribute to America and would you turn down the money if the feds sent it to you?

  • http://gmail i41

    JMR,normie, is the bunk butter for Blarney Franks and Greasy Sharpton,normie has his nutty grain slice and the dark wheaty sweetie. Normie like a balanced spread.

    • Norm

      i41
      I think that’s some of gay double talk. You seem too well versed.

      • Norm

        some kind of

  • Bill Davis

    That Palin supported McCain should really not be a mystery. He picked her for Veep; it would have beendisloyal for her not to back him in return. And John DID switch his position on the border right after his “comprehensive immigration act” failed, due to public opposition. At that time, he said, “I heard you!” and has acted accordingly ever since. We have bigger, worser targets than McCain. Get off his back and get on Dirty Harry’s instead. And take the RINO lsbel off him, it doesn’t really quite fit. He has been Obama’s biggest problem ever since the election. C’mon, guys. Don’t waste your time on a non-enemy. We got REAL ones out there, Spend your time , money, and energy on them! And in case you think I’M a RINO, well, think again! I made speeches for Ronnie, and I’m still writing in Barry Goldwater!

  • Ed

    McCain’s political survival validates his underlying belief and my worst fear: Senatorial decorum trumps citizens rights every time for US Senators. Amendment 4 is dead, Amendment 2 is under constant attack, Amendment 1 is in serious danger. Amendment 10 is ignored by the federal government, and Amendment 14 is so seriously misinterpreted that it is virtually means the opposite of what was intended. America, Congress is more harmful to your liberty than radical Islam has ever been. Isn’t it time that you voted thoughtfully, prayerfully, and conservatively? While it may be true that when we vote we may err, it is certainly true that when we don’t vote we surely err.

  • Palin12

    Liberals tolerant of other people? At my last job they were very intolerant of me, constantly belittling me, and were very angry at me for not supporting their efforts to get us unionized. Everytime I came back from lunch there was some stupid printout from the LA Times or SF Gate left on my desk, which I promptly filed in the circular file.

  • http://n/a Robo

    McCain was ushered in by several factors: a) uninformed and naive voters will assume “experience” is the key factor, b)several methods exist to rig and steal elections; we saw it with Franken and Murkowski’s people tried it but were caught in Alaska, and c) McCain is a firmly entrenched member of the Council on Foreign Relations which brings power to bear to make sure that the likes of McCain remain in position. Please do not get caught up in Republicans vs. Democrats and the pageant that gets played out. It’s a ruse. There is only one party in the United States of America and that is the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS! Look up the membership of the CFR and you’ll the Clintons,John Kerry,John Edwards, Lieberman, Dodd as well as McCain, DICK CHENEY, the Bush family, the Rockefellers AND NEWT GINGRICH! Nobody in the CFR is elected and it’s an exclusive club of those invited in that support and create the New World Order/Bilderberg One World Government scheme. Stand back and view the bigger picture and be willing to confront the heinous and criminal evil that is running and ruining our lives. It will explain what’s happening and how it got this bad.

  • ted

    If McCain had not picked Palin he would have never gotten my vote. I was in AK when she was running for gov. and I talked with the people around the Anchorage area and they liked her.

  • Natalie

    I personally voted for JD Hayworth. I feel like McCain has been useless. Obama has him under his thumb and it makes me sick. McCain
    is a Progressive, I am a Conservative. He’s corrupt and dishonest. Its
    time to put him in the pasture.

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