DDay summed this up nicely over at FDL -- McCain’s Lie On TARP So Pathetic, Even J.D. Hayworth Can Recognize It:
John McCain just put out a silver platter gift to his primary opponent in Arizona, one that could very easily lead to the end of his political career. [...]
NOVOTNY: Let me ask you about something that Sen. McCain has said. He says that he was misled on TARP by then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chair Ben Bernanke. McCain says that the two initially assured him that TARP would be used to counter the mortgage crisis not to bail out the big banks. Do you believe that McCain was misled?
HAYWORTH: No I don’t Monica, and I find it most disturbing. Because the night before, on NBC Nightly News, you may remember John Yang had a report that featured John McCain saying that because of his experience, he was best equipped to represent Arizona. Now in Western vernacular, this ain’t John’s first rodeo. With over a quarter-century of experience, when he suspended his campaign to go back to Washington to sit face to face with those decision makers, now a couple years later, he’s telling us he was misled? I’m sorry, but I have to tell you, this instant revisionist history, saying you oppose something now that you actually voted for, that sounds a whole lot more like John Kerry in 2004 than the John McCain I used to work with.
[...] It’s highly amusing to see John McCain go down in a cascade of lies. If Hayworth can get this message out on the bailout, he’s done in a Republican primary. Mark my words. Read on...
As DDay noted Dennis G. at Balloon Juice has a great post up on Abramoff buddy Hayworth's problems in the general election if he knocks out John McCain. How's that cover up working out for you now McCain? The Grifter and the Coward…:
Both men are also linked to the Abramoff scandal. It will be fascinating to see if McCain will decide to release details about the Abramoff scandal that he has kept covered up for years in a desperate effort to hold onto his Senate seat. Yesterday he gave an indication that he was ready to take that step.
Hayworth is a classic backbencher low level Congressional grifter who wants to take his skills of selling out his constituents to lobbyists, corporations and special interests from the House to the Senate. At one time, he was under investigation by the DOJ for his involvement in the Abramoff Scandal but the Feds decided to stop chasing him after he lost his House seat in 2006. This was not a surprise as the Bush DOJ did everything they could to slow-walk the Abramoff investigation and it was a ploy that kept most co-conspirators like Hayworth safe from any legal jeopardy (Republican do tend to take care of each other—especially when a scandal is involved). Read on...