It looks like John McCain is in some serious trouble with his reelection battle in Arizona which was pretty much the theme that ran through a good deal of MSNBC's coverage of Sarah Palin out stumping for him in Arizona. Apparently Pat Buchanan doesn't think his opponent J.D. Hayworth's birther problem are going to be an issue for him if he wins. When asked why he liked Hayworth even though he's in the middle of this whole birther controversy, Buchanan's response was "So what!".
Well Pat, that might be much of a problem for him in the primary but I would hope that issue and his Jack Abramoff problems will come back to haunt him in the general election if he gets past McCain. This was about as pitiful as watching Buchanan fawn all over his girlfriend Sarah Palin for the morning.
So how bad was the press coverage for McCain today? Norah O'Donnell was interviewing the crowd there and a great deal of them were not there because they support McCain, but to see Palin instead. They felt McCain is going to have to bring her back in several more times before the primary race is over. And Norah O'Donnell mentioned something about him not even having enough signatures to get on the ballot yet and that he needs Palin stumping for him to help with that.
Rasmussen Reports shows Hayworth closing in on McCain. Election 2010: Arizona Republican Primary for Senate:
Longtime incumbent John McCain now leads conservative challenger J.D. Hayworth by just seven points in Arizona’s hotly contested Republican Senate Primary race.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Arizona GOP Primary voters shows McCain ahead 48% to 41%. Three percent (3%) favor another candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
Following the announcement that Sarah Palin would campaign for his reelection, McCain opened up a 53% to 31% lead over Hayworth in January. The two men were in a near tie in November. Read on...
I don't see how Palin stumping for McCain is going to help him with the tea baggers. They hate McCain and I don't see how her appearances with him are going to change that. It's not bringing him any support from the likes of Buchanan either who apparently thinks a candidate in a Republican primary being seen as bat-shit crazy is not an issue. Given the fact that there's nothing left of them but the extreme right wing of the party, I'd say he's probably right.