January 27, 2014

You know, words have meanings. But when it comes to the political spectrum, I don't think that's true any more, especially when you talk to Republicans. I doubt that you could get any more than three Republicans in a room and get an agreed-upon definition of "liberal," "socialism," or even "conservative" between them.

But this just strikes me as dumb on the part of the Arizona Republican Party:

The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.

The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate.

Sifert said no further action was expected.

Under what Bizarro World definition is John McCain insufficiently conservative? The resolution specifically mentions working with "liberal Democrats" on immigration reform and votes on funding health care.

Um, what? So the Arizona Republican Party feels that the senator elected to represent the state of Arizona should not ever work across the aisle, even for an issue that the residents of Arizona want to see addressed. If he acts as his constituents wish, he is not "standing" with the Arizona Republican Party. Okay then, that makes sense.

And voting to fund the legal and established law of the Affordable Care Act? Did the Arizona Republican Party miss this?

John McCain introduced legislation Wednesday to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, citing an overdue responsibility of the Republican Party to present an alternative to the president's health law.

"Obamacare is a failure and the American people do not believe in it," the Republican senator from Arizona said on the Senate floor. "It isn't just the problems with the rollout and the website. We need to repeal this horrendous mistake."

Is the Arizona Republican Party just bound and determined to prove that they have no grasp of facts at all?

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