John McCain is facing a tough challenger for his Senate seat in former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, although Hayworth has yet to formally enter the race. Hayworth is clearly gunning for the eliminationist nutters, with lots of angry rhetoric about border security and illegal immigration, both in a new book and on his radio show.
So what's a maverick to do? Run to the right of the right wing nut jobs and pander to the teabaggers.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is up with his first ads for his 2010 Senate reelection campaign, and they portray the 2008 Republican presidential nominee as a crucial impediment to President Obama's "extreme left-wing crusade to bankrupt America."
"I stand in his way every day," McCain says in one of the ads. "If I get a bruise or two knocking some sense into heads in Washington, so be it."
The other spot features an announcer saying "John McCain is leading the fight against President Obama every day" and casting McCain as "Arizona's last line of defense."
Head. Bangs. Desk. Sorry, but after watching him so closely last year, if he was my last line of defense, I'd be pretty damn worried. I guess calling yourself "irrelevant" and "pathetic" -- while clearly more truthful -- really won't get you re-elected. Of course, you know McCain would also have no scruples against playing his favorite trump card: his prisoner of war past.
In one of the ads, McCain's past as a prisoner of war is evoked, with an announcer saying "we know what he has endured."
"Turned down the chance to go home early," the announcer says. "It was against the prisoner's code. John McCain has spent his life representing Arizona. Fighting for the little guy. Standing up to titans. Afraid of no man."
The other ad opens with the announcer saying McCain has "lived through a battle or two" and "vanquished many a foe," before adding that "perhaps no battle in our lifetime is more vital than the one John McCain fights now: A battle to save America."
Spare me the hyperbole. Save America? From what, the guy overwhelmingly chosen (over you) to fix what you and your party screwed up beyond all recognition? Other than your proud admission of obstructionism, what more do you think you and your minority party can accomplish?
Actually, maybe that's why he's pandering up to the teabaggers. It makes sense. They're the only ones whose critical thinking skills are so sub-par that this would be logical.