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McCain gets attacked on primary day

Sen. John McCain stands a good chance of winning tonight's primary against challenger J.D. Hayworth. But that hasn't kept him from being a victim of party-on-party attacks, so to speak.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) criticized McCain today, claiming the Arizona senator "gets elected because of one thing - earmarks." Tulsa World reports that Inohofe, in a speech at a Tulsa Metro Chamber breakfast, attacked McCain as a closet liberal for his opposition to earmarks, which Inhofe said were no more than appropriations.

Inhofe made no mention of Oklahoma's junior, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who also opposes earmarks.

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Vote for Rodney Glassman in Arizona - and
get rid of "deadwood" McCain.

Posted by: Sherry91 | August 25, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain was re-elected because he spent 21 million dollars to smear Hayworth, and by also flip-flopping from supporting amnesty to instead [nominally] oppose amnesty. His true colors will be revealed when amnesty comes up for a vote.

Posted by: tncdel | August 25, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

James Inhofe is nothing but a pimp for the oil industry. He is, hands down, the most worthless person in the US Senate. John McCain runs a close second.

There's a story here?

Posted by: voultron2 | August 25, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Reading Desertdiva 1, and her appreciation of "Sheriff Joe" and prior snotty remarks about non-anglophones, may one suggest that the "Diva" write in English?
There is no such thing as "traitorous" democrats. If she wants to have an adjective from "traitor" it is "treacherous". I would fight for your right to speak as you see fit, but please, please, use a real English word when you are fulminating.
As to the person who wants to "neuter" President Obama...Sir, you are a sick man.
Our President has moved the Executive branch, the legislative agenda and his Judicial appointments in exactly the directions good for our country... including YOUR health and freedom, Sir. Your type has always wanted to "neuter" anybody who, by your lights, should not/ could not possibly perform well and does. Read a book if you can. Try learning some history. Look inside yourself before you bad mouth the President is a most unmanly thing to do.

Posted by: doppler1 | August 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

For Senator Inhofe to have any credibility or any mark of respect in our Nation's life, he should apologize for his evident fascism during the hearings on Abu Ghareb prison some years ago.
It was a disgusting performance then and now -- comprising equal parts arrogance and ignorance and slighting people who had nothing whatsoever to do with any attack on our country.
Inhofe has forfeited any moral right to pontificate on anything. Go away!

Posted by: doppler1 | August 25, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Read this strange story about J.D. Hayworth and a consulting company he once worked with:

Posted by: HitEleven | August 25, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I'll give you McCain is pretty worthless as a Senator. The man doesn't have a clue what it's like to live within a budget. His wife's money makes his life comfortable so he can "play" in Washington. The power and prestige of being a Senator is what floats McCain's boat not representing the citizens of AZ.

Hayworth, McCain's opponent, not only is a former Washington insider he's also a lobbyist. So voting yesterday was choosing between "bad" and "worse" and that's how McCain won his primary. Personally I voted for a third candidate- Deakin who was endorsed by Sheriff Joe. Come November I'll have to vote for McCain because I want Obama neutered more than I want McCain gone. Greedy republicans who represent only the rich versus traitorous democrats. Not that tough of a decision in my opinion.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The fact is RINO Amnesty John McCain will never get my vote and that McCain had to have used millions of dollars,very damn
illegally from his beer baron heiress wife
Cindy McCain to buy the election along with
every crooked K-Street scumbags money.. So
I will write in JD Hayworth and urge others
to do too when we vote in the General Election 2010! McCain Betrayed Arizona and
America when Amnesty John McCain co-sponsored the McCain/Teddy Kenedy Illegal
Alien Amnesty Bill that got defeated! We
cannot trust RINO Amnesty John McCain!

Posted by: carleen09 | August 25, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

You're correct with McCain being a closet liberal and it sure makes me wonder where the logic is voting him back in. We must vote out these RHINO's regardless of the opposition is not perfect. It shows the power of the old guard. God help us.

Posted by: judester | August 25, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats have convinced me the Republicans are worthless; the Republicans have convinced me that the Democrats are also worthless.... I'm ready for a new party. Maybe one that actually solves problems instead of just whining?

Posted by: tbrucia | August 24, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Inhofe's criticism is probably the last thing I would complain about, but Arizona should still jettison McCain just to shake things up.

Even if Hayworth is not the perfect alternative, he is at least an alternative, and has been right about immigration all along.

In addition, DesertDiva is right. Sadly, McCain cares very little for his constituents. A small business person can be destroyed by the bureaucracy without McCain lifting a finger to help.

Posted by: RichardBassett | August 24, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Bread and butter trumps "principle" every time.

The Tea Party crew wants smaller government for everybody but themselves! The problem is "themselves" is a tiny majority of the US population, living in "Red States" and are already net recipients of the federal tax dollars!

Why haven't we heard many Tea Partiers, or Republicans in Congress, attacking "socialist" agricultural subsidies that keep food prices artificially high and Red States artificially rich!? My God, that's government interference with the almighty market!

Let's see how loud the Tea Partiers scream when they are forced to actually compete with produce grown in Africa, Asia, etc. What's wrong with a little competition, eh? Our factory workers are expected to compete with third world countries!

Posted by: risejugger | August 24, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Funny how repubs only hate earmarks when Dems propose them. They were the earmark kings for 6 years under bush, who didn't veto one repub spending bill. I guess one party's "appropriations" are another party's pork.

Posted by: mikel7 | August 24, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I can tell you as an AZ constituent McCain is absolutely worthless as a Senator. Unlike Uncle Teddy of Alaska Arizona sees very little pork headed to our state. Besides the fact that McCain ignores voters opinions and votes however he wants on legislation. That's why today in the AZ Republic primary I didn't vote for McCain. Come November I'll have to vote for him but I'll be holding my nose while I do it. The Republican party really needs to run a better choice against McCain next time. Hopefully the old geezer will finally retire. It's way past time.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | August 24, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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