McCain's statements as he toured the Wallow Fire were unnecessary and inflammatory, scapegoating further an already scapegoated community.

When I stress that those responsible for Wallow were Anglo, McCain orders me not to interrupt him again.

"I see you're with New Times," he sneers, looking at my press badge.

Jesse Lenz
McCain at Chase Field on June 5, 2010, with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (to the right of McCain), PCSO Deputy Louie Puroll (first on the left), and other law enforcement officials.
McCain at Chase Field on June 5, 2010, with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu (to the right of McCain), PCSO Deputy Louie Puroll (first on the left), and other law enforcement officials.

"Yeah," I say, "Nice to meet you."

"Well, it's not nice to meet you!" he snaps.


Obviously, a nerve has been struck. I observe that he'd gone hard right in 2010 to knock off J.D. Hayworth.

"You're entitled to your opinion," McCain says.

What was worse about the illegals-cause-forest-fires flub was that McCain already had won re-election a couple of months earlier. It was as though the dial in his head still was locked on pandering to the Tea Party.

But McCain's hard-right migration didn't start with his re-election effort in 2010, even if it reached its zenith then.

During the 2007-08 fight for the GOP nomination for president, McCain's rivals — including future Republican nominee Mitt Romney — hammered his supporting "amnesty" in the form of an '07 federal immigration bill (killed because of pressure from the far right).

McCain's rhetoric often sounded pro-immigration, with talk of how immigrants enrich America and how the undocumented are "all God's children." But the drubbing forced a shift, with McCain declaring in one debate, "I commit to securing the borders first."

That mantra of "secure the border first" (before considering immigration reform) became McCain's position in 2010, as it would for Jeff Flake during his run for the U.S. Senate last year.

In the 2013 immigration bill, a plan to secure the border must be in place six months after the bill becomes law. Only after that can the 11 million undocumented apply for "registered provisional immigrant" status, a precursor to a green card, and citizenship long after that.

Thus, as the bill now stands, the process of securing the border and legalizing the undocumented are somewhat parallel, a significant change from "secure the border first."

But in 2010, McCain still was trying to appeal — with the help of Sheriff Babeu — to the very people he would blast less than a year later as "Tea Party Hobbits."

At an October 2010 Tea Party rally in Tucson, McCain (looking dorky in a blazer and baseball cap) stood next to Babeu and basked in the sheriff's effusive praise of the senator's hawkish border stance.

When it was McCain's turn to speak, he thanked teabaggers repeatedly for their patriotism.

"You're not just changing Arizona, you're changing America," he told the cheering crowd.

He explained that the GOP wasn't the party of "no" but of "hell no" — meaning, to teabaggers, that Republicans didn't support a pathway to citizenship, much less amnesty.

"My friends," he said, "our obligation to the people of this country and the people of Arizona is to get our borders secure first. We can do that."

McCain then took aim at Democratic U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva and then-Democratic Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords, leading the Tea Partiers in chants of "So long, Raul!" and "Goodbye, Gabby!" — the latter illustrated by a placard emblazoned with the phrase and a shoe in the act of kicking.

A few months later, Giffords was bleeding from a bullet to the head, fired by a crazed lunatic wielding a Glock 19 with a 33-round magazine. Six were wounded fatally in the attack, including U.S. District Judge John Roll. Thirteen, including Giffords, were injured.


There's speculation that the Tucson massacre may have softened John McCain to argue for gun control, that it may have something to do with his current stance in the gun debate. But he's playing politics here, too.

In April, McCain voted for an amendment extending background checks to gun shows and Internet sales. Sadly, the measure failed, six votes shy of the 60 needed to prevent a filibuster.

At the Oro Valley town hall, former Giffords staffer Pam Simon identifies herself as a survivor of Giffords' 2011 "Congress on Your Corner" event, where psychopath Jared Lee Loughner played angel of death.

"I was also wounded on [that] January 8," she tells McCain. "I would like to thank you so much for your vote on . . ."

Applause drowns out the rest. Everyone knows she is talking about the background-check amendment that failed. She asks him if Congress might consider the proposal again.

He gives it a 50-50 chance.

McCain's a pro-Second Amendment senator from a rabidly pro-gun state, but he's emerged a hero in the background-check fight, though his vote didn't make a difference and was canceled out by Jeff Flake's "nay."

Nevertheless, the Obama administration has been glowing in its praise of McCain.

After Joe Biden's recent visit to Sedona to speak at the McCain Institute for International Leadership, the vice president posted a photo of himself and McCain on his White House blog, where he waxed nostalgic about his "old friend of over 35 years," whom he described as "an honorable, decent man" who "has the courage to vote his conscience."

McCain defended President Obama's strident remarks after the background-check amendment failed. And Obama's nonprofit advocacy group, Organizing for Action, recently encouraged its members "to thank Senator McCain for his vote" on the gun legislation by adding their names to an online message of support for him.

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azwi
azwi

John McCain will says anything or does anything as long as it's beneficial to John McCain and John McCain only 

DNichols
DNichols

Memorial Day 2013 Mc Shameless didn't Honor our Fallen Heroes, he went to Syria to Hob Knob with Syrian Rebel/Terrorists?!

Mc Stain exploited Memorial Day to Shamelessly "War Monger" for Defense Dollars!

Mc Stain is a Disgrace to America.

andy440
andy440

Not the  best answer to make our boarders a war like zone. This should be about allowing the raw power of immigration to spread into our country in a way that makes our nation stronger.  Fences are always penetrable if you want it bad enough.


sarum
sarum

What's in a name?  CAIN says all you need to know.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

John McShame ... war-mongering coward known as "song bird" by the North Vietnamese for his willingness to snitch and inform on his fellow troops.


royalphoenix
royalphoenix

McCain won't run for reelection. This immigration "reform" is nothing but garbage. Wal-Mart can't keep employees, and what labor unions there are left in this country need to be broken. Nothing in this article is news, McCain has been lying and flip-flopping since day one. peace

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

fuk  immigration,you can't stop them, you old geezer. concentrate on what has really irritated you over the years and that is cable bundling.help us get an ala carte menu, fuk'n geez

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

fuk  immigration,you can't stop them, you old geezer. concentrate on what has really irritated you over the years and that is cable bundling.help us get an ala carte menu, fuk'n geez

chucklereader1
chucklereader1

fuk  immigration,you can't stop them, you old geezer. concentrate on what has really irritated you over the years and that is cable bundling.help us get an ala carte menu, fuk'n geez

salmo60
salmo60

It is way past the time for Senator Flip Flop to retire. Retire to Cindy's beach front Mansion in Cali and spend her dad's Mafia money.  

robert_graham
robert_graham

Just in: Judge lets no DL policy stand!! I told you there would be no drivers licenses for DREAMERS and I was right (again).

eeecuzin
eeecuzin

With republicans like him the left has nothing to worry about. People should look up songbird and put this in context with toda.

robert_graham
robert_graham

Screw John McCain. He is a loser and he will be the next politician to be recalled as well as Raul Grijalva and Mary Rose Wilcox.

brinvinn
brinvinn

lol, that McSame dude really cracks me up man.


www.Secure-Web.tk

Reggievv
Reggievv

But you have to blame Arizona voters. They were suckered by his POW story, in that the party looked for which State would vote for him blindly for Congress. It was Arizona. And he has been suckering the voters ever since.

Reggievv
Reggievv

Two faced senile old coot. Been on every side of every issue. Been a warmonger. Fly on both Charles Keating's plane and in Duke Tully's squadron. His years of captivity have been cheapened by his own political expediency.

Mary Doe
Mary Doe

Disagree. His statement about Prince Harry being a very handsome young man was courageous. See The Daily Show for Tuesday.

azwi
azwi

John McCain is a pathological and compulsive liar that tells one blatant lie after another. McCain too, is certainly the leader when it comes to flip flopping. John McCain will say or do anything as long as it's beneficial to John McCain and John McCain only. McCain is a perfect example of an politician that lack character, credibility and integrity. Wacko Birds like John McCain should be kept away from our children. We want to teach our children to be truthful and faithful, two things that McCain isn't! John McCain is a war hungry warmonger that wants to send our children off too foreign wars for his own lust. 

http://exposingreligionblog.tumblr.com/post/30496848783

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=9688222

http://pol.moveon.org/mccain10/thanks.html?id=-17340335-0gXtorx

http://rt.com/news/prime-time/vietnamese-dispute-mccain-torture-claim/


MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I'm surprised Mitt Romney didn't ask McCain for political advice.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

Yeah McCain has a quip or comeback for everything... I would love to see what he has to say when asked about the aircraft carrier he almost sunk, the US carrier and the number of planes he destroyed on that same carrier, being a fool.

This old fool has spent enough time in govt. service sucking off the tit of the American taxpayer. All we ever seem to get from him is partisan BS, rhetoric and personal witch hunts not based on facts. 

"I want them to know that if they go through that, there's not going to be a job for them here," - Great idea John, so why don't you tell the different prosecutors and LEO's around the state to start going after the EMPLOYERS who give them the jobs??? Tell your buddy Arpaio to actually do his job, all of it, instead of just cherry picking

"McCain is dismissive. Cutting down the 13-year wait is "not something I can sell to the Congress of the United States."" - gee.. according to the polls, that we know are correct thanks to the recent election you LOST McCain and the one after that, Americans do want that cut down to a more reasonable time... but then again, since when do you or the rest of congress listen to the American voters.... I notice McCain that you have no problem cutting that 13 years down for agricultural workers, housekeepers, etc... So in other words, truer words, you have no problem them coming here if they serve you or the lobbies you get bribes from but who cares what the majority of the America people want, even though THOSE are the people you are supposed to be working for.

Time we get the old farts out of congress, put in term limits on all elected positions and start over.

sarum
sarum

@andy440

Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence."

and shall protect each of them against invasion;
and shall protect each of them against invasion;

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

Actually, the judge denied the preliminary injunction but ruled that immigrant activists were LIKELY TO SUCCEED in their argument that the State unfairly denies driver's licenses to DACA immigrants.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

Just IN!!!! YOU ARE STILL A LYING IDIOT!!!

The only thing that was done today was the temporary injunction was denied, but the Trial over this is still ongoing and the judge has not ruled in it.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan  

Wow, you were right about something no one was wanting or seriously thought would happen... hooray for you.. 

That's like saying the sky is blue, everyone knows it so it's not really an accomplishment for you. (again)

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@JoeArpaioFan 

Um, McCain is a federal employee. As is Grijalva.

Wilcox's recall hasn't gone anywhere. Neither has Campbell's.

So, you're back to square one.

DNichols
DNichols

@Arpaio's Butt Monkey: Isn't it time for you to change Arpaio's Diaper?!

sarum
sarum

@Reggievv I can't blame voters anymore.  Working parents really don't have the time to separate fact from spin.  I blame the media for failing to remain independent free press.

azwi
azwi

@Mary Doe The Princess shouldn't associate himself with McCain. The Princess is noted for humanitarianism and McCain is noted for racism, warmongering, bombings invasions, wars and killings.  

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@Flyer9753 

"Great idea John. So why don't you tell the different prosecutors and LEO's around the state to start going after the EMPLOYERS who give them the jobs???"

McCain gets massive campaign contributions from employers. He knows he can't afford to tell them what to do. His ass is owned by the corporate world. Notice how corporations pay little to no tax (business tax included) but the average citizen pays a shitload in tax...

The majority of people want the extreme deficit reduced (what happened to the billion dollars/month we were spending in Iraq?) jobs, immigration (nothing has happened since IRCA, which I suspect was the cause of our current immigration problem) etc.

Doesn't Congress have a job to do? Instead of grilling Holder over the AP scandal (I personally think Holder knew what was up and should be fired at this point, as well as letting AP sue the feds), the IRS scandal (who knows why those groups were targeted. I doubt it was politics, since the IRS is an independent agency) and Benghazi (which McCain himself claims is a massive cover-up) Congress should be doing what the PEOPLE sent them there for.

I completely agree that we need term limits for Congress. I think we should do it via a Constitutional amendment. It would include the ability to recall ANY Cabinet member, Congressman/woman, Senator, etc. and places 2 4-year term limits (similar to what the president gets) on ALL government officials.

DNichols
DNichols

@HermanBernstein:

JoeArpaioFan?

This "Bum" seems to blog about Fourteen hours a day, except for a couple of days that Arpaio was in the Hospital?

Question, Who is JoeArpaioFan?

Answer:  Who is Arpaio.

After all Arpaio's Sheriff Duties are being done by others for him now that he is to Old to walk with out getting hurt.

He is probably the highest paid blogger in the U.S.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

@azwi @MaskedMagician1967 

Dumb & Dumber was actually funny. Unlike McCain and Romney.

Romney was a disastrous MA governor. McCain has been in government for more than 30 years.

McCain needs to retire. Just like a certain elderly local sheriff...

 
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