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Arizona Republicans Seek to Abolish the 17th Amendment, Maybe Censure John McCain (Again) w/Update

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The Maricopa County Republican Party garnered headlines earlier this month for overwhelmingly passing a censure of U.S. Senator John McCain, basically because he's viewed by GOP moonhowlers as big ol' flip-floppin' RiNO (Republican in Name Only).

Though state Rs overall are somewhat less insane than the Maricopa County breed (which is the biggest litter of the lot), they also will be considering an anti-McCain resolution.

One Republican I know tells me this is meant to "send a message" to McCain, though I think the message McCain takes from it is that he doesn't have to pay any attention to the majority of local party activists, who dwell contentedly inside a bubble of hardened concrete.

Not that I'm a big fan of McCain, but McCain buried the Froot Loops' candidate of choice, erstwhile Congressman and radio lip-flapper J.D. Hayworth in the 2010 primary by 24 points.

Primaries, who pays attention to those? Why, one of the other resolutions up for a vote on Saturday supports ditching a Republican primary altogether and replacing it with a caucus, where wingnutty state committeemen who don't mind giving up their Saturdays can reign supreme.

Other resolutions voice support for Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is all about state's rights, the only rights that seem to matter in certain Republican circles.

The battiest GOP resolution of them all is the one demanding the repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which mandates the direct election of U.S. Senators.

State legislatures used to pick senators and some Rs from the Tea Party/John Birch Society wing of the Republican Party think axing the 17th amendment will return us to the paradise that was the 18th Century, in line with the dictates of the Framers.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons