The following is cross-posted to my personal blog (right-wing liberal). As far as I know, I speak only for myself. I certainly know that I do not speak for VV as a whole.
For months, I’ve been watching the Arizona Republican Primary for U.S. Senate without comment. Initially, I was pleased to see J.D. Hayworth attempt a return to the political realm, largely because he had been one of the few Congressmen who seemed to share my concern about the Chinese Communist Party. Then he (Hayworth) had a bad “birther” stumble, and an even worse exposure of a Lesko-like get-free-government-money ad in which he took part. I resolved to hold my tongue.
Yet now, much to my surprise, Hayworth has released an ad that has led me to endorse McCain. Talking Points Memo has the details (emphasis added):
“McCain wrote the amnesty bill; opposed the border fence; voted against border security funding,” the announcer says. “And, McCain voted against the Medicare prescription drug program for seniors, but allowed illegal aliens to get Social Security and Medicare — even if they committed fraud.”
One can say what one wishes about illegal immigration (and I’m probably closer to Hayworth then McCain on that issue), but anyone who hits McCain for his opposition to the Medicare Part D boondoggle flat-out disqualifies himself for office in 2010 (I should also note that Hayworth voted for Part D, not once, but twice).
Whether we like it or not, future Congresses – and I don’t mean the distant future – will have to deal with the explosion of entitlement spending. McCain’s willingness to oppose Medicare Part D proved that he took this seriously then and now. Hayworth’s ad reveals the opposite.
This is now the third time in ten years that John McCain has won my support despite my own best efforts. As he did then (2000 and 2008), he has shown now that he is the only one who understands that reducing government spending means doing things that are unpopular.
So, much to my surprise (again), I support John McCain in his upcoming primary (although this time, I can’t vote for him as I don’t live in Arizona).