Golfing While the Constitution Burns

Golfing While the Constitution Burns

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

 

When Barack Obama and John Boehner played golf this weekend, they played
on the same team
. How appropriate.

Barack Obama has violated the Constitution’s war-making power – reserved by
Article I, Section 8,
to Congress – from the moment he sent American troops into harm’s way without
Congressional approval. He has been violating the War Powers Resolution since at
least the 60th day of that campaign. And he has violated the most
liberal reading of that act – the one Boehner has adopted as his own – since
this weekend. Yet despite the letter
Boehner authored last week, which the media presented as an “ultimatum,”
Obama has neither obtained Congressional authorization nor removed our troops.
Boehner’s
letter weakly supplicated
“I sincerely hope the Administration will
faithfully comply with the War Powers Resolution,” but at least it seemed to set
this weekend as a definitive cut-off point.

The “deadline” has come and gone, and Obama has not answered the most burning
questions of the mission’s legality to anyone’s satisfaction. Instead, the
president has thumbed his nose at Congress in general, Boehner in particular,
and the American people at large, and the Speaker-cum-caddy has made no
meaningful response whatsoever.

Obama insists the American role in Libya is too diminutive to constitute
“hostilities,” so his action is perfectly legal. White House spokesman Jay
Carney repeated
his boss’s party line at Monday’s press conference, stating, “the War Powers
Resolution does not need to be involved because the ‘hostilities’ clause of that
resolution is not met.” However, soldiers in Libya are receiving an additional
$25
a month in “imminent danger pay.”
American drones still rain missiles down
upon military targets. NATO is alternately
bombing
Muammar Qaddafi’s home
and killing the innocent Libyan civilians they are
purportedly protecting. (We had to kill the civilians in order to save them?)
NATO admitted (at
least
) one of its bombs went off target on Sunday, killing
nine civilians in Tripoli
, while allied bombs allegedly killed
15 civilians in Sorman on Monday
.

Not to worry, though; Defense Secretary Robert Gates said over the weekend,
in a confidence-builder worthy of Churchill, “I think this is
going to end OK.”
Gates, who once
opposed
the Libyan adventure, has pulled
a 180
on the matter.

Even Obama’s short-term fellow Illinois Senator, Dick Durbin, agrees
Libya more than rises to the level of hostilities.

So, too, we have learned, do the best legal minds of Obama’s administration
(not a coveted nor much-contested title, I assure you). In overruling
his own lawyers, Obama rejected the
considered conclusions
of Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon’s general counsel,
and Caroline Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal
Counsel (OLC). The New York Times reported
it is “extraordinarily rare” for any president to overrule the OLC. “Under
normal circumstances, the office’s interpretation of the law is legally binding
on the executive branch.”

But then, nothing in the Obama administration transpires under “normal
circumstances.”

Two former OLC lawyers outlined precisely how unusual the dismissal was….

Read
more
.

McCAIN – TWISTING AND CONTORTING THE FACTS

McCAIN – TWISTING AND CONTORTING
THE FACTS

John McCain’s big-spending ways are bankrupting this Nation and you don’t have to look any further than the $850 billion big-bank bailout he supported. That bill also included $150 billion in earmarks for wooden arrow makers, rum distillers and wool producers. Citizens Against Government Waste gave Hayworth a rating of 89 and American Conservative Union gave Hayworth a lifetime rating of 98, both higher than the rating they gave McCain.

McCain likes to twist and contort the facts about J.D. Hayworth’s record, but below you will find the truth.

WHAT McCAIN SAYS

WHAT THE REALITY IS

J.D. spent “$70 billion earmarks and wasteful spending” throughout his 12 years in Congress. McCain spent $150 billion in earmarks and wasteful spending in one bill.
J.D. voted for $223 Million for the “Bridge to Nowhere” When given the opportunity to reallocate funds for the “Bridge to Nowhere” to Hurricane Katrina disaster aid, MCCAIN CHOSE NOT TO ACT and the amendment was defeated.
J.D. voted for $5.8 Million for a Snowmobile Trail in Vermont JD voted FOR a Transportation appropriations bill that recovered $41 million of Arizona taxpayer money from the feds to improve Arizona highways, that McCain voted AGAINST.
J.D. voted for $250k to Control Seaweed Accumulation in Maui J.D. voted FOR a Veterans Affairs appropriations bill providing over $2 Billion to Veterans for readjustment and rehabilitation benefits, that McCain voted AGAINST.
J.D. voted for $3 Million for a Planetarium in Chicago J.D. voted FOR a Veterans Affairs appropriations bill providing over $19 Billion in Veterans’ medical benefits, that McCain voted AGAINST.

 

McCain’s Last Stand?: “Maverick” In Fierce Fight To Hold Onto Senate Seat

McCain’s Last Stand?: “Maverick” In Fierce Fight To Hold Onto Senate Seat

June 6th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

McCain's Last Stand

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) – A serious re-election fight wasn’t what Republican John McCain expected when he returned to the Senate after losing the presidency.

But the four-term senator is battling for his political life in a race that embodies the volatility of an unpredictable election year. He’s facing former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, a fellow Republican pushing him farther to the right as GOP voters demand conservative purity in their candidates and punish those with ties to the Washington establishment.

Two longtime Senate incumbents have fallen—Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Arlen Specter, D-Pa. A third—Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.—could see her hopes dashed this Tuesday in a runoff amid voter inclination to reward political neophytes who adhere to party principles over experience.

McCain’s popularity fell in Arizona as he spent years campaigning outside of it, twice for the White House. Hayworth, a radio talk show host who had been in Congress for a dozen years but lost to a Democrat in 2006, saw a chance for a political comeback.

The behemoth in the race, McCain has a decades-old political organization, millions in the bank and six campaign offices. He’s counting on his deep ties to Arizona and legions of longtime backers to carry him through. In contrast, Hayworth has never run statewide, is struggling to raise money and has just two offices. But he’s being fueled by disaffected McCain backers and voters hungry for new leadership.

“He’s been there too long. And he hasn’t done anything for Arizona,” Ally Miller says of McCain, 73. “It’s time for someone new.”

Among Hayworth supporters, there’s a feeling that McCain hasn’t been a loyal Republican, he’s ignored Arizona and his time has passed. Many have voted for him for years—because, they say, there wasn’t another option. With the 51-year-old Hayworth, people fed up with the status quo—and unwilling to automatically give McCain a new six-year term—have somewhere to turn.

“Hayworth is a true conservative patriot,” said a supporter, John Kessler. “McCain has become a big government, tax-and-spend liberal.”

Johnny-come-lately McCain: The sickly smell of desperation

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Johnny-come-lately McCain: The sickly smell of desperation

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 13, 2010 08:55 AM

John McCain is everywhere now preaching the gospel of secure borders. He’s inescapable. And shameless. And desperate.

Yesterday, readers forwarded his latest spam e-mail:

Where do you stand on border security?

My Friend,

One of the fundamental responsibilities of our government is to secure our borders so that our citizens, no matter where they live in our country, can be safe and secure.

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress have not lived up to the federal government’s constitutional responsibility to secure our borders. So my Arizona colleague, Senator Jon Kyl and I introduced a 10-Point Border Security Plan to secure our border with Mexico against illegal immigration, human smuggling, drug trafficking and the brutal violence associated with the drug cartels.

I’d like to know what you think about our nation’s border security and that is why I have put together the 2010 Border Security Survey. I ask that you take a few moments to fill out this survey by following this link.

I believe we must take action because the fact is clear that our border is not secure and nearly half of all illegal immigrants enter through the Arizona/Mexico corridor. As I told Sean Hannity on his show, our southern border is broken in Arizona and action is needed. Our federal government has not devoted the resources necessary to secure the border and the result has been escalating violence and increased numbers of illegal aliens entering our country.

The President says he wants to address the issue, but so far he has not taken action. He has not devoted the resources necessary to secure our border, so we are calling for real action and resources as outlined in our 10-Point Plan.

As a long-time supporter, I ask that you share your opinion about this crucial security issue through our 2010 Border Security Survey. Your urgent response will enable me to gather the information necessary to show support for secure borders is widespread across America.

Please take the 2010 Border Security Survey today.

Border security is key to keeping our homeland safe. We have seen the violence from drug cartels and drug smugglers skyrocket. It is only a matter of time before even more violence pours over our border into the United States. I believe the key to securing our borders is providing the necessary federal resources to do so effectively and efficiently.

And this is exactly what the 10-Point Plan will do. Please take the time to learn more about the plan and take our short, 9-question survey by following this link. Your time and opinions are truly appreciated. Thank you.

Sincerely,

John McCain

P.S. As a result of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats’ failure to take action to secure the US/Mexico border, Senator Jon Kyl and I have introduced a 10-Point Border Security Plan. I want to know what you think about border security, so I have put together the 2010 Border Security Survey. I ask that you take a few minutes today to fill it out by following this link. Thank you.

John McCain is not our “friend.”

Reader Dan’s reaction to the spam e-mail:

Dear MM,

I just received an email from John McCain. The subject line reads: “Where do you stand on border security?”

HE’S asking ME where I stand???

Snort.

And reader R’s response:

Michelle:

As a proud naturalized American, words to express my nausea, anger and disgust at Republicans like McCain and Graham who for years have helped the Democrats stymie effective border security and internal enforcement provisions are hard to come by. Legal Immigrants such as my family and I are the ones most profoundly harmed by amnesty provisions and special considerations advocated for illegal aliens by these feckless politicians.

Now McCain finds himself in the primary fight of his life he is desperately tacking Right. The attached email merits a 12+ on the Christ/Specter political opportunism scale. McCain was a weak and ineffectual presidential candidate entirely because he made a career of offending the conservative base of the GOP-in particular his squishiness on illegal immigration. I remember making GOTV calls in the days leading up to the 2008 election and having wobbliness on this and other conservative “non-negotiables” thrown in my face to justify that voter’s absence from the polls as I desperately tried to warn them of what was about to happen with the election of Obama.

I came from Canada, I’ve seen another radical, charismatic Marxist in my life in the form of Pierre Elliot Trudeau – Canada’s communist sympathizing Prime Minister during the 1970’s. In only 10 years or so, he launched Canada inexorably down the path to big government socialism. Obama gave me and others who have seen socialism up close (and fled) the same totalitarian vibe folks like Trudeau gave off – and that scared the bejeebers out of us. Try telling that to Americans who had no concept of the threat or the stakes and who were so tired of being taken for granted by the likes of McCain. RINO’s like him have destroyed the credibility of the GOP and I am not sure given all the Upside Down Elephant posts you keep putting up that that message has sunk in just yet…

I can’t express my utter contempt any better than Allahpundit did here in response to Johnny-come-lately’s shameless new border enforcement ad:

I don’t know what to say, guys. I’m genuinely speechless. Pandering is one thing, shameless careerist pandering is something else, and then there’s John “Goddamned Fence” McCain marching along the border in a badass Navy baseball cap looking like he could choke out a coyote with his bare hands. And you know what? If he thought he’d get a few points’ bounce from it, I bet he’d do it too. How long before he’s spotted on the trail wearing a “Viva Los 1070″ t-shirt?

Yep, now he’s wrapping himself in the very same border fence he was cursing during his presidential campaign in the company of liberal Vanity Fair reporters.

The man who proudly named Soros-funded, open-borders radical Juan Hernandez as his Hispanic Outreach Director is now traipsing around with the Border Patrol promising to fix the fence he cursed and make Americans safe. After trashing immigration enforcement activists as nativists for years, he’s now “one of us:”

McCain TV Ad: “Complete The Danged Fence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0lwusMxiHc&feature=player_embedded

I honestly don’t know how anyone who has him on to talk about immigration enforcement can get through an interview with him and keep a straight face.

It’s political Kabuki on steroids.

Tell Senator McCain to kill the Dodd Bill,

With Congress spending TRILLIONS of taxpayer dollars and the Federal Reserve literally creating money out of thin air, it’s never been more important you and I force Senator John McCain to support Audit the Fed and oppose Senator Chris Dodd’s “Fed Empowerment” Bill.

      You see, Senator McCain is trying to play the Washington game.

      He tries to tell folks like you at home that he is a conservative by signing up as a co-sponsor of S. 604, the Senate Audit the Fed Bill.

      But actions speak louder than words.

      Demand Senator McCain prove to you he will walk the walk by killing the Dodd “Fed Empowerment” Bill and truly supporting an Audit of the Fed.

      Senator Dodd’s “Fed Empowerment” Bill eliminates Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed legislation and expands the Fed policies that wrecked our economy.

      Demand Senator McCain stand for sound money and against empowering an already out of control Federal Reserve by supporting Audit the Fed and by opposing Senator Dodd’s “Fed Empowerment” Bill.

      Call Senator McCain at (202) 224-2235 and insist he support Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed Bill and demand he oppose empowering the Fed.

      Tell Senator McCain to kill the Dodd Bill, not make “insider” fixes.

      Sign our petition below and send a message to Senator McCain that you will not tolerate empowering the Fed to plunder our dollar and loot our Treasury by being allowed to operate in secret and continuing the bailouts forever.

      Campaign for Liberty will collect all signed petitions and fax them directly to Senator McCain’s office so he can hear your voice demanding he kill the Dodd Bill and support Audit the Fed.

To sign petition see blow

http://www.chooseliberty.org/auditfed_az.aspx?pid=az01

National Review: McCain, The Disappearing Maverick

National Review: McCain, The Disappearing Maverick
By: Michelle Malkin
Date: April 23, 2010

I need a Dramamine to cover Sen. John McCain’s reelection bid. With his desperate lurch to the right, he’s inducing more motion sickness than a Disneyland teacup. McCain’s campaign represents the same self-serving political cynicism that American voters have grown tired of stomaching from the current White House. We need choices, not carbon copies.

After decades of embracing the liberal-media moniker “maverick,” for his frequent derision of the conservative wing of the Republican party, McCain has now abandoned the label. He told Newsweek magazine earlier this month: “I never considered myself a maverick.” But countless YouTube videos show McCain and vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin invoking the “M” word. Here’s a typical bit of self-puffery from a McCain stump speech on Oct.14, 2008:

It’s well known that I have not been elected Miss Congeniality in the United States Senate, nor with the administration. I have opposed the president on spending, on climate change, on torture of prisoners, on . . . on Guantanamo Bay. On a . . . on the way that the Iraq War was conducted. I have a long record, and the American people know me very well, and that is independent and a maverick of the Senate, and I’m happy to say that I’ve got a partner that’s a good maverick along with me now.


With veteran tough-on-illegal-immigration primary challenger J. D. Hayworth (whom I support) just five points behind McCain in the latest Rasmussen poll, Not-Maverick has now abandoned (or rather re-abandoned) his notoriously long-held open-borders stance. Just a few short years ago, Not-Maverick was attacking Rush Limbaugh as a “nativist” for opposing the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty plan. When Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) introduced an amendment to bar illegal aliens from receiving the earned income tax credit, McCain likened it to Jim Crow laws.

Sessions: “I do not believe we should award people who have entered our country illegally, submitted a false Social Security number, worked illegally. . . . I do not believe we should reward them with $29 billion of the taxpayers’ money. That is a lot of money.”

McCain: “What’s next — are we going to say work-authorized immigrants are going to have to ride in the back of the bus?”

When Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D., N.M.) called for a cap on the number of visas for legal permanent residents at 650,000, McCain called it un-American and accused Bingaman of “discriminating” against poor foreigners (never mind that the McCain-Kennedy amnesty bill itself had a visa cap of 290,000). Like the true progressive he is, McCain never lets the facts get in the way of his playing the race card. Unless it’s an election year, that is.

When McCain’s friend Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) put forth an amendment to “require the enforcement of existing border security and immigration laws and congressional approval before amnesty can be granted,” McCain refused to take a position and sat out the vote. The amendment failed 42-54.

Just how beholden and deferential were McCain and his illegal-alien-shamnesty Republican twin Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to Teddy Kennedy? During floor debate on an amendment that would have required illegal aliens who get legal status to have a minimum level of health insurance, the Washington Times reported, the pair scurried over to check with Kennedy before voting, to ensure their votes all matched. The amendment went down.

Actions speak louder than the pro-enforcement, strong-borders rhetoric McCain adopted for his failed 2008 presidential run — and which he has now resurrected to save his seat in his border-violence-plagued state of Arizona.

More words you can’t believe in: In a fundraising e-mail sent out this week, McCain pledged that he’s “determined to return to the Senate to continue fighting against the massive expansion of government under President Obama.” Yet, to this day, McCain refuses to admit his own individual responsibility for supporting the presocialization of the economy started under George W. Bush and continued under Obama. McCain has never admitted he was wrong about his support of the $700 billion all-purpose, earmark-stuffed TARP bailout; the $25 billion auto bailout; the first $85 billion AIG bailout; and his proposed $300 billion mortgage-entitlement bailout (which dwarfed Obama’s plan).

His latest, McLame-est excuse for supporting TARP? He was “misled.” But all the warning signs and red flags about Bush Treasury secretary Henry Paulson’s incompetence and untrustworthiness were there before McCain joined the Chicken Little crowd. McCain is trying to have it all ways — refusing to admit he was wrong, blaming Paulson for duping him, and creating the illusion that he’ll be competent enough to resist the next inevitable bailout temptation when the feds hit the panic button.

Asked by a conservative constituent at a recent town-hall meeting why the four-term senator deserved to be elected, McCain stammered before giving his best argument: He had more “standing” than anyone else. Entrenched incumbency is not an argument for more entrenched incumbency. Stop this ride. It’s time for McCain to get off.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126214004

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RHINO Senator McCain Files New Bill That Attacks Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

Senator McCain Files New Bill That Attacks Your Access to Supplements and Repeals Key Sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act

Posted By ANH-USA On February 24, 2010 @ 2:10 pm In The Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) | 74 Comments

TAKE ACTION AND TELL YOUR SENATOR NOT TO CO-SPONSOR THIS BILL [1]

Donate to our campaign to STOP this bill! [2]

McCain’s bill is called The Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA). It would repeal key sections of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). DSHEA protects supplements if 1) they are food products that have been in the food supply and not chemically altered or 2) if they were sold as supplements prior to 1994, the year that DSHEA was passed. If a supplement fits one of these two descriptions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cannot arbitrarily ban it or reclassify it as a drug.

These protections are far from perfect. They discourage companies from developing new forms of supplements. New supplements may be arbitrarily banned by the FDA or adopted by drug companies in a way that precludes their further sale as supplements.

McCain’s bill would wipe out even the minimal protections contained in DSHEA. It would give the FDA full discretion and power to compile a discreet list of supplements allowed to remain on the market while banning all others.

Everyone knows that the FDA is friendly to drug companies (which pay its bills and provide good revolving door jobs) and hostile to supplement companies. Under this bill, this same Agency could quite arbitrarily ban any supplement it wished or turn it over to drug companies to be stop [3]developed as a drug and sold for multiples of its price as a supplement.

We must prevent this bill from gaining traction! Protect your access to supplements by contacting your senators today and asking them NOT to co-sponsor the Dietary Supplement Safety Act but rather to oppose it.

TAKE ACTION [1]

McCain’s Dietary Supplement Safety Act (DSSA) appears to be supported by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which is funded by major league sports teams including baseball, football and others. The recent suspensions of NFL and other professional sports figures is much in the news, and the goal of the sports industry appears to be to shift the spotlight from their players to the supplements industry. In his comments, Senator McCain cited six NFL players recently suspended for testing positive for banned substances and purportedly exposed to these substances through dietary supplements.

The problem here of course is one of illegal sale and use of steroids. So why dismantle the supplement industry in order to control already illegal substances?

The FDA currently has complete and total authority to stop illegal steroids and, more broadly, to regulate dietary supplements. If the agency were doing its job, it could and would have prevented the sale of illegal steroids. The answer to this problem is not to give FDA more power. The Agency simply needs to do it’s job.

TAKE ACTION [1]

Why would a bill be offered to solve an illegal steroid problem that does not really address the steroid problem but instead gives the FDA complete and arbitrary control over all supplements? The answer is simple.

There are a lot of vested interests which are threatened by supplements. Drug companies do not like them because they represent a low cost, safer, and often more effective alternative to drugs. The FDA does not like them because supplements do not come through the FDA approval process and therefore do not support the FDA budget.

Why not simply require that supplements be brought through the FDA’s drug approval process? Wouldn’t that create a level playing field?

That is probably the argument that Senator McCain has been sold. But it is a completely false argument. The FDA drug approval process costs as much as a billion dollars. It is not economically feasible to spend such vast sums on substances that are not protected by patent, and natural substances cannot legally be patented.

This is the great “Catch 22” of American medicine. The FDA, which is supposed to guard and promote our health, is hostile to the kind of natural medicine—based on diet, supplements, and exercise—that represents the real future of healthcare. The Agency has either been captured by drug interests or is trapped in a catastrophically expensive, toxic, and ineffective patented-drug model.

Senator McCain has no doubt offered this bill in good faith. But he has been sold a bill of goods by special interests. And he has been naïve enough not to know that he is being used.

TAKE ACTION [1]

This exceptionally bad bill also requires the reporting of all minor adverse events related to supplements. This is in addition to the already existing requirement to report adverse events. This will further stack the deck against small supplement companies by creating new, unnecessary, even more cumbersome, and of course very expensive administrative hurdles. The result: the consolidation of the supplement industry into a few big companies.If passed, this bill will likely result in the disappearance from store shelves of many supplements currently on the market. In addition to fewer supplements, there would likely be much lower doses available. Unbridled authority would be handed to the FDA, an agency that needs a top to bottom overhaul, not ever more power over our lives.

The FDA will like this because it believes that it can more easily control a few industry giants. But isn’t it more likely that the industry giants will eventually gain control over the FDA?

The FDA is already misusing the adverse event reporting process that exists. Drugs rack up thousands of adverse event reports without any action. Just recently, the FDA yanked from the market a supplement product based on just a couple of alleged adverse event reports without even allowing the company (an old and respected firm) to provide any counter-evidence or counter-argument.

The bill also allows the FDA to yank a product (at the company’s expense) if there is a “reasonable probability” that it is “adulterated” or “misbranded”. Let’s remember that “adulterated” could mean there is a minor record keeping error on the producer’s part and “misbranded” can mean that the producer simply tells the truth about the product. An “adulterated” and “misbranded” supplement in Orwellian FDA speak may actually be both completely safe and effective.

If passed, this bill will likely result in the disappearance from store shelves of many supplements currently on the market. In addition to fewer supplements, there would likely be much lower doses available. Unbridled authority would be handed to the FDA, an agency that needs a top to bottom overhaul, not ever more power over our lives.

If McCain’s bill passes, we can look to Europe for a snapshot of what we may be in for: EFSA, the European Food Safety Authority, has sharply reduced the list of available supplements and is in process of reducing potencies to ridiculous levels, such as less beta carotene than can be found in half of a large carrot. Europeans already look to the US to obtain their dietary supplements. If this bill passes, where will we obtain ours?

Please take action immediately. TAKE ACTION [1]Tell your senators NOT to co- sponsor this legislation and to do everything in their power to defeat it. Then forward this to your friends and family and ask then to do the same

Statement on Senator McCain’s Border Enforcement

Statement on Senator McCain’s Border Enforcement

April 19, 2010

Local 2544 is the largest Border Patrol local in the United States. We represent nearly 3,000 Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Border Patrol Sector.  We police the busiest corridor in the nation, with apprehensions of illegal aliens and drugs equaling that of all the other Border Patrol Sectors combined.   

Senator John McCain announced a Border Security Plan today. Senator McCain is currently in a statistical dead heat with former House Representative JD Hayworth. Senator McCain, out of apparent frustration, is turning to border security issues to bolster his campaign. Senator McCain has been on the wrong side of border issues for many years. One must ask why he is now portraying himself as a “get tough” politician on border enforcement. McCain has represented Arizona in the Senate since 1987.

Senator McCain had the opportunity to consult with the men and women who are experts in protecting our borders before releasing his Plan, but he failed to do so.

JD Hayworth, on the other hand, has reached out to law enforcement statewide in order to gain a better understanding of the needs and difficulties law enforcement professionals face.  After reviewing Senator McCain’s plan, Mr. Hayworth immediately consulted border experts in an effort to ascertain its feasibility.  Mr. Hayworth is committed to working with the men and women of the United States Border Patrol in finding real solutions to border issues that affect Arizonans.     

Senator McCain’s record indicates he will vote against meaningful pro-enforcement legislation when push comes to shove. We want a representative who will fight for legislation that will help us in our mission to protect our borders when it really counts. Senator McCain’s campaign promises are like a mirage. He wants you to think that the blue color you see on the horizon is water, when it’s really just hot air that looks like water. We’ve had enough hot air from Senator McCain for far too many years. We want a representative who will fight to keep the citizens of Arizona safe. We have had enough of representatives who say one thing on the campaign trail and do the opposite after the campaign is over. Senator McCain has aligned himself with people such as former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, a vehement anti-Border Patrol activist. Facts are hard things to ignore, even in “campaign mode”.

When it comes to border issues, we trust the man who searches for solutions amongst those who know.  JD Hayworth is the candidate who is willing to tackle and solve the issues Arizona faces with illegal immigration and border violence. Senator McCain has had years to do something, yet he has failed us time after time. We strongly urge you to ignore Senator McCain’s campaign rhetoric.

Hayworth defines Ariz. race as tea party vs. DC

Hayworth defines Ariz. race as tea party vs. DC

By JONATHAN J. COOPER (AP) – Apr 5, 2010

PHOENIX — Former congressman J.D. Hayworth hopes the tea party movement can help him topple one of the Republican Party’s best-known politicians.

Hayworth has launched a GOP primary challenge to John McCain less than two years after the Arizona senator lost his bid for the presidency.

The race has quickly become one of the most-watched Senate contests in the country, in part because Hayworth has tried to define himself as a tea party candidate taking on the establishment.

“I think that I’m the candidate of a majority of tea partiers,” Hayworth said. “In Arizona, I feel very comfortable with the level of support we’ve received from the tea party movement.”

Hayworth has been traveling the tea party circuit, speaking at rallies and neighborhood meetings around the state and arguing that he’s the best candidate to champion tea party values of smaller government, free markets and fiscal responsibility.

McCain’s campaign disputes the claim, saying Hayworth supported government expansion as a congressman. The former television sportscaster represented some of Phoenix’s eastern suburbs for 12 years.

Still, Hayworth, who hosted a conservative talk-radio program after losing his seat to Democrat Harry Mitchell in 2006, has motivated a corps of conservatives who have been frustrated with McCain’s history of working with Democrats to pass legislation.

McCain worked with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., on campaign-finance reform and with the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts on a bill that would have created a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“McCain’s served us well for 28 years, but government continues to grow,” said Prescott Tea Party leader Michael Patrick Hendricks.

At a tea party meeting in Mesa last month, supporter Linda Pennis wore a button depicting McCain as a rhinoceros with a horn in place of his nose under the caption “RINO Hunters.”

RINO stands for “Republican in name only” and is a popular phrase that some conservatives use to criticize GOP members they believe have betrayed the right wing.

“John McCain’s got to go,” Pennis said.

McCain’s campaign argues that, as a congressman, Hayworth wasn’t fiscally conservative and supported earmarks, which send taxpayer dollars to projects in lawmakers’ home districts. McCain has long opposed the practice, saying it can breed corruption and often directs tax money to projects that shouldn’t get it.

McCain has campaigned with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, two of the most popular figures among tea party activists. Hayworth has dismissed their support for McCain as political payback after he helped launch their national political careers.

Hayworth has also hit some snags in his efforts to be seen as the race’s tea party candidate. Many Arizona tea party groups have refused to endorse candidates for public office, including Hayworth.

Some say tea party leaders shouldn’t be telling supporters how to vote. Others say tea parties would be too much like traditional political parties if they start picking winners and losers by endorsing candidates.

Some even say that neither McCain nor Hayworth has a record of supporting tea party causes.

Shortly after Hayworth entered the race, four of Arizona’s largest tea party groups issued a news release announcing they wouldn’t endorse in the Senate primary. The tea party should be about ideas instead of candidates, leaders said.

And on the issues most important to tea partiers, “Both McCain and Hayworth’s records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired,” Tucson Tea Party co-founder Robert Mayer said in the statement.

Hayworth dismisses the significance of the news release, saying many tea party groups are registered nonprofits and are prohibited by law from endorsing political candidates.

Eight Republicans Who May Betray Country, Party, Constituency

Eight Republicans Who May Betray Country, Party, Constituency

April 15th, 2010 Posted By Pat Dollard.

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Politico:

The Republican rhetoric sounded tough on financial regulatory reform early this week.

“Shame on the president,” said Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who complained that President Barack Obama was derailing bipartisan negotiations on Wall Street reform for short-term political gain.

But behind such tough talk is a realization within Republican ranks that several of their own may find themselves voting with Obama when the final Wall Street reform deal comes together. “Some feel like you need to vote for it, just because it’s a popular measure,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

What’s striking about the potential GOP “yes” votes is how they differ from the usual suspects who were the focus of such heated speculation during the health care debate.

In addition to such perennial GOP maybes as Graham and Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, lobbyists are also talking about Republican senators closer to the core of the party who might side with Obama, including Bob Bennett of Utah and perhaps even John McCain of Arizona.

Call them the unusual suspects.

Democrats need at least one GOP vote, and the speculation is intensifying as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he wants to bring the bill to the Senate floor as early as next week. But one Republican financial lobbyist predicts a domino effect if Republicans get on board: “If one goes, 20 will go. It will be ‘open the floodgates.’”

Here are the eight senators Wall Street is watching most closely:

Saxby Chambliss

The Georgian is the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, where he has taken a lead role in negotiating the derivatives piece of the bill with Democratic chairwoman Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Derivatives are enormously important to large agribusinesses that use them to hedge commodity price risks, but Chambliss has his nose out of joint because Lincoln introduced a liberal-friendly version of the bill without his input earlier this week.

Still, if the bill can somehow be dragged back toward him, Chambliss may want to be part of the deal. “We would like to get a bipartisan bill,” he said. “We would all like to eliminate this too-big-to-fail issue. That’s not an issue that’s going to have any disagreement between Democrats and Republicans. How we get there is where the disagreements will be.”

Can you say “Dodd-Chambliss?”

He was mad at the president at the beginning of the week. But some on Wall Street are convinced that by the end of the debate he’ll be with Obama for the final vote. That’s because he’s a Massachusetts Republican, after all, despite his tea party cred and high-profile campaign against Obama’s health care bill. Republicans are a rare enough breed in New England, and they generally don’t survive long if they don’t hew close to the political center.

“The bottom line is, where there are problems [on Wall Street], we should fix them,” Brown said. And he added that he will take a hard look at the proposals, on which he is just getting up to speed. “I’m not going to vote on anything or make any statements until I read the bills,” he said.

Bob Corker

The first-term senator from Tennessee shocked his GOP colleagues by stepping up to take over the role of lead Republican negotiator on regulatory reform when negotiations between Senate Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd and ranking Republican Richard Shelby broke down. That’s a no-no in the seniority-obsessed Senate, but Corker made himself into an integral deal maker on the bill.

Now that Shelby’s back at the table, Corker may relish a chance to be the closer. Lobbyists wonder whether he wants the bill to be named “Dodd-Corker,” to secure a place in financial history.

“I think we all want to see financial regulation take place; I really do,” said Corker. And of the areas in dispute, he said, “These things are very solvable. It just takes a little grind-it-out work.”

Corker also has made it clear that he thinks the Republicans would be making a political mistake to stand against the bill. “I will be stunned if we do not reach a bipartisan agreement. … Unfortunately, the winds are blowing — there’s lots of things happening here that don’t aid that effort, but at the end of the day, I think we’re going to have a solid bipartisan effort,” he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday.

John McCain

Many lobbyists say they are watching Obama’s former presidential rival — perhaps the most unusual of the unusual suspects — because he’s engaged in a heated Arizona Republican primary with former Rep. J. D. Hayworth. Financial observers have concluded that McCain’s vote will depend entirely on his analysis of how it plays among Arizona primary voters.

“If McCain decides that doing this will help him beat J.D. Hayworth, he’ll do it,” says one.

McCain formed an unlikely alliance with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) to propose reinstating the Depression-era Glass-Steagall Act, which separated commercial banking from investment banking. That law was repealed in the late 1990s, and many critics say it allowed for the growth of mammoth and risky investment banks. Fully reinstating the law would be further than the Obama administration has proposed.

But for now, Wall Street can breathe easy. Asked if he or other Republicans might vote for the bill, McCain offered a terse “no” and stepped quickly into an elevator.

Bob Bennett

The Utah Republican is another old-line senator facing a tough primary fight back home, which means many put him in the same category as McCain — a possible yes, but only if it plays well on the ground in Utah.

Bennett seemed more open to the idea than McCain, telling POLITICO simply, “I think it’s far too early to engage in that sort of speculation.”

Kit Bond

He’s retiring this year, which gives the Missouri senator a lot of freedom — and puts him squarely in the cross hairs of the administration, which is targeting GOP retirees for special wooing. But asked if he would support the bill, Bond said he’d vote for it “when there’s a decent bill.” But, he said, “there’s so many problems with this bill now.” He would not elaborate.

Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins

Both Maine senators are moderates and squarely in the usual-suspects camp, because each was earlier seen as a potential defector on health care.

“I’m looking at everything,” Snowe said. “I have not made any decisions.”

For her part, Collins said, “We need to prevent large financial firms from holding taxpayers hostage. I’m still looking at issues.”

Collins said she’s got a host of concerns, including the bill approach on too big to fail, the authority of a proposed council of financial regulators, gaps in regulatory authority and derivatives.

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