Sunday, January 24, 2010

About damn time

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth says he's planning to run against John McCain for his U.S. Senate seat.

Hayworth told The Associated Press late Friday that he stepped down as host of his radio program on KFYI-AM, a conservative radio talk show in Phoenix. Legally, he wouldn't be able to host the program and be an active candidate.

Hayworth was ousted from his Congressional seat in 2007 after 12 years in office by Democrat Harry Mitchell, and has hosted the radio show for the past few years.

Hayworth says he's not formally announcing a run for the Senate seat, but that "we're moving forward to challenge John McCain."

He added that he's had a wonderful time at KFYI, but "it's time to enter public life again."

This story dovetails well with two postings on American Thinker, one in the articles section from yesterday and one in the blog from today:

John McCain: Palin's Political Bridge to Nowhere

Sarah Palin's decision to campaign for John McCain's reelection bid is dismaying some of her staunchest allies and defenders on the web.

This serves as a much-uninvited buzz-kill to conservatives, who finally had the beam of hope shone on them Tuesday night. Grassroots conservatism made a historic comeback with Scott Brown, who defeated Martha Coakley for Edward Kennedy's Senate seat in the very liberal state of Massachusetts.

Aside from her personal allegiance to John McCain, it is incomprehensible what Palin thinks this will do for the country or her political career, which has made her one of the main inspirations of grassroots enthusiasm.

Why has Sarah Palin agreed to campaign for McCain?

Go figure. Why would Sarah Palin agree to stump for McCain in Arizona? She must have learned through hellfire that loyalty in politics is an oxymoron, yet, she can't let it go. She is the real deal. An honest Sarah bemuses the political elites, but at the same time plays right into their power grabbing hands.

Here's the deal on why Mrs. Palin is supporting John McCain in his (hopefully unsuccessful) bid for reelection.

Sarah Palin is a gracious lady who will not turn her back on a friend no matter what the cost.

She recognizes that if it were not John McCain choosing her to be his running mate that the average American's response to hearing her mentioned as a possible presidential candidate would be, "Sarah who?".

When her autobiography was attacked by former members of the McCain campaign John stepped up and pronounced it a "very accurate" account.

I'm sure that Governor Palin also understands that if she does not honor Senator McCain's request that she campaign for him that she will be attacked by her detractors as disloyal and ungrateful and the attacks will have enough of a ring of truth about them to stick.

I agree with those who say that it is time for Mr. McCain to return home to Arizona and enjoy what I hope will be a long and healthy retirement. I look forward to being able to look at him and see only a war hero and not a RINO lose cannon.

I really doubt that this will harm Mrs. Palin in any way.