1,300 fine upstanding leaders of Arizona's Republicans got together in a Tempe church Saturday and declared war on their common enemy, a "disastrous and harmful" affront to "our values": Sen. John Sidney McCain III, USN-retired.
The state that gave us Joe Arpaio, Jan Brewer, Steven Seagal and wars against brown people finally turned on its longtime Arizona senator and Sarah Palin famous-maker with an official rebuke for his liberal record during its annual convention.
"Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party's values on his own. That has not happened."
McCain's offenses cited in the resolution included working on comprehensive immigration reform, or "amnesty," and not going along with last year's conservative strategy to "defund" President Barack Obama's signature health-care law.
The resolution condemns McCain "for his continued disservice to our state and nation," and said state Republican leaders "will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator."
Two weeks ago, Republicans in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix and Arpaio, passed a similar resolution by a mind-blowing 1,150-to-351 margin.
McCain's former Senate colleague, the conservative John Kyl, sounded embarrassed by the vote and by his presence at the GOP hootenanny. "Do these guys ever get elected? It's John McCain who gets elected," he told the Republic. "To say that John McCain doesn't work with Republicans, doesn't have a conservative voting record – that's just baloney... It's just wacky to say otherwise."
For his part, McCain—who would be 80 the next time he faces re-election—probably doesn't give a shit, because he's John McCain.
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