The National Review Endorses McCain: “…the time is now.”

Echoing the sentiments of McCain supporters, The National Review  has again endorsed John McCain for US Senate.  In an article giving credit to the many facets of the McCain resume’, including those areas where complete agreement has not been held,  the esteemed conservative publication says quite simply:

…these considerations move us to suggest that Arizona Republicans nominate Senator McCain. If ever we needed legislators who favor a resolute foreign policy and budget restraint, that time is now.

The realization that no elected official can serve with the same zeal for handling the tough issues as John McCain has without making some folks less than enamored is expected and only those who refuse to admit their own issues can expect otherwise.  No one in the McCain camp believes their candidate is perfect, that mold was broken a couple thousand years ago.  We do however believe he is the best qualified to represent Arizona. 

Additionally, the article comments on the inadequacy of his competitors to meet the challenges that will face the Senate in the coming term.  Specifically, their record and personal attributes just did not make the cut.

Given the needs of our state and country at this time, the National Review is quite right in their endorsement of McCain. 

(Posted using my personal computer, in my own home, on my own time, without any monetary or other compensation by or from anyone.)


Comments

  1. The East Coast gets Smeagol, Arizona gets Gollum.

  2. Bwahahahahahahahaha! More like “McCain, No More”

    “…the article comments on the inadequacy of his competitors to meet the challenges…” sort of like how it took McCain over 120 days to face up to his challenge by Hayworth for a debate.

  3. Michael Holliday says

    McCain is pulling out all the stops, phoning all his crony media supporters and telling them to get with the program.

    Unfortunately for him, the old media is dying and the people on the street aren’t buying it. They see reality with their own eyes.

    If anyone ever had any questions of a media “community of interest” acting in concert to effect political change, here it is: MSNBC, The Arizona Republic, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, et al, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.

    Ten gallon cowboy hats, Chipotle-style Rattlesnake Chili and lizard skin boots rule this State, not fine foie gras, East Coast tea & crumpets and wishful thinking coupled with disregard for border security.

    McCain = resolute foreign policy and budget restraint?

    Good foreign policy starts with a good policy on foreigners. Especially at a time when we’re dumping billions of dollars into the war against terrorism.

    Rolling over to illegal aliens through amnesty is just plain bad politics.

    Unrestrained State spending on illegal aliens for education, incarceration, medication and other benefits indicates a profound lack of fiscal discipline.

    What ever happened to moral restraint?

  4. Facts are stubborn things and the voters are having a very difficult time reconciling endorsements like this with John McCain’s actual record.

    You should also keep in mind that there is a very strong intimidation factor at play on these endorsements. Many of these organizations have had a tumultuous relationship with John McCain over the years. They know his vindicative temperament and how he responds if they say anything negative about him. I have personal experience with this as the former Executive Director of Arizona Right to Life – on the issue of campaign finance reform. Many of these groups fear that if John McCain is re-elected he will wreak havoc on their legislative agendas. He will have six more years of unaccountability and could cause them irreparable harm.

    The bottom line in 2010 is that endorsement means NOTHING unless it is backed up with a consistent conservative job performance – and that’s something John McCain cannot lay claim to.

  5. I have been receiving a lot of feedback from people out in the field who are furious with the negative attacks on JD Hayworth. In a sense, the McCain ads are helping JD by turning voters off. The campaign will go up on TV soon but needs financial support to do so. If you are so inclined to support JD Hayworth, please go to his website and make a contribution now: https://www.jdforsenate.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=80

  6. Jacklyn M. says

    @DSW – That’s what I’d say if I didn’t have any meaningful endorsements either. But for them to mean nothing, you sure do tout them on your website and in press releases when you do get one, and get especially whiny on Twitter when McCain gets one you thought you should get.

  7. Pamela Mills says

    I care not what the National Review says. We in Arizona who have had to live with his flip-flops, distortions and down-right lies know better. He is not a conservative and will become McAmnesty is he wins the primary. We cannot trust what he says or who the National Review endorses.

  8. Steve Calabrese says

    DSW, I understand where you are coming from about McCain’s ads.

    I have decided I am holding my nose and voting for McCain this election. He needs to go, but I don’t think Hayworth is the man to push him out the door. Hayworth never had the guts to stand up to the Bush machine – he voted for prescription drugs – and it’s a sure thing that he would have voted for TARP as well.

    McCain is done – I think he will win, I think we’ll get the benefit of his seniority, and I don’t see him running again after this. By then, six years later, we’ll have some better candidates to replace him.

    Still, every time I hear one of McCain’s sneering, nasally, arrogant advertisements I want to throw a brick through my radio. McCain proved he can’t run a campaign for crap anymore in 2008; and when he wins this election, it will be despite his ads, not because of them.

    We have crappy choices this election. McCain is wobbly on some conservative issues. Hayworth is not to be trusted. He is a demagogue, who draws his power not from a record of honesty and integrity but rather from the pure hatred of McCain amongst many of the voters.

    It’s a shame. I think Dean Martin is going to get trounced in the governor’s race; but I would have voted for him for Senate over McCain. John Shadegg, Jeff Flake, hell, even Jeff Smith, if he had ANY record of public service – any of these men would have my vote over McCain. Instead, we get Hayworth, who voted to expand government at nearly every opportunity.

  9. Michael Holliday says

    Steve Calabrese Says:

    Hayworth is not to be trusted. He is a demagogue, who draws his power not from a record of honesty and integrity but rather from the pure hatred of McCain amongst many of the voters.
    _____

    If a 100% pro life rating is not integrity than nothing is.

    When JD applies this same fortitude and integrity to border security and the illegal alien issue, more good things will happen for Arizona!

    Warning: A vote for McCain is a vote for McCain!

  10. Wow!

    John has the NeoCon crowd behind him!

    The Weekly Standard, the post Buckley National Review and Fox News!

    This is the same bunch who want to “invite” aliens at home while “invading” them abroad!

    They’ve had their chance at government for the better part of the previous decade and failed miserably.

    It’s time for them to “pack it in” and take their minions with them!

    We need those who are willing to put principles to use rather than enunciating them every six years!

    McCain has flunked that test, over and over!

  11. JD Hayworth and John McCain were both in office from 2000-2006. In my book neither of them were an example of budget restraint (save in comparison to the current bunch).

  12. It seems we are supposed to pitch everything we believe because The National Review out of New York City has endorsed McCain for Arizona.

    That’s like being a Liberal Leftie – so insecure so need to wait for someone else to tell you what you should think.

    It’s like Starbucks coffee. It’s lousy, but everyone’s there self-consciously aware they are in Starbucks, self-consciously watching everyone else getting over-priced burned coffee with inedible snacks like Vegan chocolate chip cookies. Self-consciously checking out the make and model of the vehicles parked in front of it.

    Frikkin give me McDonald’s. Here’s your coffee, have-a-good-one. No one sits at McDonalds nibbling nervously, glancing around checking out if the right type of person is there.

    Likewise, who needs to be informed in “debate over” tones that a magazine you don’t read and don’t subscribe to has endorsed a candidate who is running on, “Forget about my record.” Um, why?
    Because … all … conservatives read NR? Isn’t that a … lazy … stereotype?

    Starbucks coffee tastes burned and is overpriced to pay for the decor and cutesy aprons, McCain has decades of co-sponsoring Democratic Party initiatives. Do we really need to scrounge up a five year-old to announce what everyone knows and won’t admit?

  13. Lydia D. says

    Wow what is it with you people who are throwing in the towel on JD? it will be easier to get rid of him in 6 years if he renegs and votes for excessive spending like a drunken liberal than it will be to extract McCain out od office after over 30 years. McShamnesty has inflicted enough pain on AZ and the rest of the country with his thug tactics and embedding with the left. Get him OUT of office! Now! Later will not come.

  14. Radical American Patriot says

    Oh Molly and Jacklyn M., Being endorsed by the National Review is the same as Obama being endorsed by Communist Party or Hugo Chavez/Fidel Castro!

    The Progressivism/Open Borders/Amnesty Loving elitists would MOST certainly love the Pretend Conservative who CLAIMS that he really wasn’t much of a “Maverick”! McCain’s ACU rating for the period 1999-2008 was a miserable 73%. Then suddenly, AFTER his votes become completely irrelevant McCain has a 96% positive record in 2009.

  15. Radical American Patriot says

    Thane, For some unfathomable reason you confuse the concept of a legislative body with a Dictator! It is totally hypocritical for you to state that EITHER of them can make Unilateral changes. Though the Progressive McCain certainly has more clout with his fellow progressives (McCain-Feingold, et al).

    JD Hayworth does have a very conservative voting record, registering a 98% lifetime ACU Rating for his 12 years in Congress. PLEASE don’t lump him in with McProgressive John!

    NOW, Obummer certainly is attempting to wield considerable dictatorial power.

  16. Jack Hammer says

    Rad American Pat:

    You don’t quite get the picture!

    The reason “Molly”/”Ann”, Travis, LD17, Jacklyn, Horst etc. oppose J.D. is because he HAS a 98% A.C.U. rating!

    And above all, because he would enforce immigration law which would cut into the incomes of their patrons!

    It’s as simple as that!

  17. These people that are endorsing McCain just don’t know what he really is. I am sick of McCain negative adds. JD has my vote.

  18. Radical American Patriot Says:
    June 28th, 2010 at 2:38 pm
    Thane, For some unfathomable reason you confuse the concept of a legislative body with a Dictator! It is totally hypocritical for you to state that EITHER of them can make Unilateral changes.
    ………

    Let’s not be too harsh on Thane. What’s left of his brain is focussed on legalizing drugs as the answer to cross-border cartel wars.

  19. Yea, legalization never eliminated a criminal mafia…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-first_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

    Yea.

  20. Molly Pitcher writes: “If ever we needed legislators who favor a resolute foreign policy and budget restraint, that time is now.” AND
    “(Posted using my personal computer, in my own home, on my own time, without any monetary or other compensation by or from anyone.)”
    _____

    My two favorite quotes of the day. Neither can be said of the Hayworth side.

  21. The folks at National Review know JD is a complete embarrassment to conservatives and rational thought. Of course they endorsed McCain.

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