It is not the critic who counts….

It is very easy to armchair quarterback, nit-pick and manipulate a story, then package your message to be appealing.  Anyone can sound good when they pick and choose the topics, script the dialogue, and set their own stage.   It is far more difficult to actually be “the guy”, no choices about who, what, when, or where…you must take on all comers.  Exposure comes when you must deal with real issues and make hard choices that will be subject to criticism by those who have no idea the effort involved or the sacrifice paid and won’t be held accountable for their opinions even when they are promoted as fact.

 This famous speech captures the sentiment well:

 It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

— Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic: The Man in the Arena” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France – April 23, 1910

John McCain is not perfect nor has he had a perfect career.  That is what is so hard about being human, none of us are.  But, he is the current voice of strength for conservative ideals in the Senate.  Scott Brown made that very clear last week when he singled out Senator John McCain in his acceptance speech.  I find it funny how appreciative conservatives where when they thought his relationship with Lieberman could be used to our benefit, but how quickly some turned it into a sign of defection when it suits a negative attack.   Sarah Palin is everyone’s darling based on her vision and beliefs, unless of course she would dare suggest she supports John McCain’s re-election.  She is either flawed or foolish…but she cannot be right?  

I do not believe this is the time for our energies to be spent on electing a different Republican when we have so much opportunity to elect NEW Republicans in Dem held seats.  I am not dissuaded with the twisted tales, selective snippets, or outright personal attacks.  Do I agree with everything he has ever done or said?  NO.  Is John McCain a bullheaded, hard-nosed, my way or the highway guy?  Probably.  Does he play hardball and expect you to be ready for it or get out of his way?  I think so.  Could it be those very attributes have uniquely placed for the time we are in to be a stalwart of Republican domination of the Democratic efforts?  Definitely!


  1. LD11 Rules says

    Wrong on virtually every count. McCain has sold out the Republican Party so many times on virtually every issue that matters, and his followers here in Arizona cause nothing but trouble, attacking the conservative base and working against the Arizona Republican Party at the county and state level.

    On those issues where McCain is conservative, so is JD. On the rest of the issues where McCain puts his “maverick” image ahead of our party’s, state’s, and nation’s interests, JD will not. Run JD Run!

    Where can I send the check!

  2. Sorry, the hypocracy is too thick in this post.

    ” I am not dissuaded with the twisted tales, selective snippets, or outright personal attacks.”

    Sure you are when it’s McCain or his people attacking other Republicans, such as the attack against the AZGOP and Randy Pullen by McCain folks.

    “Do I agree with everything he has ever done or said? NO.”

    Which do you agree with?
    -Shutting down gun shows
    -Unconstitutional campaign finance reform
    -Voting for the bailout
    -Opposing bringing home Vietnam POWs and MIAs
    all things McCain supported

    ” Is John McCain a bullheaded, hard-nosed, my way or the highway guy? Probably. Does he play hardball and expect you to be ready for it or get out of his way? ”

    Does he destroy people’s lives including his own people when it serve his purposes?


    Is he a personally not a nice human being?


  3. You forgot about McCain’s support of carbon dioxide emission cap and trade.

    How about voting against the Bush tax cuts!

    McCain flirted with running for VP as a Democrat with Kerry in 2004.

    Closing the detention center at Gitmo was one of his campaign pledges.

    McCain campaigns harder against Republicans than against Democrats. He was more enthusiastic about going after LD11 conservative PCs than going after Barak Obama in 2008.

    Republicans can do without McCain in the Senate. Admittedly, he is not as bad as an actual Democrat, but he is not as conservative (or even as Republican) as we deserve and can elect.

  4. People that blindly keep a senator in office who has betrayed Arizona and the Republican party so many times are part of the problem. We want someone who represents us, not someone who acts like he represents us until he is elected and then goes back to his old ways. It has happened too many times. Time to clean up the party.

  5. nightcrawler says

    Well said Molly. I agree.

  6. GOP Boomer Gal says

    I am far from a McCainiac, but I would rather have him in that seat than a Democrat. I don’t see JD winning the independent vote, and even losing among moderate Republicans; I’m afraid that seat will go to the Democrats if JD wins the primary.

  7. GOP Boomer Gal, you are exactly right.

  8. No one is asking for McCain to be perfect…and when JD goes to Senate he won’t be perfect either. However, AZ Conservatives will be represented much better than they are now.

  9. LD11 Rules says

    Anyone who thinks that Arizona is going to elect Rodney Glassman to the U.S. Senate is either a McCain plant trying to come up with some decent reason to not vote for Hayworth, or they’re just being dumb. For the 99% of you who are right now asking yourself “who is Rodney Glassman?”, thank you for making my point.

  10. Average Voter says

    Don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good.

  11. LD11 Rules says

    McCain is not good. Kyl is good (great on most things, a major disappointment on just a couple). McCain is a major disappointment on most things and good on just a couple.

    Also, I wouldn’t consider Hayworth perfect by any means either, but he’ll be a reliable conservative and a loyal team player here in Arizona. McCain will continue to betray us here and in DC as he has for so many years.

    Hayworth would be good, McCain is bad. By all means, let the good be the enemy of the bad.

  12. LD11 Rules…The Haneyville inhabitants that subscribe to the slash and burn politics of personal attacks are a pox on the party.

    The self-promoting self-aggrandizing sect is irrelevant outside the confines of your little corner of the world.

    Bring on JD with his ragged voting record. A fiscal conservative he is not. What will the Tea Partiers say when they see the big guy was also a big spender?

  13. JD will NEVER make it to the US Senate. He couldn’t even keep his House seat. We lose with Foghorn Leghorn.

  14. The only reason that Rodney Glassman or some other similar near unknown is going to be the likely Democrat nominee in the race is entirely because John McCain is considered unbeatable in the general election. Hayworth is a much different story.

    If Hayworth shows any real strength in the next couple of months against McCain, expect a much bigger name Democrat to get in the race.

    Taking it for granted that this is a Republican Senate seat is beyond foolish even in the current political climate. This seat is very winnable for Democrats if Hayworth is the nominee.

  15. Publius…you are right on. This is the Dems dream! Have JD come in, force a fight, and drain resources from other races. They run someone who can beat JD in the open general just in case. With the bloody primary, the Dems can save all kinds of money on opposition research.

    The only good thing that might come out of this is when McCain wallops JD in a statewide race it will silence the rowdy, rude, and rotten might-makes-right faction of the county and state GOP.


    Why anyone thinks he’s of any use in the Senate is beyond me.

    I’d rather take the hit now from the Dems and get McCain out of there and rebuild later stronger, faster, better.

    Time to retire, John. Help us all out.

    He’s embarassing at this point.

    The reason he wins against Dems is because Dems vote for him because they like him as he is nice and liberal.

  17. Oberserve writes:
    “I’d rather take the hit now from the Dems and get McCain out of there and rebuild later stronger, faster, better.”

    Are you saying you would let the Dems win if it meant getting rid of McCain?

    Rebuild…stronger…faster…better? Those are empty words with no reality in the real world. Delusional and destructive.

    At a time when we have Pelosi leading the House and Obama as POTUS, we have the wind at our backs to counter their dominance. Yet, you would give that up, for at least 6 years, just to get rid of one man? You would risk letting the Dems hold House seats from AZ when we are in the best position to retake them?

    And what laws are passed, what SCOTUS appointments made, and liberties denied during this “rebuilding” phase?

    No, thank you!

    I have long held there are a few hard core McCain haters, the Haney disciples, who would work to see conservative effort denied if it means showing John McCain just who is boss.

  18. I am a Constitution disciple. I serve my party and my state by following the Constitution.

    John McCain plays the service and sactifice cards while he works against our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    He has consistently worked against both the First and Second Amendments and has been the main sponsor of bills to destroy our Sovereignty.

    I do not blindly follow anyone and I keep vigilant regarding the actions of others. Based on that foundation, I find that Haney has been much more in line with the Constitution and, therefore, is much more in alignment with my values.

    I am sorry that McCain has acted in a way that is in conflict with the Constitution, but that has been his choice. His legacy wil be defined by his actions, not by his supporters OR his opponents.

  19. Ann, re #17,

    McCain is a Democrat. So having him in or a Dem in makes no difference. So, yes, I’d rather get rid of the barbarian within the gates attacking us so we can then focus in a united fashion on the barbarians outside of the gates.

    Right now, you are fighting against your own city-state, killing your fellow citizens behind your barbarian inside of the gates.

  20. By the way, in light of the posts and comments over the last week, I find this first statement of the blog poster Molly Pitcher the irony of all ironies,

    “It is very easy to armchair quarterback, nit-pick and manipulate a story”

    How about the story where people with zero evidence made wild allegations against the Arizona Republican Party and its chairman? Where those people knew they were lying and revelled in (manipulating the story) getting otherwise honest people who didn’t know anything about the situation to pile on?

    Of course there was nothing to the story and now it’s all over. IT was all lies.

    Now that the McCain onslaught against the party and chairman has failed, the McCain side attempts to appear that they never did anything and even writes a post like this in admonishing others not to do it!?!?!?!

    The gall is beyond unbelievable.

    It’s downright EVIL.

    Yes, it is.

  21. Ann, publius and the other mccain plants name me the dem who will run for that race knowing there is a good chance they face mccain and lose and would just be hoping JD wins the primary??

    I would agree with you if you can enter the race after the primary but you can’t do that!

    Who would be willing to have a 60% chance of being a sacraficial lamb and getting killed by mccain in just a HOPE of facing jd?

    It would be political suicide for a dem to do that. And even if they get jd to me its about 40-60 that they win and that’s with a strong dem like phil gordon…

    This is a horrible argument because no dem in their right mind is willing to jump in the race in hoping that mccain loses. So please mccain lovers try another argument.

  22. El Mexicano says

    Are you serious? McCain is a progressive through and through. If he wins the primary I’ll seriously consider a third party candidate. If he wins the primary with the backing of the establishment then I’ll definitely work against him.

    McCain is actively working to destroy the Tea Party movement in multiple state! Florida, Colorado, California. What is this lady talking about?

  23. El Mexicano says

    “Publius…you are right on. This is the Dems dream! Have JD come in, force a fight, and drain resources from other races. They run someone who can beat JD in the open general just in case. With the bloody primary, the Dems can save all kinds of money on opposition research.

    The only good thing that might come out of this is when McCain wallops JD in a statewide race it will silence the rowdy, rude, and rotten might-makes-right faction of the county and state GOP.”

    A bloody primary is McCain’s fault not anyone else’s, he brought this upon himself.

  24. The folks on this blog talking about being disciples and about killing (#18 and #19) are truly scary irrational folks. Their blind hatred is hurting the party.

    It’s ironic that one of the reasons that JD lost his seat was because this type of all- or-nothing thinking depleted his support and allowed Mitchell to win.

    If these nut bags ruin the Tea Party movement by making it into a party of hate and desruction, it won’t last. This type of hate does nothing but destroy. It may have some “victories” before it goes down, but it will go down.

  25. Travis,

    I guess the grammar school concepts of similie and methaphor escape you. I think I leared about them in the 5th grade.

    If you like I know some good tutors who can help you shore up some basic language and grammar concepts if you missed them in junior high. Just let me know.

  26. Oberserve:

    I completely understand the use of similes and metaphors (I also know how to spell them.)

    What one learns immediately after 5th grade is the wisdom of learning the time, place and appropriateness of certain language. Just ask any 6th grader.

  27. well said Molly, well said

  28. Stephen Kohut says

    Travis either fails to understand or chooses to ignore the foundation of the Tea Party which is The Constitution as explained in the Federalist Papers, The Bill of Rights and The Declaration of Independence. RJ (#18) is spot on when he says that McCain’s actions show his disregard for the 1st and 2nd Amendments. McCain shortcoming continue with amensty for criminal aliens, “crap and tax”, etc. It is a list that any liberal Democrat would be proud of.

    Will the Tea Party support McCain? A snowball’s chance in …. Will the Tea Party support a challenger? Almost assuredly one that fulfills their principles. Travis sounds like the latest incarnation of RINO, McCainiac, etc. to fill up space on SA.

    As for the Tea Party going away, that is very unlikely since there are enough new GOP PC’s from the Tea Party that they and the incumbent conservative PC’s have the numbers to take firm control of most counties as well as the state GOP after the next cycle of leadership elections end in early 2011. Tea Party fade away? No. Tea Party take control of the AZ GOP through their new PC’s? Yep. The precinct committeeman project marches on.

  29. That travis boy ain’t right…

  30. Mr. Kohut:

    You don’t own the Tea Party. The Tea Party cannot be owned or controlled. You will find that out soon enough.

    I am just as involved with the movement as you are. Remember, you don’t know me.

    Stop acting like you’re the only one who has read the founding documents, the history and all of the surrounding documents.

    Finally, stop acting like you own SA. You don’t. If you did, all disssent would cease. How would that fit into the founding documents that you profess to know and understand?

  31. Stephen Kohut says

    Well, well, well. Looks like Travis has a temper and does not like constitutional conservatives like RJ (#18) or me taking up space in SA’s blogs. You come across as upset that others are playing in what you feel is your personal blogging pond with opinions that you dislike. Welcome to the heated discourse of politics. Get over it or go whine elsewhere.

    My comments and observations on the Tea Party in AZ are based on involvement with multiple groups in more than one metro area, their leadership and working on the precinct committeeman project with others in multiple counties.

    DO I know how involved you are in the TP? No. You state I don’t know and on that basis I have no idea if you truely are involved to any extent in the Tea Party and 9-12 movements. For all I know you are just another RINO wrapping themselves in conservative cloth when they blog. I’m very easy to find at TP and 9-12 meetings and many conservative websites other than SA.

    Have I ever claimed to own or control the Tea Party or SA? No. I comment and blog based on my observations and political opinions. If you disagree, then post your observations and opinions. We are each welcome to our owm opinons. If you don’t like mine, tough.

  32. Mr. Kohut:

    Are you completely unaware that you keep telling people to shut up and go away? You are constantly telling people what they believe, what they think and what they should do. You don’t need facts or consistency either.

    This is the whole point about the rift in the Republican Party. The 100-percenters who want to tear the Party apart based on 10% of the issues and only pertaining to the few they choose.

    Are you unaware that you are threatening the AZ Republican Party (take-over, destroying people who don’t agree with you). You shouldn’t expect to do and say the things you do unopposed.

    Most of your posts are personal attacks, irrational reasoning and projecting your own flaws on others.

    I will continue to point out this non-sense as long as it continues. It is important because the state and county leadership, who you follow and support, are kings among this same style.

    Keep posting, it’s very telling. I’m not mad; I’m glad all of you are posting. It is helpful to know what you’re doing and how you think.

  33. Democrat Diva says

    I, for one, am very excited about JD Hayworth running. We are not able to take out John McCain on our own, and haven’t really tried (because it would be a gigantic waste of $$). But, if JD were to beat John McCain, we would have no trouble winning. AZ Dem’s will finally gain a US Senate seat! Join me in supporting JD Hayworth!

  34. Stephen Kohut says


    I state my opinion and take issue with the opinion of those I disagree with. My positions are consistent. If think otherwise then point out where. If you take issue with the facts or data I present then prove them wrong.

    Regarding the proper direction for the GOP, I recommend you read Reagan’s 3/1/1975 speach to CPAC in full. Here it is in part.

    Reagan 3/1/75

    I don‘t know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, “We must broaden the base of our party”—when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.

    Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?

    A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.

    I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.

    I and many others constitutional conservatives are following Reagan’s 1975 call to action and his recommendations for the party. I would rather stand with Reagan than the “moderate” “big tent” RINO’s who feel threated by the reawakening of the party’s grassroots and their dire predictions of the death of the GOP should it actually follow its own conservative platform.

    Do we expect the RINO’s to let this happen unopposed? No. That is evident in:

    1 – McCain’s failed attempt to take control of the AZ GOP’s 2010 Election funds with his “Victory Arizona Plan” that went public and got killed by the state executive committee.
    2 – The tempest in a teapot of false accusations on the internet of FEC and accounting voilations by Randy Pullen and Tim Lee pushed by McCain shills such as Phil Townsend, the Yuma Chairman. This also failed.

    We do not expect victory without a fight but we expect to be victorous in the long run because we have the numbers in the PC roles to take control during the county and state leadership election cycle between now and Jan 2011. That is just a straight numbers game and we have them. If in doubt, please check out the 1/16 MCRC elections for “memebers at large” where the conservative platform won in a 3 to 1 blowout.

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