Senator McCain Town Hall in Gilbert

Senator John McCain attended a town hall in Gilbert today. When asked about his recent statement on the Tea Party, this was his response:


  1. John McCain has honorably served his country and deserves respect.
    His record on federal spending is clear and can be seen in the impact that he has made in keeping federal spending down over the many terms that he has served in the Senate.

    Just look at the record to see what an outstanding job of curbing spending he has done. It has really come down during his tenure, right?

  2. You all should call his office and request a sit down meeting with your Senator to get an idea of the kind of representation that he is willing to give you.

  3. MesaConservative21 says

    Don’t blame the tea party:

    “Many commonsense Americans like myself saw this day coming. In fact, in June 2010, Rick Santelli articulated the view of independent Tea Party patriots everywhere when he shouted on CNBC, “I want the government to stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! STOP SPENDING!” So, how shamelessly cynical and dishonest must one be to blame this inevitable downgrade on the very people who have been shouting all along “stop spending”? Blaming the Tea Party for our credit downgrade is akin to Nero blaming the Christians for burning Rome. Tea Party Americans weren’t the ones “fiddling” while our country’s fiscal house was going up in smoke. In fact, we commonsense fiscal conservatives were the ones grabbing for the extinguishers while politically correct politicians and their cronies buried their heads in what soon became this bonfire.”

  4. He just implied that people who took offense didn’t understand. The “you’re dumb” defense.

    Not too bright when it was the small, least of them, underrated and dismissed HOBBITS who SAVED Middle Earth.

    Anyone in his brilliant staff actually READ Lord of the Rings or “GET” the movie? Evidently not, but lots of OTHER people HAVE actually READ it.

    Anyone over at McCain HQ “get” that Gollum used to be Smeagol, who was once actually a reasonably ok hobbitish guy who went selfish, nasty, back-stabbing, undermining, two-faced BAD when he got a hold of the RIng?

    Who was the fool who had the “Good Idea Fairy” clonk ’em in the head for advising to go the “Hobbit” route? Senator Gollum McCain. “Nasty Hobbists, always ruining everything!”

    • Conservative Guy says

      You lost me

      • McCain lost me at the Keating Five and he wasn’t even my senator then. Been trying to come up with what IS it about McCain that could be described concisely. Thanks to him and his ace staff, he provided the one word summary: Gollum.

        Anyone from the military knows about the dreaded “Good Idea Fairy.”

    • LOL! Have you in your brilliance actually read the Wall Street Journal article that Senator McCain was reading that contained the Hobbit reference? Did you “get” the article? Evidently not!

      The point of the Hobbit comment in the Wall Street Journal article that McCain read was not to dismiss the Tea Party as a bunch of insignificant Hobbits. The point of the Hobbit reference was to compare the end game of Republican opponents of the Boehner plan to a fantasy story. Of course the Hobbits saved Middle Earth. The article is basically stating that the opponents of the Boehner plan see the Tea Party as humble underdogs who would save America just as the Hobbits saved Middle Earth. The article is also clearly stating that the idea that the alternative proposals to the Boehner plan would be successful in getting a better outcome and would force the Democrats to vote for a balanced budget amendment is unrealistic wishful thinking comparable to the happy ending of fictional literature. In other words, reality is not a Tolkien novel.

      You can agree with the Wall Street Journal’s analysis or not. But my impression is that you and about 95% of the other people complaining about the Hobbit reference only paid attention to the words “Tea Party Hobbits” and then ignored the entire analysis of the Wall Street Journal and the rest of John McCain’s comments. The reaction has just been “Oh my gosh! Can you believe that McCain said Tea Party Hobbits?!”. It hasn’t been anything cogent about the arguments made by either the Wall Street Journal or John McCain.

      • Then it behooved McCain to very nicely explain what he meant, like give a few important minutes to clarify his point to his constituents, convey that the media wasn’t projecting his drift, AND more importantly convey he is concerned that his constituents are getting a very plain message from the media reporting. No, he acted annoyed and rude. It’s HIS fault he’s generating this reaction. He’s supposed to be ace experienced politician, but he’s displaying entitlement bile. He’s not hiding his impatience with being asked anything, and he COULD have used that give and take time to WIN OVER the audience to his position.
        “I’m sorry you don’t get it” is an insult.

  5. Please tell m what idiots voted fro him?

    Bob he has worn out his welcome, he gets the same respect he gives us, Oh that is none. It is time for the old troll to leave office resign and allow us representation from somone who listens to his constituents.

  6. Now, now… Gollum McCain has only been coveting the ring since around 1986.

    He couldnt have been twisted and corrupted by the evil powers of the city of Sauron in such a short time.

  7. NEWS FLASH!!!!………..J.D. lost. Get over it.

  8. Its fun to see him finally say what he thinks about these nut jobs. You can tell he just wants to smack one of them in the head.

  9. Hey Joe – just because JD is an idiot that couldnt get enough votes, doesnt automatically make McCain a conservative.
    McCain has run his senate office like an imperial palace for several terms. He doesnt fit in with todays environment where our elected representatives should be accountable and accessible.
    The only time you see him in any type of discussion with a voter is in a group meeting like that Gilbert town hall. A real representative would actually make time to meet with the people. The only “people” that get one on one time with McCain are lobbyists.
    If he ever made his meeting schedule public he would embarrass himself.

    • Gollum deep inside the mountain, hiding from the world, clutching his Senate seat, “My precioussss,” while ghoulish orcs control the gloomy corridors,hoping for a bit of that power, too, attacking anyone who dares approach.

      Can’t call people “Hobbits” without all the epic story that goes with it, plus the prequel in which the nice, ordinary, very average Hobbit Baggins manages to slip the Ring from Gollum who’d by slithery guile and secretive hoarding managed to keep it from everyone else for 500 years.

      Uh, oh. No wonder McCain’s worried. His staff should have read more than just the back covers of the trilogy.

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