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January 08, 2009

McCain Gets Back To Destroying the GOP

According to a report in The Hill (A familiar McCain back on old stomping ground), failed Presidential candidate Senator John McCain, fresh off of running a terrible losing campaign, is back to his old tricks up on Capitol Hill:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), fresh off his disappointing bid for the White House, returned to a familiar role in the Senate on Wednesday, shaking up his own party and reaching across the aisle to Democrats.

In a span of hours, McCain told Republicans in a closed-door meeting they needed to tone down the party’s anti-immigration rhetoric, then appeared at a news conference with his old friend Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) to lead a bipartisan call to crack down on earmarks.

“I am tickled pink to be here on stage with him,” said Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.), who stood with McCain, Feingold and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to call for new transparency requirements for members seeking earmarks. McCaskill was a key supporter of President-elect Obama during his campaign against McCain. Prior to his presidential run, McCain had rattled many in his party by striking deals with Democrats on contentious matters. That included his work with Feingold on the landmark campaign finance law that bears their name, and a failed attempt with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) to pass legislation that would have put millions of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

On the second day of the 111th Congress, McCain touched those raw nerves again while embarking on the next chapter in his well-documented political career.

At the all-day, private GOP meeting at the Library of Congress, McCain told colleagues their poor image among Hispanics, which he attributed to bitter intra-party squabbles over immigration reform, dealt his campaign a devastating blow.

No, Senator, you lost not because of immigration, but because you were a terrible candidate - the worst the GOP could have chosen last year, especially against someone like Barack Obama. Besides, you are at your so-called 'best' when attacking conservatives and Republicans. Voters saw through your embracing of the same during your Presidential campaign, and rejected you.

I often felt during last year's campaign that McCain was the lesser of two evils, but just barely. When he lost to Obama, I was not terribly disappointed. I was more alarmed at the losses that the GOP suffered in the House and Senate.

The Republican Party has only itself to blame for the Democrats having control of all seats of power in Washington. John McCain is a part of that problem, not part of the solution.