To me, John McCain’s story is a sad one. As the Arizona GOP’s primary draws near, the difference in the polls– between McCain and J.D. Hayworth (his GOP contender)– have begun to close drastically. An April 17th poll concluded that Hayworth is within five points of catching up to McCain (and most political strategists would conclude that McCain’s chances of winning the primary are slim).
During the campaign, there was some truth to John McCain’s constant “maverick” rhetoric. He had been, at one point, a truly open-minded and progressive Republican. But as time has come and gone, he’s felt forced to move further and further to the right. His state is really a hot-spot right now because of its sudden ramp-up in anti-immigration law, and has triggered radical responses from both sides of the spectrum, all across the country.
In 2006, at a point in time when he was revving up for presidential race and really trying to appeal to the conservative base, he had still not compromised all his values. With Sen. Ted Kennedy (the Liberal Lion), he proposed a bill (S1033) that would– in time– put illegal immigrants on the road to legal citizenship. Yet, now, in a sad, desperate attempt to get one, last term in the Senate, his ideology has weakened.
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