And we thought the tea party was on the run and Ted Cruz were on the run for daring not to cave in to President Obama’s every demand and allowing the federal government to shut down for 18 days? Didn’t John McCain’s tut-tuts and fellow Minority Leader Mitch McConnell-led establishment Republicans all too vicious and all too public smack-downs forever banish tea partiers from serious influence over party leadership? In a word, no.
Tired of hearing their senior U.S. Senator only focus righteous indignation against fellow Republicans and betrayed by McCain’s reversal of a campaign promise to oppose amnesty until a border fence is completed, the most grassroots of Republicans, precinct committeemen, from McCain’s home base of Phoenix and its Maricopa County delivered their own all too vicious and all too public retort:
At the annual mandatory meeting of the Maricopa County Republican Committee Saturday, a resolution censuring Sen. John McCain was overwhelming passed by the elected precinct committeemen (PCs) representing the county seat of Phoenix…Committeemen representing the Republican voters are elected on primary ballots from the precincts within state legislative districts.
The vote to censure McCain passed overwhelmingly — 1,150 in support with only 351 opposed.
Arizona’s entire Republican Congressional delegation attended the meeting. U.S. Reps. Paul Gosar, (CD-4); Matt Salmon, (CD-5); David Schweikert, (CD-6) and Trent Franks (CD-8) were warmly received by the committeemen. The Representatives gave rousing speeches that resonated with the PCs. As always, popular Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was greeted with loud cheers. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake did not attend.
Those from the House of Lords refused to rub elbows with the commoners or did Flake and McCain they know that less than 25% of fellow republicans there would refuse to censure him? While all of McCain’s fellow Arizona Republican representatives looked on, he was politically tarred and feathered.
Yes, moderate Republicans still have the votes to squelch the wishes of the conservative voters that out them in leadership; but if 2014 proves to be Mid-term GOP Landslide II, the Boehner and McConnell era could end. Couldn’t much the same case made below also be made against them:
“As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare…”
RESOLUTION #8: Senator John McCain Censured by Arizona’s Republican Leadership — As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:
– Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, liberal nominees, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment; and
– Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and
– Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and
– Whereas McCain has abandoned our values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party, therefore
– BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican Committee censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation, and
– BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.
How McCain treats conservatives:
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson