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The second end of J.D. Hayworth’s political career

In a few short hours, Arizona Republican voters will do voters in Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District did four years ago, end the career of one of the biggest buffoons in American politics:  J.D. Hayworth.  This man comes straight from liberal central casting of what a conservative is like.  He may have the right (in our opinion) views on certain issues, but he expresses them in ways which invite ridicule.

And he just looks stupid, like the football player who took a few too many hits which impaired his cognitive abilities.

He’s like Foghorn Leghorn, but without the cunning.

That said, the folks at CNN were bending over backwards to portray in a favorable light the man who is attempting to deprive John McCain of the Republican nomination for the Arizona Senate seat.  Ol’ Jessica Yellin lamented how the Republican incumbent had described the former Congressman as a “huckster”, hinting a nasty campaign by the 2008 GOP standard bearer.  She didn’t mention how the once and future talk show host recorded infomercials where he advised people how they could get “free money” from the government.

Nor did she note how he was a champion of pork-barrel politics.  Now, I know there are many reasons for conservatives to be upset with John McCain, but, in this of all years, to have a former politician with a record to the four-term incumbent’s left on spending issues try to run as the conservative choice is really rich.  I mean, on earmarks at least, McCain has held true to conservative principles, in both rhetoric — and practice.

Well, Hayworth did get the Republican incumbent to spend $20 million to hold the seat.  Interesting.  No wonder Yellin was flacking for the right-wing buffoon.  That’s $20 million that could have helped Republicans defeat entrenched Democratic incumbents.

NB:  Tweaked the post to correct a typo and improve the flow.

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  1. Hayworth is the yokel who likened same-sex marriage to a human being marrying a horse. That he was willing to damage the GOP to pursue his own ambitions surprises few in Arizona. He has never given the slightest impression that he thinks about anybody besides himself.

    He started out as a Phoenix-area TV sports newscaster. I would, indeed, not be surprised if before that he had been a football player who took too many hits to the head.

    Good riddance if he is gone from politics at last.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 24, 2010 @ 7:00 pm - August 24, 2010

  2. I predict the next to fall will be Sharron Angel. She is running a horrible campaign. She comes off as even more Messianic than Obama usually does. Her sole focus on her religiosity is eclipsing her other accomplishments, and will be her undoing.

    I posted about this here.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 24, 2010 @ 7:11 pm - August 24, 2010

  3. If she’s running such a horrible campaign, how come the polls in NV are closing. And I think you’re way off about the focus of her campaign.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 24, 2010 @ 7:24 pm - August 24, 2010

  4. Angle’s ads are really straight & too the point about Reid. Reid’s attempt to tear her down as the narrative is not holding; Angle is tearing down Reid.

    Sharron Angle is no J.D. Hayworth, although I still want to see RINO Senator McCain gone given he cannot be trusted. McCain will take Arlen Specter’s political knife & use it for himself on Republicans. McCain will be the “Maverick” MSM doormat once more for another 6 years.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — August 24, 2010 @ 7:32 pm - August 24, 2010

  5. If she’s running such a horrible campaign, how come the polls in NV are closing. And I think you’re way off about the focus of her campaign.

    Because Harry Reid has finally been exposed as being just that bad.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 24, 2010 @ 7:55 pm - August 24, 2010

  6. The only downside to this is Landslide McCain goes back to the Senate for another six years of back-stabbing.

    Comment by V the K — August 24, 2010 @ 8:00 pm - August 24, 2010

  7. There are many good Republicans in Arizona who could challenge McCain six years from now. Somebody (besides “Jethro” Hayworth) just needs to do it.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 24, 2010 @ 8:11 pm - August 24, 2010

  8. Sharron Angle was, until this month, ahead of Reid in the polls. She’s trnding down, not up.

    Just today, another gaff has surfaced. Now, some might not have a problem with the radio hosts statement, and her agreeing with it, but at some point she will now have to expand on these remarks, and I don’t see anything from her campaign that show me she has the political skills to maneuver through a political minefield. She only seems to be able to create them.

    You want proof? She will not take questions at campaign stops and runs from the media. And she wouldn’t give interviews to media outlets for this reason:

    Angle: “We needed to have the press be our friend.”

    Cameron: “Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend…?”

    Angle: “Well, truly–”

    Cameron: “That sounds naive.”

    Angle: “Well, no. We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.”

    Cameron: [speechless, laughs]

    The video is here. Note that the source is National review.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 24, 2010 @ 8:15 pm - August 24, 2010

  9. We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.”

    I’d call that refreshingly honest, coming from a politician.

    Comment by V the K — August 24, 2010 @ 8:45 pm - August 24, 2010

  10. Yup, but, Sonic, the trend in recent weeks has been up. She trended down earlier in the summer after Reid had run a series of blistering ads attacking her.

    As to the WaPo “gaffe” from a year ago, well, it seems once again the good folks in the MSM are doing Harry Reid’s opposition research for him.

    Wonder if they’ll cover all the gaffes that Democrat has made.

    Now, I do believe voters in the Silver State would be better served by another Republican, but, in the end, the election will be about Harry Reid. And you’ll note that all these gaffes are “old news”–not things she’s said in recent days.

    Sometimes, Sonic, I wonder about you–how when I do a post on J.D. Hayworth, you’re ready to rush in and attack the only person able to remove the real symbol of an out-of-touch Democrat from the United States Congress.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — August 24, 2010 @ 8:46 pm - August 24, 2010

  11. I’ve been begging for candidates more like real people. Instead of the constant canned polititian answers to questions. Actually they answer the question they wanted asked not ….well you get the idea.
    Straight talking regular people like Angle and Sarah I find better than the slick bs from regular pols. Here’s to more of em.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — August 24, 2010 @ 8:50 pm - August 24, 2010

  12. Sometimes, Sonic, I wonder about you–how when I do a post on J.D. Hayworth, you’re ready to rush in and attack the only person able to remove the real symbol of an out-of-touch Democrat from the United States Congress.

    Don’t get me wrong, I can’t stand HR, and think he is one of the most incompetent Senator in my lifetime…. OK. That may be too harsh, considering I’m saddled with Ma’am. That said, I will be equally unhappy if the Conservatives are saddled with another embarrassment, who seems to have a knack for self destructing.

    Gene, the “regular person” idea has a downside. For every one Truman you get, you end up with twelve Maxine Waters.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — August 24, 2010 @ 9:25 pm - August 24, 2010

  13. I’m not a big McCain fan but very much wanted him to beat Hayworth. “Buffoon” sums him up just about right.

    “We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.”

    Isn’t she just taking a page from how the Democrats do it?

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — August 24, 2010 @ 9:45 pm - August 24, 2010

  14. “And he just looks stupid, like the football player who took a few too many hits which impaired his cognitive abilities.”

    So what makes JD Hayworth different than any other Republican????

    Comment by steve — August 24, 2010 @ 9:47 pm - August 24, 2010

  15. Everyone already knows the GOP is fucking nuts except their dead-enders (I’ll admit there are a lot of them). The GOP brand is already in the toilet. Hell, W. ran against the GOP on his bullshit “compassionate conservative” platform even in 2000. At the end of the day, what matters is what did the Democrats do when it was their turn. Did they play Kum Bay Yah ass with the GOP and bankers and keep the powder dry or did they act like Democrats?

    Comment by steve — August 24, 2010 @ 10:03 pm - August 24, 2010

  16. Dan,

    It looks like your Blog is inhabited by a troll who says nothing orinal nor stays on topic.

    I mean, he is re-cycling a complaint used by the Democrats against Rep. Kemp when he was in Congress!

    Can’t you appeal to Soros for more original Trolls who can actually argue in good faith? Or did they all lose there jobs during “recovery summer?”

    Comment by JSF — August 24, 2010 @ 10:56 pm - August 24, 2010

  17. Steve, thanks for the cogent analysis.

    A few predictions…

    Sharron Angle will beat Harry Reid by about five points. She’s at about parity at the moment, and I think those hoping she will run an embarrassing campaign that loses her the election will be disappointed. Harry is done.

    McCain will not run for another term six years from now. But assuming I’m wrong, he will lose a primary challenge if he reverts to his McCain-Feingold/McCain-Kennedy ways. He will, however, survive any primary challenge if his maverick days are over. (This is not to say there aren’t good reasons to sometimes go against the party.) I still say he retires though.

    Comment by chad — August 24, 2010 @ 11:25 pm - August 24, 2010

  18. Did they play Kum Bay Yah ass with the GOP and bankers and keep the powder dry or did they act like Democrats?

    They do what liberals always do: Pretend to be Conservative to get elected, give the finger to the American people, run to the left and do whatever the hell they want to do while lining their pockets.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — August 25, 2010 @ 1:20 am - August 25, 2010

  19. Hayworth seemed odd and I am glad that he did not win, but I wanted McCain out as well. There is a whole state and that was it? Those were the best two? Another six years of him being one step above Lindsey Graham? Please Lord, 2014 Lindsey Graham out on his ass!

    Comment by Holly — August 25, 2010 @ 6:50 am - August 25, 2010

  20. “There is a whole state and that was it? Those were the best two?”

    Of course not. As I asserted in an earlier comment, there are many good people the GOP could have run for this office. One of the things Arizona Republicans are going to need to do is to stop standing pat and living in the past. We can’t go on pretending that the last decade didn’t happen.

    I think McCain was elected because he almost beat Obama (therefore voters wished to show their remorse that he didn’t) and because Hayworth is such a boob that not enough voters wanted him instead. It was Tweedledum vs. Tweedledee once again.

    This was how America got into this mess in the first place. The 2008 presidential election was also Tweedledum vs. Tweedledee. Both of whom thought more big government was the remedy for all our woes.

    Arizona — the land of Goldwater — needs to remember what he stood for. It’s exactly what we want, and what we need. Surely there are some potential candidates in our state who stand for the same things: who respect the people enough to let us run our own lives, who believe the private sector offers better solutions than the government, who understand that we are capable of hearing the truth without varnish and doing the hard work necessary to make this country great again.

    Comment by Lori Heine — August 25, 2010 @ 2:34 pm - August 25, 2010

  21. He’s like Foghorn Leghorn, but without the cunning.

    LOL!!!

    Comment by The Ugly American — August 25, 2010 @ 4:04 pm - August 25, 2010

  22. #15 huh….?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — August 25, 2010 @ 5:35 pm - August 25, 2010

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