Every once in a while, John McCain makes sense


Most of my many mentions of John McCain here over the past five years have been uncomplimentary, to put it mildly.

But there are occasions when the old coot merits praise for actually living up to the nickname Mr. Straight Talk.

Consider THIS, for example:

Moments after immigration reform passed the Senate Thursday by a whopping 68-32 vote, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gently nudged his House colleagues to do what it takes to ensure the success of a comprehensive overhaul.

“We will be doing whatever we can to convince our colleagues in a respectful manner,” he told a handful of reporters just off the Senate floor. “None of our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol like to be talked down to or given tutorials. They have their own views and we respect them. And we need to have a respectful dialogue.”

The Arizona Republican is a crucial figure in the reform effort — a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators that struck the deal that formed the foundation of the legislation. Much has been made about the GOP’s death spiral with Hispanic voters, the country’s fastest-growing demographic, which resoundingly voted for Barack Obama twice.

TPM asked McCain if Republicans can recover in 2016 if the overhaul falters and if the party nominates a pro-immigration candidate. He took a deep breath and shook his head.

“No,” he said.

Despite his leading role in pushing immigration reform in 2006 and 2007, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee lost the Latino vote, in no small part because the the Republican Party had thwarted reform. McCain took a hard right on immigration policy during his own reelection bid in 2010, before coming back around after the 2012 election.


McCain responded to GOP operatives’ plans to campaign against vulnerable Democratic senators over their immigration reform votes.

“All I can say is that maybe they ought to look back at what happened in 2012 and 2008 with the Hispanic voters and then maybe they ought to reevaluate what they are saying,” he said. “There’s plenty of issues that separate Republicans and Democrats but … 70, 80 percent, depending on which polls you judge by, are in favor of what we’re trying to do.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee had reportedly indicated that it would target Democrats over the issue, but spokesman Brad Dayspring later denied it and said the NRSC has “no plans” to do so.



  1. The sad part is they don’t want to do what is right. They want to do what will help them get elected. sigh

  2. expdoc

    Silly Joe. He doesn’t understand politicians at all. I suspect he even thinks his left wing heroes only do what is right and good for all of mankind and they have been self sacrificingly been focused laser beam like on doing “what is right”.


  3. Apple doc. My left wing heros? Who are my left wing heros? What part of my comment singled out one party as right, and singled out one party as wrong? Do you like when people put words in your mouth? I sure don’t like it.

    Please show me a post where i praised a democrat. Pat may be able to dig one up but I been posting here for a long while now, but i even doubt that. 99% of my post are anti both parties. I don’t like any of them and if you are going to speak for me please get it right.

    Like I have said before the only difference between a democrat and a republican is the color of their tie.

  4. John McCain never makes sense!!!!!!! He’s just an old bitter warmonger nothing else

  5. Of course McCain makes sense, to a Democrat. It’s political suicide (for Republicans) to buy into S744. McCain’s problem is he believes the line that R’s will get some of the Hispanic vote if they accept this amnesty scheme. It won’t. Does anyone really believe that D’s want to help R’s get more of the Hispanic vote? Fact is, if R’s got 80 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012, they still would have lost the election. “Comprehensive immigration” is the dog chasing his tail where the R’s are concerned. And that makes people like Pat happy as a clam.

  6. Ross: Bigoted sentiments like yours probably make Ronald Reagan spin in his grave. His party has moved way too far to the radical right, thanks to people like you.

  7. Pat, WTF is bigoted about what I said? R’s could stand on their head and spit free amnesty certificates and they still won’t get over 30 percent of the Hispanic vote. That’s a demographic fact. Dems have that demo locked up, same as the black vote over 90 percent. It doesn’t mean that R’s don’t want them. It’s just that the way to appeal to them isn’t to mimic what the Dems do, because conservatives don’t believe that they are a helpless and hopeless population that can’t survive or thrive w/o special consideration like liberals do. That’s what makes their (the Dem’s) argument so powerful, “republicans want to take away your (fill in the blank).” Conservatives just aren’t demagogues and don’t play the race card, by nature, like liberals do.

    Conservatives would rather see all people reach their God-given potential, regardless of ethnicity. Anyone that believes that they can’t do that without Big Brother is the bigot, Pat.

    I appreciate your faux sincerity to help republicans increase that demo share of the vote, but adopting S744 isn’t going to change how they vote. It will, however, legalize over 20 million undocumented democrats.

    Have you seen the recent polls that say 80 percent of the illegals would support democrats? At 80/20, I think the motivation for comprehensive immigration reform is evident.

    Now ask yourself this. If, like Obama claims, all these illegals are hiding in the shadows, how is it that the pollsters have no trouble finding them? They don’t need to be baited with amnesty, or citizenship, to get them out of the shadows. That notion is just another straw man argument your side is using to solidify political power for generations to come.

  8. Ronald Reagan tried amnesty. But it was the Democrats that reneged on their promise to secure the border. If Reagan were alive today, he wouldn’t be fooled twice.

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