Arizona GOP Censures McCain for being too liberal

Even though one species (1960s style moderate Republicans) is extinct, some of the Republican Party is still RINO hunting even though one species (21st century perceived-as-moderate Republicans who’d be considered traditional conservatives 20 years ago) is greatly endangered. Clearly the goal is to purify the party. The latest target: Arizona Sen. John McCain who the AP reports has been censured by the state party for being too liberal:

The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.

The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate.

THE IMMEDIATE MEANING: McCain has been taken to task, as if that will have any impact whatsoever on what he says or does.

THE LONGTERM IMPACT: It continues to feed the ongoing image of the Republican Party as a party that’s intolerant to those who don’t echo the sound bites of talk radio hosts, Fox News and conservative media writers. It’s a big: NONCONSERVATIVES ARE NOT WELCOME sign hung on the GOP’s tent (which increasingly resembles a pup tent).

FOOTNOTE: Reportedly no other action was taken. The party just wanted to let everyone know that McCain is too liberal to be a “real” Republican, just as voters will likely tell the GOP it is too intolerant to be a “real” winner in future national elections.

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3 Comments

  1. I guess the AZ GOP wants to run more candidates like Sheriff Joe, LOL
    I don’t agree with too much that John McCain says or does (though once in a while he can still surprise you and show some real integrity) BUT he has served this country admirably for decades – first as a POW in Vietnam and then in the Senate.
    This is really shameful treatment after a life dedicated to public service.

    The kicker is this: “According to a comprehensive examination of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side. His 89.7 composite conservative score ties him with stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and gives him a more conservative score than Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.”
    From National Journal 2011

  2. ” The party just wanted to let everyone know that McCain is too liberal to be a “real” Republican, just as voters will likely tell the GOP it is too intolerant to be a “real” winner in future national elections.” LOL

    As bluebelle has stated, McCain has served this country and his party well regardless of what we think of his “outbursts” and policies on occasion. He does not deserve this humiliating treatment by his own party.

    What this indicates to me is that the Republican party is becoming more extreme and intolerant of not only those outside their party, but those within who don’t follow the rules of the new world order.

  3. Wow, just nuts. Way to go AZ Republicans.

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