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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) isn’t exactly thrilled about Donald Trump’s big rally in Phoenix this past weekend, declaring of The Donald’s presence in the campaign: “It’s very bad.”

“This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” the one-time Republican presidential nominee told Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”

McCain explained that he and his allies have been pushing against extremists in the Arizona GOP, as he gears up to face a right-wing primary challenge for his Senate seat in 2016. “We did to some degree regain control of the party,” McCain said — but now Trump is messing that all up again. “Now he galvanized them. He’s really got them activated.”

Of course, “fired up the crazies” might seem like an odd complaint — coming from the man who selected Sarah Palin to be his running mate, introducing her to a wide national audience. And ever since then, things have been a bit crazier for that decision.

Photo: U.S. senator John McCain speaking at the Arizona Republican Party 2014 election victory party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Arizona. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

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  • 13observer

    Trump/Cruz 2016!

    • Alvin Harrison

      That would be wonderful for the Democrats!!! We could run just about anyone and sweep the land!!!

      • Don’t you just love it when a poster has the gall to compliment his own post then goes out of his way to repeat it? Priceless. I wonder if he realizes what he’s doing to himself…

  • 13observer

    You are correct! Not only good for just for democrats……… but rather EVERYONE except illegal aliens and other criminals stealing taxpayer dollars.

    • paulyz

      Right, old McAmnesty Mr. Establishment McCain always supports cheap labor to keep his lobbyists happy.

  • 13observer

    Trump/Cruz 2016!

    • The lucky one

      Only in the Bizarro world you apparently inhabit. BTW the biggest stealers of taxpayer dollars are the corporate welfare recipients and tax cheats.

    • ikallicrates

      Trump/Gohmert 2016!

  • Lynda Groom

    Yes John, Trump does sound like shades of your running mate. Have you forgotten the disgusting and untrue things she said on behalf of your campaign?

  • Dominick Vila

    Sen. McCain is, obviously, correct on his assessment of the damage done by Trump to the Republican party. He is wrong, however, regarding his assertion that the GOP establishment had managed to keep the crazies under control. The Republican party is in the midst of a huge ideological struggle for control of the party and its agenda, and it is far from clear that the establishment is winning. I would not be surprised if the party splits into two different political parties, one representing the center-right, and the other the far right.

    • FireBaron

      That would effectively kill the GOP as the far right would siphon enough votes that every major election would be won with a plurality instead of a majority. In this way it would be more like the 1840s than the 2010s!

      • Dominick Vila

        Unless a similar thing happens to the Democratic party, and we end up with two political parties representing the center right and center left; and two parties representing the far right and the far left.
        What new politicians like Trump don’t seem to understand, or know it but don’t know how to deal with, is that most Americans are somewhere in the center when it comes to politics. People on the fringes get all the attention because of their radicalism and outlandish claims, but they don’t represent the majority of Americans. The key to winning a presidential election is to appeal to and motivate the Center, and that can only be achieved by promoting real solutions and a believable vision of the future.

        • The problem is that you can count on the crazies to vote. It takes a lot more effort to get Democrats to vote mostly because they have been gerrymandered to death and lost hope.

          • Dominick Vila

            The crazies do vote. Gerrymandering is, indeed, a major problem for Democrats, but the larger problem is that many Democrats are not as scared as Republicans are. More emphasis should be placed on the distinct probability of a Republican President, and a Republican controlled Congress, replacing at least three Supreme Court Justices with ultra conservatives during the next 4 years. Should that happen, our freedoms and democracy will be in the hands of corporate America and the religious right. Add to that promises of blowing up oil wells in foreign countries, and then sending EXXON to rebuild them, and only morons will vote for some of the nut cases running for office.

          • Indeed! This scares mw to death!

          • Dominick Vila

            I have the feeling the Donald self-destructed with his Sen. McCain is not a hero remark. I would not be surprised if his popularity starts to sink in the coming days. I doubt too many Vets appreciated his comment.

          • tdm3624

            Not just Democrats but moderate conservatives too have lost hope. Our choices are either establishment types who will bleed the country dry or crazies like Trump/Cruz.

          • paulyz

            But you have seen clearly what Socialists have wrought the last 7 years haven’t you? Time for a big change.

          • paulyz

            What goes around, comes around, don’t recall Democrats bitching about it when they did it. Why does it take so much effort to get people to vote Democrat that they resort to motor-voter, fraud, votes from Illegals, & now the Democrats have so much trouble with all of their special -interest conglomeration still not excited, Obama wants to resort to making voting “mandatory”… Even racking up the National Debt to over $18 TRILLION to buy votes by more unfunded programs, isn’t cutting it. LMAO

  • Ah, Johnny boys just jealous because he couldn’t succeed in riling the sleepers.

  • FireBaron

    The true irony about Palin is McCain had no idea who or what she was until his handlers told him to select her as a running mate!

    • Totally agree. I suspect that she was foisted upon him. He is guilty of trusting his advisors.

    • ikallicrates

      When I watched the McCain/Obama debates back in 2008, I felt sorry for McCain because it seemed obvious to me that poor old McCain was senile. But then I realized it was just a campaign strategy. He was channeling the GOP’s senile saint Ronald Reagan.

  • Monty Montgomery

    McCain is senile. He is like Mikey, he hates everything.

  • docb

    Rich from the man that wanted to put palin a heart beat away from the Presidency!

    Trumpie is crazy though and speaks to the crazies!

  • Dump The GOP In 2014

    Fired up crazies are what make up the base of the tea party and most of the GOP . Crazy is have Sarah Palin as your running mate

  • David Harpe

    Shitstain McCain has no room to complain, not after giving us Sarah the Snatch Palin!

  • George C Saufley

    Did we have a “Guard” like Trump in the “Stamford Prison Experiment? HA! HA! Wonder what the outcome would have been?