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Offbeat Understanding McCain's rift with the Right

17:01  30 august  2018
17:01  30 august  2018 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

McCain requested Obama, George W. Bush deliver eulogies at funeral

  McCain requested Obama, George W. Bush deliver eulogies at funeral President Obama issued a statement earlier sayin that "despite their differences, we shared, for all our differences, a fidelity to something higher"John McCain requested that former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush deliver eulogies at his funeral, CBS News has confirmed. McCain, who had been suffering from an aggressive form of brain cancer, died Saturday at the age of 81 at home in Arizona.

McCain ’ s most powerful rejoinder was his decisive no vote, with a dramatic thumbs-down signal on the Senate floor, against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Mr Obama’s flagship legislation that made health insurance affordable for millions of Americans. In public remarks, Mr

McCain was loyal to each camp in a house divided. But the poisons emanating from the rift have spread outward. They are the background for the article my colleagues at The New York Times published Thursday. At the core of that article that began on the front page are two anonymous sources.

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Many a headline has been devoted to John McCain’s feud with President Trump. But what about his nearly as enduring feud with the Republican base?

It is easy to forget as Republican eminences celebrate the Arizona senator’s life. McCain was the Republican presidential nominee just a decade ago, a political feat given the near-implosion of his campaign in 2007 despite the fact that it was arguably his turn (he had been the runner-up in 2000, which was frequently how Republicans decided these things pre-Trump).

Tearful Sen. Jeff Flake: 'It's tough to imagine politics without John McCain, but we need to go on'

  Tearful Sen. Jeff Flake: 'It's tough to imagine politics without John McCain, but we need to go on' Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake teared up Sunday morning when discussing his colleague Sen. John McCain's legacy, less than a day after the elder statesman's death."It's tough. I'm going to miss him," Flake said, visibly emotional after CNN's Jake Tapper replayed footage on "State of the Union" of McCain praising Flake on the Senate floor after the then-junior Arizona senator announced his decision not to run for re-election.

McCain was loyal to each camp in a house divided against itself. But the poisons emanating from the rift have spread outward. On Thursday, as McCain was fervently and completely denying the allegations of an affair with Iseman, people in all quarters of the McCain universe were vehemently

Although McCain disagreed with Hagel’ s position, he never resented him for it. By the time their differences emerged they were no longer close friends. But they remained friendly and respectful colleagues, who disagreed without rancor.

But Trump isn’t the only Republican sore with McCain. According to a June CBS News Battleground Tracker poll, 68 percent of Arizona Republicans viewed him unfavorably while his favorable rating among Democrats was 62 percent.

A YouGov/Economist poll found McCain had a net favorability rating of plus 60 with Hillary Clinton’s voters, plus 30 with all Americans — and a wash with Trump voters. Trump voters considered McCain a hero by a 52-27 margin, better than he sometimes did with the president himself. But Clinton voters held this view by a 10-1 margin, 80-8.

The final Gallup poll measuring McCain’s popularity in August 2017 gave him a 71 percent favorability rating among Democrats to just 51 percent with Republicans. His numbers fluctuated quite a lot over the years depending on which party he was irritating, however. He was at 92 percent favorable among Republicans on Election Day against Barack Obama in 2008.

Kelli Ward compares political correctness to cancer after John McCain's death

  Kelli Ward compares political correctness to cancer after John McCain's death Controversial Arizona Republican Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Monday compared political correctness to cancer days after her former political rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., died after a yearlong battle with an aggressive form of the disease. "Political correctness is like a cancer!" Ward, a physician and ex-state senator, wrote on Twitter, one day before Arizona members of the GOP go to the polls in the state's primary elections.

Obama- McCain Rift Grows Wider. November 15, 2012 at 9:33 am EDT By Taegan Goddard Leave "There are a lot of blogs and news sites claiming to understand politics, but only a few actually do. “I rely on Taegan Goddard’ s Political Wire for straight, fair political news, he gets right to the point.

A Bush- McCain ticket could produce a Republican Party stretching from Pat Robertson and the religious right to moderate and even disillusioned liberal T uesday's defeats left no doubt: John McCain ' s attack on religious- right leaders Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell won't help Mr. McCain

What gives? McCain’s side of the dispute seems fairly easy to explain. After years as a foot soldier for the Reagan revolution — it is often forgotten that as late as 1996, he endorsed Phil Gramm for president over Bob Dole — Barry Goldwater’s Senate successor was rattled by the ferocious conservative opposition to McCain-Feingold.

McCain embraced campaign finance reform with the zeal of a convert in the wake of the Keating Five scandal. It was the sort of cause that could get nonagenarian grandmothers to walk across the country, and it fit in with McCain’s good-government sensibilities. The single-issue conservative groups, ranging from abortion foes to gun rights supporters, felt differently.

In 1999, McCain complained to the Associated Press that pro-life groups kept the abortion debate going “because it helps them raise money.” He later told “Meet the Press” that “the national pro-life committee [has] turned a cause into a business ... uncontrolled, undisclosed contributions may be reduced and it may harm their efforts to continue this huge business they've got going in Washington, D.C.”

Trump ignores shouted questions about McCain

  Trump ignores shouted questions about McCain President Trump on Monday declined to respond to shouted questions about late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the Oval Office. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); After Trump ended a phone call with outgoing Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about a trade deal between the two countries, members of the media shouted questions at the president."Any thoughts on John McCain?" at least one reporter can be clearly heard saying in video of the Oval Office gathering. Trump did not respond.

Litany of blood. Riften (The Rift , Eldfyr) TESO.

Subscribe. It' s hard to imagine that another John McCain profile could be interesting -- by this point the man' s character and ideology seem completely transparent -- but New York' s Joe Hagan pulls it off. (New York magazine has published some hugely impressive political coverage under Adam Moss.).

Things got worse when most movement conservatives — and especially the Christian Right — backed George W. Bush instead in the nastier-than-remembered 2000 Republican primaries. McCain dubbed Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell “agents of intolerance,” a label many conservative Christian voters thought he was applying to them as well.

McCain buried the hatchet with Bush, who will speak at his funeral. And he received the votes of millions of social conservatives in 2008, picking a pro-life evangelical as his running mate. But some of the bitterness lingered and was accentuated over the years by McCain’s fights with the conservative base.

These voters didn’t like McCain’s alliances with Ted Kennedy and later Chuck Schumer against them on immigration. (“But I’ll build the goddamned fence if they want it,” he later told Vanity Fair, referring to a precursor to Trump’s proposed wall.) They disapproved of McCain calling conservative lawmakers “wacko birds,” a remark he later regretted.

Many of these old wounds were ripped open once again by McCain’s difficult relationship with Trump. The conflict was hardly one-sided, from Trump’s appalling comment about McCain being “captured” in Vietnam to his having to practically be dragged kicking and screaming to minimally recognize the late senator’s service. McCain’s many criticisms of Trump’s temperament have been repeatedly borne out by events.

Former McCain aide: Late senator would have picked a Hispanic woman to succeed him

  Former McCain aide: Late senator would have picked a Hispanic woman to succeed him John McCain’s former campaign manager said the late Arizona senator did not disclose who he would have wanted to be his successor in the Senate, but that it’s possible it would have been a minority. “It’s hard to say. You know, he’s always been someone who has encouraged participation in politics, especially in the Republican Party with minorities and women,” Rick Davis said Monday during a news conference. “I think a Hispanic woman probably would have been his pick for a successor, if he had lived long enough to have the opportunity.

Could McCain ' s bid turn out to be the worst-run campaign in American presidential history? It's certainly gunning for the honor. Read on, dear reader However, there is a significant rift inside the McCain campaign. Those loyal to McCain believe they have been unfairly blamed for over-handling Palin.

Mr. McCain called the demands of his Republican colleagues “absolutely out of line and unprecedented.” The Senate passed the budget before dawn on March 23 after a grueling all-night session, he noted, saying it was time to try to reach a final deal with the House in a negotiating

McCain organized his funeral to be in no small part a bipartisan rebuke of Trump. From his final statement to his choice of eulogists, McCain is sparring with Trump over the meaning of conservatism even from the great beyond.

Nevertheless, Trump got a lot of mileage out of the perception that many Republican leaders, no matter how personally decent, were content to lose to liberals. McCain was most celebrated as a maverick when he sided with liberals and often condemned when he stood up to them.

McCain wasn't wrong that there are bigger things than Republican versus Democrat, Left versus Right. Even those conservative detractors should celebrate his virtues now.

Sen. Graham weighs in on Meghan McCain's criticism of Trump: 'She is her father's daughter' .
Two former friends of Sen. John McCain say his daughter Meghan McCain's pointed criticism of President Donald Trump in her speech at the Arizona Republican's memorial service on Saturday reflected the character of her late father. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "She is her father's daughter," South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union.

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