From inside Washington John McCain spoke about being outside of Washington in order to remain inside Washington.
It was a hard line to sell.
Sarah Palin helped the medicine go down for Republicans disappointed with all the ADD aisle crossing, yet too disgusted with the idea of a third Clinton term to vote for anyone else.
This time the Maverick line has a snag.
Tea Party and Townhall protesters just lifted a seat from under the well-established Democrat tushy. If the Kennedy legend has gone the way of the world, then come August 24th, McCain might also find his incumbent entrenchment swept away with the bitter wind of dissatisfaction.
J.D. Hayworth, previous U.S. Congressman and conservative radio talk show host, has unofficially announced his soon-to-be official candidacy to take the Maverick to the mat in the primaries. Known for his aggressive soundbites as a Representative from 1995-2007, Hayworth’s announcement means the primary campaign for the Arizona seat just got interesting.
At the moment, Hayworth is billed as the underdog. He doesn’t have McCain’s $12 million in campaign cash and those verbose political experts are already doubtful the new kid on the block can raise the funds.
What he does have, however, is time. With seven months until the primaries, he could be an unexpected adversary to McCain’s moderate status.
Ask Martha Coakley. It’s tough to judge these newbies.
Rasmussen took a hypothetical poll in November 2009 between Hayworth and McCain. The results had both mavericks tied, though McCain has since gained a significant lead.
Hayworth also has the history of rushing in where RINOs fear to tread, being brazenly outspoken about immigration reform and border security which often placed him on the opposite side of President George W. Bush. His opposition to the Bush, as well as Obama, establishment, could recreate the Brown boon all over again.
And unluckily for McCain, this means Hayworth is also a member of the Maverick club. Maybe McCain can change his tag line to “free spirit”.
Arizona voters might also view Hayworth with nostalgic fondness, a possible shot in the arm for his campaign. His previous jaunt to Washington occurred during the Republican election dominance of 1994. Big government spending and a President with too much hot air and too many interns sent Democrats packing at historical numbers.
This time, with the crescendo of voter frustration, the 2010 mid-terms could be a complete house cleaning of incumbents with any Obama big spending residue on their hands.
For now, we watch and wait to see if, though a year late, the change has come.