Senator John McCain defeated J.D. Hayworth rather decisively in Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona. Two days later, McCain is still waiting on the customary concession call. Hayworth is reported as saying he has no intentions of calling McCain and congratulating him on his victory.
According to Politico, J.D. Hayworth even contacted McCain’s camp to get the right number to make the call when the time came. He even tried the number out to make sure it was the right one. So what gives? We all know that the GOP Senatorial Primary in Arizona was especially nasty, but was it nasty enough to give up common courtesy as well?
We’ve spoken here many times about McCain’s positives and negatives. Most conservatives agree McCain is a rino that more often than not has ended up on the wrong side of issues we care about. But to not extend the courtesy of a concession call seems a bit much. J.D. Hayworth had a lot of support in this race and really isn’t doing himself any favors by not showing a little good sportsmanship here.
It would be tempting to blow off McCain considering the damage he’s caused at times. But honestly, J.D. Hayworth’s concession call would have been the right thing, the proper thing to do after losing a hard fought battle. I think Hayworth’s a better man than that. I just wish he had shown it.