Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ouch! Armey supports McCain in Arizona; DeMint will remain neutral

Michelle Malkin is justifiably perplexed by FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey's all-but-official endorsement of John McCain in an interview with The Arizona Republic:
You’ve got to be freaking kidding me.

I mean, really. Come on:

As former Rep. J.D. Hayworth prepares to officially enter the Republican primary race against incumbent Sen. John McCain, he probably had better not count on any support from FreedomWorks, the national conservative group closely associated with the Tea Party movement.

In a telephone interview with The Arizona Republic, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, R-Texas, FreedomWorks’ chairman, delivered a surprisingly harsh assessment of Hayworth, with whom he served on Capitol Hill…

…Armey, who was House majority leader from 1995 to 2003, clearly came down on McCain’s side. “There’s nobody who can match McCain’s record on fiscal responsibility,” he said.

Over the last year, John McCain supported everything that the grass-roots Tea Party movement has stood against:

*The $700 billion all-purpose, earmark-stuffed TARP bailout;

*The $25 billion auto bailout;

*The $300 billion mortgage entitlement bailout; and

*The first $85 billion AIG bailout.

When push came to shove, McCain and his economic advisers (including his hand-picked California GOP Senate candidate, Carly Fiorina) caved to the Chicken Little chaos in Washington every time and joined hands with Barack Obama.

Reasonable people may disagree on whether J.D. Hayworth or John McCain deserves Arizona’s Senate seat.

Reasonable people may not assert that John McCain is an unsurpassed paragon of “fiscal responsibility.”
Today Senator Jim DeMint told Fox News that he would stay neutral in the Arizona senate race.  Considering McCain has been in the Senate since 1986, DeMint's silence amounts to an endorsement of Hayworth.

DeMint places first in the Club for Growth senate power ranking.  (McCain is 36th).  This could get interesting.

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