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Maverick Days Long Gone, McCain Among Most Conservative in Senate

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Onetime maverick John McCain ties for the top spot as the most conservative senator in new rankings by the National Journal. Granted, he shares the billing with seven other Republican senators but it is still a far cry from his 2000 Republican presidential race when he was viewed as an unconventional alternative to George W. Bush.

McCain tacked right in 2008 during his presidential campaign, and stayed there in his successful bid for reelection to the Senate in Arizona. He chose Sarah Palin as his running mate in the national campaign and insists that he's always been an across-the-board conservative.

He called himself a "maverick" as recently as 2008, hinting that he wouldn't always go along with conservative or Republican orthodoxy. But in the last two years, he backed away from a bipartisan effort to reform immigration law and fought against President Obama's health care bill.

McCain's political shift in recent years is indisputable, the National Journal said. Between 2002 and 2006, he was in the middle of the road, ranking between the 44th and 49th most conservative in the 100-member Senate.

The National Journal, a respected public policy and politics magazine, measured senators' conservatism on the basis of 96 votes in last year's session. McCain scored 89.7 on a scale topped out at 100. Grouped with him: Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming; Saxby Chambliss of Georgia; John Cornyn of Texas; Mike Crapo of Idaho; Jim DeMint of South Carolina; Jim Risch of Idaho, and John Thune of South Dakota. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) was all alone in second place.

Five Republicans were ranked as as the most conservative members of the House of Representatives: Reps. Trent Franks of Arizona; Sam Johnson of Texas; Jim Jordan of Ohio; Doug Lamborn of Colorado and Randy Neugebauer of Texas. All scored 95. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was eighth.

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McCain is a RINO

February 25 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Good riddance to McCain. I once respected him, but I can NEVER forgive him for cynically bringing Palin on in a pathetic, desperate move to win the Presidency. He lowered the bar dangerously soley for personal power. Go way John.

February 25 2011 at 12:24 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I lost all respect for him when he picked Palin as his running mate. He knew conservatives were wary of him as well as women voters. So instead of sticking to what his views were staying in the middle he chose Palin to cover the crazy conservatives who think they have the right thru their religious views to control our lives and the rights of our bodies and he chose Palin trying to buy the women voters. Didn't work. The masses are sick of these conservative busy body right stealing control freaks stuffing their views and religions down our throats and trying to use religion in government. The women voters who had brains didn't vote for him because they knew Palin was an idiot and an embarrassment to women politicians.

February 24 2011 at 9:17 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

Time to retire, sir. I do admire his service to our country. But don't admire what he is doing now.

February 24 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply

There was a time when I and just about every American had respect for John McCain. Those days are over now. He has shown himself to be nothing more than a politician who believes in absolutely nothing....He should have retired a respected man of honor, but he chose not to. The honor and respect I once had for him has left the room.

February 24 2011 at 8:35 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

He was running for reelection last year...but now he back to wishy washy....Russ Feingold was same way....ALL BOUT GETTING REELECTED

February 24 2011 at 4:52 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

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