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Published: 12/8/10

Three Things I Got Wrong in 2010 (So Far, Anyway . . .)

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Three Things I Got Wrong in 2010 (So Far, Anyway . . .)

The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney has issued a challenge on Twitter: "I propose a new tradition for bloggers/online writers: an end-of-year post going over three things you got wrong in the past year." Well Mr. Carney -- challenge accepted. Here are three of my mistakes in 2010: 1. The "I'm You" ad: I think my biggest obvious mistake was in praising Christine O'Donnell's controversial TV ad. As I wrote, If you ask me, the ad is spot on. It accomplishes exactly what O'Donnell needs to do -- it helps put the gaffes behind her, and reassures voters that she passes the credibility test....

Published: 08/24/10

John McCain Wins GOP Primary in Arizona

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
John McCain Wins GOP Primary in Arizona

He may not be a maverick any more but John McCain is a political survivor, winning the Republican Senate primary in Arizona over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, whose Tea Party-fueled campaign started strong but sputtered down the stretch. The Associated Press reported McCain the winner late Tuesday with 60 percent of the vote to Hayworth's 30. The senator, who turns 74 on Sunday, moves a step closer to securing a fifth term. He'll be heavily favored over the Democrat in November. As late as Monday, despite trailing by 20 points in some polls, Hayworth predicted "one of the greatest upsets in...

Published: 08/24/10

Why John McCain is Poised to Beat Back the Anti-Incumbent Mood

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Why John McCain is Poised to Beat Back the Anti-Incumbent Mood

Barring J.D. Hayworth's prediction that he'll score "the greatest upset in American political history," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appears poised to defy the anti-incumbent mood and win re-election on Tuesday. In my estimation, there are seven reasons why McCain is poised to win this year, when other establishment Republicans are not: 1. McCain was the Republican presidential nominee just two years ago. People rally around the party's standard bearer, and there must be a psychological disincentive to rejecting the man you voted for in 2008 for president. More than that, though, being a...

Published: 08/24/10

John McCain's 'Run Out the Clock' Express Rolls into Phoenix

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
John McCain's 'Run Out the Clock' Express Rolls into Phoenix

Predicting victory in Tuesday's primary, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke briefly to supporters and volunteers Monday night at his Phoenix headquarters. A cautious and subdued McCain said he was confident because "the people of Arizona need someone to be most effective on their behalf in these tough times for Arizona -- and also someone who understands the challenges we face in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran -- around the world." McCain took no shots at his primary opponent, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. Gone, also, were any trademark jokes or applause lines from the 2008 campaign. The only hint of...

Published: 08/23/10

Primaries Tuesday in Alaska, Arizona, and Florida: Insurgents vs. Old Guard

By  Carl M. Cannon - Politics Daily
Primaries Tuesday in Alaska, Arizona, and Florida: Insurgents vs. Old Guard

The biggest contest in Tuesday's primaries is Florida, where races that once looked like sure things got scrambled. It started with conservative insurgent Marco Rubio's challenge to Gov. Charlie Crist's bid for the GOP Senate nomination, followed by more surprises when wealthy political outsiders jumped into the battles for the Democratic Senate and GOP gubernatorial nominations in April and shook up those races. But now, the theme of the Florida races may end up being "The Establishment Strikes Back" -- and the same can be said of the day's other two primaries in Alaska and...

Published: 08/22/10

J.D. Hayworth Toasts John McCain's 'Retirement'

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
J.D. Hayworth Toasts John McCain's 'Retirement'

"This will be the greatest upset in American political history," former Congressman J.D. Hayworth assured a crowd of about 50 Tea Party members at J.D.'s Lounge in Scottsdale on Saturday night. The raspy-voiced Hayworth, having just come from an event in Mohave County, said: "I may be losing my voice, but we're not going to lose this election." Billed as a "retirement party for John McCain," Hayworth's big applause line of the night was: "What we are saying is . . . Thank you for your service, Senator McCain. Welcome home to a well-deserved retirement." It was a point he returned to at the...

Published: 08/19/10

Dick Armey Says J.D. Hayworth Had 'Undistinguished Career'

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Dick Armey Says J.D. Hayworth Had 'Undistinguished Career'

Appearing on CNBC Thursday morning, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey ripped former Congressman J.D. Hayworth, saying he had a "fairly undistinguished career." Talking with John Harwood, Armey added, "I don't remember a single legislative initiative that he took nor do I recall him actively working on a legislative manner." Armey went on to mock the notion that Hayworth -- who is challenging John McCain in the GOP Senate primary next week in Arizona -- had helped write the Bush tax cuts, in the following exchange: HARWOOD: [Hayworth] noted that yesterday he was the first Republican...

Published: 08/16/10

John McCain: I Haven't Changed My Positions, and Don't Ask Me About Trust

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
John McCain: I Haven't Changed My Positions, and Don't Ask Me About Trust

QUEEN CREEK, Arizona -- It's dark, but still an oppressive 102 degrees, when Sen. John McCain agrees to talk to me in a parking lot next to his campaign SUV (flex-fuel and energy efficient, I'm assured). It's revved and running, no doubt for the air-conditioned comfort of those inside, but perhaps also for a quick getaway if needed. I have a feeling our time will be short, so I plunge quickly into questions about the upcoming Aug. 24 Republican Senate primary . "Why are you spending so much money?" I ask (nearly $20 million so far against former congressman J.D. Hayworth, who has been in the...

Published: 08/16/10

Writing J.D. Hayworth's Political Obituary

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Writing J.D. Hayworth's Political Obituary

Sen. John McCain is out with a new campaign TV ad this week, titled "Vital.". The fact that McCain is closing out his campaign with a positive ad (it does not mention his opponent by name) seems to imply McCain believes the race is essentially over. (The primary takes place Aug. 24.) You can watch the ad here: Not only does the McCain team apparently think a win is now in the bag for McCain, the media seems to agree. As Monday's Arizona Capitol Times notes, Conservative former Rep. J.D. Hayworth still hopes to unseat Sen. John McCain, but most polling shows the race is effectively...

Published: 08/15/10

Tea Party Activists Rally on Arizona-Mexico Border

By  not in system - AOL News
Tea Party Activists Rally on Arizona-Mexico Border

HEREFORD, Ariz. (Aug. 15) -- Tea party groups converged on a remote section of the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday to show support for Arizona's controversial immigration law and hear from more than a dozen conservative speakers, many of them candidates running for office in crowded Republican primaries. Several speaking to the crowd of more than 400 demanded Congress and President Barack Obama devote more resources to increase border security in remote areas like the site of Sunday's demonstration southeast of Tucson. "We are going to force them to do it, because if they don't, we will not...

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