McCain Slams GOP: “Lost Our Way as a Party”

Senator John McCainArizona Senator John McCain, along with fellow-Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, unleashed on the Republican Party today, noting their shortcomings and saying that there was little to differentiate between them and Democrats when it came to massive federal spending:

“I think if this were not an odd-numbered year, we would have great difficulties,” said U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

[…] “If the election were tomorrow, we’d be in trouble,” agreed Graham, who said the party must work to cut spending.

“If we really want to do well in 2006, we need to have fiscal discipline like Republicans campaigned on,” he said. “We have lost our way as a party. Our base is deflated and taxpayers don’t see any difference between us and the Democrats.”

Graham said the party has to again reach the voters.

“You don’t have to stop being conservative, you got to start connecting,” he said, adding “we need to adjust and if we don’t adjust, we’re going to be in trouble.”

With both Republicans and Democrats getting burned in recent polls, it may already be too late to turn the ship around for the GOP. McCain, on the short-list for possible 2008 presidential candidates, may be better off defecting to a third party in 2008, considering his views on spending and limited government may be closer to that of the Libertarian Party or Constitution Party.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. The man who pushed for McCain-Feingold, the blatantly unconsitutional legislation, is in no fashion a libertarian. Or maybe he is a D.C. libertarian. Which means he isn’t a libertarian. All I know is that McCain is no lover of the constituion.

  2. Sic stole my thunder… I was going to rant briefly about the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Politician Protection and First Amendment Evisceration Act, but it’s too late. By the time I get around to commenting on the NEXT story, it’ll be illegal for people to post comments on political blogs.

    Say, it sounds like someone’s banging on my doo

  3. Yeah, that’s rich… that’s like when Robert Byrd had the GALL to hold up one of the CATO pocket Constitutions and declare that he actually *cares* about that document.

    Robert Byrd must’ve received some massive head trauma during the Civil War, that’s all I’m sayin’…

  4. Thanks for the Hildabeast reference, Stephen. I’ll have trouble sleeping tonight.

    Ever wonder if Mrs. Clinton will weep like a stuck pig when Fidel Castro takes the big dirt nap? I’ll bet she’ll send flowers, and say nice things between sobs of sorrow on C-SPAN…

  5. The FIRST slap was delivered by another politician from Arizona: Rep. J.D.Hayworth. He went on a national radio show (IMUS in the MOrning) and said he didn’t want President Bush to campaign for him. promptly turned his comments into one of their quicky internet commercails. Where’s the outrage over that?

    Actually, the passing of the Medicare perscription drug bill was a slap in the face to conservatives. But I know this isn’t the place to introduce the betrayals of our so-called real conservatives. Officially, there’s only one Republican capable of betraying, slapping, slamming (etc., etc.) the GOP and that’s McCain.

    Let me remind everyone here that President Bush campaigned in 2000 PROMISING to veto campaign finance reform. Back then Bush said McCain’s bill was unconstitutional. The fact is President Bush broke his promise to us. He signed the unconstitutional bill into law early in the morning as if we wouldn’t notice. Nuff said.

    So rant on people. Rant on about Mccain while the rest of the GOP betrays every conservative principle we voted them in office to uphold…rant on.

  6. Well, Charles, McCain deserves as much ranting as MoveOn does, in that they’ve both caused damage… the latter more so, admittedly.

    Now you see why some of us have no respect for the GOP *or* the Dems…

  7. McCain would never join the Libertarian Party. He’s a war hawk just like the rest of them. He also believes in big government. I don’t trust him for a second. I honestly believe he is in politics for the power, fame, power, money, oh and did I mention power?

    He would never pass as a Libertarian. Since I am a party member I would vote for someone else as the nominee. McCain doesn’t even give lip service to liberty.

  8. McCain is as much of a libertarian as Buchanan or Kerry. When the two of them come out of the “closet”, then McCain and any other politician with any belief system will be a liberatarian.