Arizona 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.