No matter how many times I reiterate that Democrats have been more than fair when trying to compromise with Republicans, most conservatives I know still feel that Democrats have become some radical, liberal socialist group of anti-American thugs.
Which is funny considering that some of the policies Democrats support now, such as the individual mandate found within the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) were actually Republican ideas originally. Hell, even raising the debt ceiling has turned into some supposed liberal push for “massive government spending” – though I didn’t see Republicans fighting too much about raising that same debt ceiling when George W. Bush was president. (They did it seven times in his eight years.)
But now their 2008 presidential candidate, Arizona Senator John McCain, has been censured by the Arizona GOP for what they’re basically saying has been a record of being “too liberal” lately.
Yup, this has really happened.
So let me get this straight – just a handful of years ago this man was your presidential candidate, but now suddenly he’s too liberal? But it’s Democrats who are shifting “radically left,” right?
Basically because Senator McCain has taken sensible stances on immigration, worked with Democrats on other issues (you know, compromise like our government is supposed to do) and hasn’t taken the idiotic stances on “Obamacare” like individuals such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz have, this has shown McCain to be a traitor to their “cause.”
How dare Senator McCain try to work with his Democratic counterparts to get something done?!
This is just insanity. They’ve basically censured him for daring to work with Democrats to accomplish things in Congress. That’s it. I doubt you’ll find many liberals who would call John McCain “liberal” – especially with how he thinks that we pretty much need to be involved in every global conflict on the planet.
The only thing that makes McCain seem even remotely liberal is the fact that Republicans have shifted so far right, moderate Republicans seem liberal when compared with their lunacy.
Which is exactly what this censure is. McCain hasn’t really changed in the nearly 30 years he’s been a U.S. Senator – the Republican party has. Heck, he was just their presidential candidate in 2008 and I know he hasn’t taken on any radical “liberal” ideas since then.
But what I do know is that the Republican party has shifted so far right that “moderate Republicans” (you know, those who dare to question the tea party and actually work with Democrats) seem like they’re liberals because of how insane many Republicans have become.
It’s just ridiculous.
This just supports my theory that the Republican party is in its last days of having any real national influence. As our nation continues to become more liberal, they continue to drift the opposite direction, toward their extremely conservative base. So much so that any moderates within their party are going to be shoved out due to the right-wing insanity that’s taking over the GOP. Which is basically what you’re starting to see as established Republicans get “primaried” (the art of running radical conservative candidates against moderates to get them out of office) and those they can’t primary are being turned on by members of their own party.
Because when you’re calling your presidential candidate from less than 6 years ago “too liberal” for daring to compromise every once in a while, your party has clearly gone over the edge.