Republican Insanity Continues: John McCain Censured by Arizona GOP for Being Too Liberal

john-mccain-squintingNo 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.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • strayaway

    Senator McCain was also a supporter of President Obama’s executive order bombing of Libya and supported President Obama’s initiative to bomb Syria. I don’t consider such policies “liberal”. Nor is supporting amnesty particularly liberal as the US Chamber of Commerce is as ardent a supporter of amnesty as La Raza. The US Chamber of Commerce usually represents monied Republicans in this case to secure a supply of cheap labor. That isn’t supposed to be a “liberal” plank either. The (un)ACA is an model of corporatist policy. Why wouldn’t we expect McCain to support government subsidies for corporations?. I thought liberals supported, instead, a single payer plan or an expansion of Medicare.

  • Alan Foxman

    Dont discount the stupidity of the average republican voter nor the power of gerrymandered districts to keep the GOP in the running on a national basis

  • James Worcester

    Oh, yeah, McCain is far too liberal for the Teabillies…he is actually capable of cognitive thought.

    • strayaway

      An example of McCain’s cognitive thought: “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb Iraq” -singing John McCain quote to the tune of “Barbara Ann” while running for president in 2008. Somehow, for all their overlap, I think that McCain would have been worse than Obama.

  • Robb Thompson

    A common result when holders of an extreme political view become marginalized beyond some magical “tipping point” is that they reduce or stop their usage of the accepted process and begin with more radical methods.

    Just a few examples would include IRA, Hezbolla, PLO, Black Panthers, and Shining Path.

    What? You don’t think the TP is just going to go away, do you?

  • Pat

    Go right ahead and continue to implode, Republican Party. I, for one, am enjoying every single minute of it…………………KABOOM!

  • Pat

    I think they (GOP) have been turning on McCain for a long time. Just for starters because he, and former Senator Feingold, wanted common sense “campaign finance reform”, which would keep the wealthy from “buying our politicians”. McCain has more common sense in his pinkie finger than any of the rest of them have in their entire bodies.

  • Sandy Greer

    And The Great Purge (by the GOP of its moderates) continues. Rest of the country gets to watch. Popcorn, anyone?