We’re nominating the wrong Senator from Arizona

John McCain’s American Conservative Union Ratings (out of 100%)
1999 – 77
2000 – 81 (Running for President)
2001 – 68
2002 – 78
2003 – 80
2004 – 72
2005 – 80
2006 – 65
Senator Jon Kyl American Conservative Union Ratings (out of 100%)
1999 – 100
2000 – 100
2001 – 100
2002 – 100
2003 – 85
2004 – 100
2005 – 100
2006 – 92
So how does McCain reach out to conservatives? By telling us we need to “calm down” while flanked by Joe Lieberman, lifetime ACU rating of 16.8.
Just for fun here’s McCain’s ratings from his first few years in the Senate:
1987 – 91
1988 – 80
1989 – 93
1990 – 87
1991 – 86
1992 – 85
1993 – 83
1994 – 96
As you can see, from a conservative standpoint McCain’s worst year at the beginning of his career was as good as his best year from recent memory.
Also you have to keep in mind that this is an unweighted measure. In other words voting the liberal side of a condom distribution bill counts the same as voting the liberal side of the campaign finance reform bill that McCain sponsored that limits free speech. I think we can agree that those two are not of equal importance.

5 thoughts on “We’re nominating the wrong Senator from Arizona”

  1. Henry,
    You’ve already proved your point! What are you trying to accomplish? A win for the Democrats? Because Romney doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the Republican nomination.

  2. Very interesting all the coverage about the elections here in the last few days, but what about some Cuban news? What about the students questioning Ricardo Alarcon yesterday, have you heard? What about Silvio Rodriguez not running for Parliament this time?
    We all have access to Limbaugh, Hannity and Hot Air to find out more about McCain, who I don’t like either, BTW.
    I know you guys write about what you want and that this is a private blog. I love the work and the effort that you all do!, but please don’t forget our captive island.

  3. Firefly,
    Let’s not start down that road though I’m sure it’s coming. Let me state for the record now, loudly and clearly:
    When McCain goes down in flames in November it won’t be because of a few conservatives that were unhappy about his nomination.
    If this primary cycle proved anything it’s that the new media like the conservative talk radio and the conservative blogosphere have much less power to influence than many of us perhaps thought it had. Both were almost uniformly against McCain’s nomination and he still got it.
    In a general election scenario such influence will be even more diluted because Democrats and independents are less likely to listen to or read such opinions coming from the right.
    So don’t blame me or anyone else who thinks McCain is a mistake. Blame yourselves for voting for a guy that we all think is unelectable despite the media’s pumping him up as Captain Electability.

  4. Firefly,
    Let’s not start down that road though I’m sure it’s coming. Let me state for the record now, loudly and clearly:
    When McCain goes down in flames in November it won’t be because of a few conservatives that were unhappy about his nomination.
    If this primary cycle proved anything it’s that the new media like the conservative talk radio and the conservative blogosphere have much less power to influence than many of us perhaps thought it had. Both were almost uniformly against McCain’s nomination and he still got it.
    In a general election scenario such influence will be even more diluted because Democrats and independents are less likely to listen to or read such opinions coming from the right.
    So don’t blame me or anyone else who thinks McCain is a mistake. Blame yourselves for voting for a guy that we all think is unelectable despite the media’s pumping him up as Captain Electability.

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