John S. McCain, Will You Please Go Now?

I need a Dramamine to cover GOP

John McCain`s
re-election bid. With his desperate
lurch to the right, he`s inducing more motion sickness
than a Disney Land teacup. McCain`s campaign represents
the same self-serving political cynicism that American
voters have grown tired of stomaching from the current
White House. We need choices, not carbon copies.

After decades of embracing the
liberal media moniker
"maverick" for his frequent derision of the conservative wing of the
Republican Party, McCain has now abandoned the label. He
told Newsweek
magazine earlier this month:

"I never
considered myself a maverick."
But countless
YouTube videos show McCain and vice-presidential running
mate Sarah Palin invoking the
"m" word.
Here`s a typical bit of self-puffery from a

McCain debate on September 26, 2008:

"It`s well known that I have not been elected Miss Congeniality in the
United States Senate, nor with the administration. I
have opposed the president on spending, on climate
change, on torture of prisoner, on … on Guantanamo Bay.
On a … on the way that the Iraq War was conducted. I
have a long record, and the American people know me very
well, and that is independent and a maverick of the
Senate, and I`m happy to say that I`ve got a partner
that`s a good maverick along with me now."

With veteran
tough-on-illegal-immigration GOP challenger
(whom I support) just five points behind
McCain in the latest Rasmussen poll, Not-Maverick has
now abandoned (or rather re-abandoned) his notoriously
long-held open borders stance. Just a few short years
ago, Not-Maverick was

Rush Limbaugh as a
for opposing the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty plan. When
GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions introduced an amendment to bar
illegal aliens from receiving the

earned income tax credit
, McCain

likened it to Jim Crow laws.

"…I do not believe we should award people who have entered our country
illegally, submitted a false Social Security number,
worked illegally… I do not believe we should reward them
with $29 billion of the taxpayers` money. That is a lot
of money."

"What`s next—are we going to say work-authorized immigrants are going to
have to ride in the back of the bus?"

When Democratic

Sen. Jeff Bingaman of
New Mexico called for a cap on
the number of visas for legal permanent residents at
650,000, McCain called it un-American and accused
Bingaman of
against poor foreigners (never mind
that the

McCain-Kennedy amnesty
bill itself had a visa cap of
290,000). Like the true progressive he is, McCain never
lets the facts get in the way of playing the race card.
Unless it`s an election year, that is.

When McCain`s friend GOP Sen. Tom
Coburn of Oklahoma put forth an

"require the enforcement of existing border security and
immigration laws and congressional approval before
amnesty can be granted,"
McCain refused to take a
position and sat out the vote. The amendment failed

Just how beholden and deferential
were McCain and his illegal alien shamnesty Republican
twin Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina to Teddy
Kennedy? During floor debate on an amendment that would
have required illegal aliens who get legal status to
have a minimum level of health insurance, the
Washington Times
reported, the pair scurried over to check with Kennedy
before voting to ensure their votes all matched. The
amendment went down.

Actions speak louder than the
pro-enforcement, strong-borders rhetoric McCain adopted
for his failed 2008 presidential run—and which he has
now resurrected to save his seat in his border
violence-plagued state of Arizona.

More words you can`t believe in: In
a fundraising e-mail sent out this week, McCain pledged
that he`s "determined to return to the Senate to continue fighting against the
massive expansion of government under President Obama."

Yet, to this day, McCain refuses to admit his own
individual responsibility for supporting the
pre-socialization of the economy started under George W.
Bush and continued under Obama. McCain has never
admitted he was wrong about his support of the $700
billion all-purpose, earmark-stuffed TARP bailout; the
$25 billion auto bailout; the first $85 billion AIG
bailout; and his proposed $300 billion mortgage
entitlement bailout (which dwarfed Obama`s plan).

His latest McLame-est excuse for

? He was
But all the warning signs and red flags
about Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson`s
incompetence and untrustworthiness were there before
McCain joined the Chicken Little crowd. McCain is trying
to have it all ways—refusing to admit he was wrong,
blaming Paulson for duping him, and creating the
illusion that he`ll be competent enough to resist the
next inevitable bailout temptation when the feds hit the
panic button.

Asked by a conservative constituent
at a recent town hall meeting why the four-term senator
deserved to be elected, McCain stammered before giving
his best argument: He had more
"standing" than anyone else. Entrenched incumbency is not an
argument for more entrenched incumbency. Stop this ride.
It`s time for McCain to get off.



Michelle Malkin

is the author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our


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for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild

and the just-released
Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.