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AZ-Sen: McCain Gets Minuteman Primary Challenge

by: Crisitunity

Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 5:27 PM EDT

Mmmmmm... own. In one more example of how an unglued GOP has developed a taste for, well, itself, a rather high-profile primary challenger has emerged to take on John McCain in 2010... and to drag the national face of the GOP deeper and deeper into right-wing nationalism and xenophobia even as the country becomes more and more diverse.

Chris Simcox, the founder of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps and a prominent figure in the movement to clamp down on illegal immigration, will announcing tomorrow at an event on the Mexican border that he's resigned from the group to run in the 2010 Senate primary.

There have been rumors of a primary challenge from the right before; there was a brief surge in J.D. Hayworth's stock a few months ago. Still, Simcox's entry seems a bit surprising, given that he has no political resume and he's best-known for founding a group that makes many people uncomfortable, to say the least. On the other hand, Simcox has a national profile to draw on for fundraising purposes. To me, though, he seems poised to go down the same road as Ron Paul's presidential campaign: he may be good at getting wackos all over the place to pry open their wallets for small-dollar donations, but he probably won't have the skills or connections for converting that into meaningful numbers of votes against an establishment candidate.

Still, it would behoove the Democrats to start thinking about fielding a serious candidate for this race instead of handing out McMaverick's usual free pass. Their chances in this race may have improved, with McCain having to run the right-wing gauntlet before even reaching the general. The erratic McCain we saw in the late stages of the presidential race may resurface if he faces a long, tiring, disspiriting campaign, and who knows how many gaskets he may blow between now and Nov. 2010. (Discussion already underway in Chad's diary.)

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You just know
Tancredo will be there campaigning with Simcox.  

has to be the preeminent choice for a Macaca-esque incident this cycle.

22, Democrat, AZ-01
Peace. Love. Gabby.

Pre-eminent choices don't have records for producing macaca incidents.
Except for Michelle Bachmann, but she's a special case.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
Any polls on McCain's post-Nov favorables in AZ?
best-known for founding a group that makes many people uncomfortable, to say the least
But how many AZ GOP primary voters are in that uncomfortable category?

But one just keeps on seeing stories about how MCcain is unpopular with his home state Repubs. I guess we'll find out

Delicious stuff
Can't wait to see Simcox yukking it up with Tancredo and Randy Graf.  Hopefully he gets Joe Arpaio as a spokesman (like "Joe" the Plumber).  McCain can't lose, but man would it be priceless to see him lurching to the right to try to fend off the crazies in his own backyard.

"Sam the Plumber"
doesn't just have the right ring to it.

"Super Mario", on the other hand...

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
But it still has a better ring to it than ...
Sam/Joe the Tax Cheat, or Sam/Joe the Right-Wing Activist -- and either of those would more accurately describe this cartoon character.

[ Parent ]
Are you saying that
Mario is a right-wing anti-tax activist? :P

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
He DOES run around hording golden coins.  And when's the last time you actually saw him do any actual plumbing?

[ Parent ]
He also seems to be racist against
lizardfolk.  Or turtles, at least.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
Many other Republicans ...
... have engaged in professional plumbing more than Sam/Joe/Mario.  Let's see: there's Larry Craig, Mark Foley, David Vitter -- that's almost enough to start a Union.

[ Parent ]
Mario also wears red
Which may indicate a preference towards republicans.

[ Parent ]
The connotations surrounding that color certainly have changed

[ Parent ]
No kidding!
Does anyone know how this came to be in the United States -- that we're the only country that I'm aware of where the left is blue and the right is red?

[ Parent ]
It comes from the closeness of 2000
Before that the networks used to alternate the colors on the map every fours years but because the "blue state", "red state" mantra entered the popular vernacular and stuck they didn't change back in 2004.

[ Parent ]
So it was all an accident,

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
True, I always preferred red
It's the color of socialism/communism.

[ Parent ]
Those Republicans and their red colors...
what about accusations of anti-American activities now?

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
And does that make Luigi an environmentalist?

[ Parent ]
I know how Democrats manufacture votes all the time!
It's those damn magikoopas!

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

[ Parent ]
I still would love Phil Gordon to run.
He's probably the strongest candidate statewide and a pretty solid progressive option.  If we could talk him into it he'd make a terrific challenger.

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