Today (Tuesday) is a high profile primary day. Among the many primary races taking place are two Senate races, where we find Sens. McCain (R-AZ) and Murkowski (R-AK) trying to hold onto their seats. For Sen. McCain, this race has been an unfortunate one, not because of a chance of losing, but because, in order to win, he has to move ideologically to the right. This bothers me, not because I agreed with Sen. McCain more when he was a relatively moderate Republican, but because it is a further sign of the times that bipartisanship is dead. Prior to his rightward shift, Mr. McCain cosponsored many bills with Democrats, including campaign finance reform (with Russ Feingold (D-WI)), climate change legislation (with Joe Lieberman (I-CT)), and immigration reform (with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)).
Conservatives used this bipartisan spirit to bash Sen. McCain, conveniently overlooking his strong stances in support of the Iraq troop surge, cuts in pork barrel spending, and the outlaw of so-called partial birth abortion (a practice so barbaric it makes me wonder how anyone can support its legality). Sen. McCain knows how to get things done in Washington; unfortunately, loud-mouthed pundits on the radio do not.
Sen. McCain’s race is against a former Congressman-turned-radio host, J.D. Hayworth. He’s an idiot, which is why McCain will easily win. But his image as a bipartisan ally is tarnished in the process.
Lisa Murkowski, on the other hand, is just a moderate Republican who likes to bring home loads of pork for her Alaskan constituents. This led Sarah Palin, who defeated Murkowski’s father to become Governor, to express her support of Ms. Murkowski’s opponent, Joe Miller. You can read her full endorsement on Facebook here.
Both McCain and Murkowski are expected to win. Sarah Palin hasn’t put too much into Joe Miller, so when he loses, she doesn’t look bad. Palin and the Murkowski family have been feuding since Palin’s race for Governor, so her endorsement of the opposition is no surprise.
Meanwhile, other high profile races include Florida Gubernatorial and Senatorial primaries and various House races. For more, visit: