A recent article by Jesse Mathewson tries to show that maybe McCain and Hayworth are both wrong for Arizona. He’s right about McCain. But he uses a now largely discounted scandal and an obscure vote on Singapore free trade to cast doubt on Hayworth.
Now in all fairness, Jesse has written a fair number of articles with genuinely conservative content. However, he has consistently supported an obscure no-experience candidate, Jim Deakin, whose chances to defeat McCain are remote, while Hayworth is fairly well — if precariously — positioned.
Further, Mathewson’s attempt to equate John McCain and J.D. Hayworth is definitely skewed if you consider the ratings of Hayworth and McCain given by the American Conservative Union (ACU).
In 2005, it was 80 to 100 in favor of Hayworth.
I don’t know about you, but if I were a college admissions officer considering 2 students and one had McCain’s near-failing to lackluster grades and the other had Hayworth’s top notch grades, I would choose Hayworth in a heartbeat.
Of course, there is this other guy Deakin, who may be ok. But how can we know? By what he says he’ll do? Remember how Obama sweet-talked us? Are you ready to vote for an unknown when you have a hard-working tried and proven A student waiting in the wings? And, strangely, Mathewson doesn’t say a word about illegal immigration, the key issue this year. If his candidate has a strong position on it, why doesn’t he say so? It’s his golden opportunity.
JD Hayworth obviates all other alternatives this year. After all, given the state of the polls today, a vote for Deakin is probably a vote for John McCain and we can’t afford another 6 years of waffling and pandering to illegal aliens.
On the other hand, Deakin has a chance to show Arizonans he has real character. By throwing his weight toward JD Hayworth and ridding America of a dangerous RINO once and for all. That in itself could be the start of a brilliant political career.