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Next week, Arizona voters have a chance to do something really important for the Republican Party. Eliminate a key RINO (Republican in Name Only) and clean out some deadwood in the United States Senate. John McCain has been a major stumbling block for conservatives for decades.

In an interview with Glenn Beck, Rick Santorum said this about his former colleague: “On almost every major domestic policy issue that I dealt with over the last six years anyway when I was in leadership of the Senate, John McCain was not just on the other side … (he was) condemning people who hold the position opposite to you and sort of buying into these fallacious arguments that the left would argue on and everything from … importation of drugs to global warming to immigration.”

Unfortunately, Arizona voters have short memories. Maybe it’s the summer desert heat. Maybe it’s their age. (Arizona has a larger-than-average retirement community.) Maybe they are blinded by the beauty of Sarah Palin who had no choice but to endorse her former running mate. More likely, it’s his $20 million media blitz against a worthy primary opponent, J.D. Hayworth.

There is no limit to the amount of money a powerful and rich incumbent like McCain can raise. McCain has outspent Hayworth 10 to 1. No surprise there. What is surprising is that the majority of Arizona voters appear to be fooled again.

I was in Arizona a couple of weeks ago, and traveling was extremely dangerous. No matter which way I turned, there was Sen. John McCain speeding backwards.

He was traveling backwards on immigration reform.

He was traveling backwards on amnesty for illegal aliens.

He was traveling backwards on the border fence.

He was traveling backwards on “enforcement first.”

When McCain wasn’t traveling backwards, he was going around in circles on issues like cap-and-tax and offshore oil drilling. And, when he wasn’t traveling backwards or running around in circles, he was running away from issues like global warming, windfall profits and his campaign-finance (incumbent protection) reform bill. It was enough to make your head spin. That must be the problem. Voters are so dizzy they simply can’t think straight anymore!

If you go to his website, www.johnmccain.com, and look under “issues,” you won’t see any mention of the major ones he’s championed. Frankly, I’m not sure where he stands on most of them anymore. It’s no wonder voters are confused. And when voters are confused or uninformed, they tend to vote for the “incumbent.”

The polls show that only 20 percent of the people approve of the job Congress is doing. Hello! Unfortunately, when they go to into the voting booth, they have collective amnesia.

There was a time when McCain could impress me railing about earmarks and government waste. Not anymore. I’ve seen him turn around and vote for so many bills that contained the very earmarks he railed against.

During the spring, the more conservative Hayworth was overtaking McCain in the polls. Twenty million dollars later, McCain has a lead that has made him comfortable enough to start tacking back to the left on illegal immigration.

Anybody in Arizona paying attention?

One of the biggest problems we have is the practice of granting citizenship to children born to those who break into the country. The 14th Amendment has been twisted by liberal judges to make that the current law of the land. One in every 12 children now born in this country have a parent who is an illegal alien. These children are called “anchor babies.” Billions of dollars of welfare flow through these babies to their illegal parents. Only a handful of countries are foolish enough to allow this. The U.S. is one of them.

Last week, the Republican leadership raised the issue of holding hearings on the original intent of the 14th Amendment. McCain appeared to support them. Now that he feels he has the election sewed up, he wants to keep this practice in place.

Arizona are you listening?

Still, McCain is not home free – and he knows it. That is why he launched a last-minute ad trying to smear Hayworth for taking campaign money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (Abramoff gave money to many office holders. The honest ones like Hayworth gave it back.)

Does anyone remember the Keating Five?

McCain should be ashamed of himself for using this underhanded tactic. Unfortunately, many brain-dead Arizona voters will be fooled by it.

McCain is a legitimate war hero, but he has failed us a United States senator. Let’s hope Arizona voters regain their senses and send this man into retirement.

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