Arizona Republican Party Censures McCain

The endless quest for conservative purity continues, with the Arizona Republican Party censuring Sen. John McCain, who has won his party’s nomination and the general election for his senate seat in the last five elections. The action was taken to condemn him for not being conservative enough.

The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.

The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate…

McCain isn’t up for re-election until 2016, when will turn 80. He announced in October that he was considering running for a sixth term.

According to the resolution, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee has campaigned as a conservative but has lent his support to issues “associated with liberal Democrats,” such as immigration reform and to funding the law sometimes known as Obamacare.

Several Republican county committees recently censured McCain.

Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution, said the censure showed that McCain was losing support from his own party.

This is really quite incredible. I can’t think of a precedent, a party censuring one of its most prominent leaders for lack of ideological purity.

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  • Reginald Selkirk
  • cry4turtles

    Cool. Arizona must not have any other issues. They’re just killin’ time. Yay!

  • matty1

    They really do eat their own, don’t they. Shouldn’t the Republican party be put of their (and others) misery?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    “The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently bigoted.”

    Fixed that for them.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    I can’t think of a precedent, a party censuring one of its most prominent leaders for lack of ideological purity.

    Leon Trotsky’s quibbles with Joe Stalin’s policies come to mind.

    McCain should watch visitors to his compound(s) very closely…

  • Mr Ed

    “The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is sufficiently conservative but lacked felling.” It just isn’t enough to vote against women, the poor and minorities you have to really want to vote against them

  • shouldbeworking

    That’s what happens when a republican uses both hands to clap on the arrival of Obama for the State of the Union speech.

  • erichoug

    This is awesome! The Republican party continues it’s march over the cliff. Keep after it, there’s more purity just a few hundred paces ahead!

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    I’m reminded of Barry Goldwater, the long time senator from Arizona and once the archetype of American conservatism. After the Republican Revolution swept Newt Gingrich and his cabal into power, Goldwater was essentially drummed out of the Republican Party because he was, you know, an actual conservative.

  • had3

    Waiting for them to defrock St. Ron for raising taxes. Then I’ll believe they’ve reached maximum purity.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “It just isn’t enough to vote against women, the poor and minorities you have to really brag about it.”

    Sorry, Mr. Ed, I thought that it needed a slight tweak.

    Fuck McCain. Fuck the Aryanzona GOP.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    He wasn’t pro torture. Though, admittedly he was pretty quiet on the topic.

  • thebookofdave

    This is really quite incredible.

    I think the word you’re looking for is inevitable.