I didn't actually watch it, as I'm trying to maintain my mental health, but reading that McCain And Hayworth Pound Each Other At First Debate wasn't surprising. This race is an "ugly" contest, with each trying to be the ugliest in show:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had his first debate tonight with his challengers, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth and conservative activist Jim Deakin, hosted by 3TV in Phoenix.
And one thing was made very clear, as if we didn't know it already: McCain and Hayworth really don't like each other, and they're not trying to hide it as they head toward the August 24 Republican primary.
"Congressman Hayworth is a pretty persuasive fellow," McCain said early on. "After he was voted out by his constituents he became a lobbyist, and after that a talk show host, and after that an infomercial late night star." Hayworth was first elected to the House in the Republican wave of 1994, and went on to lose re-election after six terms in the Democratic wave of 2006.
"John claims he's a Ronald Reagan Republican, and right out of the gate he's violating the 11th Commandment," Hayworth responded a short while later. (Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment was, "Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.") "Now I will admit I made a mistake making that informercial, but I'm willing to admit my mistakes." By contrast, said Hayworth, McCain isn't admitting his mistakes in voting against the Bush tax cuts, and in having supported amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Sadly, this is Arizona, so whichever wins the repub primary will win the senate seat. And as much as I hate St. Sleazy McCain, J.D. "dumber than an eggplant" Hayworth would be even worse. Hayworth embodies all the most hateful traits of the current republican party.
And regardless of who wins, we'll continue to have the embarrassment of Jon Kyl. Damn.