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Is Donald Trump secretly working to get Democrats elected next year?

Sure does seem like it on face value since he got elected…..

I often repeat here something the media leaves out when talking about Trump these days and his adopted party in Congress….

DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNED AGAINST HIS PARTIES LAWMAKERS….

Folks?

He has changed that one bit…..

The guy does NOT like it when things don’t go his way, and his idea of deal making seems to be ?….Hit’m over the head until they give in….

But with Midterm elections coming in a little more than a year and Trump throwing so much at his Grand Ole party people that has the Republican Senate Majority leader not speaking to him ( he attacked McConnell AGAIN last night )  and other Senator’s , who the party needs to vote FOR him….

Could Trump be ‘helping  Democrat’s in next year’s elections ?…..

President Donald Trump put the Republican Party on notice on Tuesday evening — implicitly attacking two Republican senators on their home turf, threatening a government shutdown over his border wall, and demanding that senators kill the filibuster because it’s impeding his agenda.

In an often-angry speech here that stretched on for well over an hour, the president returned to many of the same targets he went after on the campaign trail. He spent more than a half-hour lambasting the media, which he accused of misrepresenting his comments after the Charlottesville violence. Yet he also turned his weaponry on fellow Republicans, going after Arizona’s two GOP senators who’ve been a thorn in his side.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said. “We’re going to have our wall. The American people voted for immigration control. We’re going to get that wall.”

While Trump’s nationalist supporters cheered Trump’s conviction — the wall has been advocated by his former chief strategist Steve Bannon — it faces objections from the more establishment wing of the GOP. Mainstream Republicans worry about the political fallout from a shutdown heading into the 2018 midterms, especially given the dearth of other legislative accomplishments under an all-GOP government so far.

At another point, the president demanded again that the Senate ditch the legislative filibuster, complaining that the 60-vote threshold is impeding his agenda. (The Obamacare repeal legislation needed only 50 votes, though Trump noted there are other provisions that need 60 votes that he would like to enact.)

Intentional or not, the renewed call was a barb at McConnell, who has repeatedly said the Senate GOP has no appetite for scrapping the filibuster.

“For our friends in the Senate, oh boy. The Senate, we have to get rid of what’s called the filibuster rule,” Trump said. “If we don’t the Republicans will never get anything passed. Eight Democrats are controlling all of this legislation.”

Trump’s supporters, many of whom interrupted his speech with cries of “Drain the Swamp,” ate it all up. As the president lashed Flake, they yelled “flush Flake.” When he bashed McCain, they booed. When he suggested a pardon is on the way for former Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arpaio, an immigration hardliner who was recently convicted of criminal contempt, they yelled “pardon!”….

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Trump Arizona post election campaign rally doesn’t have barbs thrown at GOP Sen. Flake…

The political media was a buzz at Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona today….

The story was Trump was going there to throw down against Republican Senator Jeff Flake , who is running for re-election and has been critical of Trump in the media….(The other Arizona Senator is Republican John McCain , who helped derail the Healthcare Repeal bill effort)

That story didn’t play…

Instead Donald Trump got a chance to recharge his batters with a large crowd that was supportive….

Oh, and changed directions on the Charlottesville violence and comments he made for the third time….

Of course he attacked the media….

President Donald Trump was back in his natural element on Tuesday night, revving up a stadium of supporters in Phoenix, launching attacks on the media and defending last week’s response to a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the day after a scripted, sober address about an increased American military presence in Afghanistan.

Trump seemed to be reveling in the crowd’s love from the moment he entered, clapping his hands as he made his way slowly to the podium, and before long he was enticing the crowd to rain boos on reporters.

“Wow, what a crowd, what a crowd,” were Trump’s first words when he stepped to the microphone.

“There aren’t too many people outside protesting, that I can tell you,” Trump quickly added, before going on to marvel at the size of the crowd, and noting that some people were still in line waiting to get in.

Trump then issued a call for unity.

“We all share the same home, the same dreams and the same hopes for a better future,” he said. “A wound inflicted on one member of our community is a wound inflicted upon us all. When one part of America hurts, we all hurt. And one American suffers an injustice, all of America suffers together. We’re all together.”

But quickly, Trump became animated and began a broadside against the “very dishonest media,” as the crowd booed loudly. Apparently lifted by the energy of the crowd, Trump quickly moved off script.

“I have a home in Charlottesville,” Trump quipped, before attacking the media and re-reading his initial statements from after Charlottesville, claiming repeatedly that he was misrepresented by the press. He did not repeat his call for blame on “many sides.”

Trump derided The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN — the crowd chanted “CNN sucks!” — and “little George Stephanopoulos” of ABC.

The crowd roared along with each attack, as Trump was repeatedly interrupted by protesters, one of whom he berated for not having a “powerful voice.”…

Large protests were planned near the Phoenix Convention Center, where Trump appeared.

Arizona is not exactly friendly territory for Trump to begin with. He carried the state in November by less than four points, a slim margin in a state that hasn’t gone Democratic in a presidential race since 1996. Neither of the state’s Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain, supported him on Election Day. Flake never endorsed Trump, and McCain withdrew his support after a tape surfaced in October in which Trump bragged about groping women.

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Sen McCain wants a YUGE Defense spending increase….

Republicans like MCain, the head of the Senate Armed Service Committee want to disregard the spending caps in place and up the Defense spending….

( A good deal of that spending would to bolster America’s Defense against Russia, Trump favorite buddies)….

Republican’s Freedom party/Tea Party types are NOT gonna  go along with sopending for Healthcare , Dfense and  Trump’s Wall that Mexico os NEVER gonna pay for WITH any kind of tax cuts also ….

Sen. John McCain is set to propose a military buildup that would add nearly half a trillion dollars to the defense budget over the next five years and blow past current limits on Pentagon spending, according to a copy of the blueprint drafted by the chairman of the Armed Services and obtained by POLITICO.

The proposal, which is set to be unveiled early this week, is the opening salvo of Republican hawks as they seek to leverage GOP majorities in the House and Senate and seize upon the surprise victory of President-elect Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to rebuild the armed forces.

The 21-page plan advocates boosting the Pentagon budget as well as nuclear weapons spending in the Department of Energy by approximately $430 billion over budget projections between fiscal 2018 and 2022 — including to finance a bigger Army and significantly more new warships and fighter jets.

It would also bust through the spending caps now mandated by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which are not set to expire until after 2021 and would have to be overturned….

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Sen McCain to Healthcare Insurance Companies?…Who Needs You?

The Republican Senator from Arizona , who is 80 years old* , doesn’t give two shits about the Healthcare Insurance Industries worries about a Obamacare repeal/rewrite….

Other politicians WILL listen to the industry which employees almost a half million employees and does almost $800 Billion in revenue….

To NOT do so would be foolish and dangerous to America’s and their economy and health…

As Republicans eye a rapid repeal of the Affordable Care Act, insurers and the interest groups that represent them are begging Congress to take it slow and come up with a replacement.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says he doesn’t care what insurers think at all.

“Insurance companies are the people who signed up to Obamacare. They have no relevance to me. I don’t want to hear from ’em,” McCain told reporters. “We’ll devise our own replacement. We don’t need the insurance companies to sign on or AMA.”

McCain said if Congress passes a law, insurers “have to obey it,” but “they are not at the table in negotiating.”

McCain said that because insurers supported “what has been a miserable failure, I am not interested in hearing their recipes for fixing it.”…

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The fight for the Tillerson Sec of State nomination….

Republicans are mounting a strong internal selling campaign among US Senate Republicans that sit on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee for the Rex Tillerson nomination to become Donald Trump’s Sec of State….

Tillerson is the CEO of Exxon/Mobil Oil , the HUGE energy /oil company ….

He has close contacts with leaders around the world, which would make him a good pick one might assume….

But Tillerson also has had personal contact’s with Russian President Putin and THAT has caused Republican and Democratic Senator’s to caution against Tillerson getting the Sec of State job….

At the start of the week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) seemed bent on opposing the nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.

By the end of it, Rubio had heard directly from former vice president Richard B. Cheney, according to a person with knowledge of the conversation, as well as other key supporters of the ExxonMobil chief executive.

With that, one more controversial proposal by Trump at risk of running aground had found new hope for smoother waters. In this case, the intervention of a high-powered gaggle of establishment Republican leaders — none of them long-standing allies of Trump — appears to be leading the effort to save Tillerson’s nomination.

Tillerson is opposed by many Republicans and Democrats who are suspicious of his perceived close ties to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, who has worked with ExxonMobil on energy deals.

Yet he is also backed by a small army of hawkish GOP luminaries and deep-pocketed donors. Robert M. Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, personally recommended Tillerson in a meeting with Trump. Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state, made the same recommendation to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Several of these Tillerson boosters enjoy direct lines of communication to Rubio and other Tillerson skeptics such as Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.). They are seeking to use those channels to blunt hostility in the Senate, where Tillerson must win confirmation….

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It should be pointed out that Robert Gates and Condi Rice, who have been working on inside with Trump, to get Tillerson the job, have working relationshisps with a company that DOES business with Exxon…..

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Donald Trump will NEED Senate Republicans to be Happy…

The Republicans now control both houses of Congress…..

Come the third week in January they are on line to have the Presidency also….

But the guy moving into the White House will need the help of his parties members in the US Senate to get want he wants in the US Congress….

THAT may prove to be a  difficult endeavor ……

While the Republican’s hold a slim majority there…..

There are several GOP Senator’s who have ALREADY indicated that they are NOT gonna go along with everything a Trump White House might want….

This couldn’t Make the Senate Democrat’s (And other DEmocrat’s) happier…..

While much of the attention in Washington is on who will fill the Trump cabinet, it is already clear who some of the most important people will be when it comes to fulfilling the Trump agenda.

One group will be particularly well positioned to either accommodate or infuriate Donald J. Trump: a handful of independent-minded Republican senators who have shown a willingness to break with the president-elect and have readily split with their own party on issues in the past.

Given the narrower divide in the Senate after the election, these senators must be kept on board if Mr. Trump and the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate want to advance legislation and nominations in the face of Democratic opposition.

Some are already making known their readiness to take on the new administration. “There will be some areas where I don’t agree, and it will be my job to represent a coequal branch of the government,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, who was outspoken in his criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign.

Other senators who will be prominent in the “will-they-or-won’t-they” caucus include Mr. Graham’s longtime ally, John McCain of Arizona; Jeff Flake of Arizona; Susan Collins of Maine; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Ben Sasse of Nebraska; and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

They will differ issue by issue, and they will certainly side much more often than not with the Republican majority. And don’t count on them to block cabinet nominees such as their Republican colleague Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Mr. Trump’s choice for attorney general, despite criticism of his civil rights record. They know and like Mr. Sessions.

They are poised to challenge the new administration and their colleagues on policy areas in which they deeply disagree or on some of the more extreme proposals that arose from the Trump campaign.

“If the president came forth with a legislative proposal that would ban all Muslims from coming into the United States, I would obviously oppose something like that,” said Ms. Collins, a centrist who wrote an op-ed article in August announcing that she would not vote for Mr. Trump because he did not represent historical Republican values……

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John McCain easily beats Challanger in Arizona GOP Senate Primary

John McCain won the contest against his opponent Kelli Ward by 55.2 % to 35.1% when we posted this up….

Ward had be going hard  after McCain….Knocking him for NOT being  Conservative ENOUGH….

She also went after McCain for being too old to serve….

I guess GOP voters in the state didn’t agree…..

In what can be seen as a defeat for Donald Trump, Arizona Senator John McCain has defeated Kelli Ward in his primary battle..

McCain has held his seat since 1987 and hasn’t faced much re-election competition, either within his own party or from a Democratic challenger, since. His races have been little more than formalities, and he has become a mainstay of GOP politics in the years that followed.

There was a thought that that might change Tuesday….

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George W. Bush is helping some GOP Senator’s raise money….

The former President had vowed to stay away from politics….

But now is going out to help a few Republican Senator’s raise money that in a normal campaign would be coming in help from the parties nominee….

Oh, Yea…..

The Bush family ain’t backing Donald Trump for President…..

Republican Unity?

In the weeks since Mr. Trump emerged as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Mr. Bush has headlined fund-raisers for two Republican senators and has made plans to help three more. Among them are Senators John McCain of Arizona, who was one of Mr. Trump’s earliest targets of derision, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, who has struggled to respond to Mr. Trump’s inflammatory talk.

Friends say that the former president is deeply bothered by Mr. Trump’s campaign message, especially his derogatory remarks about Muslims and immigrants. At the event with Mr. McCain, Mr. Bush stressed the importance of preserving the Republican-held Senate as a “check and balance” on the White House, suggesting that such a check was needed, whether the next president is Mr. Trump or Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Mr. Bush announced through a spokesman last month that he would not support Mr. Trump’s candidacy and would not attend the Republican convention in Cleveland next month. His father, former President George Bush, and his brother Jeb Bush, who was defeated and ridiculed by Mr. Trump in the primary campaign, are also staying away.

It has been a painful year for the Bushes, as Mr. Trump has not only upended the party that they dominated for decades but has done so by publicly repudiating the 43rd president’s legacy…..

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Some Republican Senator’s (And other GOPer’s) chafe and carrying Trump on their backs….

Donald Trump’s running against the aprty he’s try to get unted behind him is already hurting some longstanding Republican US Senator’s and others…

Trump’s unexpected ascension has forced Republican lawmakers across the country — most of whom, like Blunt, have pledged to support their party’s eventual nominee — into verbal contortions as they try to distance themselves from Trump’s divisive antics without alienating the millions of GOP voters who nominated him.

That dynamic — now certain to play out for another six months — has Democrats increasingly confident about their chances to win back the Senate majority in 2017.

Because of Trump’s candidacy, national Democrats believe they can expand their Senate map beyond the battleground states like Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and New Hampshire to win the five seats they need. Key forecasters now think Republican incumbents in states like Arizona, North Carolina and Missouri, considered safe a year ago, are now vulnerable.

“If Donald Trump is at the top of the ticket . . . no doubt that this may be the race of my life,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said at a closed-door fundraiser last month, according to a recording published last week by Politico.

It remains unclear whether Trump could lose Missouri, a state that, four years ago, preferred Mitt Romney by 10 points. But Democrats believe Blunt is vulnerable in any scenario and have recruited a particularly potent challenger in Jason Kander, the 35-year-old Missouri secretary of state, a former Army intelligence office who served in Afghanistan and is now waging an aggressive campaign targeting Blunt’s longstanding ties to corporate interests and his party’s Washington leadership…..

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Trump on McCain….‘I like people who weren’t captured’

‘The Donald’ just ran out of steam with Republicans I’d guess …..

While Trump has called Mc Cain a War Hero……..

He also went on to say this about McCain loses to President Obama in 2008….

The responses to his comments have been unformily negative so far. from his party members….

“I supported McCain for president,” Trump said of McCain’s 2008 GOP presidential campaign.

“He lost and let us down,” Trump said, arguing he had spent $1 million on McCain’s Oval Office bid.

“I’ve never liked him as much after that,” he added. “I don’t like losers.”

The dissing McCain came out as this…..

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday made fun of Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) military service during a question-and-answer session at the the 2015 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa.

The New York business mogul taunted McCain’s six years as a prisoner during the Vietnam War.

“He was a war hero because he was captured,” Trump sarcastically told host Frank Luntz during the 2015 Family Leadership Summit. “I like people who weren’t captured.”

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Dem Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will run against Republican Sen McCain in Arizona…

Democrats mount another attempt to take back the majority of the US Senate…..

GOP Senator McCain will have a tough time in the primary and if he gets thru that , in the general election….

Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will challenge Republican Sen. John McCain for Senate, according to a source with knowledge of Kirkpatrick’s plans, giving Democrats a top recruit and a potential pickup opportunity.

Kirkpatrick made calls Monday to inform people of her plans, the source told CQ Roll Call. Her bid also opens up Arizona’s 1st District, a GOP-leaning seat that 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney captured by a 3-point margin in 2012.

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….this view from Daily Kos….

PPP surveys both the GOP primary and general elections in Arizona, and let’s just say they don’t exactly bring good news for John McCain.
McCain, who is seeking a sixth term, has never had a great relationship with his party’s base, and he posts a terrible 41-50 approval rating with GOP primary voters. So far McCain doesn’t have a credible intra-party challenge, but PPP takes a look at a few hypothetical matchups. While McCain’s ahead in all of them, his leads are not robust:

• 40-39 vs. Rep. David Schweikert
• 42-40 vs. Rep. Matt Salmon

• 44-31 vs. state Sen. Kelli Ward

• 48-27 vs. 2014 gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones

McCain is even more unpopular with the general electorate than he is with his own party, sporting an ugly 36-51 statewide approval score. PPP tested him against 2012 Senate nominee Richard Carmona, 2014 gubernatorial nominee Fred DuVal, and Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema.

• McCain 40, Carmona 34
• McCain 40, DuVal 36

• McCain 42, Kirkpatrick 36

• McCain 42, Sinema 36

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Political Roundup for April 8, 2015…Conservatives to go after McCain?…Red Racing Horses

by: GoBigRedState

Senate:

AZ-Sen: Sen. John McCain (R) has officially announced his bis for a 6th term next year. McCain who is 78, shrugged off questions about his age, by pointing out that his mother is 103 and “doing fine”. Conservative groups plan to challenge McCain in the Republican primary, although nobody has announced a primary challenge to him yet. State Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City has made the most noise so far about a primary challenge.

FL-Sen: Rep. Alan Grayson (D) hasn’t decided on a Senate run, but he’s clearly keeping the option open. Yesterday, he took a thinly veiled shot at Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) on Twitter saying that “Floridians know that when Democrats pretend to be Republicans, they lose”.

Governor:

KY-Gov: Gatewood Galbraith was a 5-time candidate for governor, well-known for his support of legalizing marijuana. He died in 2012, but his name on the ballot for governor may live on. Terrill Newman has changed his name to Gatewood Galbraith and is planning on running for governor as an independent. Newman(Galbraith), who has run unsuccessfully for Lexington mayor and for Lexington-Fayette Urban Council in the 1970s and 80s, must get 5,000 signatures of registered voters to get on the ballot.

WV-Gov: Sen. Joe Manchin (D) says it is a “50-50 tossup” whether he runs for governor or not. He says he will make his decision by Memorial Day at the latest, and says his decision will be made partly on changes in Washington such as Sen. Harry Reid’s impending retirement, and surveying the state political landscape….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/6/15… A weak primary opponent may again save John McCain

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gestures to U.S. Rep. Peter King before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 21, 2013.   REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Actual good news… for John McCain!

Leading Off:

AZ-Sen: Hard-line conservatives would love to give John McCain a real primary challenge, but they’re at risk of being stuck with a sub-standard candidate for the second time in a row. FreedomWorks hopes that Rep. Matt Salmon gets in, but Salmon has done little to suggest that he’s going for it, and political observers expect him to stay out. Salmon’s office says that the congressman is “100 percent focused on his current job of serving his constituents, not on his plans to run for re-election or any other office,” which, while not a no, doesn’t hint that he’s really interested in the Senate. Fellow Rep. David Schweikert has also admitted that he’s extremely unlikely to challenge McCain.

State Sen. Kelli Ward is seriously contemplating a bid, but she’s going to need to overcome skepticism from her would-be allies. FreedomWorks’ CEO admits on-the-record that Ward’s record makes him “a little nervous,” since she holds only a 76 percent rating from the state branch of Americans for Prosperity. Her decision to hold a hearing on chemtrails, which conspiracy theorists allege poison the air, has him a bit wary as well.

McCain has not officially kicked off his re-election campaign but he looks very likely to run again, and there are also doubts about whether Ward has the ability to beat him. In 2010, tea party groups rallied behind former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, but he was no match for McCain’s aggressive campaign, and the senator easily secured renomination. It’s early, but McCain’s intra-party detractors can be forgiven if they’re experiencing a bit of deja vu right now.

Senate:

FL-Sen: State Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has been meeting with national Republicans about his potential Senate bid, and it sounds like he’s all-in. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Atwater is telling party activists and donors that he’s running, though Atwater hasn’t publicly confirmed anything. Incumbent Marco Rubio is set to announce his plans on April 13, and he’s expected to say that that he’ll forgo re-election to run for president. We should hear more from Atwater soon after, though he may need to get past a lot of other Sunshine State Republicans in the primary.

But Atwater at least won’t need to worry about Joe Scarborough, who served in the House until 2001. The MSNBC talking head constantly flirts with a comeback bid, but he’ll spare us the Hamlet act this cycle. However, Scarborough said that he might run in 2018, when Democrat Bill Nelson is up. I’m sure the NRSC will be as delighted by the prospect as they were in 2011, when they angrily denied that they had tried to recruit him to run against Nelson, while claiming Scarborough was interested in running in New York.

Rep. Patrick Murphy currently has the Democratic field to himself, and he’s hoping to keep it that way. Murphy is hosting a fundraiser featuring two prominent state Democrats, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and 2010 gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink. Fellow Rep. Alan Grayson is mulling jumping in and he may not be intimidated, but Murphy’s establishment support could give him a leg-up in a potential primary.

OH-Sen: Plenty of Buckeye State Democrats thought that Cincinnati Councilor P.G. Sittenfeld would find a way to gracefully exit the primary after former Gov. Ted Strickland got in, but Sittenfeld is making it clear once-and-for-all that he’s going nowhere anytime soon. Sittenfeld is putting together a credible team, which you don’t do if you’re just looking to save face. Whether Strickland likes it or not, he has a primary opponent.

PA-Sen: Last week, we mildly questioned the wisdom of Democrat Joe Sestak’s epic walk across Pennsylvania, not that it isn’t good for some free local media, but because he set such a blistering pace that it would take him away from his real job at this point in the cycle, which is to dial for dollars. Well, the Washington Post takes a closer look at how Sestak was spending his punishing days last month.

It sounds like he did most of his walking efficiently during the early morning and late evening, when he wouldn’t be calling anyone anyway, and it also sounds like he got in a lot of local media interviews during the day, so that’s good. On the other hand, it doesn’t sound like there was a lot of face-to-face voter contact involved, and also, given the description of his eating and sleeping habits during the walk (and walking along highways in the dark), it’s something of a wonder that he’s even still alive at this point….

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About that Letter to Iran from the GOPer Senator’s….

attribution: REUTERS
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

John McCain was one of the 47 Republican senators who signed onto the open letter to Iran. But he doesn’t seem so sure anymore that it was an effective strategy. The letter, McCain said on Fox News, was just intended to “tell the Iranians that whatever deal they make, the Congress of the United States will play a role,” but “Maybe that wasn’t the best way.”

Gosh, maybe not. But why would almost all of the Republicans in the Senate do such a thing?

“It’s also symptomatic between the total lack of trust that exists now between we Republicans and the president,” he said.“This has established a poisoned environment here which sometimes causes us to react maybe in not the most effective fashion.”

Isn’t it a shame that there’s such a lack of trust just mysteriously existing, when all Republicans ever did was say that they were going to block everything President Obama tried to gain partisan points and make it easier to defeat him in 2012. Republicans are so very sad that after years of them refusing to work with the president, he stopped bending over backward to try to do so. Now, Republicans are left with no choice but to retaliate by breaking all precedent in writing to Iran to try to scuttle a diplomatic solution to nuclear concerns.

On the other hand, at least McCain didn’t try to claim the letter was some kind of “cheeky” joke….

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Ashton B. Carter goes before McCain’s Committee for his Defense Sec Job interview

Carter will be confirmed….

That’s a lock….

But Senate Armed Services Committee chair Sen John McCain is now mister INSIDE and will be pushing Carter to move to the right on his boss President Obama , who is hesitant to do the traditional Republican right leaning Foreign Policy/Military traditional flex….

Ashton B. Carter, President Obama’s choice to become his fourth secretary of defense, said Wednesday that he was “very much inclined” to provide arms to Ukraine to fend off Russian-backed rebels, something the White House so far as resisted.

“We need to support the Ukrainians in defending themselves,” Carter said at his Senate confirmation hearing.

In response to a pointed question from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carter said he would first need to consult with U.S. military leaders andUkrainian officials before making a specific recommendation about what kind of weapons Washington should send to Kiev. But he left no doubt that he supported the idea.

“I am inclined in the direction of providing them with arms, including . . . lethal arms,” he said.

The Obama administration has provided night-vision goggles, body armor and other supplies to the Ukrainian government, but has drawn the line at funneling weapons out of fear that they would merely escalate the conflict with the rebels and provoke countermeasures from the Russian government.

Several U.S. military and civilian leaders have been pressing the White House to reconsider in recent weeks as the rebels have continued to make gains and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin has shown no sign of halting Moscow’s aggressive intervention in Ukraine….

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John McCain seeks to wipe out his states Tea Party…..

Politico has a piece out thatf ocuses on the GOP Civil War in the state of Arizona…..

Namly the effort by the GOP US Senator from the state’s mopves to replace mopst of the Tea party operatives from postions of power….

If this catchs on around the country the move to the extreme right within the party nationally will have taken back by the stablishment and COMPROMISE will again be possible much more in the nations government….

McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has long faced opposition from conservatives who view him as too moderate, particularly on immigration. During the height of the tea party movement in 2010, McCain stared down a spirited primary challenge from J.D. Hayworth, a conservative former congressman. Many in the state expect the senator to face another primary challenge in 2016.

Until this year, however, McCain aides had never seriously considered a concerted effort to remake the state GOP apparatus, which has traditionally been dominated by his conservative antagonists. That changed after the January censure, which rapped the senator for having an insufficiently conservative record that was “harmful” to Arizona.

“He was very unhappy with the censure and wanted to make sure it never happened again,” said Mike Hellon, McCain’s deputy campaign manager in 2010.

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