Arizona Republicans are asking where is politics’ version of Sandman Sims when you need him? For those of you not familiar with the World Famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York, Sandman Sims was the legendary tap dancer who would be called on to yank performers off stage during the Amateur Night competition if they weren’t up to snuff and then finish out their set with his own fancy footwork.
According to some in the GOP Arizona Senator John McCain needs to met the Sandman right now.
In the latest episode of Republican Bullshit Theater McCain was heckled by a room full right-winged bigots ( because let’s just be honest and call it what it is.) on Tuesday during a townhall meaning concerning immigration just outside of Phoenix.
McCain was taken to task by the unruly tea partiers who are disgusted with his prominent role in the Senate’s bipartisan approach to comprehensive immigration reform.
Amid ridiculous and racist quotes of “guns would stop undocumented immigration” and “undocumented immigrants are illiterate and only want free benefits.” McCain tried his best to reason with the unreasonable.
“There are 11 million people living here illegally, We are not going to get enough buses to deport them.” and he added “We are a Judeo-Christian nation,”
I can write a million columns on the David Duke wannabes that make up the tea party, they are racist, sexist, homophobic and everything in between. This is all about McCain and in particular the McCain of 2010.
You see there have been many versions of the old “Maverick”, there was the McCain who once supported campaign finance reform and sponsored legislation with former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold. There was the McCain who once gave his full throated support to a comprehensive Cap and Trade bill. There was the John McCain who went head first into supporting a bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill in 2007 with the late Ted Kennedy.
All of that was completely forgotten by McCain in 2010. Facing the first ever fight for his political life when getting a primary challenge from Radio Talk Show Host and far-right blowhard J.D. Hayworth, McCain felt that he had to do his best Lou Dobbs impersonation mixed with a little Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
2010 McCain was the guy who produced a campaign ad that referred to undocumented workers as “illegals”, called for massive numbers of American troops on the U.S./Mexico border, and then ended the same ad with now infamous “build the dang fence” quote.
McCain should not have been shocked when then quote was repeated back to him verbatim by one of the tea party bigots on Tuesday.
The bill has now come due for McCain. Arizona’s far right felt as though they would give their favorite albeit past his prime uncle one last six year term in the sun as long as he made good on promises Hayworth’s challenge made him make.
Aligning himself with the likes of Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin doesn’t exactly endure him to that crowd.
McCain has always struck me as one of those guys who wants to be a United States Senator for life. Why else would he sell his soul time and time again on issues he truly believes in just to remain in the upper chamber.
By making their voices heard Tuesday, Arizona’s Republican kooks who are not happy with McCain for touting what they feel is Amnesty just may play the part of the Sandman and put an end to the Maverick’s run.