Where’s that leave petulant John McCain?
In July 2015 it wasn’t just the mid-summer Phoenix temperatures that were soaring. The intra-party Republic establishment versus conservative grassroots activists feuds had reached fever pitch. With that as a backdrop, we wrote “AZ GOP’s Robert Graham’s spiteful retribution,” detailing the pettiness and punishments meted out to early Trump supporters, such as Tyler Bowyer, Maricopa County GOP chairman and conservative elected precinct committeemen.
The intro to that post began with these words:
In a clear case of intra-party punishment aimed at Maricopa County Republican Chairman Tyler Bowyer for having the audacity to buck AZ GOP Chairman Robert Graham and his McCain-led establishment allies, comes this inexcusable retaliation. Bowyer hosted and appeared onstage at the July 11, 2015 Phoenix event featuring presidential candidate Donald Trump. That kind of independence doesn’t play well with those who want to dominate the party and, like John McCain, consider the conservative base “crazies.”
Now it appears Robert Graham has not only experienced a change of heart, but along with his epiphany has decided to buck his mentor John McCain, who just days ago haughtily announced he had pulled his shallow support — and even his and Cindy’s votes — from Republican presidential nominee Trump. The effect of that absurdity is to ensure a victory for Hillary Clinton, who McCain once called “a rock star” he could support.
Can it be that Graham, a committed Team McCain player, is now thumbing his nose at McCain’s ruthless antipathy towards Trump? Graham promotes “forgiveness” and calls for Republicans to come together in this well reasoned column “Forgiveness for Some,” posted at Townhall.
Based on past experiences, trusting Robert Graham is a difficult concept for conservatives to wrap their arms around. Who has arms that long?
Briefing number seven in the “Never McCain” series is titled Betrayal 2. Click link to view.