November 13th, 2008 22:01 EST
Conservative Republicans Turn Against John McCain
The 2008 election rendered the GOP a crushing blow, Barack Obama won the presidency in a landslide and the Democrats gained seats in the Senate and House of Representatives.
The Democrats are savoring their victory and planning their agenda, while the Republicans are licking their wounds and trying to figure out which direction to move in.
It looks like as a first step the Republicans are distancing themselves from John McCain. During his 2008 presidential run McCain pandered to the Republican base, and engaged in dirty politics. But prior to his ineffectual 2008 presidential campaign McCain was a true maverick who often butted heads with the leaders of his party. Conservative Republicans have never forgiven McCain, and now that he`s a loser who has lost most of his prestige they are sticking it to him. Witness this article from the AHP new wire:
"The Republican National Committee (RNC) filed lawsuits on Thursday claiming that provisions in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, which was sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), are unconstitutional.
The law, also known as the McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act, is one of the main reasons for McCain`s reformer and maverick image in Washington, his push for the legislation having earned him the ire of fellow Republicans. He reached across the aisle to sponsor the law along with Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)."
The McCain-Feingold Campaign Reform Act is one of McCain`s most sterling accomplishments, and this lawsuit is a repudiation of him. This lawsuit comes just nine days before McCain`s humiliating defeat, his colleagues aren`t wasting any time cutting him off at the knees.
McCain no longer enjoys the same power and prestige in the Senate, and conservative Republicans won`t hesitate to do anything to discredit him.
McCain had a very successful career in Congress, now that he`s been emasculated he should seriously consider an early retirement.