- U.S. nuclear general boozed it up, chased ‘hot women’ in Russia: report
- 45 Calif. students at one school test positive for tuberculosis exposure
- Rob Ford on women: Give them cash ‘and they are happy’
- Ku Klux Klan group holds recruitment meeting in Maryland
- Airport assassination: Mayor, 3 others killed at Manila airport
- Tea party-type lawmakers take mysterious, off-books trip to Mideast
- North Korea warns South: We’ll attack ‘without warning’
- Congress sends sweeping defense bill to Obama
- Multiple injuries as balcony collapses at London’s Apollo theatre during performance
- Egypt rights center raided, 2 Mubaraks acquitted
McCain ‘08 bid losing steam
Question of the Day
Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign is showing signs of unraveling, with a continuing slide in the polls, voters’ irritation over his support of what they called amnesty for illegal aliens and his decision to pull out of the Iowa straw poll.
Party fundraisers say potential McCain donors are hanging back while Republican voters register rage over the Arizona senator’s backing of the immigration reform bill, which was sidetracked in the Senate last week.
The fundraisers say the party’s base remains annoyed with Mr. McCain’s refusal to say the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance law was a mistake that hurt free speech and helped wealthy Democratic donors and that his initial opposition to President Bush’s tax cuts was meant to endear him to independents and Democrats.
“McCain increasingly is having trouble getting support from conservatives in his party,” said Gary Kirk, a Republican fundraiser. “Even in his own state of Arizona, 60 percent of the people oppose the amnesty for illegal aliens that he favors. He has undercut his own party and the White House on tax cuts, campaign finance and other issues.”
“That’s why he pulled out of the [Aug. 11 Iowa] straw poll — that and he can’t raise the money,” Mr. Laudner said.
Mr. McCain announced June 6 that he would not participate in the straw poll but said he intended to compete in the state’s leadoff caucuses in the Republican presidential nomination process.
“I believe the wheels are beginning to come off the McCain campaign,” said the chairman of a state Republican Party in the mid-Atlantic, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “At a state chairmen’s meeting in South Carolina recently, the overwhelming view was that the charisma was gone, the sizzle was gone from McCain — maybe not for good. Maybe he could revive. But the excitement is not there.”
Mr. McCain’s actions yesterday may illustrate why that excitement is not there.
During a campaign stop in San Francisco, he defended what critics call the amnesty portion of the immigration bill.
“If you call anything short of rounding up 12 million people and deporting them amnesty, then OK,” Mr. McCain said. “But this proposal in my view in no way meets the definition of amnesty.”
“The man once considered the dominant front-runner in the race is now supported by just 11 percent of likely Republican primary voters nationwide,” Mr. Rasmussen said yesterday. “That’s down from 17 percent in May and 14 percent a week ago. His support is just half of what it was in January.”
Although Mr. McCain falls flat on a number of bedrock conservative issues, the Republican base does support his advocacy for a strong military and his stance against unnecessary federal spending.
A Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll, released yesterday, reports Mr. McCain with only 12 percent support among Republicans — less than half the 27 percent support enjoyed by former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who only recently said he is “testing the waters” for a presidential run, has 21 percent support. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is fourth at 10 percent.
By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
- Citing 'unfair system,' Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Huge backlash mounts over suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
- Gov't wasted $30 billion on 'pillownauts,' crystal goblets -- buying human urine!
- Deportations under Obama plunged to just 1 percent last year
- Sebelius adds yet another exemption for Obamacare
- PRUDEN: 'Tis the season for apologies
- EDITORIAL: Red faces at the White House
- Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly mocked
- Bill Gates: The Secret Santa disguised as a 'friendly fellow' on Reddit
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Southern Fried Politics from the Lens of a Persian-American Millennial
All of the world’s problems, solved on your back porch
Paul Rondeau exposes the propaganda, media tricks, and government policies that undermine our families, faith, freedom…and even life itself
Implement these actionable tips, how-to’s and best practices in 10 minutes or less to leverage online communications and technology for brand, business and career development.
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow