The Maverick is Gone: McCain in Wing-Nut Tie With DeMint

February 24, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)— Well, it was good knowing you Maverick. The new conservative ratings are out and surprise, surprise, grumpy ol’ Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), last seen ranting incoherently on the Senate floor against the repeal of DADT, is no longer an Independent leaning Maverick. Far from it. In fact, McCain has moved so far to the right, he is now tied with radical teapartier Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) for the most conservative lawmaker in the Senate.

The conservative National Journal found that even the far-right Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is not as radical as McCain, when it comes to his 2010 voting record.

“The politician who once best exemplified the idea of a “maverick” independent has shifted so far to the right that he is now tied for the title of the Senate’s most conservative member, according to National Journal’s 2010 vote ratings.”

“According to a comprehensive examination of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side. His 89.7 composite conservative score ties him with stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and gives him a more conservative score than Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.”

Whatever McCain’s present leanings, I never bought his Mavericky, Maverick schtick. McCain is what he has always been: a self-serving opportunistic hack.

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