Most bloggers are ambivalent towards John McCain and I'm frankly no exception. While I admire his life story and political skills, I think McCain/Feingold is poor public policy not to mention that it appears to be unconstitutional. McCain played the role of obstructionist during the negotiations for Bush's tax cuts while his stand on the border issues troubles many activists. McCain's support of the local marriage amendment and opposition to the federal marriage amendment seems disjointed and it would help his cause a bit if McCain's inner circle would stop appearing on lists of "Republicans for Napolitano."
But I like a fair fight and the "straw poll" that got passed around at the Maricopa County Republican meeting wasn't a fair fight. There was no notice that a "poll" would be taken, and since it wasn't an official vote, it didn't have to follow any of the procedures that would ensure the fairness of an official resolution. The "straw poll" was just a piece of paper handed out at the meeting. It was a hit piece, a whack job.
However, the media are quick to pounce on any indication that McCain might be unpopular in his home state.
Arizona Sen. John McCain fared poorly and lost a straw poll among Phoenix-area Republicans in a potential matchup with other GOP presidential candidates.
McCain finished a disappointing fourth in a straw poll of those attending recent meetings of the Maricopa County Republican Party.
Let's get real. If McCain had a primary for the seat that he currently holds, he would crush all contenders. If McCain's negatives were as high as some in the Party would like to think they are, then someone would try to take him on. But that would be a fair fight, and at the end of it, the challenger would just be a greasy spot in the freeway.
Post Script. I'll leave the comments open on this post, but if they are anonymous and inflammatory, they won't last long.