Is it really time for John McCain to hang it up and go back home to Arizona?
McCain, naturally, says no. J.D. Hayworth, his Republican opponent in the primary, says yes and points to what he terms McCain's shaky conservative principles.
McCain doesn't dominate in the polls, and there are some who think the former presidential candidate could be on the outs.
But this would mean that the growing discontentment with incumbents is so large that they're willing to boot out their own. Not that it already hasn't happened to Bob Bennett and Arlen Specter, but come on, this is the guy that picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. Where would she be if McCain hadn't elevated her to the national stage?
We here at PP&B think that a McCain defeat will truly prove the power of the tea party, and show that anger at the establishment is more than a passing fad in certain states. If McCain loses his election, it's a sea change. The man who ran for president under the Republican banner two years getting kicked out of office means that this ain't your daddy's conservative party.
McCain's defeat would leave several questions still unanswered. Can Hayworth defeat the Democrat come November? Can a majority of the new super conservatives get elected? And if so, how much power will the newbies have when they go head to head with the establishment that managed to get re-elected?