And who defines the corrupt DC establishment better than John Sidney McCain? That would be the very same J Sid who voted against Wall Street reform. [Note: Link to accompanying article is now broken] Yes, that corrupt DC establishment candidate:
In the Senate vote, four Republicans sided with the Democrats for approval: Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Charles Grassley and Scott Brown.
Why, Rodney Glassman could. And who is this Rodney Glassman I speak of?
This comes via an e-mailed press release internal polling memo (please note, edited to correct). Consider it an introduction:
He can win based on his appeal as a candidate as well as polling data that has been done to date in Arizona that shows he can beat both Republican candidates. [...]
McCain is vulnerable as a majority of voters in Arizona dislike him, disapprove of the job he is doing as U.S. Senator, and are not inclined to vote to re-elect him. This provides an opportunity for Rodney Glassman to defeat the 28-year incumbent. [...]
Even if McCain can pull out a victory, this bodes well for Glassman’s campaign prospects.
--Most incumbents who lose in the general election had previously faced a contentious primary election. The fact that McCain is going through a bruising primary that will likely remain close means he will come out of the primary with a fractured base, higher negatives, and a much smaller war chest than when he started. This is a formula for success for Rodney Glassman’s campaign as a challenger to a long-time incumbent.
--McCain is under 50 percent in the polls on multiple measurements:
--McCain is under 50 percent in the horserace vote against J.D. Hayworth among Republican primary voters in three (3) separate surveys. [...]
McCain is already under 50 percent against Rodney Glassman in a general election match-up. --McCain draws 48% to 35% for Glassman in the DailyKos/Research 2000 poll conducted in April.
--The margin is similar in the PPP poll – 49% for McCain to 33% for Glassman.
Oh, and just for good measure, let's not forget the wealth of information that Cliff Schecter provided in his book The Real McCain. Let's not ignore J Sid's infamous temper. And don't get me started about his tasteless sense of humor [sic]. All these things work against him, and besides, they're just fun to reminisce about. Oh, but I digress...
As for J.D. Hayworth, here are a few noteworthy little tidbits:
Glassman will have an even better opportunity to pick up the seat for Democrats.
--Glassman already leads Hayworth in one poll and is tied with him in another.
--Glassman leads Hayworth 42% to 39% among likely voters in the PPP poll done in late April.
--Glassman is statistically tied with Hayworth – 42% for Glassman to 43% for Hayworth – in the DailyKos/Research 2000 poll.
--Hayworth is deeply unpopular.
--According to the PPP poll, half of general election voters currently have an unfavorable opinion of Hayworth and more than twice as many dislike him as like him (23% favorable, 50% unfavorable).
Let’s not forget - Hayworth was named one of the most corrupt members of Congress by an independent watchdog group and lost his Congressional seat in 2006 in large part due to his corrupt record and his dealings with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
One additional point from the memo: Glassman is fairly popular with general election voters in Arizona.
And there you have it. If you hadn't been aware of Rodney Glassman, you are now. McCain and Hayworth must be defeated. That's a given.