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Obviously, the primary is over and John McCain cleaned JD Hayworth’s clock.  While the primary victory was in no way a resounding endorsement of John McCain’s leadership in Washington, rest assured that he’ll see it that way.  Hayworth never provided a compelling narrative that would have allowed voters the reasons they needed to remove McCain from office.  In addition, McCain did provide voters with enough narrative to suggest that Hayworth wasn’t the conservative savior many claimed him to be.

So now that the election is over, what can we expect from John McCain in Washington? And should conservatives have any reasons to believe McCain will be anything less than a disaster for the next six years?  Fair questions and as is almost always the case with McCain, the answer falls somewhere in the middle.

If there is any reason that conservatives should have hope, it’s the knowledge that John McCain detests Barack Obama.  He doesn’t like the man.  He doesn’t like the fact that he was trounced by Obama in the Presidential election.  And he doesn’t like the arrogance with which he sees Obama leading the country.  This is a good thing for conservatives. The mainstream media mellowed in their love of all things John McCain during the 2008 Presidential election but they still give John McCain the benefit of the doubt in regard to media coverage.  Jim DeMint criticizes the President and it’s just a voice from the cuckoo brigade.  But when John McCain criticizes the President it’s seen as legitimate and worthy of extensive media coverage.  I’m not saying it’s fair, but it is reality.

McCain is an effective and motivated critic of the Obama administration.  He’s focused and engaged.  That’s the glass half full for conservatives.

But unfortunately for conservatives, with John McCain, the glass is always at least half empty.  John McCain is not a conservative.  John McCain does not believe in the economic value of tax cuts.   John McCain is obsessed with his image with the national media, so he’s too ready and willing to go along with the latest shortsighted causes of the liberal-leaning media such as reactionary environmental policies, shortsighted policies to deal with illegal immigration, regulatory largess, and balanced budget deals that inevitably include tax increases.

In large part, a conservative challenge to John McCain should have been built around those self-serving, misguided failures by McCain throughout his entire career in Congress.  Hayworth could have brought up a different example of a McCain failure each week of the campaign, but instead he chose to build his campaign around silly, personal attacks and amateurish playground bullying.  The failure of the Hayworth campaign did a disservice to true conservatives and the conservative movement.  It simply emboldens John McCain to do more of the same.  McCain is stubborn.  He will see the voters overwhelming repudiation of JD Hayworth as an endorsement of his willingness to support concepts like cap-and-trade energy taxes, budget balancing tax increases and amnesty for illegal immigrants.

The only real question will be whether McCain’s distaste for the President is enough to overcome his innate desire to ideologically cuddle with the liberal media in an effort to distance himself from so much of the conservative movement for whom he seems to harbor so much contempt.

I’ll leave you with one last thought that wasn’t my own but came from a very highly regarded conservative writer on the national level.  This writer is no fan of McCain’s but was no fan of JD Hayworth’s either.  In discussing whether a conservative should prefer a victory of Hayworth or McCain, the writer pointed out that Hayworth was likely to outlive McCain.  We theorized that while we obviously wouldn’t pray for McCain’s death, he might not make it through another six-year term.  But if Hayworth would have been elected, we might have been stuck with him for one or two six-year terms.  That would have been a disaster for conservatives.  Maybe the glass is half full.