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The Speculation About Who Will Replace John McCain After He Passes Is Getting Louder

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And just as we on the right were thinking we couldn’t do worse than John McCain as a U.S. Senator, along comes this little bit of news that proves us wrong.

After today’s news broke that Arizonans might be close to having to say goodbye to Senator John McCain, Republicans and the usual political pundits in the state and the nation have begun to speculate as to who will be replacing him when he can no longer serve. And the speculation that’s truly the most frightening to any real Republican is, McCain’s own wife, Cindy McCain, who has no experience whatsoever in politics other than being the rich wife of a senator who would betray his own party and voters every chance he got.

Here is more on this breaking news story via Vox:

“Cindy, who has been married to McCain since 1980, has never held political office, but she has a long history in the national spotlight after her husband’s two presidential campaigns and has a record of international humanitarian work. She was rumored last year to be under consideration for a role at the State Department. Appointing a politically engaged widow to replace their spouse is relatively common — there’s even a political science term for it: “widow’s succession,” as the Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham wrote a couple of years ago.

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Kyl represented Arizona in the Senate for 18 years, eventually rising to the No. 2 Republican post. He stepped down in 2013 and has since become a lobbyist. He had a reputation while in the Senate as one of the most conservative lawmakers in the chamber, though his party has continually moved to the right since he was first elected.

Ducey, the Arizona governor, has refused to make any public comments about whom he might appoint to replace McCain, and the Post reported that he has dismissed the idea that he might appoint himself. Former Arizona Rep. John Shadegg and Ducey’s chief of staff Kirk Adams are some other names that have surfaced during this somewhat distasteful parlor game.

According to the Post, citing Arizona election officials, if McCain leaves his seat before May 30, there would be a special election this year to replace him. The primary would be held in August and a general election in November.

And the reality is that Arizona would give Democrats some of their best chances to pick up seats in their unlikely bid to retake the Senate. Flake is retiring, with a contentious GOP primary taking shape to replace him. Establishment favorite Martha McSally is facing conservative firebrand and Breitbart favorite Kelli Ward, while anti-immigration hawk Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the recipient of a Trump pardon, has also thrown his hat into the ring. Democrats also have a strong recruit in Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.

Arizona is already a crucial battleground for the 2018 midterms — a second Senate election might make it the most important state in the union. As Vox’s Matt Yglesias explained:

Republicans currently have 51 Senate seats, with Dean Heller’s race in Nevada almost certainly Democrats’ best chance to pick one up and the Flake seat in Arizona coming second. The race could, thus, very literally be the pivot point on which control of the Senate (and thus Trump’s ability to continue stocking the judiciary with Republicans) hinges — though, of course, to pull it off, Democrats need to defend a lot of incumbent Democrats in red states.

More broadly, Arizona is at the center of the shifting sands of American politics. In the face of a large and growing Latino population, the state’s Republican Party appears to be shifting away from the Flake/McCain tradition of immigrant-friendly Republicanism and toward the Arpaio/Trump brand of white grievance politics.

It’s all speculation for now, and of course, no one is hoping McCain will have to step down or anything else. But the terrain of the 2018 midterms could soon change very quickly.”

Cindy McCain has been an active strategist and campaigner for her husband since his first bid for the U.S. House back in 1982. Veteran GOP activists believe the Hensley family’s widespread financial and political contacts were pivotal to McCain who at the time of his first senatorial campaign win had only lived in Arizona for less than a year. Not to mention the fact he loves to promote the fact that he was a POW in Vietnam for 5 years.

Interestingly enough in almost a century, eight wives of U.S. senators have succeeded their husbands. The appointment has been often seen as a sign senators can extend their power after their death. Democrats Rose Long of Louisiana was named to succeed her husband, Huey after he was assassination in 1935 and Muriel Humphrey was appointed to replace her late husband, Hubert, in 1978 are two examples.

Why is it the great state of Arizona keeps giving us Republicans in name only as their senators? Is there an issue with the Arizona GOP that needs to be looked into that they can’t seem to find real Republicans to run against the McCains and the Flakes of the state?

 

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Acosta Claimed Migrants Wouldn’t Do It, But That’s Exactly What They Have Just Done Now

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Members of the migrant caravan are currently trying to climb over the U.S.-Mexico border wall, despite CNN’s Jim Acosta’s claim that they would not “be doing that.”

Last week during a testy exchange with President Donald Trump at a post-midterm press conference, Acosta debated the president on whether or not the migrant caravan is an “invasion.” The White House correspondent rejected the notion that members of the caravan would try to climb walls and fences to get into the United States as depicted in a Trump campaign ad.

“Your campaign had an ad showing migrants climbing over walls and so on, but they’re not going to be doing that,” Acosta claimed.

“They’re not actors,” Trump replied. “They weren’t actors. Well, no, it was true. Do you think they were actors? They weren’t actors. They didn’t come from Hollywood.”

“They’re hundred of miles away, though. They’re hundreds and hundreds of miles away,” Acosta shot back.

Despite Acosta’s assertion, Fox News reported on Thursday morning that dozens of members of the migrant caravan had arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana and were arrested for trying to cross illegally.

Photos show the reality of how illegal immigrants can and do jump the U.S. border fence:


Aerial view of Central American migrants moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, sitting over the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)


TOPSHOT – Migrants, who claimed not to be part of the Central American migrants moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, argue with Defense Department officers after removing the barbed wire on the U.S.-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)


Central American migrants moving towards the United States in hopes of a better life, are seen at the US-Mexico border fence in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico, on November 14, 2018. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)

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Melania Flexes Her Muscles, Knocks Out Bolton’s Top Staffer

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Deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel was removed from her position at the White House at the request of first lady Melania Trump Wednesday evening, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Sanders noted that “Mira Ricardel will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration. The president is grateful for Ms. Ricardel’s continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities.”

Ricardel was brought into her high position by National Security Advisor John Bolton but ran afoul of the office of the First Lady during her tenure.

The tensions between the two burst into the public eye Tuesday when Melania’s office said of Ricardel, “It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House.”

FILE PHOTO: U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton answers a question from a reporter about how he refers to Palestine during a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, U.S., October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo - RC18BF8B9EC0

John Bolton at a White House press conference REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A statement from the Office of the First Lady publicly calling for the firing of a West Wing aide is highly unusual, if not unprecedented in modern U.S. history.

Ricardel reportedly clashed with the office of the first lady over her recent trip to Africa in which she was said to be unhelpful to Melania Trump’s staff. This included rebuffed requests for reserved seats on U.S. government aircraft and a general lack of helpfulness in using national security council resources.

Ricardel was also said to have clashed with Defense Secretary James Mattis’s staff over resources and other staffing-related matters.

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