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McCain Vulnerable to Challenge from the Right

By Matthew Yglesias  

"McCain Vulnerable to Challenge from the Right"

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Rasmussen Reports poll reveals John McCain to be pretty vulnerable to a potential primary challenge:

Senator John McCain’s future in the U.S. Senate may be a little less assured than previously thought.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters in Arizona finds the longtime incumbent in a virtual tie with potential challenger J.D. Hayworth. McCain earns 45% of the vote, while Hayworth picks up 43%.

This seems like pretty much terrible news for the world. The most likely path between Point A and Senate passage of a reasonable climate bill is for McCain to rediscover his interest in the issue. But that’s not the sort of thing a Senator worried about a right-wing primary challenge is likely to do. It would be different if, say, Janet Napolitano were mounting a strong challenge for the seat, but instead Democrats have no major contender in the field.

Update

Ah, yes, just in time:

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman have been working overtime to craft a climate bill that can attract significant GOP support. But they aren’t exactly scoring points with their mutual best friend in the Senate, John McCain.

“Their start has been horrendous,” McCain said Thursday. “Obviously, they’re going nowhere.”

The article says that “[f]ormer aides are mystified by what they see as a retreat on the issue, given McCain’s long history of leadership on climate legislation” but I don’t find it surprising at all.

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