For Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, many counties in Arizona and South Carolina have been taking formal measures to condemn these two senators for not aligning with their Republican platform. In fact, The Federal Papers recently reported,
The Maricopa County GOP in Arizona has censured Senator John McCain. The resolution accuses John McCain of abandoning the issues of the GOP and to siding with the liberals in the senate and Barack Obama in passing legislation, his constituents oppose, including amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens, and betraying his promises to secure the border.
The Maricopa County GOP’s resolution officially stated:
As leaders in the Republican Party, we are obligated to fully support our Party, platform, and its candidates. Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our Party’s values on his own. That has not happened. So with sadness and humility we rise and declare:
Whereas Senator McCain has amassed a long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats, such as Amnesty, funding for ObamaCare, the debt ceiling, assaults on the Constitution and 2nd amendment, and has continued to support liberal nominees;
Whereas this record has been disastrous and harmful to Arizona and the United States; and,
Whereas Senator McCain has campaigned as a conservative and made promises during his re-election campaigns, such as the needed and welcomed promise to secure our borders and finish the border fence, only to quickly flip-flop on those promises; and
Whereas McCain has abandoned our core values and has been eerily silent against Liberals, yet publicly reprimands Conservatives in his own Party, therefore
BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Maricopa County Republican leadership censures Senator McCain for his continued disservice to our State and Nation, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until he consistently champions our Party’s Platform and values, we, the Republican leadership in Arizona will no longer support, campaign for or endorse John McCain as our U.S. Senator.
Of course, Senator Lindsey Graham has certainly become familiar with the censuring process these days himself since several South Carolina counties have already officially censured him as well. According to The South Carolina Conservative:
Joining a growing list of counties to officially censure Senator Graham, the Greenville County GOP Executive Committee recently passed a censure resolution citing 29 points where Graham is said to have strayed from or violated the GOP platform, or actually aligned himself with the Democrat agenda.
At least five other counties including Lancaster, Newberry, and Beaufort are also said to be considering censuring Graham. Nolan Chart recently explained, “Lindsey Graham epitomizes the ‘insider’ class in Washington, D.C.”
I think it’s pretty safe to say that most Americans are pretty sick and tired of D.C.’s “insider” class these days.
Of course, the official censures of Senators McCain and Graham do not remove them from office. However, they are formal statements of disapproval that may have a powerful psychological effect on these two senators, especially as they are running for re-election.