Midterms Preview: Arizona

Congresswoman Martha McSally has won Arizona’s Republican primary, in a campaign not unlike Trump’s 2016 outing. It appears as though the Republican party will be doubling down on the sorts of candidates that won them the presidency this time around, which may very well prove to be incredibly short-sighted.

Having said that, she was a better choice for Republicans than two other popular candidates in Arizona.

One moral-lacking individual came in the form of Kelli Ward, who days ago accused John McCain of dying when he did, in order to personally interrupt her campaign. She finally made an apology that read like, “I’m sorry you were offended by my comments.” The other potential candidate was Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who you may recognise as the man who Trump pardoned last year. Arpaio ran a self-proclaimed “concentration camp” (his words, but also mine) in the form of a place called Tent City.

I may not agree with the policies and the campaign being ran by McSally, but she’s not someone who thinks that an individual would use their own death just to spite her, or a sheriff who was prosecuted for forming an illegal posse to physically attack immigrants.

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Kyrsten Sinema (left), Martha McSally (right) — both in this image and in their political alignment.

McSally will be up against Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema, who has been given a nonsensical nickname by the Republican candidate, as is now mandatory under the reign of the second-coming of orange Christ.

This election is expected to be one of the closest come November, despite the fact that Arizona hasn’t fronted a Democrat in over 30 years. The reason for this close race is thought to be twofold.

The first being that nobody knows if Trump’s base will stick with him after a disturbing opening two years in office. While his opinion polls are dropping across America as a whole, they remain steady with those who originally voted for him. However, left-leaning voters have had a fire lit beneath them, so there’s expected to be less voter apathy this time around, and more Democrats showing up on election day.

The second is that both candidates are legitimately strong when it comes to appealing to their demographic. McSally is a former airforce pilot, and the first female pilot to have flown in combat. She retired from the airforce in 2010, after a 22-year career, and became a state representative in 2014. Sinema had a career as a social worker, and came from an impoverished background herself, where her family lived off of food stamps. She’s known to have attend anti-war protests, and to have been socially engaged her whole life.

Both candidates appeal to their core-base almost too perfectly. McSally has a military history of serving her country, and Sinema has an altruistic history of serving her community.

But as (presumably) John Highlander said in the movie Highlander, “Look folks, there can only be one of us, yeah?”

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In her victory speech, McSally hit out at her opponent by referencing an attack advertisement campaign that’s already underway. In these commercials, Arizona has been treated to pictures of McSally in military uniform and images of Sinema at peaceful protests against the Iraq war. McSally and her base mocked Sinema for protesting, as she asked “How did you guys like those side by side outfits?” Which was met with laughs.

McSally is someone who was considered to be a moderate Republican until this election, but has since gone “full-blown Trump”, with the use of nicknames for her opponent, and opting for the politics of insult over the politics of policy.

I can’t deny that its worked before.

In her own campaign announcement video at that start of the year, some of her language shifted to be in-line with the current administration’s way of thinking. With lines such as “I’m tired of PC politicians,” and “After taking on terrorists in combat, the liberals in the senate won’t scare me one bit.”

PC (Political Correctness) has been a catch-all term for most of my life, that seems to rile up people on the right, despite the fact that they’re the only people who seem to use it. It’s the Boomer/Gen-X equivalent of SJW (Social Justice Warrior), a meaningless acronym that the people who believe in common decency and social equality have moved beyond.

Being “anti-PC” is a term that’s historically been used by the right to excuse discriminatory behaviour. When someone says they’re anti-PC, I challenge you to (politely) ask them what they mean by that. Answers I’ve received in the past have included “I can’t say X racist word anymore” or “They’re letting the gays get married”.

As far as McSally’s comment about liberals in the senate goes — They’re not meant to scare you boss, they’re supposed to intelligently put together tough legislation that best represents the people they’re elected to serve. Perhaps McSally should consider doing the same thing; This is a democracy and not a war-zone.

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My personal view is that McSally’s pro-Trump shift will be her downfall, and even if she wins it’ll be by a much smaller margin than it should be in Republican-safe Arizona. But my analysis doesn’t count for anything, and even I’m using these midterms as a measuring-stick for the modern Republican party.

“Modern Republican Party” — That’s something that the young are really going to remember after Trump has served his term(s)/impeachment. There are Republicans out there who’ve not backed Trump, and I think they’ll be able to hold a moral high-ground in the years to come.

However, those who flipped overnight into Trump supporters, like Martha McSally, shouldn’t be allowed to escape association in the future. Just like the fictional “Deatheaters” and their association with a fictional dark lord.

It’s a gamble for Republicans, it really is. If 2018 is just as strong for Trump as 2016 was, then candidates like McSally will have made the right call — and once again insult politics will have defeated those who seek to serve their community through policy, compassion and legislation.  However, if we see a blue wave in November then I have no doubt that people on the red side of the isle will start to question their all-mighty satsuma-God.

No matter what happens I’ll be watching Arizona carefully, as we sneak ever-closer to the mid-terms. If politics really has become an entertainment sideshow and not a public service, then can somebody at least pass the popcorn.


Today is Wednesday, August 29th and the last part of my book is so tough to write — lots of action and emotion.

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