Magazine August 16, 2010, Issue

Sheriff McCain

(Roman Genn)
To the chagrin of his primary opponent, the Arizona senator has dramatically recast himself

As his fellow incumbents drown in a tea-party wave, Sen. John McCain somehow remains afloat. On August 24, McCain squares off against J. D. Hayworth, a former congressman, in Arizona’s GOP Senate primary; Hayworth, a border hawk and talk-radio star, arrives defanged. After lurching hard, and awkwardly, to the right for months, McCain finds himself up by an average of 29 points in the polls, according to RealClearPolitics. McCain of course credits his probable survival to pluck. But luck, too, has played a part, as has his boatload of cash.

Unlike many of his colleagues, who have faced political neophytes this

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