November 17, 2022
From CNN | Opinion by Jon Gabriel
Jon Gabriel is Editor-in-Chief of Ricochet.com and an opinion contributor to the Arizona Republic. Follow him on Twitter at @ExJon
Sen. John McCain may have died four years ago, but his spirit still looms over Arizona politics. That maverick attitude was still strong enough to defeat the state’s “America First” candidates.
Arizona conservatives long viewed McCain with suspicion, but there were enough centrist Republicans, Democrats and independents to keep him in office for more than three decades.
This time, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake foolishly cursed his name four days before the election.
“We don’t have any McCain Republicans in here, do we?” Lake asked from a campaign stage. “Alright, get the hell out,” she said, before adding, “Boy, Arizona has delivered some losers, haven’t they?”
Anyone who’s read classical literature knows that hubris invites Nemesis. And Nemesis showed up Tuesday night as media organizations called the race for Democrat Katie Hobbs.
Photo by Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press
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