U.S. Sen. John McCain is being challenged within his own party from a military wife, who is also a doctor and former state senator, which means he’s pulling out all the stops to save his
ass seat in the primary election.
Specifically, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman wants to pull NORTHCOM out of Colorado Springs and send the command center to his home state.
The arcane idea McCain has conceived, would be to combine Northern Command with an Air Force Southern Command center in Tucson —a conception that national defense officials are scratching their heads over, because their missions have nothing in common and the move would actually threaten homeland security, reports The Gazette.
So what is Sen. McCain’s motivation? Politics, most likely.
“Senator McCain is in the fight of his life. He is in big trouble,” said an Arizona-based Republican campaign consultant who asked to remain anonymous.
“He has spent the past 20 years of his congressional career annoying Arizonans with his vitriolic, dicey personality,” the operative explained. “The people of Arizona have had enough of John McCain, especially the people within his own party.”
That move makes about as much sense as Sen. Michael Bennet proposing to relocate the Southern Command center to Colorado because he’s so unpopular with his own voters who booed him at the state Democrat convention, is sinking in the polls, and has been forced to raise the majority of his campaign financing from out-of-state interests.
If Bennet was smart, he’d throw down some tough talk and pledge to fight to the death to keep NORTHCOM in Colorado.
But instead, he sent this wimpy statement to KRDO which basically says, “NORTHCOM good, mmmkay?”
“NORTHCOM’s mission of homeland defense has only become more important and more complex in recent years with the rise of ISIS, increased activity from Russia and North Korea, and cyber threats. NORTHCOM is critical to the security of our nation, and Colorado provides essential and unique assets to the command.”
The pledge to take on McCain and do everything in his power to keep NORTHCOM was left to U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.
“I will fight alongside the Colorado Congressional delegation and state and local leaders to prevent NORTHCOM from being moved from its location in Colorado Springs. This is a solution in search of a problem. There is no valid reason to move NORTHCOM or to merge it with any other Combatant Command. The brave men and women at NORTHCOM have done an exceptional job in protecting our homeland in the wake of 9/11 and I will continue to do everything I can to support their essential mission.”
We expect Bennet would have challenged McCain to a duel if he threatened to pull WildEarth Guardians out of Colorado, which now that we think of it, would be a marvelous campaign pledge for the Arizona senator to consider.