John McCain is hopping mad and has sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano (former AZ governor) urging that federal troops be deployed to secure the US border with Mexico. All this over the shooting of a rancher who, neighbors say, was shot by a border-crossing illegal immigrant who was on the rancher's property.
J.D. Hayworth, the Republican Congressman vying for McCain's seat, accuses McCain of being politically opportunistic and is using the shooting to score political points with voters to show how tough he'll be on immigration issues. "I'm glad John McCain has decided to join the effort to secure our borders," Hayworth said in a statement. "I only wish this same passion and fervor had come sooner. One day of anger and outrage does not make up for 28 years of inaction."
Hayworth is right, of course. John McCain has never met an issue yet that he didn't want to politicize. Perhaps he ought to suspend his campaign to deal with it, convene a meeting in Phoenix with the governor and the state attorney general, as well as other state-level political leaders, and then have no plan to offer and nothing to say.