There was a time when we really loved, respected, and admired Sen. John McCain.
He was a shot-down Vietnam war hero who spent nearly six years within that torture chamber called the Hanoi Hilton, refusing a way out to continue suffering with his troops. He was a political maverick who chose tough positions – especially on comprehensive immigration reform – based on nothing more than what he thought was right, unafraid to tick off the extreme right of his Republican party. He was a man who was willing to stand alone to make a difference.
Geez, what happened to that guy?
Along the way, especially during his 2008 presidential campaign, something definitely turned over in McCain.
He turned soft, appeasing the very people he once fight so vigorously.
He turned political, becoming the very type of cookie-cutter political animal he once decried, seeming to look no longer to lead the way to a better country but all but begging for votes.
Today, in the Arizona primary for McCain’s Senate seat, he faces off against J.D. Hayworth.
It has been the battle of McCain’s political life.
And as much as we loathe what McCain has evolved into, it’s still a no-brainer to pick him over that lout Hayworth, who’s one of the most vocal anti-immigration yammermouths you’ll ever find.
McCain, by all polls, will come out victorious – but at what price?
He has gone from a man who so beautifully had worked with the late Ted Kennedy on creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants to someone staunchly against illegal immigration, emphasizing aggressive border protection, speaking in favor of Arizona’s unseemly SB 1070 immigration law, and even supporting hearings contesting the 14th Amendment provision that ensures American citizenship as a birthright.
Those positions will make his anti-immigrant constituency happy. They will keep him his Senate seat, save his political life.
But so what.
It’s McCain’s legacy that is forever ruined, flip-flopping so much on so many important issues that he should be covered in skin burns by now.
Oh, we’ll congratulate McCain at the end of the day for his win over Hayworth the Huckster, but we’ll also wonder, if not hope and pray: When will the John McCain we once loved and admired and respected return to us to lead again?
Practice Areas: Immigration Law, Personal Injury
Admitted to New York State Bar (1994), Admitted to New Jersey State Bar (1993), J.D. (1993), Brooklyn Law School, B.A. in Political Science, (1990), University of Michigan, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Mr. Bernstein joined the firm in 1993 after graduating from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Merit Scholar. The firm then was managed by his grandfather, Harry Spar, a known leader and innovator of immigration law. Mr. Bernstein decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps by practicing immigration law and then, himself, becoming a leader in the field.
In a relatively short period of time, Mr. Bernstein established himself as an expert in the field of immigration law. He appears weekly and advises on a call-in radio show on a leading New York radio station that is also broadcast internationally. As popular for his effervescent sense of humor as for his immigration expertise, Mr. Bernstein’s radio show is ranked the #1 radio show on the station and there is a strong possibility that it will soon be airing in other markets.
He also conducts seminars on immigration, both nationally and internationally. Currently he heads up the Immigration Department of Spar & Bernstein, on top of being the firm’s managing partner. The Immigration Department is comprised of over forty experienced immigration attorneys and paralegals who are always available to take your questions and resolve your immigration issues.