The lie, of course, is that Republicans are in the slightest position to throw a stone at anyone regarding fiscal responsibility. As has been distinguished, when in power the GOP spends more profusely than the Democrats, not less, and woefully disregards the slightest need to balance budgets. Dick Cheney, known for his lack of regard for public opinion, clearly articulated true GOP sentiments, “Reagan showed us that deficits don't matter.”
We all know which administration adopted policies that led to the first surplus since WWII, but why let facts interfere with the fun?
Taken in isolation, the hit piece is actually rather legit. Hayworth's hypocrisy is legion, and ironically, McCain actually has been a voice for fiscal restraint, but don't tell that to the seething AZ political blogosphere. McCain will prevail in August, and on the 25th you'll be able to hear the crickets chirping, unless of course you're at the victory celebration.
Having not been in Congress, on spending Jonathan Paton gets a bash Giffords free card he will no doubt use at every opportunity. After all, Arizona's budget is a national showcase for fiscal responsibility and excellence in government.