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John McCain Goes From Maverick To Hardcore Conservative

Sen. John McCan, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011. CHRIS USHER/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Sen. John McCan, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.

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John McCain watchers took note of how the senator from Arizona and 2008 GOP presidential nominee moved to the ideological right during his 2010 re-election campaign.

In case there were any doubts about how complete the transformation of the man who once championed campaign-spending and immigration reform has been, National Journal reports it's been pretty total.

An excerpt:

According to a comprehensive examination of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side. His 89.7 composite conservative score ties him with stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and gives him a more conservative score than Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.