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Here’s the Context Behind Buzz Aldrin’s ‘Check Six’ endorsement of Martha McSally

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Here's the Context Behind Buzz Aldrin's 'Check Six' endorsement of Martha McSally
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More than 50 years after the height of his fame in the famous Apollo 11 Moon landing, astronaut Buzz Aldrin can still cause a buzz in the political world.

The man whose lunar greeting to the American flag is embedded in national memory leapt into the political present on Friday with a Twitter post forecasting the victory of Republican Arizona Sen. Martha McSally in her closely contested election battle.

The fact that McSally ‘s rival, Democratic Mark Kelly, is Aldrin’s fellow astronaut has just brought Aldrin added weight to his endorsement.

And the fact that Aldrin — a national hero of every kind — used fighter-pilot lingo in his post made the move no doubt McSally ‘s coolest endorsement.

Martha, check the six, Mark?
Buzz, Buzz –
More than 100 jet hours
It was in Arizona.

“Martha, check out the six — Mark? “Aldrin has written.

“Buzz — over 100 jet hours in Arizona,” he signed.

In a Twitter post, Aldrin clarified the following code:

12 o’clock is heading straight ahead. There’s 6 o’clock behind. Fighter pilots understand what “search six” means when referring to FTR lingo.
Martha, wave as you pass past Mark, at 12 o’clock, and you win for Arizona!

“12 o’clock is heading straight ahead. There’s 6 o’clock behind. Fighter pilots understand what ‘check six’ means when referring to FTR lingo. Martha, wave as you pass past Mark, at 12 o’clock, and you win for Arizona! In other words, McSally is putting Kelly in her fatigue on the path to re-election to the Senate seat she has held since January 2019 (formerly held by late Republican Sen. John McCain, the seat was first filled by former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl).

In endorsing McSally, Aldrin does more than take sides with a fellow astronaut (Kelly is a U.S. Navy captain whose NASA service included three space shuttle flights as well as time aboard the International Space Station, according to Space.com).

Aldrin stepped into one of the hardest Senate fights of the 2020 election year — and on the underdog side.

McSally, a special target of the liberal media in Washington — Kelly has been behind in polls for much of the campaign and was 5.6 points behind in the RealClearPolitics polling average as of Friday.

However, two polls published by Breitbart on Friday showed that McSally was ahead of Kelly.

And McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot who was the first American woman to fly in combat, shows no sign of going down without battle. She accepted Aldrin ‘s support in a Twitter response that pointed to Aldrin’s own career, not only as an astronaut but as a fighter pilot during the Korean War (where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross).

An absolute honor to have the help of the hero astronaut Buzz Aldrin on this mission!

We’ve got to keep this seat, the Senate, and save the world.

It’s a dog fight, and as we fighter pilots say, Fight’s On! https://t.com/np7Nu1Kt9i Martha McSally for the U.S.

“Absolute privilege to have the support of the hero astronaut Buzz Aldrin on this mission!

“She has written. “We’ve got to keep this seat, the Senate, and save the world.

It’s a dog fight, and as we fighter pilots say, Fight’s On! Do you think Buzz Aldrin’s support is going to help Martha McSally win Arizona? There is no doubt that any Senate seat battles at a time when the Republican majority is just 53 seats.

(The imminent appointment, by the Republican majority, of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is a reminder of how important that power is.)

And there is no doubt that McSally has a battle on her hands against Kelly — who is well known for being the husband of former Democratic Rep. Gabbie Gifford and a dangerously vocal attacker against the Second Amendment. He used Gifford’s January 2011 shooting as an excuse to deprive all Americans of their gun rights.

Of course, the shooting was regrettable.

Although the political ends that liberals have used have been an embarrassment. But Aldrin is a household name and a man who has no compunction to show his pride in his country. His very public criticism of the 2018 movie “First Guy,” which portrayed the moon landing but intentionally ignored Aldrin’s flag-salute sequence, may well have been one reason why the film was a box office disappointment.

More than 50 years after Aldrin sealed a place in American hearts thanks to the unprecedented bravery of the Apollo astronauts, he continues to set an example for the world. The conservatives can only hope that Arizona voters will embrace it, for their own sake, and for the sake of the rest of the United States.

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