July 6, 2006


McCain sitting pretty for 2008 race (Ralph Z. Hallow, July 6, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Some top Republicans at odds with Sen. John McCain on core conservative issues say privately that the party's 2008 presidential nomination is "his to lose."

They cite the Arizona senator's head start in fundraising, a primary calendar that is shaping up in his favor and a growing belief that he enjoys the tacit support of President Bush.

In state after state, Mr. McCain has been passing out money to Republican candidates for other offices, to state party organizations and even to Republican county chairmen. Extending such largess to the county level is unheard of in pre-nomination campaign maneuvering, party officials say.

Now, one of the most widely respected conservatives in the country says he is ready to help pull the McCain campaign bandwagon whenever the senator makes his 2008 Republican presidential run official.

"He is the only person I know who is running and capable of getting elected who is tough enough to do what needs to be done," says former Texas Sen. Phil Gramm, who has quietly been helping to write Mr. McCain's speeches. "He will veto spending bills and earmarks and stand up to the Social Security and Medicare challenges that will fall in the next president's lap with the baby boomer retirement."

Careful not to get any scraps of conservative brain on you when their heads explode.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2006 9:39 AM

McCain '08 = Dole '96 once the MSM turns against him.

Posted by: AWW at July 6, 2006 9:52 AM


On the contrary, McCain can run hard against the media and inspire the Right in ways he just can't now. He even has the 'unique' position of being able to say that he tried to be friendly with the press, to work with them, but they proved to be impossible.

Attacking the press with gusto will win him points with conservatives from NRO to Rush to (dare I say it) even a few who visit here. Of course, it doesn't ontologically make him a great President, but it changes him into a significantly better candidate, no?

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 6, 2006 10:58 AM

Dole came reasonably close to defeating a sitting president in a time of peace and prosperity.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2006 11:05 AM

It's been 42 years now since the more "conservative" candidate lost the Presidential race. What possibly makes anyone think that either that trend will change, or that the Dems will nominate someone who can run as a conservative?

Posted by: b at July 6, 2006 11:14 AM

94 years since the more conservative lost in a race where he or his party was incumbent

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2006 11:24 AM

John McCain will have a Howard Dean moment and provide all the ammunition the press needs to tarnish him. I just hope it happens before he gets the nomination.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 6, 2006 12:07 PM

If he doesn't blow up on camera, the NYT will arrange to leak his VA psych evals.

Posted by: Gideon at July 6, 2006 12:41 PM

Conservatives don't have brains, just clusters of nerve ganglia, sort of like ants. My ganglia do not like this guy. Intellectuals seem to love him though.

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 6, 2006 12:46 PM

Howard Dean didn't have a moment, he is Howard Dean.

Posted by: oj at July 6, 2006 12:56 PM

Gramm for anything is ok in my book.

Posted by: Pepys at July 6, 2006 1:25 PM

The "press" is a toothless tiger. Look how they savaged President Bush in 2004. Did it matter?

McCain is not my first pick but I can live with him. (Especially if Jeb is the VP.) So he is a little crazy, that looks better to me than it used to do.

Posted by: Bob at July 6, 2006 1:54 PM

No democratic presidential nominee has won a majority of the popular vote since LBJ; unless there's a serious 3rd-party challenge the republician nominee should be safe. The only likely 3rd-party this time would be the nativists, and I can't see them getting overwrought about McCain.

Posted by: Mike Earl at July 6, 2006 2:35 PM

Bob, may God forgive me, but I'm beginning to think the same way about McCain and it's making me very uneasy.

Posted by: erp at July 6, 2006 7:52 PM