April 12, 2007


The McCain Divorce (The Editors, 4/12/07, National Review)

The Republican presidential field has recently been rocked by yet another divorce: The mainstream media have dumped Sen. John McCain. [...]

We have had many differences with Senator McCain over the years, but can only brim with admiration for the clarion voice he has sounded at this critical juncture in the war. The media are almost ready to pronounce his presidential candidacy dead. It has indeed been sagging (for many reasons), but there is an element of malice in the media’s predictions. Surely Republican primary voters won’t find McCain’s leadership on Iraq as strange and irksome as the press does. How often do media hand-wringers lament that politicians’ won’t buck the polls and make unpopular stands on principle? Sen. John McCain is doing just that, and all the press can bring itself to do is carp.

One ought not write a column in which you come off looking worse than your target. It's amusing enough to watch the MSM realize that Maverick is a conservative, even funnier to watch the Right bat their eyes at him after the Mayor imploded.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 12, 2007 11:40 AM

OK, I'm a McCain supporter. I've voted for him in every election I've been able to. But I'm not that much of a conservative. But like OJ, I've been trying for years to tell conservatives that McCain is a conservative. Why won't they listen?

Posted by: Brandon at April 12, 2007 12:22 PM

even funnier to watch the Right bat their eyes at him after the Mayor imploded.

The NY Right, even.

Posted by: kevin whited at April 12, 2007 12:25 PM

NR had a glowing review of McCain a few weeks ago by Ramesh Ponnuru, a senior NROer. Lowry, the editor, seems to lean toward McCain. The lower level types prefer Romney and Guiliani.

NRO has become the right side version of inside the beltway conventional wisdom. So going for McCain any necessarily a good indicator.

Finally, hasn't OJ remarked on several occasions that NRO is NY elites and out of touch with the mainstream GOP?

Posted by: AWW at April 12, 2007 12:55 PM

Which is why they have to abandon their chosen candidate and crawl back to the mainstream's.

Ponnuru is religious and so an actual conservative.

Posted by: oj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 12, 2007 2:28 PM

Because they're ideologues. If you differ with them on a single issue you're too impure to be tolerated. Recall that the Right hated President Reagan. They loved Candidate Reagan.

Posted by: at April 12, 2007 2:31 PM

McCain is too old.

Thompson has had cancer.

The next president is coming from the state of NY.

Posted by: And Yet at April 12, 2007 7:13 PM