January 28, 2008


McCain attracts the GOP establishment (JOHN M. BRODER, 1/27/08, New York Times)

McCain, who has delighted in sticking his thumb in the eye of mainstream Republicans throughout his political career, is now accumulating a base of support among party regulars who see him as the strongest general election candidate in the remaining Republican field. [...]

In an interview Sunday, [Florida Gov. Charlie] Crist said his endorsement was based on "trust and confidence and friendship," as well as what he said were McCain's unmatched national security credentials.

But he also said he believed McCain had the broadest appeal of the four major Republican candidates still standing and the best chance of beating the Democratic nominee in November.

The Crist endorsement came 24 hours after that of Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida, former general chairman of the Republican National Committee and a popular figure in Florida's Cuban-American community.

McCain also has won the support of a number of established party figures, including moderates such as former Sens. John Danforth of Missouri and Howard Baker of Tennessee and conservatives such as Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and former Rep. Jack Kemp.

Better the winner you disagree with at the margins than the ideologically pure losers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2008 7:24 AM
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