February 7, 2008

THEY THOUGHT REAGAN AND W WERE TOO CONSERVATIVE TOO :

The Formidable McCain (David Broder, 2/07/08, Real Clear Politics)

On Super Tuesday, I placed calls to a number of knowledgeable Republicans, Democrats and neutral observers to check their appraisals of McCain as a general-election candidate. I found him consolidating support within his own party and being treated with great respect by Democrats.

Arizona's Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano, who sees her home-state senator at close range, said, "He is not to be underestimated." An Obama supporter, Napolitano said McCain is "a gifted campaigner with a great life story. When everything seemed to go wrong for him last year, I told people, 'Never write John McCain off.'"

Former North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, neutral since John Edwards withdrew from the race, told me he thought McCain would be "very tough" competition. Don Fowler, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and a Clinton supporter, who saw McCain campaign successfully in his state of South Carolina, said, "He is the best possible candidate for the Republicans by any measure I can see."

There were some dissents. Gail Kaufman, a savvy California Democrat, said that McCain's policy positions, including his anti-abortion stance, would cripple him in that state.

But I was struck by the warming tone toward McCain from conservative Republicans I reached in Wisconsin, Ohio and Louisiana, despite the barrage of criticism from Rush Limbaugh & Co.


So Hillary is going to try and get blacks to turn out for her or Obama going try and win Latinos away from Maverick by running on abortion?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2008 8:36 AM
Comments

Is there any evidence at all that blacks are turned off by the Democrats' pro-abortion platform, in terms of showing up to vote?

Posted by: Matt Cohen at February 7, 2008 12:32 PM
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