February 1, 2008


As McCain Wins, Critics on Right Look Again (DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, 2/01/08, NY Times)

Tony Perkins, a prominent Christian conservative who has often denounced Mr. McCain, is warming up to him, too.

“I have no residual issue with John McCain,” Mr. Perkins said, adding that the senator needed “to better communicate” his convictions on social issues.

Richard Land, an official of the Southern Baptist Convention and a longtime critic of Mr. McCain, agreed, saying, “He is strongly pro-life.”

“When I hear Rush Limbaugh say that a McCain nomination would destroy the Republican Party,” Dr. Land added, “what I want to say to Rush is, ‘You need to get out of the studio more and talk to real people.’ ”

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2008 8:33 AM

That last line is pretty funny.

The cluelessness of the Rabid Right is astounding, especially for a supposedly smarter set of people. If these knuckleheads really wanted to stop McCain, they would be asking Romney to drop out and support Huckabee. Here's how Romney is running interference for McCain in the South:

SC - McC 33, Huc 30, Rom 15

Current RCP averages:

GA - McC 24, Huc 30, Rom 18
MO - McC 29, Huc 26, Rom 20
TN - McC 33, Huc 25, Rom 18
AL - McC 28, Huc 26, Rom 13
OK - McC 37, Huc 28, Rom 19

Had Romney dropped out, there would have been a good chance for Huckabee to sweep the South and deny momentum to McCain. Romney should have concentrated on blunting McCain in the liberal states, which is his natural constituency (not IA, SC, OK, GA and others).

But what do I know, I am sure spending $100m on a vanity ego-trip sounds good to some people, and buys a lot of "good" advice.

Posted by: sam at February 1, 2008 10:00 AM

Those numbers make it seem that if Jeb does not take VP, the Huckster will.

The Beltway and Blog Right's heads will really blow up then.

Posted by: Bob at February 1, 2008 11:56 AM

Condi for VP. It's the only scenario that makes sense. Perhaps even Ann Coulter will be tempted to move away from supporting Hillary.

Posted by: erp at February 1, 2008 2:10 PM

Obviously Rush is among those who have lost their minds about McCain, but the "hearing aid" crack is beneath you, oj.

Posted by: b at February 1, 2008 2:33 PM

I thought it was pretty darn funny. If you can't make fun of the disabled, who can you make fun of?

Which reminds me, if you haven't see the documentary HBO is running of Don Rickles, do so. Great stories, and he seems like a really good guy. Didn't know that he and Bob Newhart, and their wives, who knew each other from before they got married, were so close.

Anyway, when Rickles was just starting to work Vegas, working in the lounges not the main rooms, the guys who ran the lounges would scour the audience as they came in for the obese, the maimed, those wearing hairpieces, big bearded men with gigantic heads (all the malformed that is) and sit them down front so Rickles could tear into them. Good times.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 1, 2008 3:11 PM

All comedy is conservative.

Posted by: oj at February 1, 2008 5:25 PM