Coming To Grips With McCain

I still stand by my assertion that Romney’s not completely out of the game, but it’s looking that way.  The loss in Florida hurt, but what seems to be hurt is the silence coming from the Romney camp; either he’s not putting the spin on the thing that he needs to, or he’s trying, but it’s getting drowned out by a plethora of other news stories that are soaking up the news cycle.

In any case, McCain, who had miraculously become the man to beat in recent weeks, has only solidified this position, much to the chagrin of staunch conservatives who maintain a harsh bitterness to the Maverick.

The thing most driving McCain at this point, I believe, is the electability issue, an issue Dick Morris nails right on the head.  While I think he might undercut Romney’s ability to win a general election a little much, he’s essentially right that in a battle between McCain and Clinton, McCain’s the guy with a fighting chance.

That realization is sinking in with a lot of conservatives, that and the realization that despite everything about McCain that pisses conservatives off, he’s likely to be their nominee.

It’s gut check time, and I think this group piece over at NRO exemplifies it perfectly.  It’s a little funny to me; all these folks painfully trying to convince themselves that McCain’s nomination isn’t exactly the end of the world.

To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think it would be that bad.

One thing that interests me is this is to battle Clinton; reading between the lines, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal of hope that either McCain or Romney can beat Obama.

But the issue of coming to grips with McCain as the party’s nominee has always struck me as a little bit odd.  Sure, McCain may not necessarily always toe the party line, but he’s plenty conservative enough, and those times when he has broken from the pack are exactly those instances that make him such a valuable asset come general election time as Morris points out.

The fact is, Republicans have a secret weapon in McCain; a conservative in moderate’s clothing.

But this has long been a problem with the Republican party that seems to finally be coming home to roost.  Greed.  Not financial or perk greed, though I kinda feel as though I’ll lose my liberal/progressive membership card if I don’t acknowledge that presence, but instead ideological greed.

It is that ideological greed that drove the rise of Huckabee, a man that should never have risen above the status of also-ran candidate.  It is that ideological greed that pretty much embodies the Bush administration, and has put the Republicans in the spot they are now.

The events that have ultimately led to what looks to be a McCain nomination are essentially the result of overreaching on the part of all branches of the conservative coalition.

Or, more simply put, you made your bed guys, you know what to do now.

Boy am I sure glad we Democrats don’t have a similar problem coming down our way.  That would be a killer.

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