Thursday, April 10, 2008

Battling a Headwind

On the right wing.

... many conservatives and other members of the Republican establishment who have never been particularly fond of McCain and his propensity to adopt moderate views on a number of issues may have simply decided that because they are stuck with him as the party's presumptive nominee, they might as well make the best of it. They may also have realized that in the current political environment, no one they really like and trust would have had a snowball's chance in hell of winning the White House.

Just a glance at national and state polling data on questions of party identification or party image, or a look at Republican prospects in U.S. House and Senate races, provides convincing evidence that this is a horrendous political environment for the GOP. Yet many of those same polls show McCain a bit ahead of, even with, or only slightly behind both Obama and his Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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