Before I start the post, I must thank John Hawkins for last night’s banquet invitation, and Rob Neppell of NZ Bear for his tech support with my new laptop. Special thanks to Siggy for hosting yesterday’s podcast and chat, and for alarming me about Mexican tomatoes.
Yesterday I also had the pleasure of sitting next to Ed Morrissey, and I am inspired by Ed’s talent and dedication. His posts and his podcasts are the best in the blogosphere, and seeing him work was an honor. I dropped by Bloggers’ Row this morning before taking the train and Ed already was podcasting.
Here’s the CPAC blog feed listing all posts related to the event.
Fred Thompson didn’t go to CPAC (and if he did, he sure didn’t go public about it) but he (finally!) endorsed McCain. James Joyner has the photo:John of Right Wing News went to the Coulter speech so I wouldn’t have to. Not that I would.
After Romney’s resignation CPAC was very subdued but the McCain campaign signed up over 200 volunteers. At last night’s banquet George Will made an excellent case for McCain, which was very intersting to listen to, particularly since as Will himself reminded us, he’s been McCain’s most vocal conservative critic.
There is still a significant amount of discontent over McCain’s ascendance. As I went to Bloggers’ Row for the last time, I found that every seat had fliers from Open GOP Convention, yelling out “CONTAIN McCAIN”. Frankly, I find it ridiculous and silly, but Ed says it best,
John McCain isn’t a perfect candidate; far from it. He’s the one who has attracted the most votes from the Republican coalition, though, and the various coalition factions have failed to produce anyone better. Being a bitter ender will take the party to a bitter end. It’s time to start working within the McCain team to increase our influence, rather than engage in fantasies about magic candidates and marginalizing the movement.
Larry Kudlow explains why McCain’s greatest asset may be why the conservatives don’t like him:
If you recall, it was the cross-over Democrats and independents who helped elect Ronald Reagan twice and put Papa Bush in office for what was expected to be a Reagan third-term. When Papa Bush waffled, they went to Perot. But they came back to support the Gingrich Congress and later stayed with George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004. In 2006 they walked away again, penalizing a GOP Congress that embraced heavy spending and corrupt earmarks. But now they’ll come back. McCain is tailor-made for this group.
Think about it folks: do you want to stand by your guns knowing you are right and lose the election, or do you want your party to win?
The election is yours to lose.