Matt Cunningham’s post in reaction to the Republican Debates seems to give a backhanded endorsement for Mitt Romney but this post, which attacks John McCain. I’m not surprised that Matt is attacking McCain so much since OC GOP notables Mike Schroeder, John Campbell, and Adam Probolsky are all in Romney’s camp.
The curious part of the post is the title: how conservatives mistrust McCain. I remember Romney’s 1994 senate race against Ted Kennedy and the promises Mitt made to protect gay rights, the right of a woman to choose (his words), and essentially promised to be to the left of Ted Kennedy on many issues. Go back to the 2002 race for Bay State governor, and Romney was still preaching a leftist agenda. Liberals in Massachusetts elected Romney because of his promises towards a liberal agenda; if he ran as a hard core conservative like he is now, Bay state voters would have run Romney out on a rail. Romney only had three somewhat effective years in the statehouse; he was an lame duck the moment he announced he was not running again.
Its going to be really fun to watch conservatives like Matt promote McCain once he gets the nomination when they so clearly detest him now.
The reality is McCain is the clear Republican front-runner; he racks up establishment endorsements that Romney isn’t.