During a private luncheon with Republican chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill, DeLay -who has criticized McCain for years -stepped up his attacks in the wake of the senator’s reemergence as a top presidential contender. DeLay said McCain has no principles and indicated he would not endorse the senator if he won the GOP primary.
“If McCain gets the nomination, I don’t know what I’ll do,” DeLay said at the Capitol Hill Club, according to a source in the room. “I might have to sit this one out.”
Dean Barnett considers the significance of the Arizona maverick’s compulsive need to stick his fingers in conservative eyes, and comes up with this interesting point:
Then again, has John McCain ever been to ANWR? We’ve inquired of the McCain campaign three separate times in the past day whether McCain knows of ANWR’s epic beauty from first hand experience. Regardless of whether or not the senator has ever been there, his comments on ANWR reside somewhere on a continuum between laughable blustering and ignorant blustering.
McCain’s decision to stick by his original positions on is admirably principled if arguably hidebound. But that doesn’t explain why McCain chose to defend his ground by reciting Sierra Club talking points, the same ones that liberals use to belittle conservatives whenever this issue arises.
Concerns regarding McCain go beyond his much ballyhooed “maverick streak” that so often places him in opposition to conservatives. It’s that McCain typically adopts these positions in such a fulsome manner. A recurring theme in McCain’s contrarian battles has been his manifest lack of respect for those who disagree with him.
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