The problem is that McCain is RIGHT NOW embracing Brownback and touting his support, and is still in a race against Huckabee (except, of course, that he is tag-teaming WITH Huck against Romney). And there is no way whatsoever to read Romney’s remarks the way McCain is reading them. None. I stand by my charges of lies and hypocrisy on his part. What gets my goat so much is that McCain has made a career for eight years now of claiming to put forth nothing but straight talk, and the media has let him get away with it, but he is one of the most vicious prevaricators around. (Again, ask should-be-Judge Jim Haynes.)
As for the robo calls, I hate to say it, but I don’t believe the Politico these days. (Unless it is a story by new hire David Rogers, the best in the business.)
Now, on to a far more temperate, thoughtful, well-reasoned analysis of McCain’s problems: The Examiner’s editorial page editor, Mark Tapscott, a Reagan man who worked under legendary Reaganite Lyn Nofziger, has a brilliant post on his blog this morning.
Finally, for what it is worth, my two favorite non-home-state senators in the whole country during the mid-part of this decade (until they lost) were Rick Santorum and Jim Talent. Smart, principled, solid conservatives. Both of them are with Romney. I trust their judgment.