Bradley Smith, the wonderful former FEC commissioner, has a thorough, thoughtful, fair-minded, well-researched, sober, and rather lengthy post up at Red State analyzing the problems John McCain has with conservatives. It is the best such analysis I have seen yet. I urge everybody to read it. As Smith notes right at the front, Mona Charen just wrote a column telling the tale of McCain’s incredibly boorish behavior toward Smith while Smith was wheelchair bound. Considering that experience, Smith’s essay is remarkably restrained. Read it. Read it. Read it. Even more, if anybody can make McCain and his top aides read it, they should. It actually is good advice for McCain, and well-intentioned.
To which advice I would add only four words: Chris Cox for Veep!