Okay, so we all knew the moment John McCain was nominated the left-wing praise chorus was going to have an epiphany and realize the maverick was actually ex-maverick, worse than Bush (TM). Conservatives understand, better than many would like to, the need to reconsider McCain. Leave it to a DailyKos poster–while making the important point that McCain and pals do not belong directly involved in the Georgian conflict, no less–to cap off salience with a big dollop of stupid:
Take all the worst things about the Bush administration, double them, then add Joe Lieberman. A McCain administration would be the presidential equivalent of a slasher flick.
So you mean his opponents will be running away from him like a bunch of drunk, screaming teenage girls? Look, the wars aside, compassionate conservatism has been a gift to statism and, thus, the left-wing. A gift. In all likelihood, maverick conservatism–holding the line somewhat on pork barrel spending, regulating the hell out of everything else as a sacrifice to Earth Mother or A Cause Greater Than Oneself–will be like Christmas morning. Of course Obama would be better for the left, but even the slightest bit of perspective with regard to the challenger evades them so fully it is at time shocking.