John McCain advises Republicans to be “inclusive” without betraying “fundamental principles.” Of course, exactly how to do that is precisely what is at issue. He then allows, “Maybe I didn’t do a good enough job communicating with the American people.”
Maybe not. I’m willing to bet that a Republican candidate who supported abortion and same-sex marriage but was as inept economically as the party’s 2008 standardbearer would have done at least as badly — probably worse. Even if the candidate was as hip as, say, Meghan McCain.