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Rudy and McCain: Snubbing Conservatives
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Jonathan Martin has a fair piece in the Politico pointing out that while Mitt Romney never misses a chance to address a conservative audience, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani have been giving conservatives the cold shoulder. Romney spoke at our annual dinner, at last weekend’s Conservative Summit hosted by the National Review, and has jumped at the chance to talk at tomorrow’s retreat for conservative House members as well as this year’s CPAC, just to name a few events. As long as conservatives are in the room, Romney seems willing to go to the opening of an envelope. It’s really baffling why McCain, and especially Giuliani, have snubbed conservative groups. Both of them have a lot of work to do to gain the trust of conservatives, who will be crucial to their winning the Republican nomination. Their absentee status reinforces the view that they aren’t comfortable in a room full of conservatives, and conveys a certain arrogance that conservatives aren’t worth their time. True, Giuliani was in New Hampshire last weekend and in South Carolina this weekend, so that explains his absence from the National Review event and the House conservative retreat, but this isn’t an isolated incident for Rudy-he’s been dissing conservatives for years. Any regular reader of this blog knows that I believe Rudy has a lot to offer conservatives, but he has to make that case for himself. The bottom line is that conservatives will have to feel some love from Giuliani and McCain before they’re ready to give some of that love back.

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