It is clear that pragmatism or expediency is not seen as a sin greater than erroneous conviction, in the sense that it is to be understandable that Romney had to do or say some liberal things in blue-Boston to get elected, but that McCain did them willingly when he did not have to in red Arizona. Or maybe it is the magnitude of the sin (McCain-Feingold is felt worse than once being pro-choice and distancing oneself from Reagan)? Or perhaps the chronology of the sin (the 1990s were then, 2007 is now)?
Either way it doesn't really matter anymore, the McCain animus is deeply ingrained and apparently can't be retracted. It only makes things worse either to attack sincere anti-McCainites or to ask them to reconsider, or to ask them to vote for the lesser of what they see as the two evils.
As they say, the die has been cast, and everyone will have to live with the results.
Count me as a sincere anti-McCainite. I agree with Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh. McCain will end up with the same policies as a Democrat and blame the conservatives for all his problems. I'd rather have an honest liberal in office than a conservative impostor. I'll do my best to vote for Gridlock until we get another chance to promote a real conservative.