Conservatives and McCain should neither pretend that we have no differences nor obsess about those differences. We should instead work on the common task of building a center-right majority in this election year and future ones, each appreciating that the other will play a different role in that task. So we ask the senator, and his conservative supporters and critics: Any takers?
Not here. McCain is going to lose the general election. He'll blame us for not supporting him no matter what we do, so let's step up and accept the credit for taking him down. Maybe the next Republican will want to be on better terms with the conservatives.