This is a good start for McCain if he's going to put a dent in the heart of the McCain Derangement Syndrome that has come to paralyze many on the far Right.
The dudes at PowerLine have more:
I say that McCain is doing so well with moderates and independents that if he picks the right VP (as in The Huckster), he'll only need about 50% of the Limbaugh-right to win the big prize over Billary, a little bit more if it's Barack he faces come November.
John McCain reached out to conservatives today in a well-received speech to CPAC. At least as telling as the content of the speech, though, is the fact that McCain didn't bother to show up for last year's CPAC convention.
As a good lawyer would, McCain addressed this snub at the outset of his speech, and did so with humor. The reports I've read indicate that he pulled it off. This, of course, is much easier to do when you've locked up the presidential nomination. Most folks are prepared to like a winner.
In reality, McCain is not as bad as some conservatives made him out to be when it looked like his nomination might be avoided, and he's not as good as other conservative will make him out to be now that his nomination is inevitable. Tthe bottom line is that McCain made the right move by reaching out to conservatives through this speech, and the conservative audience made the right move by reacting well to this overture.This sort of grown-up behavior on both sides will be essential if the election of a leftist Democrat is to be avoided.