Thus Sayeth The King of the Wingnuts:
Radio talker Rush Limbaugh has been sharply critical of John McCain for being too liberal for conservatives’ taste, but Rush says any shift now by the Republican front-runner would be seen as “pandering.”
In an interview with Jay Carney of Time magazine, Limbaugh was asked if there is anything McCain could do to persuade Rush that he’s acceptable.
Rush responded: “I don't think he should even try. He's got to be who he is. I don't think he needs to reach out. His job is not to be acceptable to a single person. I'm not sitting here demanding that. I don't have that kind of sense of power or existence…
“I don't think Senator McCain ought to do anything but be who he is and let the chips fall. Because that's his strength. And if he starts doing anything that appears to be pandering to people, then he's going to lose, I think some — I don't know, respect — but some people are going to question it.
“Because he's never pandered. At least his image is that he's never pandered. He's a maverick. He's out there on his own and he's going to ride the trail wherever it takes him, in the direction he wants to go.”
This horse has long been beaten to death, but John McCain has already proven that he doesn't need more than 50% of the conservative vote to win this thing. His concentration should be on continuing to capitalize on his experience and reputation for "straight talk", not pandering to right-wing extremists, which would come off as desperate while making him look like a phony. Eventually some extremists will appeal to loyalty for their party and general common sense to vote for McCain anyway. But those foolishly thinking along the lines of Ann Coulter are votes McCain doesn't want or need. Partisans be damned, Senator McCain is a man who stands on principle while seeking bipartisan answers to our nation's problems. That said McCain's choice for VP will be of the utmost importance and choosing Mitt Romney would be a serious mistake both in strategy and character.