The Washington Times - December 7, 2007, 12:41PM
saysSen. John McCain SEE RELATED:

\ While dismissing the rest of the field as either unreliable, inexperienced or lacking judgment, the magazine says McCain has stuck to his guns. The problem is that those guns have usually been turned on his own party — something the magazine acknowledges, but defends as “driven by his (usually justified) conviction that they were betraying Republican principles.”\

\ The magazine goes on to say: “He has also been right about some big issues. He was the first senior Republican to criticise George Bush for invading Iraq with too few troops, and the first to call for Donald Rumsfeld’s sacking. He is one of the few Republicans to propose sensible policies on immigration and global warming.”\

\ And there it becomes clear: what the Economist really wants is a Democrat to run for the Republican nomination.\

\ This highlights the real problem for McCain: The issues he’s staked out over the eight years since his 2000 presidential run — Iraq, global warming, corruption in government, torture, giving a path to citizenship to illegal aliens, campaign finance reform, clamping down on gun shows — are all better-suited for a Democratic candidate than a Republican. That campaign finance push still irks conservatives, and they are reminded of it every time they get another fundraising letter from the NRA, National Right to Life or dozens of other organizations that still chafe under the McCain-Feingold law.\

\ Those voters say it’s not so much the party that is rejecting McCain, but McCain who ran away from his party.\

\ Remember, this is a man who flirted with rejecting his own party and running with Sen. John Kerry in 2004 and who some reports say considered bolting in 2001 as well.\

\ Given all that, the Economist shouldn’t be surprised most Republican voters are looking elsewhere.\

\ — Stephen Dinan, national political reporter, The Washington Times