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McCain to receive Bush’s endorsement
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bush will meet McCain for lunch and officially back his nomination:
President Bush, who has refrained from a role in his party's presidential campaign until now, plans to welcome Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the party's putative 2008 nominee, to the White House tomorrow.

Bush's backing is a double-edged sword for McCain, who fought Bush in the 2000 Republican primaries and who critized the Bush administration for its early conduct of the war in Iraq and its treatment of suspected terrorists in captivity. McCain has aligned with Bush on the latest war strategy and has insisted that torture is illegal under any circumstances.

The president's endorsement represents a consolidation of the Republican Party for a candidate who greatly needs to convince the conservative base that he is conservative enough.
Meagan McArdle brings us the best line about the impending endorsement from the Economist:
"Fox News is also reporting the impending Bush endorsement. Tough break for Mr McCain, but I guess it's best to get bad news out of the way early in the campaign."
As McArdle notes, that's "weapons-grade snark" - and probably true as well.

OTOH, McCain now takes over the RNC and its organization, has access to much more money, and with Obama and Clinton still engaged in a primary fight, the time to build and deploy the enhanced organization he's going to need to be effective and win the general election.
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Those who assume that all Republicans or all conservatives are thoroughly disgusted with George W. Bush are badly mistaken.

It certainly is true that Dubya’s negatives have risen since the 2000 campaign. It’s also true that among his base, some of his decisions (e.g., pushing comprehensive immigration reform without first securing the borders) and non-decisions (failing to use his veto to restrain congressional overspending) were disappointing.

But Dubya still has his fans. I’m one.

Most of them will end up voting for McCain, if he doesn’t go out of his way to insult them. It was a good idea for McCain to pay this courtesy call on the sitting president who (1) is the nominal leader of the party whose nomination you’ve just clinched and (2) won the largest number of popular votes of any candidate in American history just three years ago.
Written By: Beldar
Listen, by October, after voters have had a long summer with the candidates, George Bush nostalgia might kick in and McCain will want him in close states.

Bush’s numbers have been down for so long that he’s due for a rebound. I’ve gotten over the immigration thing, for instance.

Hey, how about a third term to fullfill the paranoid fantasies of the nutroots?
Written By: Martin McPhillips
However, it is amusing to watch McCain speak nicely of a guy he’s been so hostile to before now...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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