Perennial media darling John McCain is being strongly touted as a likely Republican Presidential nominee -- despite the fact that his wins have come in states where independent votes pushed him over the top.
As Michael Barone points out, McCain "hasn't been winning self-identified Republicans by any significant margin even where he has won, in New Hampshire and South Carolina. He has been running behind his 2000 percentages everywhere (though then he was in what was essentially a two-candidate race)."
Ed Morrissey (subject link) outlines the challenge McCain will have if he wants to win conservative hearts and minds.
Michelle Malkin gives a resounding thumbs down to McCain.
For a refresher course on why this conservative will never vote for John McCain, here's a roundup of some of my posts from the last couple years:
John McCain...Is Just Annoying, May 24, 2006.
The Answer is No..., July 12, 2006.
One Reason I'll Never Vote for John McCain, October 9, 2006.
Can McCain Win?, November 17, 2006.
Why John McCain is a No-Go for Conservatives, January 4, 2007.
Another Reason Not to Vote for McCain, March 7, 2007.
McCain Consistently Fought Tax Cuts, March 13, 2007.
It's the Contempt, April 10, 2007.
Border Deal: How Bad Is It?, May 17, 2007.
The Arrogance of John McCain, May 18, 2007.
The Arrogance of John McCain, Continued, May 20, 2007.
McCain: "Not Going to Erect Fences and Barriers", June 5, 2007.
McCain Going Down Swinging, June 10, 2007.
That Will Sure Win Over the Base...Not!, July 10, 2007.
Final food for thought: does any conservative believe that the sponsor of McCain-Feingold wouldn't sign the Fairness Doctrine back into law, thereby attempting to silence one of his most persistent critics, Rush Limbaugh?
If you look at my July 12, 2006 post above, you'll see that McCain says of some radio talk show hosts: "I don't think they're good for America."
I urge anyone on the fence about McCain, or wondering why McCain has such a difficult time with the conservative "base," to take a look at a few of these posts and the related articles.
McCain deserves credit where credit is due, for his military service and his support of the Iraq war. However, he has for the most part fought against rather than championed conservative causes, disparaging conservatives in the process.
McCain's record indicates to me that he will not govern as a conservative and is not deserving of conservative support.
Update: More from Holy Coast here and here.