Pat Hynes on South Carolina
My longtime blogger buddy exults a bit
The fellow who not long ago was on “death watch,” my client John McCain, is enjoying a second lease on his political life, or perhaps it’s his fourth or fifth at this point. He pulled off a stunner in my beloved Granite State and scored another come-from-behind win in South Carolina on Saturday. Mark Steyn calls these two primaries the “determinative” events on the primary calendar—the first in the nation and the first in the south.
I cannot tell you how good Senator McCain's momentum feels to me. When I decided to endorse John McCain after the 2006 election, I knew that I was going to take some flak. But I did it because I knew that he was an electable candidate who adhered to general conservative principles while reserving the right to speak his own mind. I did not (and do not) always agree with him. But that's an unreasonable standard.
But more important, I did it because I knew the reaction would be negative. Somebody has to throw themselves at the bottom of the wall, in order for the rest to make it over.
My support for Senator McCain has given heartburn to many of my readers. But I told you the truth all along, that he was an excellent candidate, that he gave Republicans a strong starting point in a tough election, And now it certainly looks like my assessment was right, that McCain was the most likely candidate. He's getting close to inevitable.
Stop griping about how unacceptable McCain is and start convincing people to vote for your guy.