Are Republicans true believers … or are they just trying to talk themselves into believing?
“There are people who don’t like the idea of a being off a campaign or being on the bad list if the guy gets into the White House,” Mr. Keene said. “This is a town in which 90 percent of the people balance their access and income on the one hand versus their principles on the other.”

The article is interesting in that it only voices what the rest of us have been voicing since John McCain began doing his best immitation of the Phoenix. (wow, that’s ironic, eh?). If there is a theme it’s that many Republicans are now pragmatic, or fatalistic which is a shame. Win or lose, I always thought our strength was our core and the courage to stand by our convictions. That sadly is not the case. A man who has suffered tremendously and displayed tremendous courage, John McCain is many things, but conservative to the core is not one of them. Actually, I’m not sure what his political core is.