So why has so much of the conservative punditry turned on John McCain? Are they truly offended by the sleaziness of his campaign? Have they decided to put country ahead of ideology this once?
I suppose that might be a little of it.
But mostly I think it’s about this:
Current campaign aides and other Republicans who’ve closely watched the race, however, have a very different response to the media elites and good-government scolds: We don’t care what you think.
McCain seems to have made a choice that many politicians succumb to but that he had always promised to avoid — he appears ready to do whatever it takes to win, even it if soils his reputation.
Not so long ago, McCain described the media elite as his base. For years he’s been pampering them with lots of access (and lots of free booze). Now, he’s telling them to take a hike. And they don’t like it. They don’t like it one little bit — not even the conservatives among them.
Hell hath no fury like a pundit scorned.