McCain, once a front-runner in the Republican field, has fallen behind as his staunch backing for Bush on the unpopular Iraq war and on immigration cost him support among both moderates and conservatives.
McCain's fall from grace inside the GOP has nothing to do with his staunch support of the war. McCain's fall from grace started in 2000 when he was ripping conservatives and courting moderates and liberals to vote for him in the GOP primaries. The immigration issue was the final nail in his political coffin. To be honest, the only support he truly had was in the beltway media. Even tonight, Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke of Fox News were saying that McCain can still come back and win the GOP nomination. Personally, I don't see it happening, but I could be wrong.
Steve opines: "Looks like Richard Burr hitched his wagon to the wrong star."
This was the biggest political mistake Richard Burr has ever made. What's sad is that people will still remember this when he runs for re-election in '10. Liddy Dole knew not to hitch her wagon to the horse from Arizona.