McCain and the Base

Kevin Drum notes that contrary to what you might think, John McCain won in Florida without really solving his base problem at all. He lost self-identified conservatives and he lost self-identified Republicans, too:

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Kevin remarks: "Does anyone seriously think that any Republican candidate can kick such major ass among independents in November that he can afford a conservative base that's not charged up and working feverishly to turn out every last vote? I don't." Well, no, neither do I. But fortunately for the GOP, the Democratic front runner is still Hillary Clinton whose nomination would ensure solid base support for McCain despite the lack of genuine enthusiasm. Does anyone seriously think that any Democratic candidate is more likely than Clinton to ensure a conservative base that's charged up and working feverishly to turn out every last vote? I don't.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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