It's probably not my place to judge, but of all things for conservatives to distrust about John McCain surely this "gang of fourteen" business is the silliest. This was a disagreement over tactics not any grand questions of principle. There's never been any indication that McCain doesn't favor conservative judicial nominees. Indeed, the upshot of the compromise McCain helped broker was the confirmation of a bunch of conservative judges. It seems to me that McCain's tactics were pretty smart and effective. But even if you disagree and think his tactical judgment was wrong, it was just that -- a question of tactics.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.