Wednesday, January 30, 2008
... the loyalists of every stripe ought to be thinking in the longer term. As Mr. Sager and others seem to be hinting, Republicans have to be thinking about the general election as well as the primaries. Candidate McCain and the "conservative factions," well-meaning and passionate about setting direction for the party, have got to consider from this point on how and with whom to best animate the eventual Republican ticket. Fight passionately for your guy while he may still be in the race--at least another week, following Florida--but be ready to hit the ground running to set an ideological agenda that will unify the larger party tent. That may mean that there are one or two issues and attitudes that must be put aside for the greater political good.