- Mike Huckabee and John McCain are RINOs (Republicans in name only)
- Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson are the only true conservatives
- Huckabee and McCain are teaming together to topple Romney
- Huckabee and McCain's do not follow the model of the Reagan Coalition
Whilst McCain is a soft target for pundits like Rush, Mark Levin and Hugh Hewitt. McCain curiously enjoys a lot of respect from his fellow GOP candidates. In the most recent republican debate he was left relatively unscathed
South Carolina GOP Chairman Katon Dawson said afterward he was surprised that nobody onstage really went after McCain.
“It was very respectful tonight,” Dawson said. “It wasn’t a rough debate.”
Yet South Carolina is known for its bare-knuckled politics and Dawson predicted that McCain would not enjoy a glide path to next week’s primary.
But with Romney moving to pull out of the primary here — and Thompson, Giuliani and Huckabee indicating again Thursday that they’re not comfortable attacking McCain in person — the Arizonan is on track to enjoy the precise opposite of what he experienced in South Carolina in 2000.
The deference Thompson and Romney give to McCain can be explained in the previous positive history they've had with the man.
Romney enlisted the help of McCain in endorsing him for Governor in 2002. Whilst this affects positively on Romney. It also shows a mutual respect and admiration for each other, and makes McCain not look as radioactive as most pundits would have us believe.
Fred Thompson, who is considered more convincingly conservative is ironically the most supportive of McCain. Fred has worked with McCain in the past and was one of four senators to endorse McCain in the 2000 Republican primary. Fred Thompson acted as the national co-chairman of McCain's campaign. Whilst there has been much said about the validity of such claims, its widely known that if Thompson were to drop out the race he would most likely endorse Mccain. With a possible view towards a Vice Presidential slot under a McCain presidency. There is also a possible Republican ticket of McCain/Huckabee. With pundits speculating that Huckabee is largely in the race for and is better suited for the VP slot.
Fred Thompson who is anticipated to help McCain if he were ever to forfeit his Presdiential run also helps McCain the longer he stays in. Thompson, as a 'Reagan Coalition' conservative peels voters away from Romney. Fred has also done a good job beating up on Huckabee, a front runner with a similar appeal of moderate conservative support as McCain's.
Listen to former Republican senator Rick Santorum eviscerating McCain
Listen and Download Mark Levin explaining why McCain and Huckabee are the worst Republican candidates
Listen to Mark Levin beating up on McCain