From this week’s Evans-Novak Political Report:
Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) dismal performance on NBC’s ” Meet the Press” Sunday shook a little of his inevitability as the Republican nominee. Conservatives are increasingly moving to the standard of former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, forgetting his liberal past. McCain’s sudden attacks on Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld while pressing for more troops for Iraq have caused unease among Republicans.
Novak is a great reporter, but he’s a bit off in attributing an increase of support among conservatives to a “forgetting” of his “liberal past.” The proper analysis is that conservatives are embracing Governor Romney’s conservatism and proven leadership. This is so because they are evaluating him based upon his actions in this century–and not his words in the last.