It's time to take a break from politics and fantasize a bit.
The fact that conservatives hate McCain is the best of all possible worlds, at least right now. I mean, I wish they'd hated Bush as much, because he actually deserves it far more. Here's what I'm getting at.
What do you think will happen the first time a President McCain goes against conservatives wishes and advocates the wrong kind of immigration reform, or proposes an outrageous cap and trade scam, or nominates a candidate for the Supreme Court whom conservatives don't approve of? Why, he'll deserve every bit of the vitriol that conservatives will be only too happy to lavishly heap on him.
Had they been as wary of Bush, it's quite likely that Republicans would still control the Congress and that a Republican could have waltzed into the Presidency this year. But every time conservatives needed to scream, they fell silent, the only exception being Bush's absurd choice of Harriett Myers for the Supreme Court. And by the way, that selection alone is far worse than anything conservatives hold against McCain, and then there's his signing of campaign finance reform…
And with a woman as Vice President who's shown she's willing to resign before resigning herself to things of which she strongly disapproves, and with the conservative base not only ready to raise the roof, but just itching for an opportunity, the election of John McCain just could be the best thing that could happen for America, and if it comes about, the scenic route McCain has taken to the Presidency is itself a reason why creationism should be taught in schools.
For her part, a Sarah Palin angry enough to resign over a betrayal of conservative principles would only serve to electrify the base and the country even more, and it could easily sweep her and Bobby Jindal into office in 2012 by unanimous acclaim*… because liberals don't count anyway.
*Assuming things remain exactly as they are at this moment.