Patrick Hynes

There’s Steve Martin, a McCain supporter in New Hampshire who started his own blog. McCain has fans in Alabama, too. And New Jersey. There’s even an online Draft McCain movement.

Here’s what Larry Kudlow, blogging at National Review Online’s the Corner said about Sen. McCain recently:

In the midst of all the latest doubt, pessimism and arguing over our direction in Iraq, along comes John McCain, digging his heels in the sand and standing up for what is right. John McCain is fighting the tide.

The tide is defeatist.

The tide is asking us to throw our arms into the air and allow iniquity to win the day.

The tide is asking us to allow ruthless and evil totalitarians in Iran and Syria to seize victory.

The tide is asking us to blow American credibility for fifty years.

Fortunately, in the middle of all this, in the middle of James Baker's wishful thinking Iraq

Study Group fog, along comes John McCain, reminding Americans we have two choices: win or lose.

That’s called courage. That’s called principle. That’s called leadership.

Of course, this is John McCain we’re talking about here. Many conservative bloggers are very unhappy with him over a number off issues for which they disapprove of his position or style. So it’s all the more surprising when bloggers like Matt Lewis or Doug Lambert say kind things about him.

Hugh is also concerned that Sen. McCain’s campaign, should he chose to run, possesses “very little in the way to suggest it will have reach into Iowa, New Hampshire or beyond.”

I appreciate Hugh’s concern. But here is some video I shot recently of Sen. McCain with a group of Republican state senators in New Hampshire. He seems to have some “reach” here in my Granite State, wouldn’t you say? And as the Caucus Cooler blog pointed out very recently, McCain is making some significant advances in Iowa, as well.

Of course, it’s early. And Sen. McCain has a lot of work to do if he plans to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. One could credibly argue that McCain is not, in fact, the frontrunner, as Rudy Giuliani routinely leads most polls. And Sen. McCain has a lot of relationship building to do with bloggers. Some will be unwilling to hear him out. Others will be willing to hear him out but will remain unpersuaded. And some, in time, may come around. But as both Human Events and Power Line have pointed out, we are reaching out to bloggers openly and aggressively.

Patrick Hynes

Patrick Hynes is the president of New Media Strategics, a blog relations consultancy. He is the proprietor of Ankle Biting Pundits and the author of In Defense of the Religious Right (Nelson Current).

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