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Ambivalence Reigns

Immediately below, Matt expressed discomfort with McCain's condemnation of the NC GOP ad, while over at National Review, Jim Geraghty pointed out the other day that 
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the denunciation is actually good political strategery on John McCain's part.

For once, I'm ambivalent.  On the one hand, I believe that John McCain's seriousness in approaching the war on terror makes it very, very important that he win.  And so if he occasionally indulges in a little cringe-inducing criticism of the GOP, well, it's in a worthy cause.

On the other hand, there's the possibility that -- should he win having employed such strategies -- John McCain will interpret his victory as a mandate to continue criticizing his own party with more gusto than he does the Democrats'.  And as I pointed out in a Townhall column predating McCain's clinching of the GOP nomination, such eager "bipartisanship" poses real dangers to conservatism in America.

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