My guess is that McCain’s speech did more good for Bush than Giuliani’s did. I think the delegates knew it, too, and gave McCain credit for it. McCain’s own instincts, and bad advice, have foiled him before. But he just made a plausible claim on the party’s nomination for 2008.
Um, no, he didn’t. As a US Senator of the Republican Party his support of the President and his policies and of Republican values has been lukewarm at best. What he may have done is paid the dues necessary to keep his Senate seat. He has a long way to go before he should even be remotely considered as a Republican candidate for President. It’s a real shame to see someone at National Review hoodwinked by one speech from a man who has made a name for himself by trashing his own party.