Ruben Navarette discusses McCain's handling of the CA-50 race.
I have to admit, McCain strikes me as having a lot of the stuff a good President should have. I do have some fundamental disagreements with him on free speech issues, but I do not think a McCain administration would be a disaster. I would still prefer to see Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush as the nominee, but McCain is proving to me that he is willing to buck the base.
Leading by polls is bad, but so is letting a "base" decide your principles for you. In both cases, you are not leading, you are following - and that is something that cannot be afforded in the Oval Office.