Hugh Hewitt discusses John McCain's interview in Esquire. He takes McCain to task. Here, though, he is wrong.
The reason Hugh Hewitt is wrong on this issue is because a political "base" is not infalliable. In fact, the Republican "base" is capable of acting abominably, as the nomination of Harriet Miers and in the treatment of the United Arab Emirates in the controversy over DPW's acquisition of the company that handled port operations at a number of American ports demonstrated.
It is a good thing that leaders like George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and John McCain are willing to push for what they feel is right, not what Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham say should be done. To the extent that talk-show hosts or others try to dictate an elected official's principles to that official, Senator McCain is absolutely correct in saying they are bad for the country.
Prior to George W. Bush, we had a distinct lack of spine in the White House from January 20, 1993 to Janaury 19, 2003. The previous occupant couldn't even take a vacation without polling data. It's nice to see real leadership for a change.