The talk-radio torture of the Republican candidate-to-be goes on and, unlike those five years in the Hanoi Hilton, is beginning to show results as he tries to placate Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and other tormentors from the Rabid Right.
John McCain may be making a mistake in trying to win the hearts of the mindless. With the nomination all but locked up, kissing the rings of a mouthy minority may damage his candidacy with the sane Republicans and Independents he badly needs to be competitive in November.
He, of all people, should know they are an unforgiving lot. Can McCain woo Ann Coulter away from her bizarre new infatuation with Hillary Clinton? Can he win over Rupert Murdoch's minions who proclaim "Once John Wins, He'll Make a Left?" Does he stand a chance with the Conservative Political Action crowd who believe he has sacrificed conservatives’ fundamental beliefs throughout his Senate career?
Sending Lindsey Graham and Phil Gramm to plead his case with Rushbo et al is as much a waste of good will with the larger electorate as throwing red meat to a howling pack that will never accept McCain's vegetarian brand of Republican politics.
He would be well-advised to take stock in the old Arab proverb, "The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on."