Jim Geraghty of National Review Online reports this exchange on McCain's latest blogger conference call:
Wow. McCain does hit hard when he wants to, doesn't he? I suspect one of his staffers had that one written down for him. This could be interesting, because I am not sure McCain really wants to get into spitting match with Romney over inconsistency. Romney will probably just laugh this off and McCain will end up looking, well, angry. According to many reports, McCain is really good at getting angry.
Ryan Sager of the New York Sun: Romney and Thompson trying to use immigration against you.
McCain: A little disappointed in Fred, he had a different position not long ago, but he's not an official candidate. As for Romney, maybe I should wait a few weeks and see if it changes. Maybe his solution will be to get his "small varmant [sic] gun" and drive those Guatamalans [sic] off his lawn.
Jim's reaction: Holy crap, that was a slam.
Update: K-Lo comments:
Yikes. And it's only May 2007.Full disclosure: I am a deeply committed Romney supporter.
That's actually much more exciting than the fing Cornyn fight.
Update 2: More K-Lo, with a link to audio of the McCain triple-slam.
Update 3: Romney's response, through his spokesman Kevin Madden:
“Governor Romney has been very clear that he opposes this immigration agreement, which clearly falls short of the American public’s expectations. It seems that certain candidates who brokered this flawed plan are having a very difficult time grappling with or coming to terms with the political fallout that has ensued in a substantive manner.”Ouch. In other words, maybe it would be a good idea to respond to criticisms of your actions instead of attacking the critics personally?
Update 4: Dean Barnett and Hugh Hewitt have more. Dean:
Aaah, as Robert Duvall said in Apocalypse Now, I love the smell of a campaign imploding in the morning. At least I think that was the quote.