Those who claim that Senator McCain has forfeited the support of the Republican base by selling out his party must not realize that McCain never had the support of that base in the first place, as shown by their votes in the 2000 Republican primaries. Senator McCain has lost nothing. If Hillary Clinton is the Democrats' candidate in 2008, what alternative would the Republican base have? Vote for Hillary?
I don't think McCain (or Frist, for that matter) will be the nominee in 2008, but he has helped his prospects with the filibuster deal, not hurt them. Sowell loses me when he speculates that Senator Frist is too darned "humane and decent" to succeed in politics. Give me a break.