Michael Corleone said to “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” But what, pray tell, do we do with our frenemies? This is the awful election-year quandary of movement conservatives. And everything you need to know about our heartache can be summed up in one image: 2008 presidential-election loser John McCain and Mitt Romney together on the campaign trail.
When they’re together, they look like they’re holding each other (and the rest of us) hostage. Their toxic chemistry makes seething ex-newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries look like Fred and Ginger. In New Hampshire last week, after Romney’s Iowa caucus squeaker, an overly giddy McCain mocked his endorsee for his “landslide victory.” Awkward.
Then in South Carolina on Friday, McCain mistakenly referred to Romney as “President Obama” — as Romney and South Carolina Republican governor Nikki Haley rushed to correct the gaffe. Freudian slip? Senior moment? Sabotage? All of the above?
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