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February 15, 2006

McCain Courts Bush Fundraisers

Can he be stopped?

A dozen or so people were in attendance. At least two were among Bush's major national fundraisers. Virtually all had been on Bush's side in the bitter 2000 South Carolina primary that badly damaged McCain's chances of winning the presidential nomination and scarred the relationship between the two men and their rival political camps. McCain was there to woo them.

"For people who were really strong for Bush, I feel like this was a dating meeting," said Barry Wynn, Bush's state finance co-chairman in 2000 and 2004 and a Pioneer for Bush both times, meaning he raised $100,000 for each campaign. "He's not quite ready to ask us to go steady. But I was a little surprised at the reaction, including my own reaction. I was much more positive than I thought I'd be going to the meeting."

On the plus side, we may have seen the last of Troublesome McCain for a while. Now we'll be seeing conservative-friendly team-player McCain.

Unless he's asked to go on Hardball, of course. But what are the odds of that?


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