Hewitt lives to propagandize another day

Hugh Hewitt may have lost Mitt Romney, but he's found a new candidate to love.

Published February 19, 2008 8:01PM (EST)

When former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney exited the race for the Republican presidential nomination, we were concerned. Where would that leave Hugh Hewitt, the conservative radio host and blogger who was a devoted evangelizer and spinner for Romney? The question was especially pressing once Hewitt seemed to abandon Romney in his darkest hour, finally accepting the inevitable in one blog post.

Clearly, we shouldn't have worried. Hewitt has picked himself up, dusted himself off and found a new Republican to love -- presumptive nominee John McCain. Commenting on a New Yorker profile of McCain that included details of the candidate's reading habits, Hewitt wrote that those habits "ought to encourage every conservative." That was just a start, though.

Hewitt went on to write, "John McCain has been preparing his whole life to be Commander-in-Chief in wartime, and his reading continues to be the sort one expects of a C-in-C in waiting. I don't think any serious conservative can compare Senator McCain to either Senator Clinton or Senator Barack and say the war would be in better hands with either of the Democrats. In fact, any supporter of victory has to shudder at the prospect of turning the American military over to either of those two as this conflict rages ... The U.S. isn't guaranteed the ability to recover from four years of disasters in the war. The war's got to be conducted by a president committed to victory, and that means supporting McCain. Now."

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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