Yes, SA is going out on a limb with this but it appears that Old Man McCain’s campaign may slowly be withering against a robust competition between Giuliani and Romney. The prediction in this is that McCain will fail to raise the money in what appears to be a two-man primary between Mitt and Rudy.
Age will be one factor as many GOP activists face the reality that McCain’s time has come and gone. The energy and momentum now lies with the younger horses and McCain will have to accept the title of elder statesman much like his predecessor Barry.
Ultimately, social conservatives will have to decide whether to trust a candidate once considered liberal on social issues to a candidate who promises to appoint Supreme Court Justices in the ilk of Roberts, Alito and Scalia.