Mrs. McCain appears to be bewildered by the lack of support.
Well, everything they’ve done and said. … Now I’m really popping off, but he worked like a dog to get Bush re-elected. …He’s backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld. Have you heard other senators and congressmen backing Bush over eight years? Find me it–give me a name. I’ve not seen any public recognition of the work that he’s done for the Republican party.
(A transcript of the interview is available here.)
He backed "Bush." Which Bush would that be? Would that be the Bush who didn't appear to have the stomach to fight for his judicial nominees? Would that be the Bush who is weak on border security and favors a "guest worker" program that amounts to amnesty for illegal aliens? Would that be the Bush who signed the McCain-Feingold bill into law?
If John McCain wants the support of the Republican base, he's going to have to show some support for the Republican base. It's a two-way street, and he'd better figure that out before he crashes.