The Corner on National Review suggests its over for Sanford.
His conservatism and his quirkiness might make him seem the perfect candidate to complement McCain. But his reluctance to endorse McCain in a timely fashion this year was a major issue. Sanford has not shown public signs of craving the position, either.
McCain insiders say that the real question is not whether Sanford will be vice president, but whether he was ever under serious consideration.
Um, “not shown public signs of craving?” How about that WSJ opinion piece rallying conservatives behind their man? Marc Mnbinder with The Atlantic also has his doubts that Sanford’s on the outs.
McCain was a bit angry but after a series of conversations with Sanford, has come to respect Sanford’s point of view on the matter. Sanford, for a variety of reasons, promised, in public, to stay neutral. He kept his promise despite intense lobbying from McCain allies in the state. He told McCain that he did not want to reneg on his promise, and McCain, being a man who respects someone who hold fast to principles, told Sanford that he accepted the explanation … I do know that Sanford and McCain are not on the outs, and that they do communicate, and that McCain’s hard feelings have softened.