John McCain has been losing support among independent women voters, and columnist Anne Applebaum, herself an independent voter who supported McCain in 2000, explained why. She contends that McCain has abandoned what appealed to voters in 2000 and aligned himself with the “rapidly deteriorating, increasingly anti-intellectual, no longer even recognizably conservative Republican Party.” She lamented: “Although McCain has one of the best records for bipartisanship in the Senate, he’s let his campaign appeal to his party’s extremes. Though he is a true foreign policy intellectual, his supporters cultivate ignorance and fear.”
Columnist David Brooks, a McCain fan, made a similar argument in noting how the GOP is losing the center. Self-declared moderates favor Obama by 59 to 30 percent, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll, and voters favor Obama by 21 points on the economy and by 14 points on tax policy, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
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