Does McCain Have the Right Stuff?

McCain has strengthened his claim to the GOP nomination. But growing attacks from conservatives may hurt him in November

Christopher Morris / VII for TIME

McCain and his wife Cindy in Phoenix celebrating his impressive—but inconclusive—victories

It's been a strange republican primary season.

John McCain was the early front runner, but conservatives didn't like his positions on immigration and global warming. So Rudy Giuliani became the favorite, but conservatives didn't like his positions on guns and abortion. They liked all Mitt Romney's positions, until they learned that he used to have totally different positions. They got excited about Fred Thompson's candidacy, until they realized that he wasn't. And then Mike Huckabee had his moment in Iowa. But now Super Tuesday has confirmed McCain as the front runner again — didn't...

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