Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the
, said McConnell's active support for Fletcher in the fall campaign was a political necessity for the senator to ensure Republicans are united behind him when he runs for re-election in 2008. Universityof Virginia
"McConnell knows that at least until November his bread is buttered on the side of Ernie Fletcher," Sabato said Monday by telephone.
If Mitch McConnell thinks he can simply stop by a few Fletcher/Rudolph fundraisers for 10 minutes and regain the support of the Commonwealth's conservatives, he is sadly mistaken. McConnell has one last chance to hit the campaign trail and start knocking on doors, or the Republican nominee in 2008 is going to be a true conservative named Larry Forgy.