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The McCain Big Idea Dilemma

He needs to do something “big” to shift the focus to his ideas. This is obvious. But anything that smacks of a “big plan” invariably receives criticism from base Republicans, which the media is eager to over-report. Indeed, John Harwood immediately reported on CNBC that he was receiving “emails from Republicans” who hated McCain’s proposal to have Treasury intervene in the mortgage market. Or go read the responses to McCain’s answers in The Corner: fears of rising big government Republicanism are rampant again. McCain still has time to make a few big swings, but he has to accept the fact that he will not make the base happy.