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I am a total, complete conservative Republican, and like many in my party I am watching with a combination of curiosity and distress at the Right's reaction to John McCain, the presumptive GOP front-runner. Okay, I get it on waterboarding, climate control, campaign finance reform, and other areas of disagreement. The Republican's have been the governing party for a long while and it has turned us into politicians. Fine. But Senator McCain still gets excoriated for his role in the "Gang of 14," and I'm perplexed at this. Unless I am missing something, as best I can tell that deal broke a longtime logjam in which Democrats blocked all of George Bush's judicial appointments and led to conservative Justices Sam Alito and John Roberts. Would Alito and Roberts, who are both fine with conservatives, been nominated and approved had it not been for the McCain-brokered deal?