Sen. John McCain announced Wednesday that he's running for president. He dropped the news on "Late Show with David Letterman."
Having nothing but disdain for McCain, the conservative base hooted at the news. Many Republicans see McCain as soft on immigration and a danger to free speech with his push for campaign-finance reform (they also don't appreciate him working on legislation with Democrats, the sworn enemy). These Republicans are so antagonistic that many of them support Rudy Giuliani over McCain -- despite Giuliani's support of gay rights, gun control and abortion rights.
But Rudy's not first in their hearts; that spot belongs to Duncan Hunter, a congressman from California who says he's "committed to sealing the U.S. border to illegal alien and drug trafficking, ensuring that the region remains safe for communities on both sides of the international boundary." Hunter's one-horse pony won't carry him through the primary season, but his sway over a chunk of the GOP base makes him a player.