John Warner (R-Va.) has never been a favorite with real conservatives (here's why). Now that he tries to exit the Senate as gracelessly as possible, after thirty misspent years, I doubt they'll change their minds.
There's nothing worse than an aging politician, facing the prospect of eternity, who thinks that he'll ease his conscience by becoming a liberal. Actually, he's been a liberal on many issues over the years. Now he's just more consistent.
Having opposed costly and intrusive "greenhouse gas" limits as recently as 2005, he suddenly answered the environmentalist altar call and came down on the side of Al Gore. However, he assures us that this is all in the name of national security, since he lies awake at night worrying that the U.S. military might face new climatic threats!
"Patriotism," as Johnson said, "is the last refuge of the scoundrel."