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John McCain tunes out Rush Limbaugh

February 2, 2008 |  7:30 am

Now that John McCain can see within his grasp the Republican presidential nomination he so long has sought, he is cognizant of the need to reconcile with those conservatives who have so long sought to deny him the party's prize. But even such an obviously sensible strategy has its limits.

Chatting with reporters as his campaign plane flew from St. Louis to Chicago Friday evening, McCain was asked about Rush Limbaugh's frequent jabs at him. The Times' Maeve Reston was among those listening, and she reports that McCain suffers no illusions on this front.

"We'd like to have everybody on board," he replied. "We'd like to have a totally united party, but I also realize there are some people that just may not be able to support me at the end of the day."

He then acknowledged, with a typical one-liner, that he is NOT part of Limbaugh's audience: "There's a certain trace of masochism in my family, but not that deep."

-- Don Frederick