Do Limbaugh and the RNC Run McCain's Campaign?

Is McCain just a wussy, well-trained GOP lapdog, or is he merely pretending to be one?

Yeah, it really makes you look like a fiercely independent tough guy to have your party cut you off at the knees in public this way:


As speculation grows around who John McCain will select as his vice presidential running mate next week, Republican National Committee officials said Tuesday that McCain is no longer considering former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

Several sources at the RNC told FOX News that in the last 36 hours, senior McCain advisers and aides have told RNC officials that McCain "got the message" last week that choosing a running mate who supports abortion rights would not be helpful....

And the other guy to whom McCain is answerable, Rush Limbaugh, has also weighed in (as it were):
Steve M. blogs at No More Mister Nice Blog.