If Mitt Romney was welcomed "as their champion" by the "fervent conservatives" who packed the room at CPAC, CBS' Chip Reid was in no doubt that "feelings among conservatives towards John McCain are still raw." CBS political analyst Nicolle Wallace told Jeff Greenfield that ABM voters--Anybody But McCain--may be "vocal" but are "probably a smaller sliver of the party than we give them credit for." The challenge for McCain is not to get conservative votes, mused NBC's Tim Russert, but "can he motivate, galvanize conservatives to be foot soldiers for McCain? George Bush believes he was elected President twice because he had people willing to go door-to-door, phone call to phone call. That is what McCain's challenge is: not unite the party but excite the party." CBS' Greenfield added one more challenge--money. "His frequent battles with drug companies, tobacco giants and other corporate interests could make it a lot harder to tap traditional sources of Republican money."
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