NRTL seems not to have been miffed. Its president writes about those who are, though:
WHEN COMMON SENSE IS LACKING
BY Wanda Franz, Ph.D.
Former Senator Alfonse DAmato, the New York Republican, was first elected in 1980. He was reelected in 1986 and in 1992. Senator DAmato managed to do this in liberal New York in spite of a solid pro-life record in the Senate: he voted pro-life 85 times on 89 roll calls.
When Senator DAmato stood for reelection in 1998, he ran into opposition from some pro-lifers who considered him not pro-life enough or disliked him. Some misguided pro-lifers actively worked against him, others simply refused to vote for him in the general electionit was a matter of "principle," and Senator DAmato didnt match their notion of a pro-life candidate.
Senator DAmato lost to a Democrat who had previously been in the House of Representatives where he (1) was a shrill promoter of abortion, (2) co-sponsored the infamous "Freedom of Choice Act" that would have established abortion on demand under a federal law, (3) co-sponsored the "Reproductive Health Equity Act" that would have required federal funding of all abortions in any federal program, and (4) had voted 97 out of 100 times for the pro-abortion side. In other words, the Democratic candidate was the "ideal" pro-abortion candidate. And his pro-abortion zeal was gratingly expressed: as one senator observed, "There is no more dangerous place than between Senator Schumer and a TV camera." Yes, we are talking about the very same Senator Chuck Schumer who now proudly basks in the glory of having organized the Democratic takeover of the Senate in the 2006 election. . . .
I read what was said. What has that to do with McCain not being there in person?
Seems like it should be as important as LaRaza.