Funny thing is, I think he actually thinks of himself as a moderate to right leaning individual. Your Graham/McCain mention is about it though isn’t it.
” I think he actually thinks of himself as a moderate to right leaning individual. “
I’m not so sure. I think he knows better, but poses as a conservative for several reasons.
For one, he makes a living pitching his work to conservatives. Alienating your target audience isn’t a smart move, although he manages to do that surprisingly often.
Another reason is that he tries to nudge conservatives to the left, to where he likes to be. This is a common tactic among the GOP elite and he fits right in with them.
But I think his primary reason is that he bitterly despises isolationism. He has said that Nixon’s rallying to Israel’s defense in 1973 made him rethink his commitment to the radical left and this is why he drifted away from the Democrats when the McGovernites took control.
He came out for Reagan in 1980 because of Reagan’s muscular foreign policy, but like many other neocons he still firmly embraces liberal social views. This is muted somewhat in Medved by his religious practice.
But despite his posturing I don’t think that it’s too hard to see through Medved. He’s definitely an influence peddler for the GOP moderates who want to marginalize conservative influence in the Party. I use him the vet up and coming candidates. If Medved is for them then I regard it as a warning flag- so it’s no surprise to find Rubio exposed as a fraud.