pans out, it will be hilarious:
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions," reports The Hill.
"Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist."
I can't imagine this would go over well with Republican primary voters, but given the choices in front of them, where else do they have to go?