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The quickly shrinking roster of Republican presidential candidates has stunned prominent lawyers along with everyone else. “It’s like, �Mitt, we hardly knew ye,’” says Joseph diGenova of Washington’s diGenova & Toensing, who jumped from supporting Fred Thompson — remember him? — to Mitt Romney just two weeks ago. Now that Romney has stepped aside, diGenova is firmly in the John McCain camp, sort of. “I’ve always liked him. I liked the other two better, but he’s who we’ve got.” McCain’s newest and oddest legal bedfellow has to be James Bopp Jr. of Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom in Terre Haute, Ind. The conservative Bopp has been the leading courtroom tormentor of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. Asked how he can support the co-author of his main nemesis, Bopp laughs, “Well, I won’t be endorsing Feingold,” referring to Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold. Bopp adds, “There are no perfect candidates.” But a choice between McCain and what Bopp calls “the surrender party” is easy. Bopp, who stumped for Romney in 10 states, adds, “I wouldn’t think the McCain camp would want me to do the same for him.”
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