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MCCAIN'S STILL GOT A LONG WAY TO GO
NY Post ^ | February 6, 2008 | RYAN SAGER

Posted on 02/06/2008 11:05:13 AM PST by neverdem

FOR Republicans, the story from Super Tuesday seems to be that John McCain, while still the frontrunner, has a tremendous amount of work ahead of him uniting the Republican base before November.

Last night's early results produced no serious threat to McCain's frontrunner status. But McCain did underperform, while Mike Huckabee did better than expected.

Indeed, it may not be too much to ask whether - should both Romney and Huckabee stay in until the end - there is the chance of a Stop McCain ticket being formed by the candidates who have so far split the anti-McCain vote across the country.

So far, it's been largely the fractured nature of the race that keeps McCain in the lead.

McCain's strength, early on in the night, manifested itself most clearly in the northeast, where he racked up his first sound victories - that is, ones where he was able to break the 50-percent mark.

States like Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois and New York gave the Arizona senator comfortable margins of victory over his nearest competitor in the region, Mitt Romney.

But these states don't represent the heart of the Republican Party - they hardly ever end up painted red on election nights these days. They may represent delegates in the primary process, but they don't tell us anything about the senator's ability to rally the base.

In the southern states, which do make up the heart of the Republican Party, McCain found himself slogging it out with Evangelical candidate Mike Huckabee last night.

As of this writing, Arkansas had been called for Huckabee (the hometown boy, by a lot), as had Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee (by smaller margins).

The results down South once again showed McCain's weakness with the base...

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The GOP needs a brokered convention in 2008

Arise, Ye Favorite Sons

1 posted on 02/06/2008 11:05:20 AM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Alice Cooper

A Long Way to Go

We still got a long way to go
We still got a long way to go
We all got a long way to go

What’s keeping us apart isn’t selfishness
What’s holding us together isn’t love
Listen to the man who’s been
touched all his life
Yes he’s the one they call the fool

Where is that savior of the sidewalk life
and the road that takes us to the crusades
I’ve seen those shadows
as they’re moving in my sleep
leading the blind poet to his grave
[ Lyrics found at www.mp3lyrics.org/mqr ]

We still got a long way to go
We still got a long way to go
Yes we all got a long way to go

Please don’t waste your
energy on me my friend
cause we still got a long way to go
we’ll meet again some day
but right now just go away
cause I still got a long way to go

The silence is speaking
so why am I weeping
I guess I love it
I love it to death

We still got a long way to go
Yes we still got a long way to go
Yes we all got a long way to go


2 posted on 02/06/2008 11:07:55 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: neverdem
But these states don't represent the heart of the Republican Party - they hardly ever end up painted red on election nights these days. They may represent delegates in the primary process, but they don't tell us anything about the senator's ability to rally the base.

another example of how the primary process is skewed.

3 posted on 02/06/2008 11:14:34 AM PST by Praxeologue
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To: neverdem
"In the southern states, which do make up the heart of the Republican Party"

Romney lost these states and badly. Romney has been the spoiler while accusing Huckabee of being it. Romney split the conservative vote.

I wonder how many anti-Romney votes McCain got, because people looked at the liberal north-east primaries and the MSM and assumed that Huckabee didn't have enough momentum.

4 posted on 02/06/2008 11:18:43 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Red Badger

I wish the headline were true, but I strongly doubt now that McCain will NOT get a narrow (or bigger) majority of delegates by the RNC, barring some negative health news or new scandal.


5 posted on 02/06/2008 11:18:51 AM PST by pogo101
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To: neverdem
"In the southern states, which do make up the heart of the Republican Party"

Romney lost these states and badly. Romney has been the spoiler while accusing Huckabee of being it. Romney split the conservative vote.

I wonder how many anti-Romney votes McCain got, because people looked at the liberal north-east primaries and the MSM and assumed that Huckabee didn't have enough momentum.

6 posted on 02/06/2008 11:18:56 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: neverdem

McCain will make it to the White House along with all the other good Democrats Hillary and Obama invite there.


7 posted on 02/06/2008 11:19:45 AM PST by pallis
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To: DannyTN

Romney was not the spoiler in California.

Huckabee was a distant 3rd, sometimes falling behind Giuliani.

The west doesn’t like Huckabee, and the south doesn’t like Romney.


8 posted on 02/06/2008 11:22:01 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: neverdem
So far, it's been largely the fractured nature of the race that keeps McCain in the lead.

So true.....and so pathetic.

9 posted on 02/06/2008 11:25:20 AM PST by MamaLucci (Two words: Brokered Convention!)
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To: DannyTN
Romney lost these states and badly. Romney has been the spoiler while accusing Huckabee of being it. Romney split the conservative vote.

IMHO, the same argument can be said of Huey Long Huckabee. A candidate who says he doesn't believe in evolution doesn't have a snowball's chance in global warming.

The GOP needs a brokered convention in 2008

10 posted on 02/06/2008 11:29:44 AM PST by neverdem (I have to hope for a brokered GOP Convention. It can't get any worse.)
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To: neverdem

I volunteered in the election of 2006 for a RINO...only because he had an R next to him. I voted against him in the primary, but held my nose and worked to elect Chuck Crist.

I won’t be doing that this time around. The backstabbers can take a long walk on a short pier. This Recovering_Democrat won’t do it again. I left the party of liberals and I won’t break a sweat to introduce that philosophy into the Republican party.

Next primary season, I’ll be working for a CONSERVATIVE Republican.


11 posted on 02/06/2008 11:32:06 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat ((I am SO glad to no longer be associated with the party of Dependence on Government!))
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To: neverdem
"A candidate who says he doesn't believe in evolution doesn't have a snowball's chance in global warming."

You've got to be kidding. First, it's not an issue that has significant relevance to a presidential campaign. Second, even if it was, something like 77% of Republican voters and over 50% of Democrat voters reject evolution. If anything that should have been a plus for anybody but the godless left wing of the democrats.

12 posted on 02/06/2008 11:35:09 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: neverdem
A very long way in fact...


13 posted on 02/06/2008 11:41:02 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: DannyTN
something like 77% of Republican voters and over 50% of Democrat voters reject evolution.

And 40% of statistics are made up on the spot. Give me a break. If anything, I think you've got your numbers reversed.

14 posted on 02/06/2008 11:43:32 AM PST by rhombus
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To: neverdem
He does have a long way to go, and I don't see him taking so much as the first step. Here's McQueeg's version of "Uniting the base:"

Boo! Hillary!

15 posted on 02/06/2008 11:44:07 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Don't trust anyone who canít take a joke. [Congressman BillyBob])
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To: DannyTN

NO, huckster got 100% support from the registered snake handler crowd. :^)


16 posted on 02/06/2008 11:44:23 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: neverdem

We could get a brokered convention. That wouldn’t be a bad thing this year, but most of the delegates there would be pledged to one of the 3 rinos — McCainiac, Huckageewhiz, RomnaCoke.

They would wheel and deal and odds are we’d get a combination of one of those three.

Tragically.

Better to get a great conservative VP candidate to have a leg up to launch a run in 2012.

I’m is doubtful we can in the 2008 election with any one of these liberals.

Maybe it’s best to run a McCain/Romney ticket just to put a stake through the hearts of those 2.


17 posted on 02/06/2008 11:58:01 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: DannyTN
You've got to be kidding. First, it's not an issue that has significant relevance to a presidential campaign.

The Nation -- Mike Huckabee may not believe in evolution but he says, "I still believe in miracles."

That's the first hit from entering evolution Huckabee when searching News on Yahoo.

Second, even if it was, something like 77% of Republican voters and over 50% of Democrat voters reject evolution. If anything that should have been a plus for anybody but the godless left wing of the democrats.

Do you have a link to a national poll with those results? That could well be true in some places. There's a reason that question was asked in debates. It's not only Romney's religion that has been called into question since Huckabee decided to make it an issue. Those who insist on a literal interpretation of their Bible are also fair game.

18 posted on 02/06/2008 12:03:46 PM PST by neverdem (I have to hope for a brokered GOP Convention. It can't get any worse.)
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To: neverdem
while Mike Huckabee did better than expected.

Really?

his support was all from southern evangelical states - no chance of anti-Mormon votes there.

No "surprise, surprise"


19 posted on 02/06/2008 12:03:57 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: luckystarmom
Romney was not the spoiler in California.

,,, Huckabee was a distant 3rd, sometimes falling behind Giuliani. The west doesn’t like Huckabee, and the south doesn’t like Romney

'sactly...

"the south doesn’t like Romney"

the Huckster's support was all from southern evangelical states - no chance of anti-Mormon votes there. No "surprise, surprise"

20 posted on 02/06/2008 12:10:21 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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