Skip to comments.MCCAIN'S STILL GOT A LONG WAY TO GO
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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Let me put it this way. As badly as I want the Clinton’s to exit relevance on the political scene, I want McCain’s exodus more.
They can me the ballot now and i will write in thompson’s name and not look back with regret. I will never vote for this sell out.
This Southern Baptist from Mississippi would be there when the polls open to vote for Romney. Trouble is my primary is not until March 5th, so now it might not even be worth the drive.
Huckabee preached this past Sunday at the megachurch in Memphis, Bellevue Baptist. I visit there sometimes, and have penned a letter to the pastor, I felt that was tacky and not expect me back. It reminded me of how the Democrats go to black chuches before election day, and here we are doing such.
This bigotry is not becoming, and if Huckabee is on the ticket I can see Utah being in play.
One way to stop McCain: Huckabee/Romney 2008
-—”i will write in thompsons name and not look back with regret. I will never vote for this sell out.”
I’m continually amazed at how stubborn people are in thinking somehow they’re going to “make a statement” with their throwaway vote.
These ballots are counted by an impersonal computer that doesn’t care about such “statements” and then your vote shows up buried in some obscure fraction of the vote on the screen that nobody notices on election nights.
It always pays to grit your teeth and vote for the lesser of two evils because the alternative is worse.
As a Romney fan, I would have to vote for McCain to prevent a HillBillery or a Marxist Obama getting in the White House.
Although Osama Obama is a likeable guy and will put a whole new face on America for the world to see, he thinks we can “negotiate” with terrorists and Islamofacists. His naivete and weakness will likely result in an American City being nuked under his watch. We can’t afford to let this happen.
Romney and Huckabee have been governors, Romney is best qualified in the area of business and administration, he has had no personal scandals and has been faithful to his wife, etc. But McCain possesses not one single trait that would make the creepy Washington Insider - whom some compare to the Manchurian Candidate - qualified to be POTUS.
Huckabee’s problem is not momentum. It is that he has a liberal record on immigration, taxes, and crime, and does not have a good grasp of foreign affairs. Fred Thompson schooled him more than once during the debates.
Huckabee reminds me of the Mayor of Bug Tussle, Amos Hogg (Beverly Hillbillies). Jed and company were mightily impressed by the stolen speeches Mayor Hogg would give. Huckabee regales us with vapid, folksy stories which are supposed to pass for substance. Some might be fooled, but most are not.
I have gone over and over the states each candidate won. Karl Rove did mention the states Obamha won are most likely not be in his column if he is the nominee.
After checking each candidate and the states each won,I believe Clinton and Romney are most likely to carry the states they won, But Obamha and McCain will not carry most of the states they won. Do any of you believe McCain will win NY, NJ.Ill, Or Cal? That is where most of his delegates came from.
By the same token I can see Huckabee winning the states he carried. McCain can win the blue states in the primaries but it it almost impossible to think he can win them in a general election.
Just thinking,what a choice!!!!!
Yeah, Fred Thompson sure showed Mike Huckabee something about running for President.
Could you please cite your source? I find these stats highly unbelievable.
Southern pols have always prought in churches. It used to be an acceptable thing until about 20 years ago when Republican Governor Guy Hunt of Alabama passed the plate after preaching. He got in trouble over it. The RATS can do as they please. I don’t have a problem with pols making speeches wherever and taking campaign contributions as long as there is no coercion involved.
You’re right, and I wish those two would get together for a chat and figure that out themselves. If they insist on each going it alone, I question how devoted to conservatives they are, if they let McCain get the nomination.
You’re right on the republican side.
I really do think we need a brokered convention. It’s the only way to win the election this year.
I actually hope Romney and Huckabee stay in the race until the convention.
It’s just a mess.
Is he related to Boss Hogg from Hazard County?
No, he predated Boss Hogg.
Said Jed Clampett of the Mayor, “When he gets through talkin, ya just beg to have yer taxes raised.”
It reminds me of Huckabee.
Yeah....I don’t see any way to satisfy the disparate wings of the party....maybe Romney-Huckabee, with McCain as Senate Majority Leader?
It would require McCain losing some primaries....but perhaps, in his words, “supporting a cause greater than himself.”
perhaps the words NO NO NO NO NO should not appear under romney as a style point.
It should be no’s under the democrats (mccain (D)) with yeses under Romeny with the questions rephrased.
I hate to say this, but republicans in congress (and very likely a minority) would not be able to stand up to a Republican President that is seeking all manner of destructive bill. However, they would be able to oppose (effectively) a democrat president trying to force what is likely the exact same bill.
I know many make a great deal about some search for the next Reagan. I do not consider myself one of them, but after listening to recordings of his speeches, I wonder where is the candidate telling us about the greatness of America, about individual liberty tempered by morality, of a government that attempts to provide the utmost freedom and limits itself from the lives and property of it’s citizens? How did we wind up with these carpetbaggers?
Huckabee voters are delusional.
Romney lost these states and badly.”
Romney was 4 poitns from WINNING GEORGIA. ROMNEY GOT 30%, that is excellent! except for the fact that Huck got merely 34%.
Enough with your delusion talking points.
Look at Romney in Georgia vs Huckabee outside the south,
Huckster lost these states and badly: IL, CA, NY, NJ, MA, CO, MT, AZ, MN, etc.
McCain won the moderate vote huge, that was his margin of victory everywhere. Split conservative vote, nonsplit moderate vote.
“Romney was not the spoiler in California.
Huckabee was a distant 3rd, sometimes falling behind Giuliani.
The west doesnt like Huckabee, and the south doesnt like Romney.”
But Romney did better *in* the south, than Huckabee did *outside* the south.
And Romney racked up much more votes total than Huckster.
Huckster needs to get out of the race. He’s the 3rd wheel on a bicycle.
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