First, some thoughts on Florida. This was truly a huge win for John McCain. That cannot be overstated. Not only does the Florida win put him ahead of Mitt Romney in the delegate count, but it keeps the momentum of his South Carolina win alive. Moreover, it is almost a certainty that Rudy Giuliani will endorse McCain prior to Tuesday, adding even more positive energy to a campaign that is seeming more and more like an inevitability. The mainstream media has all but coronated McCain as the Republican nominee.
Going into Florida, my gut feeling was that McCain would win the primary but would go on to lose the nomination to Mitt Romney. It seemed liked the anti-McCain sentiment was reaching a fever pitch, particularly among conservative commentators and, for the most part, blog readers and contributors. In my opinion, had there been one more week of campaigning in Florida, Mitt Romney would have pulled off the win. John McCain should be grateful to at least two people: Mike Huckabee for siphoning evangelical votes from Romney, and Governor Crist for the last-minute endorsement.
Unlike some, I don’t think that McCain’s victory in Florida means an end to the “conservative” stranglehold on the Republican Party. And despite already being ahead in California and New York, I don’t think it’s time to declare Romney dead. Just as the importance of McCain’s Florida victory cannot be overstated, neither can the importance of just how much the “establishment” of the Republican Party despises John McCain. Rush Limbaugh claims to be on the brink of sitting the election out if McCain gets the nomination; And although Sean Hannity prefaces everything he says about McCain with, “He’s a war hero,” it’s clear that Hannity is no McCain supporter either.
My question is how exactly does this McCain victory help him in Georgia and nationally? Is it going to help with what some describe as “picking up steam” here in the Peach State? What about the slew of Georgia legislators who jumped ship to the Romney camp? Does this mean they’ll be working overtime to steal some support away from Mike Huckabee? Exit polling in Florida showed Romney beating Huckabee among evangelicals, after all. Could Georgia swing toward Romney or will it stay with Tax Hike Mike? Or will McCain’s momentum be too much to handle?
In other Georgia-related news, certain influential political bloggers are understandably bitter because their particular candidate of choice happened to be lazier than whale feces and unable to pick up more delegates than the “fringe” candidate. Any time those bloggers are ready to support the real conservative choice hands down, I’ll make sure I have a tin foil hat ready in your size.