McCAIN WINS NOMINATION
If only he weren't incredibly unlikable, it could have been Mitt Romney coasting to victory tonight. But no....
Michael Graham at National Review Online speaks for the right-wing purists:
...So it is over. Finished. In November, we'll be sending out our most liberal, least trustworthy candidate vs. to take on Hillary Clinton -- perhaps not more liberal than Barack Obama, but certainly far less trustworthy....
Every day, he dreams of a world filled with happy Democrats and insulted Republicans. And he is, thanks to Florida, the presidential nominee of the Republican party.
And on that note, I'm off to climb into a bottle of Bushmill's. It's going to be a LONG nine months.
Why do I find myself unable to dismiss the notion that people like Graham (and Limbaugh and Malkin and Hannity) are just saying these things to fool us into thinking McCain isn't "really" a Republican, so more swing voters will vote for him in November and they'll keep their precious White House?
Real Clear Politics poll averages: McCain beats Clinton by 0.1% and trails Obama by 0.3%. (UPDATE: Numbers were accurate when I posted; they've changed since.) Er, whatever happened to that Democrat blowout that was supposed to happen in '08, as a result of the war and the economy and the unpopularity of Bush? And that's before the nine-month tongue bath McCain's about to get from the press. Oh, well -- maybe Chris Matthews and Maureen Dowd will get hit by a bus, and the Democrats will at least be able to stay competitive.
Oh, Lieberman, according to AP, is "unequivocally ruling out sharing the GOP ticket with McCain." But:
Lieberman did say that if McCain wins the nomination, he'd likely attend the Republican convention.
"I'd probably be more welcome there," he said.
What have I been saying for months? Not only do I think he'll give a speech, I think he'll give the speech introducing McCain. What amazing crossover appeal that Maverick will seem to have!
Ed Koch on Giuliani: "The beast is dead." Heh.