With the scandal that’s breaking, if McCain becomes the GOP nominee the message from the Democrats becomes easy – and ugly. “McCain – more of the same.” Background words being Bush, Iraq, Economy, and now Keating. Mr. Squeaky Clean was such to redeem himself from his Keating errors. This bites him. Hard.
There’s a current flurry of stories on the left that Huckabee is going to benefit. Maybe, but not easily. McCain has already won over 900 (final number pending, but estimates range from 910 to 950) delegates, and needs only 1191 to win. It’ll take a while for the true believers to accept this story, I think. And that means McCain will reach the magic number.
On the other hand, Huckabee DID stay in. And he’s been willing to gnaw before. Even better, this hits in his storyline of moral godliness. I think it’ll help, just not enough – but it’s not a lock. We’ll see which way it’s all going to play by watching Texas, I think.