McCain vs. Romney all night,with McCain leading Mitt by 16,000…12,000…9,000 now. Typical,convention,normal,common says those numbers don’t drop,and they certainly don’t switch. But sometime late tonight Mitt may come through with a handful of votes in the right demographics for the numbers at Fox and CNN and MSNBC to project some hard victory. Another blind turn in the dead of night,like Clinton’s turn on the poll numbers in NH,to leave everyone with that dumb look. McCain’s lead is impressive – he came out of a dark money hole and beat down a vast and experienced Jeb Bush Machine supporting a Mitt nomination. McCain’s numbers are back up ahead by 19k with 34% in.
Clinton was called early & often. Like Michigan,Florida’s move to this early primary date has cost their delegates seats at the convention. While it seems Clinton is racking up the wins according to most national news outlets,Obama has actually won more delegates so far. Clinton does have a lead in pledged superdelegates. But this is all acedemic now. The numbers in NH were some freak anamoly of political polling,and the rest of the country has stayed firm on a Clinton win. Feb. 5th will assign some 1700ish of the 2300-odd delegates,the Big Night,Shit Tuesday,and whisky and beer will be required to watch those narrow margins that Obama has to hold… And afterwards,will Edwards’ delegates carry enough weight? Will the specter of the Clinton inevitability cast a shadow on the late primary states? In an election primed with high & mighty attention where sacrifices were made early,will the election come down to last-minute primaries? Some sort ironic twist against the Democratic machines in Michigan and Florida who so desperately wanted Meaning and Purpose to this particular election…
McCain’s projected the winner some time around 8:30pm,the final numbers somewhere around 80k on up as conservative counties fell into place. Romney’s on some minutes aftewards. The crowds are chanting "But They Haven’t" in off-time response to Mitt’s broken down Washington speech. Mitt praises a Bush administration somewhere in his speech. A nail in a coffin somewhere dark & cold in Washington. Credits Bush for protecting America in these dangerous years since 9/11. A short-sighted call that rallies the troops down home.
Giuliani’s out,they finally confirm,throwing his campaign behind his man, McCain. Not a surprise,and not much weight to carry in Giuliani’s single delegate.
Russert says McCain needs a Southern Gentlement like Huck to take on the Democrats in a general election,hoping he holds out against Mitt in a long-shot bankrupt campaign.
It’s dropped 4′ in the last few minutes,and I’m off to a bar.