This morning on CNBC, a political “analyst” told us that Republicans like to “coalesce” behind the front-runner, so McCain will easily win the Republican nominee, and the only interesting stuff is happening in the Democratic primary.
My favorite blogger, Steve Sailer, picked up on this issue yesterday, noting how the NY Times has ignored Romney’s win in Maine. CNN claims that Romney has won all 18 delegates from Maine. The party loyalists in Maine who attended the caucus/straw poll obviously didn’t get the message that they’re supposed to “coalesce” around McCain.
The CNN delegate scorecard now shows McCain leading Romney by the tiny margin of 97 to 92 delegates. How can someone be the front-runner with such a narrow lead in delegates? If Florida were not a winner-take-all state, Romney would be the one in the lead, not McCain.
Some bloggers and blog commenters have alleged that reason the media is doing this is because they see McCain as being unelectable because he’s too old and too supportive of Bush’s Iraq policies, and by supporting him they help put a Democrat into the White House. But I disagree, I believe that liberal journalists innocently and genuinely like McCain more than Romney because they see McCain as “bipartisan,” and as having “enlightened views on immigration reform.” If anything, the media seems to buy into the argument that McCain is the most electable Republican, an argument that I think is overstated--voters would come around to Romney once they get to know him better
Also check out these comments by Mike Huckabee, who seems to have an intense dislike of Romney. Huckabee, by staying in the race, is obviously trying to hurt Romney, and maneuver himself into a Vice Presidential nomination. This would be extremely bad for the Republican Party because it would make him the de facto front-runner for the next presidential election cycle.