Carol Platt Liebau: Huckabee Wins West Virginia

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Huckabee Wins West Virginia

It happened on the second ballot, after -- it seems -- McCain's people threw their support to Huckabee to prevent a Romney win.

Mike Huckabee claims to be a solid conservative, and no doubt he wants a future in the Republican Party. It seems he's gambling everything he has on McCain. If, for any reason (the nomination goes to Romney, or McCain chooses someone else) he is not selected as the VP on a McCain ticket, he'll have done himself a great disservice among the conservative base by his continued willingness to play "spoiler" and his efforts to throw the nomination to someone who, emphatically, is not a conservative. Even if he is chosen as VP and McCain-Huckabee goes down in a landslide, he's creating a difficult path for himself.

It will be interesting to see the impact his choices today have on his options in the future.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about unintended consequences...

A very interesting thing is happening tonight. Right now, Mike Huckabee is doing much better than expected especially in the South, while John McCain is underperforming everywhere. Should this trend keep up, Huckabee could have a "better" night than McCain--expectations-wise.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry for the double post, but there is one other thing that just struck me. As a partisan on the left, I find it highly amusing that John McCain is going to win the Republican nomination by winning states he has no hope to carry in the general. Does anyone really believe that Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and New York are going to turn red?

On the flip side, how does John McCain get to 270 electoral college votes, if he has trouble winning Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee?

Oooo... Mitt Romney was just projected to win Utah!

7:07 PM  

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