Hugh Hewitt

On my radio show on Wednesday, January 19, Dick Morris flatly declared that Mitt Romney could not win the Republican nomination for president because of the health care plan Romney guided into law in Massachusetts in 2005.

On the same day my friend and superb political analyst John Hinderaker of Powerline fame declared that it was over for Sarah Palin.

“The time has come to put any thoughts of Sarah Palin running for President to rest,” John wrote.

“I say that not because I dislike her; on the contrary, I'm a fan,” Hinderaker continued. “I think she did an excellent job as a vice-presidential candidate in 2008 and has been an effective spokeswoman for conservative causes in the years since.”

“But there is no way she is ever going to be elected President,” he concluded “and the sooner Republicans get over that idea, the better.”

With the arrival of a Washington Post/ABC News poll showing that Romney, Palin and Mike Huckabee are grouped at the top of the GOP primary voters’ preferences, I guess we have to hope that Fox lets the rocker-governor-preacher out of his contract.

Actually the best assessment of the state of the GOP race for a nominee to face President Obama came from Karl Rove, also from a conversation on my show. (It is broadcast weeks like this one and interviews like these as well as with Politico’s John Harris and the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza which have made 1260 AM a must-listen at 6 PM every weekday night in D.C.

) Her’s the key exchange with Rove:

HH: In the first hour of tonight’s program, Dick Morris…said flatly that Mitt Romney cannot get the presidential nomination because of Massachusettscare. Do you agree with that?

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.