Rich Galen

  • When the vote was actually taken, Spencer got about 63% of the vote, but McFarland got 36.5%.

  • The New York Post, which has particularly brutal toward the McFarland campaign, was forced to call it a "stronger-than-expected showing." The NY Times said the level of her support "surprised many people here."

  • The next day the scene shifted to the race for Governor. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld was facing off against long-time GOP office holder John Faso. Weld had been the front runner and was the favorite of Governor Pataki.

  • Pataki was supposed to endorse Weld, but as Weld's support kept slipping, so did the date of the endorsement until it slipped right past the convention.

  • Pataki's people made phone calls to drum up support for Weld, but when the noses were counted Weld drew, according to a report in Congressional Quarterly, 39% to Faso's 61%.

  • This was seen as a brutal defeat for Weld because the betting line going in was that Weld would get over 50% of the votes.

  • The lesson? Keep expectations under control.

  • McFarland gets less than 37% and is called the winner. Weld gets about 40% and is called the loser.

  • Governor Pataki, who has made no secret of his desire to run for President, failed miserably in his self-appointed role as king-maker on both days of the convention.

  • Memo to Pataki: If you can't persuade delegates from upstate New York, what are the chances you will be able to influence caucus voters in Iowa?

  • Zero, is my expectation. Zero chance.

  • On the Secret Decoder Ring today: Links to coverage of the GOP convention, another popular license plate Mullfoto, and an odd Catchy Caption of the Day.

  • Rich Galen

    Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at