Rich Galen

There is some chatter here that Huckabee and Romney have formed an alliance against McCain to stop him from getting the Republican country club vote (which they believe belongs to Romney) or the social conservative vote which they believe should be melded with the Evangelical vote in Huckabee's column.

The problem for any kind of grand alliance is it takes time for the pieces to be put in place and begin to function. The election here will be held this coming Saturday.

Shifting television buys from one section of the state to another provides really sophisticated fodder for the political insiders at Columbia or Charleston cocktail parties, but with only three days left, it is probably being done too late to have much effect on actual voters.

If true, the Huckabee/Romney axis smacks of an extremely defensive position which may well leave an opening for Thompson who has been drawing large crowds and his most favorable press coverage of the campaign.

It is not at all out of the question that South Carolina may provide the fourth different winner in the first four heavily contested states.

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