Rich Galen

If I were advising the McCain campaign - which I am not - I would be telling them that they should spend the next few days in the run-up to Über Tuesday talking about the fact that it is McCain's ability to attract high percentages of independents which is crucial to designing a winning strategy for next November.

I suspect McCain will be declared the winner next Tuesday by virtue of having won New York (winner-take-all) and the majority of delegates in California (Congressional District by Congressional District) and enough of the rest of the states to be on that trajectory toward the nomination I was talking to you about the other day.

Mitt Romney will do the right thing and stand aside sometime next week leaving John McCain, Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul as the only three candidates still standing.

Ron Paul is and has been a fringe candidate from the get-go and Mike Huckabee hasn't won anything since Iowa.

In modern political history, former Texas Governor John Connally was known has having spent $11 million during the 1980 campaign for President and winning only one delegate.

Rudy Giuliani, according to the Associated Press, spent nearly $49 million in his campaign and matched John Connally's total of one delegate.

Campaign finance reports which were due yesterday showed that Mitt Romney lent his campaign $18 million in the 4th quarter of last year bringing Romney's total of self-funding to about $35 million. That does not count what he may have - or will have - lent his campaign in 2008 by the end of next week.

Like him or not, Romney gets kudos from me for putting a very significant amount of his own money where his campaign is.

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