Rich Galen

Huckabee lasted longer than Rudy Giuliani who was the first major candidate out of the race. He lasted longer than Fred Thompson. And longer even than Mitt Romney.

But when McCain was declared the winner last night, Rollins told me that Huckabee was going "to go out in a few minutes and endorse McCain" and Huckabee did just that.

Later today, Senator McCain will meet with President Bush and accept the President's endorsement. That will signal the change of command at the Republican National Committee - moving from an organization dedicated to advancing the Administration's agenda to an organization aimed at working toward the election of the next President.

Democrats will try to paint a pretty picture by saying the continued one-on-one fight between Clinton and Obama will continue to generate enthusiasm in the Party. It may, but trying to get the warring parties back together after what will likely be a bruising convention in Denver will be no small task.

If Hillary is the nominee, Washington-based Democrats are planning for Obama to be on the ticket with her - as if that will satisfy the disappointed Obama backers.

It won't they will leave Denver demanding to know why Hillary didn't become Barack's VP running mate.

As for the GOP, the McCain folks will be able to spend the next eight months building (and paying for) a well-oiled General election machine.

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