McCain Wins Virginia. I'm Safe! (Update: MD Goes to the Mac)

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Feb 12, 2008 9:30 PM
Now, I needn't commit seppuku to make up for a strategic vote gone wrong, although my Townhall co-workers may subject me to some sort of TBA hazing. To be fair, I voted before the weather turned, so I had no idea his Northern Virginia vote might be in danger.  Dang Huckabee and his pesky miracles. Luckily for him, it looks like even in ice-plagued NOVA, McCain's support will be big enough to bring him a more substantial win than anyone was expecting early in the night.

And, if I can have some part in throwing the Dems into a super delegate duel, I'm all for that:
Clinton spokesperson Howard Wolfson told reporters flatly yesterday that Obama's strategy won't work. "It's coming to the point where it's statistically impossible, the way delegates are apportioned," Wolfson said. "Either Clinton or Obama will need the support of super delegates to get to 2025," the number needed to secure the nomination.
Yikes, that's bad message juju for the party posing as the party of the little guy.

Obama's marching forward and inspiring all the way. I think he's less beatable than Hillary in a general, and I think he's far more likely to retreat from the War on Terror if he wins, which is a huge issue for me. In fact, he's campaigning on his promise to do just that. If Obama won the presidency, the gains won by blood, sweat, and tears in Iraq over the last year would be gone in months as he got his precipitous withdrawal on. Hillary's marginally better, but not enough better or enough inspiring to peel off center-right and Independent voters who would otherwise vote McCain. That's the way I see it, anyway.

Moving forward, since Mr. Huckabee seems unlikely to withdraw gracefully in the face of defeat as Romney did, I think McCain should be talking about the war, the distance between himself and Huckabee on foreign policy experience, and perhaps borrowing from the central theme of Romney's farewell speech:
"I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and terror. If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.

"This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters – many of you right here in this room – have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country."
Karl Rove called the big vote for Huck tonight some of the last angst about a McCain candidacy working itself out. A shout from Virginia conservatives that, "you must listen to us!" Perhaps it will win us some concessions-- a Juan Hernandez pink slip, anyone?

Update: Fox calls Maryland for McCain right as the polls close, so it must have been quite a blow-out.

Update: What's the point, Huck?