An examination of political conscienceOne of John McCain's key advisors, Charlie Black, told reporters earlier today that he believes McCain has the Republican nomination in the bag:
Speaking with reporters today, McCain adviser Charlie Black said, "To date, we have 775 delegates, Romney has 284, Huckabee has 205. It takes 1,191 to clinch the nomination. There are 963 left to be chosen, so Romney or Huckabee would have to have all of them -- all of them -- to get to 1,191. Now you can't do that because a majority of those 963 are chosen in proportional primaries, which means you'd have to get 100% if the vote to get them all.
I believe that it is in the best interest of the Republican Party in a long-term sense for the simple reason that the GOP needs to have a serious internal debate about its future. Whether they voted for Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, or someone else yesterday, a majority of Republicans simply do not trust McCain and do not like the direction the party is going. This isn't merely a question of John McCain needing to win people over, the national Republican Party needs to use the coming months to re-examine its message and what the party intends to stand for in the 21st Century.
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