GIULIANI AND SCHWARZENEGGER ENDORSE McCAIN
CHOOSING BETWEEN McCAIN AND ROMNEY
David Frum was a Giuliani supporter. He is now trying to choose between Romney and McCain. He made the short case for Romney to himself yesterday. He now does the same re McCain: "The guy is brave. A hero in war and captivity, he has demonstrated the courage of his convictions in peacetime as well. On Iraq, he was right when Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush were wrong. If the war ends well, it will be John McCain as much as General Petraeus who will deserve the credit. He has devoted his political career to readying himself for the job of commander in chief. His judgments on war and peace have been vindicated. No American understands better the sacrifices that are asked of fighting soldiers; no American has a better right to ask in his turn for the devotion that he offered in his time. Of all the remaining candidates, only John McCain is running as a war leader. And a war leader is what is most sorely needed by a nation at war."
"GRACELESS" McCAIN BEHAVING BADLY
Why isn't McCain behaving like a generous frontrunner? That's the question posed by Ross Douthat who records McCain's barbs at Romney's expense. The video below records McCain's pretty unnecessary "layoff" jibe at Romney:
Romney was no angel, of course. He played on conservatives' doubts about McCain: "If you get endorsed by the New York Times, you're probably not a conservative."
Rich Lowry notes how McCain has won the nomination with only limited support from conservatives:
"Has this ever happened before? This is kind of amazing. I'm looking at CNN exit polls at the numbers for self-identified Republicans. McCain lost self-identified Republicans by a point in New Hampshire (oddly, he won registered Republicans); he lost self-identified Republicans by 14 points in Michigan; and he tied among self-identified Republicans in South Carolina and Florida. In other words, McCain is close to the presumptive nominee GOP nominee without having won self-identified Republican voters anywhere. What an extraordinary—and utterly unlikely—path to the nomination. Presumably, with his front-runner status enhanced, McCain will now begin to win self-identified Republicans, but he has pulled the political equivalent of an inside-straight to get here."
James Forsyth wonders if John McCain will Cameroonise the GOP.
WHO WILL JOHN EDWARDS BACK?
Barack Obama has been winning all of the big Democratic endorsements recently. John Kerry. Ted Kennedy. Will he get the nod from John Edwards? Toby Harnden speculates and concludes that Obama will benefit from having him out of the race even if he doesn't win his immediate backing.
EVALUATING THE OPINION POLLS
The Economist carries a great little table comparing opinion poll predictions and the actual votes for the Democrat candidates.
USA TODAY LISTS WHICH CELEBRITIES ARE BACKING WHICH DEMOCRATS
"Ron Howard, Quincy Jones, Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and sport legends Magic Johnson and Billie Jean King have stumped for Hillary Clinton. Barack Obama's celebrity campaigners include Scarlett Johansson, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington and singer Usher. Before bowing out of the race Wednesday, John Edwards had Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, James Denton and others stumping for him, and singers Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and John Mellencamp performing." (link)