Saturday, February 09, 2008

Nice Mix of Cultural References

Dan Schnur at the New York Times Blog, on why McCain needs Mike Huckabee to stay in the race:

More than 60 percent of the voters on Feb. 5 registered their support for someone other than Senator McCain. In order to consolidate those conservative Republicans behind him, Senator McCain will need to continue to shore up his ‘foot soldier in the Reagan revolution’ message. But he also needs a platform from which to deliver that message and a foil against whom he can frame it. Mr. Huckabee provides him with both...

Even better for Senator McCain than an opponent is a conservative opponent. Even better than that is a socially conservative candidate who’s not as conservative as Senator McCain on economic or national security issues. And even better than that is a social conservative who likes and admires Senator McCain enough to rarely say a discouraging word about him. Enter Mike Huckabee, straight from central casting. To this point in the campaign, Mr. Huckabee has been Paulie Walnuts to Senator McCain’s Tony Soprano. Moving forward, he takes on the role of the Washington Generals preparing to play Senator McCain’s Globetrotters in a weekly barnstorming tour through the rest of the primary schedule.

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