Well, Florida did not turn out as I had hoped. For some reason Floridians were duped into thinking that McCain would make the best President. That is their right and congrats to McCain on his victory. I will say that I can live with a McCain nomination, more so than a Giuliani or Huckabee one, but he has a lot of convincing to do if he wants me to vote for him in the general. I just don’t know what kind of job he would actually do as President, I am very concerned about his temperament, especially considering it will be his finger on the button (see my last post regarding a McCain Presidency).
It appears to me that now McCain is all but a shoe in for the GOP. I am not saying that I have lost favor for Romney, but I am being a realist. However, all is not lost for the Romney camp or conservative Americans. It is blatantly clear, hopefully to everyone, that the only candidate that has a remote chance of knocking off McCain in the primaries is Romney. Huckabee has not shot. It is also abundantly clear that McCain is loathed by a significant portion of the GOP electorate. So conservatives should rally behind Mitt and push him through to be McCain. There are enough of them in the GOP to do this.
Also, Mitt has the money to compete in more states and places than McCain on Super Tuesday. Next week, Mitt will Utah, Colorado, and Massachusetts guaranteed. He also has a good shot to win California. That is a must win. Mitt MUST win California. He also needs to do some campaigning in Minnesota and Illinois, maybe even Missouri. Those states should be fairly Romney friendly.
Additionally, Mitt can win in the South, though it will be tough. He won the evangelical vote in Florida, so it shows that Huckabee is not invincible there. He just received the backing of a majority of Tennessee legislators. He may be able to pull a couple of those into his camp.
The biggest problem is Huckabee, Huckabee will stay in as long as Mitt is remotely viable, because he knows he hurts Mitt. If Huck were out of the race, like he should be, Mitt would have a much better shot. Mitt would destroy McCain in a two man race. Man, I hate Huckabee (at least politically).
Further, and in a different Region, Mitt can probably win Alaska if he made on short trip up there for a couple hours, they would be thrilled that a candidate remembered them.
Of course all of this is going to be extremely difficult and is highly unlikely, but it can be done and we need to work to make it happen, a lot of people are turned off to McCain and Mitt is our only hope to knock him out.