Saturday, February 9, 2008

John King

I hardly know what to talk about first, that John King just said John McCain needs to be Gumby or that Mike Huckabee has won primaries in states that don't matter.

On the first point, pundits were commenting on the apparent continued distemperment that Christian voters have with regard to McCain. King said, "What McCain needs to do, and it may be impossible for anyone other than Gumby, is reach to the left while holding on to the right" or something like that.

Gumby makes presidential political history.

(Actually, I think some people would prefer to vote for Gumby than the folks who are left -- on either side.)

On the second point, the crew was talking about why Huckabee is not getting out of the race quite yet. As long as he's winning, they opined, why get out? And as Huckabee himself pointed out earlier, why should he listen to people saying he should get out -- especially when those people (read: Texas Gov. Rick Perry) are McCain supporters?

Then King started talking about the so-called "Potomac Primaries" (or, as Gloria Borger calls them, the "Beltway Primaries") and how McCain should do much better there because the number of evangelical voters will drop significantly. His next comment was something along the lines of, "When McCain starts losing in primaries that matter, then we'll have something to talk about."

I'm not sure what he meant by that comment, but I'm pretty sure the folks in Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and West Virginia wouldn't like it much.