Tuesday, February 5, 2008

McCain wins Missouri ... and the GOP finally gets its frontrunner

John McCain has won Missouri, a huge win in an open-primary state where McCain will take all of the state's 55 delegates.

In the last 20 minutes, McCain has taken California and Missouri. These are huge wins, figuratively and practically, and they do finally provide clarity to the GOP's nomination process. What a tremendous missed opportunity for McCain in that he didn't hold out to greet supporters after these wins were announced! He would have had the knockout punch he had been looking for, if only he had been able to stride across the stage to deliver a victory speech on the heels of victories in California and Missouri, among the other states -- and there were a bunch -- that he won tonight. What a difference it would have made in his speech, which ended up being described as more of an "exortation" than a frontrunner speech!