First of all let’s remember for a few seconds the casualties on the road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. On the Democrat side John Edwards gracefully, or is that inevitably, accepted his gooseberry status and dropped out so Hillary and Barak could spend some quality time together. For the Republicans an honourable mention goes to Rudi Giuliani, he came (late), he saw and then, well he lost.
Mitt Romney felt the chill blast of reality when he dropped out last week. A pragmatic move in the face of failing support, or the possibility of second billing on the ticket in November?
Meanwhile the two runners who are left in the Republican race both have popularity issues. While Huckabee has received a recent surge in support following Romney’s decision to drop out he is still viewed with misgiving by the Republican faithful who are suspicious of his tax and spend reputation - they want tax cuts and they want them now! While he has the support of the Christian Right others might turn to him just because he isn’t John McCain. Possibly taking over from Hillary Clinton as the person Republicans hate most McCain has inspired vitriolic diatribes from those doyennes of the right wing media the right wing radio hosts. When they hate you you must be doing something right, oh wait that only works if you’re a Democrat! These are the people who McCain should be relying on but at least he can take comfort in an endorsement from President Bush.
Hilary and Barak have continued their squabbling but while Obama is gaining momentum Clinton is losing money and her campaign manager. This neck and neck Democratic campaign will go to the wire meaning the party must unite quickly behind the eventual victor. At least the Republicans can get their infighting out of the way now.