Just a week after Mitt Romney suspended his presidential bid, his move to endorse John McCain gives even more closure to the race for the GOP nomination.
While McCain and Romney tangled repeatedly - and at times
caustically - during their nomination battle, Romney's move gives even
more impetus to McCain's call for Republican party unity.
It also increases the pressure on Mike Huckabee to end his campaign,
especially with the news that Huckabee is going out of the country this
weekend to give a previously scheduled speech in the Cayman Islands.
McCain was already campaigning in New England when the Romney
endorsement story broke, so he only had to go from next door in Rhode
Island to Boston to get the former Massachusetts Governor's public
McCain will be able to use this endorsement, along with others from
people like Gary Bauer, to make the case to conservatives that he
understands their concerns, but that it is time for All Good
Republicans to get on the bandwagon, especially when you look at how
motivated the Democrats have been during the primaries.
Also, with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton still battling it out,
the chances for fissures on the Democratic side could certainly
outweigh those on the GOP end.
Is this the greatest thing to happen to McCain this year? Probably
not. But it's still an important piece of the Election Puzzle for
him. Better to have Romney (and many of his delegates too) than have
Romney quietly showing his support for a Conservative Insurrection