"It's virtually impossible for Romney or Huckabee to be the nominee just based on the arithmetic."
-- McCain adviser Charlie Black, quoted by NBC News, noting that McCain has 775 delegates, Romney had 284 and Huckabee has 205.
Added Black: "It takes 1,191 to clinch the nomination. There are 963 left to be chosen, so Romney or Huckabee would have to have all of them -- all of them -- to get to 1,191. Now you can't do that because a majority of those 963 are chosen in proportional primaries, which means you'd have to get 100% if the vote to get them all."
It's over. McCain is the Republican nominee. The media and other candidates just aren't quite used to the idea yet. He's done incredibly well despite huge opposition to his candidacy in the conservative establishment and a near collapse of his campaign - money nearly gone and staff leaving - just a few short months ago.
I don't agree with McCain in many areas of policy but it would be great to have an experienced hand on the foreign policy rudder. Beyond that, I think McCain's character and evident substance might really help to repair America's image. You only have to read the story of his captivity once to come away with a lasting respect, if you don't know the details go read up on Wikipedia.
This advert actually misses many of the most salient facts but gets the spirit just right:
Obama's inexperience, foreign policy gaffes and very left-wing voting record worry me. I really do look at him and see another Jimmy Carter in the making. Clinton worries me less. I reckon she'd do a pretty reasonable job but little about her candidacy has been at all inspiring. McCain is the man. As things stand I think he's the best candidate for President of the United States.