More Of The "If Only They'd Beaten McCain"
From one of my favorite bloggers, AllahPundit
A horrible thought. Rudy gave up on the state in mid-December; as of December 12 or so, he and McCain were both pulling around 18%. A week later Giuliani was off 4-5 points and Maverick was in the mid-20s. Which came first, the retreat or the decline? He couldn’t have won the state but a harder — and smarter — retail campaign up to primary day could theoretically have kept him in the high teens instead of the 8.5 percent margin he finished with. Maverick’s margin of victory? Only 5.5 percent. If Romney wins New Hampshire, McCain is done, in much the same way that Huckabee was effectively done after South Carolina. Fred finished him off by sucking away enough social cons there to let McCain squeak through. Giuliani could, quite possibly, have performed the same feat for Romney up north.
Yes, but everybody and his brother except for Mitt Romney's campaign wanted McCain to win in New Hampshire. Mitt wins NH, wins Michigan and rolls into South Carolina with lots of momentum. Why didn't Giuliani do what it took to help Mitt? For starters because he likes McCain and doesn't like Romney. How many times do I have to mention that? This is not freaking Survivor here, where you cheat and backstab people you have never met before and will probably never meet again.