Commentary Magazine


Who Is Kidding Whom?

As of last night, John McCain had at least 707 delegates, Mitt Romney had 294 and Mike Huckabee had 195. A candidate needs 1191 delegates to win. McCain’s total will go up as the California delegates are parceled out. By my math, there are 1147 delegates yet to be awarded (again, some of these are actually already in McCain’s column from California). This means:

McCain needs 487 484 of 1147

Romney needs 897 of 1147

Huckabee needs 996 of 1147

Whatever Romney is up to, it cannot realistically be about winning. It only prevents some from getting over the “sit in the wilderness” fixation.