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I think we can all agree that leaving the campaign trail to give a paid speech in the Cayman Islands to an “unnamed organization” (h/t The Page) does not exactly increase Mike Huckabee’s stature. (Sounds a bit like a John Grisham novel, in fact.)

The pundits are unanimous: Hillary Clinton is in free fall. (Indeed, she is so desperate to get Barack Obama to debate and possibly slip up that she has shelved her indignation over the comment by MSNBC’s David Shuster about her daughter.) Things are so bad the RNC focuses its attacks now on her opponent. (Ah, remember the good old days when Rudy mocked her at every turn?) Perhaps it is a form of political Stockholm Syndrome, but it seems almost unimaginable that she could lose, or at least lose without a bitter, legal fight over seating Michigan and Florida delegates. In the end, however, the delegate math will prevail.

John McCain is making progress rallying the GOP troops and pundits, in large part because the success of the surge and his role in championing it trumps most other issues. Considering that CPAC was just one week ago, it is hard to deny that he has made considerable progress unifying the party, even though “Republicans divided” remains a favorite media storyline.

Finally, even Barack Obama agrees that less chanting and more details would be a good idea.


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