Can Hillary save the GOP in '08?
by Southern Patriot, Sat Feb 02, 2008 at 10:02:48 AM EST
Don't count the powerful right wing propaganda machine out and don't assume that voters will automatically annoint any Dem nominee.
OLBERMANN: Let`s call in NBC News political director, Chuck Todd.
Thanks for your time tonight, Chuck.
CHUCK TODD, NBC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR: You got it, Keith.
OLBERMANN: Given the early reaction to McCain, Right wing radio, these guys at the fringe or apparently trying to draft Herbert Hoover or somebody. Does McCain have prayer (ph) of pulling what he just said of? Can he bring different parts of this incredibly desperate party together?
TODD: One big if. If the Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton. And that`s what he`s counting on and that`s what makes the Democratic race become more fascinating now. Now that it looks like the Republicans are going to have a nominee. Because John McCain is much stronger and much more capable of keeping the Republican Party together and the conservative movement together if the opponent is Hillary Clinton. If it`s Barack Obama, you know, then all of a sudden, all these scenarios, a third party challenger, you know, a challenge from the right, a challenge in the middle. Then, suddenly, he could face some problems.
OLBERMANN: And what are the chances this keeps getting worst internally and not better and they really run a third party candidate and maybe two of them. Maybe there`s a Tom Tancredo, practical conservative and there`s a religious conservative, Huckabee. That could be four candidates, is that possible?
TODD: Well, I think a lot of it has to do with who the Democrats nominate. You know, Hillary Clinton solves all of John McCain`s problems. He keeps everybody calm, keeps everybody sort of inside the big tent. If you know, the opponent is Obama, then all bets are off. But, I think that McCain obviously is going to have, it may take that McCain has to start not just naming a running mate early, but start naming some cabinet members early. Start trying to keep different wings of the party happy. He may have to create a whole team of running mates to keep certain members happy. I mean, on the running front, you know, look, Mike Huckabee right now is the reason why John McCain is probably going to have this nomination sawn up on February 5th. He is serving as this 15 percent siphon of a potential Mitt Romney vote, that Romney has not been able to get the social conservatives and the economic conservatives in his tent. If he could, he could probably take McCain in a one on one. It would be very close. McCain has corralled the 40 percent of moderates that are there in the party. And there are 40 percent. It`s a very high number, sometimes one that`s overlook, but you take that 15 percent that Huckabee is getting from social conservatives and suddenly McCain has the winning hand.