McCain gains frontrunner status

I've been predicting for a while that John McCain will be the Republican presidential nominee, and while Mitt Romney very much remains in the hunt, yesterday's Florida win solidifies the Arizona senator's frontrunner status. And the two candidates' remarks last night seemed very telling.

Romney gave a very cynical speech, couched in faux-populism, offering an obligatory jab at "Hillarycare," and asserting, "I think it's time for the politicians to leave Washington and the citizens to take over." Like that's going to happen.

McCain, by contrast, was more dignified and less stridently partisan. IMHO, he's the far more formidable GOP candidate this fall, because of his appeal to independents.

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