Robert Novak writes:
While President George W. Bush has maintained neutrality among contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, he privately expresses to friends his exasperation with Mitt Romney’s hard-line stance on immigration.
Michael Barone, meanwhile, thinks that John McCain “is on an unobstructed flight path to the nomination, facing a few crosswinds but no serious navigation hazards.” In contrast, he sees potential for serious damage to the Democrats in the head-on collision between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama:
The Clinton campaign, defeated in Iowa and nearly in New Hampshire, scraping by in Nevada and expecting a clobbering in South Carolina, faced a choice between losing clean and winning ugly. What is amusing is that so many liberal commentators were surprised when the Clinton apparat, with the unhesitation of a shark, chose the latter option.
Barone sees a possible parallel to 1980, when Ted Kennedy, when having lost his nomination battle against Jimmy Carter, continued his “bitter denunciations” of Carter up to the convention. We can only hope.