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Call Western Union …

…if you want to send a message. If you want to win an election, consider:  

The RCP head-to-head polling average shows McCain beating Obama by 2 points and Clinton by 4. By contrast, it shows all the other Republican candidates losing to both Obama and Clinton  — Romney by almost 20 points to Obama, and by almost 9 to Clinton. 

Now I like all the candidates (OK, except Ron Paul) and I still haven’t made up my mind who I like best. I’m still not committed to any of them, I can still be sold. 

It’s also true that I disagree with McCain on many issues. 

That said, it does seem worth emphasizing that a candidate who wins the nomination this spring and then goes on to lose the election in the fall will have achieved nothing – no matter what he says in his concession speech. 

And should the Republican candidate lose in November, that almost certainly will mean that the White House, the Senate, the House, a majority of governorships and a majority of state legislatures will be in Democratic hands for a minimum of four years – much longer if the Democrats use their monopoly power creatively, e.g. by gerrymandering House seats and/or making Washington, D.C. a “state” with two senators. And don’t forget about the Supreme Court. An appointment there is a gift that can keep on giving for a generation or more.  

Now I know polls are just snapshots and all that. Even so … 

All I’m saying is: Electability has to be a top-line consideration.

Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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