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“The Free Pass for McCain is Over”

Yes, two days before South Carolina, it finally ends, according to a Huckabee adviser. It’s about time, because McCain has a solid lead in South Carolina in every poll, and if he wins there, he’s going to be hard to stop (hate to sound like a broken record on this theme). Unfortunately, it looks like Huck is the only one who can stop him in SC, because there’s no sign yet of a Romney bounce or a serious Fred surge. From CNN

John McCain is finding the South Carolina campaign trail unexpectedly chilly in more ways than one. Tuesday night, close friend Fred Thompson went on the attack. Just a day later, it seemed anti-Romney ally Mike Huckabee, a major rival for evangelical votes in South Carolina, might be ready to turn on his former comrade-in-arms. 

A senior Huckabee adviser told the Christian Broadcasting Network late Wednesday that “the free pass for McCain is over. The next few days in South Carolina will be rough and tumble. Although we will continue to take the high road, I think you will see a message develop; us vs. them. …”

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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