Most of us were paying no attention to the Republican primary in Pennsylvania. But Michael Crowley points out:
More than 117,000 people — or 16 percent of the GOP electorate — took the trouble to cast votes for Ron Paul tonight. And Huckabee got about 11 percent, leaving McCain at 74 percent. (That’s with 94 percent of the vote in.)
Evidently McCain still hasn’t sealed the deal among Republicans. Perhaps that’s why, with all the advantages he has right now, McCain still can’t break through the glass ceiling of 45% support nationally. Ross Douthat comments:
By all rights, this ought to be a peak time for McCain’s numbers — not the peak, necessarily, but certainly a high point. His right-wing critics are making nice with him, his favorable ratings are sky-high, and his opponents are too busy driving each other’s negative ratings upward to spend any time (or money, more importantly) putting a dent in his halo. …
Yet even with all this going for him, McCain’s poll numbers are bumping up against the same 45 percent ceiling that they’ve been hitting since December. If the election were held today — a pretty good day for McCain, all things considered — he’d probably lose to Obama, and might lose to Clinton as well.