Cyclone Conservatives: McCain Planning to Abandon Iowa?
Excerpted from this post at Cyclone Conservatives
... McCain skipped our state in 2000 and while he was able to win New Hampshire with the help of a rash of independent leaning Republicans, he met his waterloo in South Carolina shortly thereafter. Now, he is thinking that he can strike gold in 2008 by trying the same strategy again. ... if McCain's supporters in Iowa jump onto Team Romney or Team Rudy, that would be counter-productive to McCain's strategy because a blowout in Iowa by Romney could nearly seal the nomination for the Massachusetts Governor. But if McCain's solid core group of supporters back Huckabee and cause a major embarrassment to Romney, McCain could be in a strong position (simply because he'll be spending all of his time there in New Hampshire and most of his resources) to plant a victorious flag and thus hope that the strong core of veterans and strong surge of positive media from a big finish in New Hampshire is enough to propel him onward from South Carolina.