Lying in the weeds, John McCain, who has basically dropped out in Iowa, putting all his focus on New Hampshire, where his numbers are showing a slight uptick, second or third, depending on the poll. Today, McCain received a crucial endorsement in New Hampshire, coming from the Manchester Union Leader:
John McCain picked up what may be the most important endorsement of his presidential bid today: a front-page shout-out from the Manchester Union Leader, the state's biggest daily newspaper and an influential voice in the state's politics. The paper's publisher said Sunday that "John McCain is the man to lead America" and urged New Hampshire voters to cast a ballot for him in the state's Jan. 8 primary. In backing McCain, Joseph W. McQuaid wrote that "his record, his character, and his courage show him to be the most trustworthy, competent, and conservative of all those seeking the nomination."
For McCain, the endorsement is critical.
What could be more critical for McCain, the paper will not stop with the endorsement, ensuring this is not a one day story:
We will write more about him in the days ahead.
McCain is now guaranteed a steady stream of positive coverage, from a very influential publication, that has shown the power to sway in the past. In addition, McCain now projects a sense of momentum in New Hampshire, which is critical, with so many voices vying for the nomination. McCain must win New Hampshire, if his long shot campaign has a chance. I would argue that reality gains credibility today with this endorsement.