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6:55am — Straight Talk on Steroids

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It's a good thing Sen. Pete Domenici doesn't hold a grudge.

7:25am BULLETIN: Former Sen. John Edwards will quit the Democratic presidential race, according to The Associated Press.

Arizona Sen. John McCain has won his third straight GOP presidential primary, and with his win in Florida on Tuesday, it appears as though former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani can go back to making millions and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney can go back to spending more millions.

The so-called Mainstream Media seems delighted with McCain's win — it is, after all, a pointed rebuke by primary voters to the vociferous opposition to McCain from the right-wing "new" media, including (but not limited to) Talk Radio Guru Rush Limbaugh.

But we wonder whether it's McCain's famously short fuse (and headline potential) that isn't making him the MSM's first choice.

Speaking of which, New Mexico politics blogger Joe Monahan has an interesting item this morning on how McCain has been backed by Sen. Pete Domenici, despite Domenici's being the target of a particularly intemperate McCain attack.

Monahan links to a Boston Herald blog that appears to be the result of Mitt Romney's oppo researchers — a catalog of the Arizona senator's speaking ill of fellow Republicans.

In the same vein, we recalled how McCain after losing a 2000 primary race was accosted by then-NBC reporter Maria Shriver and treated to a blast of McCain's short shrift.

Shriver, of course, is the first lady of California and the wife of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger — so we wondered how the Governator would view the McCain candidacy.

We didn't have far to look. The San Francisco Chronicle has Schwarzenegger saying kind words about both McCain and Barack Obama this week.

As for the first lady's choice, Schwarzenegger told the Chronicle, "you'll have to ask her yourself." 


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