The All-Important “We Love John McCain” Factor

Nick Beaudrot gets naive and irresponsible:

The press needs to come up with some consistent language to describe margins of victory. Barack Obama’s 7 point win in Iowa was referred to as a “big win”. But MSNBC is currently running with a headline “Romney edges McCain in Michigan”. But Romney won by 9 points! Doesn’t that make it a “big win”?

He’s neglecting, of course, the fact that reporting it this way is good for John McCain. You’ll recall, after all, that when Mike Huckabee won in Iowa and Mitt Romney took second place in Iowa, that the “real winner” was John McCain. In Michigan, his loss at least got reported as a loss.