ATLANTA—To hear John McCain talk, you'd think he already was the Republican nominee.
"The first thing we've got to do after Tuesday is unite this party," he says repeatedly these days -- as if the 21 states holding caucuses and primaries this week are simply a formality.
He's eager to lead the GOP against Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, calling them liberals who would surrender in Iraq. It's a surefire way to rally Republicans and get skeptical conservatives on board with his candidacy.
McCain's ability to beat the eventual Democratic nominee was one of his arguments as he fought his way back into the race after his campaign's summertime unraveling. As he rose, he spent much of January mixing it up with chief GOP rival Mitt Romney -- particularly before the Florida primary. - Associated Press
Hopefully this cockiness will bite him back and Ron Paul or maybe even Mike Huckabee will win.