It seems that Senator John McCain got a bigger bounce out of his "Come-Back-From-the-Dead" win in New Hampshire than Mitt Romney got out of his win in his native state of Michigan. McCain's growth in the national polls was impressive as he soared to his highest favorable ratings and snatched the lead from a falling Giuliani. McCain's "straight talk" about the future of Michigan's manufacturing jobs not returning and Romney's pandering on the issue, made McCain less than compelling at a time of economic downturn. McCain's whining about South Carolina Dirty Tricks is equally off message. The black ops done against McCain by Karl Rove and Warren Tompkins is so indelibly remembered as a series of baseless smears that McCain is now inoculated against any whisper campaigns or ham-handed negative attacks in Carolina. To win the nomination by winning South Carolina, McCain must return to the theme that he is the man best prepared for the Presidency at this perilous time, that he has the experience and the seasoning to lead the war on terrorism, restore our nation's moral authority and cut taxes and spending to spur our economy, that he is tested and ready. Polls in Florida show the positive bounce of McCain's come back win in New Hampshire. Although Rudy Giuliani is advertising heavily in both English and Spanish radio, cable and television, his campaign is losing altitude while McCain is gaining sans paid advertising just on the basis of the upset in the Granite State. There is no evidence that Romney's Michigan win changed this trend. Romney has now turned on the spigots funding big TV buys in South Carolina and Florida (having turned these spigots off pre-Michigan). He has never polled better than third and had not yet laid a base in these states because of his unexpected losses in Iowa and New Hampshire. Romney dropped into single digits in Florida never having polled better than 18%. Romney must overtake Fred Thompson and Ron Paul before he can get in hailing distance of Giuliani or Romney in Florida. Romney's wife Anne, was reportedly angered when long time Bush Campaign Operative Ron Kaufman was pictured jock-sniffing the candidate in not one but two New York Times photos. The candidate is reportedly not happy having sunk more than $17 million dollars of his own cash into a stumbling performance at the polls. Giuliani's decision to run an elitist candidacy where he rarely campaigns for votes among anyone other than donating millionaires still continues to baffle. The Mayor has been aggressive in his fundraising schedule and has effectively defined the rationale for his candidacy (to lead the War on Terror) it is effectively educating voters about his record as a successful tax cutter. He has been disciplined in the debates and on the stump and had effectively mitigated against some of the Christian Right criticism of his social positions. For some reason the Mayor elected not to engage seriously in any of the early contests, not recognizing that that process would produce a front runner with a head of steam. The Mayor could have been competitive in New Hampshire as I wrote on these very pages. His decision not to compete can only be ascribed to an aversion to the kind of retail campaigning that a candidate has to do in these states. The idea that Rudy would hold his commanding poll numbers in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other February 5th states was never viable. Giuliani is melting everywhere like a snowball on Miami Beach. McCain faces a greater danger from Huckabee than Romney in South Carolina, although Huck and Mitt must share the far right while McCain has made great strides among establishment Republicans, while, according to recent polls, holding his portion of Conservatives. Huckabee has a natural constituency in the state so a Huck win or narrow loss here would still not make the former Arkansas Governor a serious candidate for the Presidency. Romney's Mormonism won't find fertile ground in the Palmetto State. If McCain wins South Carolina and Florida, where the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Florida Times Union poll shows McCain leads with 26%, followed by former front-runner Rudy Giuliani with 22%, Mike Huckabee 17%, Mitt Romney 16%, Fred Thompson 7% and Ron Paul 5%, he will be on his way to the nomination.