His maverick days over, John McCain is making his last stand as presidential timber in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary he won in 2000 only to get bulldozed by George W. Bush. McCain is banking on big Granite State momentum to set off a financial and popularity surge in Michigan, South Carolina, and beyond, Salon says.
McCain's campaign is essentially ignoring Iowa, whose caucuses come five days earlier, but where he is not a serious contender. His schedule: non-stop New Hampshire town hall meetings. His strategy: deal Mitt Romney another loss (assuming he loses to Mike Huckabee in Iowa), watch the money pour in and make a run for a newly startled Rudy Guiliani.