Both NBC and CBS examined the remaining obstacle for John McCain on his path to the Republican nomination: what CBS' Jeff Greenfield called "significant opposition…on the political right." He cited the decision by former Sen Rick Santorum, "a hero among social conservatives" to endorse Mitt Romney and opposition to McCain on talkradio from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Hugh Hewitt. Greenfield zeroed in on three key transgressions by the pro-war, pro-life McCain: "opposing drilling in the Arctic, opposing the Bush tax cuts in years back, compromising with Democrats on judges." The critical test for Romney on Super Tuesday will be if he can get "the Huckabee voters to stop voting for Mike Huckabee and join him to stop McCain." On NBC, Kelly O'Donnell took the opposite view: "There are some signs that the disappointment--and even contempt--we have seen inside the Republican Party is beginning to settle down." She called it "a valuable frontrunner benefit--old critics become pragmatic friends."
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