The cheer went up at 8:05 p.m. Lone Star time, when CNN called Texas — and the Republican nomination — for Sen. John McCain. Eight years after he lost a presidential race, and eight months after his campaign was given up for dead, he earned a trip to the finals…

“They are liberal Democrats. I am a conservative Republican,” McCain said. “Whether we want the government to take more of your money or whether families will spend that money…Whether we will declare surrender in Iraq, set a date for withdrawal, or we will continue the surge that has succeeded.”

Senator John McCain has secured the nomination for President. Mike Huckabee has bowed out after a long and hard fought race. Republicans are now charged with pulling together and defeating the left. Let’s not waiver and let’s win.