After the March 3 primaries here, in Georgia and Colorado, we said that "every punch [Pat] Buchanan takes and shakes off, the more he devalues a Bush nomination. If he goes 15 rounds, a Bush decision may be worthless." Continuing with that metaphor, we are tempted to suggest to those in Mr. Buchanan's corner: "Throw in the towel."
Not only is Mr. Buchanan losing badly, he does worse in each round. He may still be shaking off punches, but he is also sounding a bit punchy.
How else can one interpret his calling on George Bush to give up after the March 3 round?
How else can one understand his offering the president, after the latest voting, "one more chance to withdraw"?
On Feb. 18, Mr. Buchanan got 37.4 percent of the primary vote. On March 3, he got 32.4 percent. On March 10, he got 27 percent. George Bush is much stronger than he was in New Hampshire. His share of the vote there on Feb. 18 was only 53.3 percent. On March 3, he got 67.1 percent. On March 10, he got 69 percent. No wonder the president, noting Mr. Buchanan's demands and some of the positive press assessments of the Buchanan candidacy, said Tuesday, "I'll tell you, it's weird out there, man. When a 40-point win isn't considered a victory, what the hell is going on out there?"