H/T The Plank:
In the end, I think the party needing to go in a different direction from a conventional conservative approach was the primary reason for his diminished position in the race for the 2008 nomination. This just puts an exclamation point on the view that Allen is no longer a real contender for the nomination.
“This” is the Macaca screwup. I will ignore his other presumptions. Cook continues on the Macaca Screwup:
If Allen decides to pursue the nomination anyway, rivals will raise this incident and previous questions that have emerged as “evidence” that he is accident prone, or has foot-in-mouth disease, and argue that the party shouldn’t risk nominating someone who could self-destruct.
Accurate or not, fair or not, his opponents will argue this and it will hurt. To win the GOP nomination, someone might need to raise at least $100 million before Iowa, and this incident would probably have a chilling effect on fundraising, early endorsements — it would hurt across the board.
I hinted at some of these reasons before here.