Dan Bartlett Unplugged

In general, Bartlett said he saw McCain as in a better place today than earlier in this campaign.

"The boom and bust cycle of his campaign has been well documented, but he is now where he does his best -- he's lean, he's mean, he's out there and is fighting in New Hampshire. The problem is going to be and it always comes down is money, money, money, and he doesn't have it. The irony can be is he could see this play out the exact same way in 2000. He can win in New Hampshire and not have any money or infrastructure to maximize it in a national campaign."

And while Bartlett called former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee visionary and articulate, he also said Huckabee's name and the fat that he's from the same town as Bill Clinton would be issues.

"Politics can be fickle like that. I mean, you're trying to get peoples attention for the first time -- they're turned off: 'President Huckabee? You got to be kidding. Hope, Arkansas? Here we go again,'" Bartlett joked.

Bartlett said he thought this would be the season of the "pragmatic Republican voter," which he said bodes well for Giuliani and gives McCain a shot.

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