McCain 18, Huck 15, Mitt 14, Rudy 12 -- in California

I’m thinking maybe we suspend our political coverage for a few weeks. Cold turkey, no looking back. I just can’t handle the depression anymore.

Is Huck going to take LA?

The private poll, which we just obtained from a leading Democratic state strategist, goes like this:

On the Republican side, Arizona Sen. John McCain leads the California pack with 18 percentage points; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee now in second place with 15, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has sunk to third place with 14. Here’s the shocker: former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — once the frontrunner here — shows up with 12 percentage points, with Fred Thompson, the former Tennesee Senator, back in single digits with 9 points, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul in 5 percent. Undecided GOP voters are a huge number — 24 percent.

“I’ve never seen anything like this” so close to a major election, said the strategist. “This is a fight to the finish…it tells me that not only is the Republican field extremely unsettled, but many Republicans find this entire crop of candidates unsettling.”

The good news: Nonpartisan polls show Rudy with an eight-point lead. The bad news: That data is three weeks old, before Iowa and New Hampshire and Giuliani’s national cratering. And Huck was already running second at the time. This result isn’t far-fetched, in other words.

Which brings us to our latest HA poll. I’d hoped it wouldn’t come to this, my friends, but I fear we must prepare ourselves for the worst. All the policy papers — and money — in the world have been ineffective thus far against this date with destiny. I ask nothing more than that you choose as you would on Super Tuesday, knowing that Hillary or the Messiah awaits. Below the poll you’ll find a pearl of wisdom from Charles Krauthammer for inspiration.