Score one more for McCain: Mel "Amnesty" Martinez to endorse this afternoon; Update: McCain endorsed by ... Clinton?

Ah yes. The man allegedly handpicked by Bush and Rove for RNC chairman because of his stalwart shilling for amnesty, including a bill co-sponsored with Chuck Hagel that could conceivably have legalized 60 million people over the next 20 years. Anyone think the formal announcement was purposely delayed until after the debate to deny Romney a line of attack? Actually, probably not: Given the chance to pose a question last night to McCain on this subject and tear him to shreds, Mitt punted for something about the economy.

Whose endorsements are we still waiting on at this point? Ted Kennedy’s? MEChA’s?

Update: Almost one year ago today: “That leaves us with a pro-amnesty president, a pro-amnesty party chairman, and a likely pro-amnesty presidential nominee in ‘08 in the figure of St. John of Tucson.” We saw it coming, and yet here we are.

Update: Have I assumed too much of (some of) our readers in not mentioning that Martinez is Cuban and from Florida? I.e. this will probably help Maverick in a state he needs to win. Whether it helps him on Super Tuesday, especially if Romney turns up the heat, is another matter.

Update: Via Dan Riehl, not technically an endorsement but we’re surfing a meme here. Catch the wave:

[Bill Clinton] also said that Mrs. Clinton had worked with Republicans, including Senator Lindsay Graham, Republican of South Carolina.

And then he painted this scene: “She and John McCain are very close,” he said. “They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”