Video: Romney’s emotional goodbye; Update: He’ll run again, says advisor; Update: We’re pressing on, says Team Huck; Update: McCain calls Mitt

posted at 1:34 pm on February 7, 2008 by Allahpundit

In which Mitt himself answers the question posed recently by InstaGlenn about whether Romney 2008 = Reagan 1976. What’s the best thing about this? The goodwill it’ll earn him among the party establishment for not dragging out the primary? The fond memory it creates in the mind of the base of a man willing to sacrifice his own ambition to support victory in Iraq? The venom it’ll draw from the left about him using the war as political cover for his own failure? Or the fact that it backs Huckabee into a corner by framing the continuation of his own campaign as effectively furthering the Democrats’ plans for withdrawal?

Virginia’s five days away and Huck stands a chance of hurting McCain. Over to you, Christian leader.

Update: Reagan 1980?

Making the dramatic announcement at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at a Washington hotel, Romney clearly hoped to preserve the goodwill of his party for another possible bid in 2012. He intends to run again in four years, according to a senior member of his inner circle.

“He should be president. 2012,” the confidant e-mailed after talking to Romney.

Update: He didn’t tell many people it was coming. Not McCain. Not even the Mitthead faithful assembled.

Update: A pro forma statement of perseverance from the Huckabee camp. I can only assume they think they’re going to lose next Tuesday, which would give their guy a convenient excuse to exit. But what if he wins Virginia? You can’t quit after a victory, especially one that would embarrass McCain.

Update: The decision came last night.

Update: Heh.

According to a senior McCain adviser, McCain told Romney that he “admired his speech today and that he was a tough competitor.” McCain also told Romney he looks forward to sitting down with him at the earliest opportunity.

McCain did not ask Romney for his endorsement…

We’re also told McCain will reach out to Romney’s supporters and ask for their votes when he speaks at the top of the hour at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference.


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I’m for all of the above!

RushBaby on February 7, 2008 at 3:44 PM

You know, on a serious note, if when Fred was gearing up all those months for his run, if he had just got a facelift, nothing drastic, we might not be where we are today.

I would bet serious money that the HildaBeast got one some time ago.

MB4 on February 7, 2008 at 3:57 PM

A note, McCain has a higher favorablity rating among republicans then Mitt Romney. This speech will help with those who are a little skeptical with McCain. Others will always be against him, but he might not need them.

Complete7 on February 7, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Hey Mitt; Don’t bother running again. The one useful thing you could have done for this country is forcing a brokered convention, giving one last chance for sanity to prevail in the GOP.

P.S. I want the donation I made day before yesterday back.

LegendHasIt on February 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Complete7 on February 7, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Among the general population, not just republicans, McCain has one of the highest Positives and one of the lowest negatives of any candidate on either side.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM

bnelson44 can visit fredthompson.com to view his first.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Complete7 on February 7, 2008 at 4:13 PM

That money went into the Pay back Mitt Romney loans fund. :)

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 7, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Last Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” pundit George Will made an interesting observation. McCain’s fortunes, he said, revived when Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan.
I think Will is giving too much credit to our idiotic electorate, most of them don’t even know who is vice president much less who Bhutto was or what the ramifications of that may be. Independents oppose the war by 66% and yet they voted for the Maverick, who they probably don’t realize is more pro war than Bush and wants to bomb Iran. echosyst on February 7, 2008 at 2:24 PM

The MEDIA are the ones who liked McCain’s response when Bhutto was assassinated. It happened just a few days prior to Iowa. He got glowing praise for his response and that started the ball rolling. Strange thing is, I didn’t think much of his response.

Oink on February 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM

P.S. I want the donation I made day before yesterday back.–LegendHasIt on February 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Funny, one of Mitt’s promises in print to the phone bank donators was that he would personally refund any contribution if he did not win the nomination. By quitting, he didn’t officially “lose”. No refund.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 4:21 PM

The one and only good thing out of Romney’s exit is that it Mike Huckleberry look so, so pathetic. He screwed Mitt over in WV – to get into McTitanic’s graces – it got him NO Where.

Very clever for Mitt. Mitt is so classsy.

stenwin77 on February 7, 2008 at 4:22 PM

McCain’s advantages to running with Fred Thompson are greater than their combined ages.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Among the general population, not just republicans, McCain has one of the highest Positives and one of the lowest negatives of any candidate on either side.

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM

Indeed. If Obama wins in November though, Romney can kiss goodbye to any hopes of 2012 being anything other than a wake for the GOP. There’s no indication that Obama is another Jammy Carter.

Thompson would be a great VP pick for Jonny Mac. A much better than Huckabee, who brings more weaknesses than strengths to the ticket.

Pax americana on February 7, 2008 at 4:49 PM

McCain will not get my support. My vote…I still don’t know yet, but my support is out of the question. I don’t believe he is capable of the “real American hero” actions it would take to compensate for the treason he has committed.

Numenorean on February 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Huckabee is a moron. “Huckabee vows to press on…”
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/huckabee-vows-to-press-on-2008-02-07.html

Huck meet insignificance. Insignificance meet the Huckster.

Zetterson on February 7, 2008 at 4:58 PM

I wasn’t for Romney exactly, but I think a little part of me has died inside today.

My primary is on the 12th (VA), and I have been seeing a surge of Huckabee signs/bumper stickers/etc around here… I do live near Regent’s, though. In any case, I’ll admit I’m growing more apprehensive about this whole election faster than ever.

the goddess anna on February 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM

I hope he runs against Kerry here in MA. He needs to stay involved and active in politics between now and 2012.

Rod on February 7, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Romney quits.
I didn’t see that coming.
Not this soon anyway.

Pres. McCain and VP Romney… hmmm…

Lawrence on February 7, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Good call, AP. He framed this well, and I think did the right thing.

His supporters were quite ill-prepared for the announcement, though, weren’t they?

Jaibones on February 7, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Pres. McCain and VP Romney… hmmm…

Lawrence on February 7, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Ha! With McCain’s ego? Not a chance. It would be a smart move for the Maverick but I don’t think he could do it.

NTWR on February 7, 2008 at 5:30 PM

I made my decision to support Romney after his “Religion in America” speech. I resented that he had to make such a speech in response to the bigotry about his religion.

After “Big Love”, “September Dawn” and all of the YouTube video – it is a miracle he got this far.

It is too bad he thought more of the Republican party than it deserved. He probably thought it was conservative at its core. Next time he will be the “conservative warrior” that Fred pretended to be.

Agrippa2k on February 7, 2008 at 5:35 PM

Romney’s withdrawal speech was moving and inspiring; McCain’s acceptance speech was rote and dull.

Tell the band to play: “The World Turned Upside Down“.

profitsbeard on February 7, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Old people vote. Young people don’t. That alone could mean that McCain has a chance, even if most Americans prefer Obama.

calbear on February 7, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Whatever comfort I have I’ve taken from calbear’s observation. Obama’s hugely popular among those too young to vote, while those who voted McCain in Florida will be out in force again: “Just vote for the white haired feller so we can make the early bird special!”

saint kansas on February 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM

I blame concervatives including but not limited to FredHeads, talk radio, the blogosphere, Rush, Hotair, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham ect for waiting until the 11th hour to back Romney. Lets let the MSM endore and run the Republican primary while we sit around and ponder if Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson will break 5%
Dumb dumb dumb

Resolute on February 7, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Dumb dumb dumb

Resolute on February 7, 2008 at 5:52 PM

So HOW do we fix it for next time?

Califemme on February 7, 2008 at 5:52 PM

My response to Senator McCain’s request for my support:

“Shut up”, “calm down” and “get back in your cage”, “you jerk”

(these are all McCain’s orders to conservatives, in his own words)

EJDolbow on February 7, 2008 at 6:00 PM

The irony of GOPs supposedly being the better educated is beyond the Republican unwillingness to broker. The irony is that despite their expensive educations, the Republican are unskilled and unable to effectively broker even considering that brokering is the only way to unite, following differentiations and re-evaluations of all involved. As is, the only GOP in good party standing is a subserviant numb-brain yes-man. Bush sold out the GOP to the media for his ultimate goal to divide and conquer, divide his citizens in order to conquer this hemisphere.

As the GOP was initiated on the basis to destroy subserviance coerced by slavery and polygamy, it has completed it’s life cycle running its course by returning to its point of origin, though now coercing submission, no longer the liberator with ideals. So the official GOP premise would have it be. The GOP heirarchy as is will lose because it has sold itself to be the Democrat Party. With reins in the media hands, don’t believe that conservatives are obsolete! Do not give up the ghost because the media said you died.

The only way to win is to be true to yourself; therein lies your strength. Time for regeneration because Ideals do remain popular. Presentation influences success, no doubt, but conservative ideals do remain popular as evidenced by radio audiences, top ten book sales, and blog participation.

Liberation from oppression is a universally popular ideal.
No one wants to pay higher taxes.
No one wants an inefficent government.
Everyone wants to pay lower taxes and to be protected.

Lower taxes. Higher security.

The GOP can coerce McCain into utilizing very effective means to achieving successful conservative accomplishments.

VP conservative Fred Thompson will balance liberal McCain. There is no way that McCain could FORCE the GOP to put Independent Lieberman on the GOP ticket. The GOP ticket remains the possession of the Republican Party, not the Maverick usurper. Fred Thompson will provide conservative leadership in Congress as the VP through his successful leadership negotiating with liberals while protecting conservative core interests. Furthermore, Fred Thompson is probably the only Republican friend that McCain has, invaluable in keeping McCain sane under the pressures to come. Not only would McCain benefit immensely with Thompson at his side, conservatives would benefit with Thompson’s voice of reason.

McCain would do well to hire Mitt Romney to pave the media blitz for a GOP victory. Mitt Romney as GOP Chairman would work miracles for the conservative movement. Not only would Romney benefit the GOP through his professionalism in fundraising and successful advertising propaganda techniques, but Romney’s political strength would benefit in turn for each accomplishment he institutes. Given the mature ages of McCain/Thompson, Romney’s prominence and successful direction of the GOP would insure his nomination subsequent to this election. If indeed McCain proves himself a great president, then he has nothing to fear in healthy competition for re-election. Start with this year’s victory, though.

Huckabee’s original dream was to be a broadcasting spokesman. With his national campaign this year, his career opportunities are broad and fertile amongst Evangelicals. They will want him to be their spokesman in Washington, and would likely pay him to lobby. He could easily negotiate a radio deal around D.C. to remain a mover and a shaker for his Evangelicals. Perhaps he can get an appointment to chaplain Congress or serve a contingency at the National Cathedral. His persistence is not to be dismissed off hand. He would broaden his base if he were to effectively direct FEMA and national charity efforts abroad.

Ron Paul will do best for his cause at his current position. That so many supported his determination to cut government spending and involvement is NOTHING to insult.

I pity the joint chiefs and secretary of defense with McCain who will insist on ignoring any advice. But time will tell soon enough.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Bravo.

RushBaby on February 7, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Thank you, RushBaby.
Republicans, unite.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 6:20 PM

I blame concervatives including but not limited to FredHeads, talk radio, the blogosphere, Rush, Hotair, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham ect for waiting until the 11th hour to back Romney. Lets let the MSM endore and run the Republican primary while we sit around and ponder if Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson will break 5%
Dumb dumb dumb

I would agree that this is part of the problem. The other problem was that Romney didn’t have national name recognition going into this race. But, he did go from 3% in last summer’s polls to winning 11 states, and coming in 2nd place in 11 more. I think anti-mormon bigotry also was a factor. Initially Romney was the only pro-life, pro-marriage amendment candidate with any chance of winning (still is). That didn’t matter to southern voters though, who backed Huckabee, because it was easier on their conscience than voting for the Mormon guy. Had Romney been able to take away just 3 states from Huckabee he’d still be in the race and on the way to the nomination. Had one of those states been Iowa, he may have won the nomination already.

It’s my big gripe about the Republican party. We don’t vote for the most charismatic candidate, or the most qualified (which in this case was one person), we vote for the guy who has most name ID and who has paid his dues. That’s why Reagan didn’t get the nomination in 1976. That’s why we put up such great orators as old man Bob Dole in 1996, despite the fact that Gov. Pete Wilson and Cong. Phil Gramm would have made much better Presidents and better candidates. That’s why W. Bush sailed to the nomination because of his last name.

That being said, things Romney has going for him in the 2012 race.

• National name recognition
• A Mormon running for President will be old news
• A nation wide base of supporters (morale and financial)
• He will be remembered as the conservative candidate from 2008
• He has “payed his dues”, which seems to be essential to getting the nod from the Republicans for some reason

Romney-Jindal 2012!

joncoltonis on February 7, 2008 at 6:21 PM

tommylotto on February 7, 2008 at 1:54 PM

No one could dare claim I’m a liberal.

He is our standard bearer. If you do not get behind him now you are: 1) a bad team mate; 2) a traitor to our men in arms; 3) a fool. Measure yourself for a pink tee-shirt your fringe kooks.

You’re a liberal. (Guess someone could.)

And you forgot 4) no longer part of the Republican Party because it no longer represents you.

Stashiu3 on February 7, 2008 at 6:31 PM

So HOW do we fix it for next time?

Califemme on February 7, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Well I dont know, start by doing actual research on candidates and not just react to the agenda of the MSM would be a good start. As far back as New Hampshire when all the liberal papers were endorsing MCcain it should have been obvious what was happening. Michelle took a step towards exposing how the MSM was picking the R candidate when she exposed the Boston Globe camping on Romney’s lawn looking for dirt…but that was about it.

Where is the beef? Where in the blogosphere or concervative media was Romney’s actual record ever talked about much? All we get are responses and reaction to MSM stories or decades old debates or clips from old campains. Where was the side by side analysis of Romney and Huckabee as govenor and Mccain as senator on actual policy that would have blown the two of them out of the water? Insead we have defacto acceptace by concervatives of Liberal media stories about Romney and just have reaction and response to the MSM agenda. Then we wonder why concervatives ask if he is a “phony” or an empty suit because they dont know about his past. Well duh, collectively we never even bothered to research it.

The most substantial discussions of Romney’s record I saw occurred in the comments on this site. That is an embarassment to concervative talking heads.

Resolute on February 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Not a huge Mitt fan, but what a class move. AND a smart one.

RWLA on February 7, 2008 at 3:08 PM

I always, try to give the best advise, i’m glad that Romney dropped out, he should now go on some talkshows or do something that shows “good will” with John McCain

McCain and Rudy went on Leno together, both spoke well about each other, it’s a healthy exercise.

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I’m still with Mitt!. He has opened our eyes to the conservative movement again.

madmonkphotog on February 7, 2008 at 6:53 PM

Republicans, unite.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 6:20 PM

Forget them. Moderates are the new Republicans. Conservatives are the new RINOs. Wear it with pride!

RushBaby on February 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Anytime Mitt speaks, he exudes “Presidential”. McCain can’t get through a simple thank you speech without fumbling with notecards. Such a shame. Great speech, Mitt!

revolutionismyname on February 7, 2008 at 2:20 PM

I watched McCain’s speech at CPAC. I thought he did a great job, and I saw no use of notecards. Don’t ask me if I believe he meant everything he said, though.

TeeDee on February 7, 2008 at 6:57 PM

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM

maverick muse, you are a real good one here, and not only on this comment. We need more reasoning, and less emoting.

Entelechy on February 7, 2008 at 6:57 PM

Romney-Jindal 2012!

joncoltonis on February 7, 2008 at 6:21 PM

Not bad.. Jindal better turn LA around. It’s a good North/South idea.

SkinnerVic on February 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Resolute on February 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

You make some excellent points.

I think that even more than an evil conspiracy my the MSM to push the most liberal candidate, I think that we as voters and as consumers of the media all need to look at how WE evaluate our candidates.

It’s been said that every message in a fortune cookie can be completed by tacking on the phrase “in bed”.

You could also append the unspoken sentiment “you hypocrite!” to the end of every question asked of every candidate by reporters covering candidates or moderating debates. Try it out if you don’t believe me. “Mr./Mrs. Candidate you once said that you believe… but given…” (you hypocrite!)

Reporters of all stripes have been so invested in playing the cheap “gotcha” games for so long that we have all been conditioned into believing that it is a rational way to evaluate our candidates.

Deety on February 7, 2008 at 7:02 PM

Fred isn’t going to be anyone’s VP. Watts isn’t going to be McCain’s VP. McCain isn’t going to get any serious conservative to be his VP and unless someone really thinks that being the hind end of a losing ticket can parlay into something good for them there isn’t going to be a long line of contenders for the spot. I really can’t see anyone but Lindsey Graham since Juan Hernandez can’t be it.

Buzzy on February 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Fred isn’t going to be anyone’s VP. Watts isn’t going to be McCain’s VP. McCain isn’t going to get any serious conservative to be his VP and unless someone really thinks that being the hind end of a losing ticket can parlay into something good for them there isn’t going to be a long line of contenders for the spot. I really can’t see anyone but Lindsey Graham since Juan Hernandez can’t be it.

Buzzy on February 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Buzzy = Buzz Kill defeatist

And I don’t even drink or smoke the weed.

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 7:21 PM

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Many good points. From my obviously biased perspective, the establishment would do well to keep Romney engaged. He crushed in many caucus states because of his organizational skill and style. Also the Republican Governor’s Assoc. did not mind all the jack he raised for them, even though they did bite his back after he left. He has a more effective way of raising money: it doesn’t involve shaking down Chinese dishwashers and parking lot attendants.

Cold Steel on February 7, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Nemo said it exceptionally well, as always. Consider it rationally, not emotionally. In addition, socialism is hardly ever reversed. If you wish to argue, show me examples.

Entelechy on February 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Well, I’m a tad disappointed (understatement). Mitt is a classy guy though as evidenced by his manner of exit today. He has earned my respect through this campaign.

Spirit of 1776 on February 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Siting out in 2008 is a vote for Obama so if he flops in office it will as much any conservative who sits out fault as those that voted for Obama.

William Amos on February 7, 2008 at 2:03 PM

How do you feel about a conservative who will not sit out, will not vote for a democrat and yet cannot bring themselves to vote for someone who talks so bravely and passionately about fighting in IRAQ and wants to let all the MS-13 gang members stay here. How is he going to enforce deporting 2 million criminal aliens if its not being done now….especially if the dems have a greater representation in congress and spend their time trying to stymie him at every turn…against the evil tat has arisen…there is no victory…alas my nation fell because men stood by and did nothing liking rather to secure their own fiefdoms over the security of the nation

RedLizard64 on February 7, 2008 at 7:48 PM

EyeSurgeon on February 7, 2008 at 2:46 PM

As a fellow southern California I must say you have hir the nail on the head!

RedLizard64 on February 7, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Obama On Romney: An “Ineffective Candidate”

Any Mitt supporters want to vote for Obama now?

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Obama On Romney: An “Ineffective Candidate”

OMAHA, NE — Barack Obama called Mitt Romney’s candidacy “ineffective” on the day that the former MA governor dropped his bid for the presidency.

Romney, who dropped out of the race for president today in Washington, said in his exit speech that the GOP must unify and not allow Democrats to allow the country to “surrender to terror.”

“Well my reaction to Mitt Romney’s comment that’s the kind of poorly thought out comment that lead him to drop out,” Obama said during a press avail on his campaign plane. “It’s a classic attempt to appeal to people’s fears that will not work in this campaign. I think that’s part of the reason he was such an ineffective candidate.”

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Hey Obama, I’m not a Mitt supporter but STFU!

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM

The most substantial discussions of Romney’s record I saw occurred in the comments on this site. That is an embarassment to concervative talking heads.

Resolute on February 7, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Boy, isn’t that the truth! I am definitely hooked, now, and will do all I can (besides just venting here at hotair) to be much more involved in getting the conservative message out.

This is a tragedy for our party, but it will be a worse tragedy under a HRC or BHO administration, and not just for our party, but for all of America.

These colors don’t run. Remember?

I sure hope they also don’t stay home on election day…

Califemme on February 7, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Hey Obama, I’m not a Mitt supporter but STFU!

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Well, Chakra, I am a Mitt supporter, and I second that emotion! Hey Hussein… STFU!

Califemme on February 7, 2008 at 8:20 PM

There’s no indication that Obama is another Jammy Carter.

Pax americana on February 7, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Yes but there was no indication at this same relative point that Jimmy Carter was “another Jimmy Carter” either.

MB4 on February 7, 2008 at 8:28 PM

The Clinton’s murdered men, women and children outside of Waco Texas and the MSM spun the story so that we all shook our heads at those foolish people who wouldn’t stand down to federal agents, even though they did for the Texas Rangers. Whether crazy or criminal, none of the children deserved to be bombed and burned to ashes by the Clintons who did worse to the Serbs.

McCain is far preferable to a Clinton POTUS.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 8:56 PM

People I see that we have on the bench for 2012:

Mitt
Hunter
Condi Rice
Kay Bailey Hutchinson

Anyone got any problems with Kay Bailey?

NickTx on February 7, 2008 at 9:22 PM

I heard the speech in it’s entirety today on the way home from work where I could really listen to it and he really moved me. I will be 100% behind him in his next campaign. We’re going to wish he was still in it come November I think.
2012

Geronimo on February 7, 2008 at 9:48 PM

The Democrawlers want to retreat, always. The Republicans have known that as adults, we have to face evil and defeat it; not appease it.

Tennman on February 7, 2008 at 2:19 PM

That’s a horrible smear of the brave and noble Democrats, of course. They’ve done more to fight evil than anyone else.

It’s just that they define evil as George W. Bush and Republicans.

Come to think of, maybe they were trying to tell us something?

SECOND LOOK AT DEMOCRA… Nah. I just can’t say it.

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 9:50 PM

I blame concervatives including but not limited to FredHeads, talk radio, the blogosphere, Rush, Hotair, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham ect for waiting until the 11th hour to back Romney. Lets let the MSM endore and run the Republican primary while we sit around and ponder if Duncan Hunter or Fred Thompson will break 5%
Dumb dumb dumb

Resolute on February 7, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Fredheads certainly aren’t to blame – they were having to fend off crap from the Romney camp all through the summer and fall. It is clear now that these people shouldn’t have endorsed Romney at all, given his very obvious weakenesses and long record of being a screaming liberal in MA. If they were serious about their much vaunted ‘principles’ they would have got behind Alan Keyes from the outset, and helped build him a strong core of support.

Pax americana on February 7, 2008 at 9:52 PM

I doubt that McCain would choose Thompson (although I love Fred) – because of the age factor. I don’t think having TWO old guys would work.

arizona on February 7, 2008 at 3:25 PM

But does McCain even look at Fred as old? Or is he thinking, “that young whippersnapper might do, even if he is a little green.”

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 9:55 PM

Buzzy on February 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

Oh please, cut the crap. Fredheads were calling everyone who didn’t jump on the Fred bandwagon RINOs and “not real conservatives” for months. Maybe you guys should have taken your own advice and not pissed off anyone and everyone who didn’t coronate St. Fred.

BKennedy on February 7, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Do you even have a sense of irony?

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 9:59 PM

McCain would do well to use Romney. But Romney will do fine, another 4 years of seasoning, of maturing as a conservative, and he would make a great candidate. This was not his time, he just wasn’t ready, like someone said “he sounded presidential”, well it takes more then that. And that is about all it amounted to this time, but if he keeps the conservative thought, and walks the conservative line (instead of swerving all over the place), he would be a force.
Good for him dropping out, it only helps the party, and him. Now, Huck, it’s time for you to do likewise, and let’s get on with electing a Republican.
I like the sound of having Lieberman in the cabinet, I like the sound of having Mitt in the cabinet, Paul can head up the space program, and Huck can head up the FHA as the sub-prime minister.

right2bright on February 7, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Hey Obama, call me when you grow up and realize that randomly picking your one-word debate answers from Hope, Change, and Government isn’t an effective strategy for being the leader of the free world.

You’re going to need a whole heck of a lot more than Hope, Change, and Government to stop Armageddonjad and Putin from walking all over your beta male rear.

BKennedy on February 7, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Do you even have a sense of irony?

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 9:59 PM

All I know is Fred started last and dropped out first among the supposed “serious contenders.”

If that isn’t a blazing indictment of his so-called commitment to clear conservatism (which does, btw. involve hard work and lifting yourself up), then nothing is.

Quite frankly HA was a nicer place to be before primary season, and the Fredheads started the descent. They’ve since been upstaged by the Huckatrolls, the Rudy Brigade, and the McMainiacs.

BKennedy on February 7, 2008 at 10:04 PM

aero on February 7, 2008 at 2:53 PM

It would not be impossible for the conservatives who supported Duncan, Fred, Mitt et.al. to organize into an energetic delegation to influence the GOP direction. As conservative ideals do matter, it would be foolish not to unite efforts, and pathetic to submit entirely to liberalism. Effectivity would rely on simplicity, minimal agenda for potency of effort to survive. To attempt accomplishing everything would be futile. But to decide upon one success at a time would be effective, prioritize by vote. We already have professional spokesmen on radio talk shows.

maverick muse on February 7, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Well, it certainly seems there will have to be some sort of an organization for conservatives, or they will have no voice at all.

Has anyone noticed the potential for a third-party run for the White House is going way, way up of late? That usually just hands a victory to the Democrats, but there may be enough disaffected conservatives this time to pull it off.

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 10:04 PM

Yes but there was no indication at this same relative point that Jimmy Carter was “another Jimmy Carter” either.

MB4 on February 7, 2008 at 8:28 PM

I couldn’t vote for Carter. Why vote for Obama?

Entelechy on February 7, 2008 at 10:05 PM

Mitt has nothing to be ashamed about. A year ago, he was 3% in the polls. Now, he is the leader of the conservative political class and the overwhelming favorite in 2012. Mitt is now free to keep his name out there anyway he wants. He can go on speaking tours, write books, raise money for candidates and himself, keep his website open for blogging and stuff, and lead a Heritage Foundation type of group. He’s going to have a blast. I can’t wait to find out what he will do as he lays the groundwork for 2012.

GO MITT!

Greenhorn on February 7, 2008 at 10:14 PM

descent. They’ve since been upstaged by the Huckatrolls, the Rudy Brigade, and the McMainiacs.

BKennedy on February 7, 2008 at 10:04 PM

You left out the Mitt-wits, backers of the big loser. They have just started throwing their tantrums…I’m not voting for anyone, wah, wah, wah…
With 35 mil of his own money and 100 mil from others…Mitt was the biggest loser…

right2bright on February 7, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Greenhorn on February 7, 2008 at 10:14 PM

Nicely said. He has shown tremendous organizational skill and fundraising. Those are talents that will endear him to his colleagues in the next few years.

I still, myself, am surprised at how much he has impressed me. When this season started I remarked that he would have been a nice candidate for 1992, but that we needed someone with strong convictions now. Having watched him these months, I’ve really come to appreciate his mastery of detail, etc, but really his character and class. And I do believe he has become a conservative with conviction.

Spirit of 1776 on February 7, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Do you even have a sense of irony?

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 9:59 PM

All I know is Fred started last and dropped out first among the supposed “serious contenders.”

If that isn’t a blazing indictment of his so-called commitment to clear conservatism (which does, btw. involve hard work and lifting yourself up), then nothing is.
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BKennedy on February 7, 2008 at 10:04 PM

He dropped out when it became clear he couldn’t win. Just like Rudy and Romney.

That charge doesn’t even qualify as a “good point,” much less as a “blazing indictment”…

theregoestheneighborhood on February 7, 2008 at 10:27 PM

With 35 mil of his own money and 100 mil from others…Mitt was the biggest loser…

right2bright on February 7, 2008 at 10:15 PM

No, Rudy, with 55 million of others’ money, and only one delegate, was the biggest loser.

That said, I admire Mr. Romney for his class today, and can’t say that I feel too sorry for the Mittens, or whatever they’re called, because they were so mean to all others here who supported someone else.

Now, all of us, get our act together, be rational, not emotional, and think of this country before all else. Only the idiotic left is emotional to the point of nothingness.

Entelechy on February 7, 2008 at 10:52 PM

No, Rudy, with 55 million of others’ money, and only one delegate, was the biggest loser.

Entelechy on February 7, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Rudy is the Man, Always has been, Aways will be.

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 11:33 PM

The Republican party has some serious soul searching to do. We need to cull true conservatives so we don’t get another McLame in the next, next election cycle.

Mojave Mark on February 8, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Rudy is the Man, Always has been, Aways will be.

Chakra Hammer on February 7, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Attorney General Rudy come November.

Pax americana on February 8, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Between BKennedy and csd I had a really hard time finally supporting Romney. Nasty supporters can really kill a campaign. Probably lost the nomination for him too. Word for 2012 guys, always remember when you’re insulting folks, you just might need their votes some day and it does make a difference.

Buzzy on February 7, 2008 at 2:51 PM

I’ve told you this before and I’ll tell you again…..Only unprincipled people judge a candidate by his supporters. You want proof? I’ll have Hillary come to hot Air and follow you around singing your praises. You’ll be insisting you be judged by your actions and not by those who support you.

So, take your PC garbage and go be with the dems. Real conservatives don’t need it.

csdeven on February 8, 2008 at 12:26 AM

I’ve told you this before and I’ll tell you again…..Only unprincipled people judge a candidate by his supporters.

csdeven on February 8, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Is that your back door? After personally insulting everyone who didn’t back Mitty, this is your way out.
So your little analogy of Hillary, how about Hsu, and all the other Clinton “supporters”, we think that’s okay for them to rub shoulders with those creeps. If we say, look who is supporting Edwards, the sleazy trial lawyers, then we are unprincipled? If a candidate was heavily supported by the Communists or if MoveOn was fully behind them, we can not judge that because then we are unprincipled?
What an interesting theory…did you think of that all by yourself?

right2bright on February 8, 2008 at 1:22 AM

I’m proud of Mitt, and proud to have supported him on these posts for months.
He should go for the Veep slot, if for no other reason, in case McCain gets blindsided by Clinton inc. scandals,or has physical aliments which cause him to drop out of the race. Mitt would be right there to step in.
I’m not wishing ill health on McCain; from the beginning I’ve doubted whether a 72 year old man has the stamina to run an entire race. This is the most strenuous, stressful year that McCain will have faced since he was a young man. Being President is the most stressful job in the world.
See you in November.

Doug on February 8, 2008 at 1:29 AM

I miss Mitt. **sniff**

TexasBella on February 8, 2008 at 2:46 AM

I miss Mitt. **sniff**

TexasBella on February 8, 2008 at 2:46 AM

What did you like most about her?

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 8, 2008 at 9:57 PM

right2bright on February 8, 2008 at 1:22 AM

When you apologize for being a gibot, I’ll take the time to enlighten you on the subject.

csdeven on February 9, 2008 at 12:49 AM

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