Thad McCotter, rumored to be running for president, drops out and endorses Romney

posted at 4:08 pm on September 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

A snotty headline, granted, but I couldn’t resist. Seriously, though: What was the point of this campaign? The plan, presumably, was to try to get a toehold in the debates and hope that his intelligence and droll humor drew some attention, but he never got an invite — not even from Fox News, where he’s a “Red Eye” darling.

That’s the bad news. The good news? Gary Johnson did get an invite to tonight’s debate so now you’ll have a chance to hear Ron Paul’s arguments twice.

Livonia Rep. Thaddeus McCotter told The Detroit News this afternoon that he is leaving the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

McCotter says he will give his support to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and will likely run again for the 11th District congressional seat he’s held since 2003.

McCotter began his long-shot bid for the White House in July, billing himself as the voice for a new generation of conservatives. He campaigned on a dramatic reform of Social Security, and a tougher approach to dealings with China.

Go watch the clip posted at The Corner of McCotter savaging Romney as Obama’s de facto running mate back in June. His endorsement here is inexplicable to me except as a bottom-line bet that Romney will be the nominee — and maybe president — and therefore it’s a good idea to curry favor with him now. Especially if you’re a Michigan pol thinking of leveraging the Romney brand back home to help with that House re-election bid.

Or maybe he’s convinced that Romney can beat Obama and Perry can’t? Further to that point, read Tim Pawlenty’s treacly ode to Mitt’s electability today in which he tosses one bouquet after another at a guy he once derided as being responsible for “Obamneycare.” I understand that Romney and his surrogates have to make this argument, but the more heavy-handed the “Perry can’t win” soundbites get, the greater the risk of a self-fulfilling prophesy if Perry does in fact become the nominee. I can already imagine the Obama ads stitching together soundbites from prominent Romney supporters insisting that Perry will go bust in the general election. Tagline: “Even his own party thinks he’s too far out of the mainstream. Shouldn’t you?” Let’s ease up, just a bit.

Update: Does Mitt know that his newest supporter thinks Social Security is — gasp — a “Ponzi scheme”?

In its current form, America’s Social Security system is the largest Ponzi scheme in history, and it is only a matter of time before it collapses under the weight of federal debt and failed national leadership. The time to act is now. We must fulfill our promises to those generations of Americans who have contributed so much to our nation, but the current Social Security system is unsustainable. America’s retirement system must empower workers with the freedom to choose personal savings and investment account options for part of their Social Security benefits, with no benefit cuts or tax increases of any sort, now or in the future. Personal retirement accounts would increase future retirement benefits, and lead to future cuts in taxes. Social Security modernization with personal accounts would achieves full and permanent solvency for Social Security.

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And if the establishment wins this fight, America will simply die a slow death, as all that Obama has already done will not be reversed.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:16 PM

There’ll be convulsions. And though in practice the Constitution suffers neglect and abuse, America will remain though subjugated to provide on global elitist feudal demand. But idea has a powerful life of its own, and Americans do love Liberty. I’m not the only one who values the renaissance of our Constitutional Governance.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM

You are correct. I was referring to the general situation facing the Republican party. There is the establishment, and then there are the grass roots conservative base, reflected by the Tea Party and their supporters. Currently, there is only one true conservative potential Republican candidate, and she is a woman from Alaska.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I don’t know about the one true part but she is the best I have seen in decades. and the only one with the ablilty to rip the guts out of the gop establishment and make they weep for their failures.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I got $5 says Bachmann backs Mitt when she withdraws next month.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Since she’s an opportunist who milks the system, you’re probably right that she’d suck Mitt’s tit, but for a lot more than $5K. /Ask Rick how much more./

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:41 PM

There’ll be convulsions. And though in practice the Constitution suffers neglect and abuse, America will remain though subjugated to provide on global elitist feudal demand. But idea has a powerful life of its own, and Americans do love Liberty. I’m not the only one who values the renaissance of our Constitutional Governance.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Mav, I am not convinced a majority of Americans love freedom anymore. Half of the country seems to want socialism; despite its utter failure as an economic system.

Yes, liberty is a powerful idea, but it takes people willing to fight for it to maintain it in every generation. Right now it seems that only the Tea Party and their supporters are willing to fight for liberty in this present generation of Americans.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:27 PM

I don’t disagree with you, but you can’t run for POTUS saying “I support Israel because my religion says to.” It is a losing proposition.

I support Israel because they are in their ancestral homeland, which the Romans kicked them out of almost 2,000 years ago. I support them because the Palestians, and their supporters, are terrorists. Don’t need no other reasons. POTUS is not a religious office.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Between Rick and Sarah, I’d prefer Sarah Palin. Unlike Perry, as governor, Palin did not abuse her authority or the constitutional rights of Americans.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

I hope they ask the candidates in the debate tonight whether they will support more bailouts for big banks like Bank of America again, since B of A and several others are in real danger again.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Palin did not abuse her authority or the constitutional rights of Americans.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:43 PM

agreed.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I hope they ask the candidates in the debate tonight whether they will support more bailouts for big banks like Bank of America again, since B of A and several others are in real danger again.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

not sure but I thought I heard B of A said Perry was someone they could work with…

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I am disappointed it was a long shot, now I am down to Palin and Perry.

Mitt Romney’s dad George W Romney, used to be the Governor of Michigan, and CEO of GM. I am not too surprised McCotter endorsed Mitt Romney.

Dr Evil on September 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I see the “buzz droids” are at work..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Unseen, I have not heard anything about B of A and Perry. All I know is we cannot continue borrowing billions and trillions of dollars to bail out these companies no matter how big they are. This is not our system and not the answer to this situation.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I support Israel because they are in their ancestral homeland,

That “ancestral homeland” rationale would grant America back to the indigenous tribes, and send every race back to its origin.

Blaming Rome for Jews not returning to their ancestral homeland after Rome’s fall is without logical foundation, as well.

Jews lived in Palestine and throughout the Middle East and around the world before Britain/UN decreed the State of Israel in order to avoid repatriating Jews with their stolen private property in Europe after the fall of Germany’s Second Reich. Jordan was not consulted when its ancestral homeland property was absconded in order to recreate Israel. The only popular “reason” for the recreation of the Nation of Israel was biblical documenting their ancestral homeland.

Granting practical matters, that Israel is a nation now is its own reason for existing.

Whatever.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

I hope they ask the candidates in the debate tonight whether they will support more bailouts for big banks like Bank of America again, since B of A and several others are in real danger again.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Buffett already bailed out Bank of America.

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Thad now, Huck maybe later…Mitt’s putting the band back together!!!

/

Gohawgs on September 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

For what it is worth I think McCotter is a great guest on Red Eye!..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Huck maybe later…Mitt’s putting the band back together!!!

If Huck endorses Mitt, Huck is endorsing Satan as Jesus’ brother. But then, hypocrite Huckster never could turn down easy money.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

For what it is worth I think McCotter is a great guest on Red Eye!..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Someone other than PAB has been a guest???????????

Gohawgs on September 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I really, really don’t want Romney. More and more it looks like he is what we are going to get.I don’t think Perry can withstand all the attacks… Dang, just dang… I had to bite the bullet last time and vote for McCain, mostly because of Sarah…That really turned out well…

sandee on September 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Someone other than PAB has been a guest???????????

Gohawgs on September 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

LOL!..PAB rules!!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Buffett already bailed out Bank of America.

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Hopefully private investment will help. But as your post referencing RedState also reflected:

“The sad part is, this bailout probably won’t be enough.”

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Thad, we hardly knew ya. In fact we still don’t.

MJBrutus on September 22, 2011 at 6:03 PM

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:54 PM

You are getting into this topic way too deep. A candidate for POTUS who supports Israel because Jesus says to , or any variation of that, will be hurting themselves. The American people are electing a chief executive, not a minister or rabbi or a pope.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

You are getting into this topic way too deep. A candidate for POTUS who supports Israel because Jesus says to , or any variation of that, will be hurting themselves. The American people are electing a chief executive, not a minister or rabbi or a pope.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Yet, maverick did bring up a very good point that you overlooked. I think we can agree that Israel as a country tends to value many of the things we do. Is that not enough?

MeatHeadinCA on September 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Well, he’s already decided not to pay his fair (share of Ark.) tax when he moved to Florida…

Gohawgs on September 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Unseen, I have not heard anything about B of A and Perry. All I know is we cannot continue borrowing billions and trillions of dollars to bail out these companies no matter how big they are. This is not our system and not the answer to this situation.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:53 PM

In what looked like a covert lobbying effort, a top Bank of America official brushed past Gov. Rick Perry (R) during a New Hampshire business breakfast on Wednesday, shook his hand and uttered the words, “Bank of America, we will help you out,” before walking away as if nothing had been said.

The brief exchange was caught by a CSPAN camera, but went unnoticed until the blog ZeroHedge pointed it out. ZeroHedge also correctly placed the man’s identity as James Mahoney, Bank of America’s director of public policy.

Confirming the man’s identity to Politico’s Ben Smith, a company spokesman said the offer of help was for “non-partisan policy expertise,” noting that Mahoney is a Democrat.

It still doesn’t make the footage any less creepy.

This video is from CSPAN, broadcast Wednesday, August 17, 2011

video at link

http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/open-mic-catches-bank-of-america-official-vowing-to-help-perry/

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

video at link

http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/open-mic-catches-bank-of-america-official-vowing-to-help-perry/

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

And this would be Perry’s fault how?

sandee on September 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

That “ancestral homeland” rationale would grant America back to the indigenous tribes, and send every race back to its origin.

There are no “indigenous tribes” in the New World. Period.

Knott Buyinit on September 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

There are no “indigenous tribes” in the New World. Period.

Knott Buyinit on September 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Fine, but Abraham wasn’t born in modern day Israel, either.

MeatHeadinCA on September 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

And this would be Perry’s fault how?

sandee on September 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

It’s not. It’s just another way unseen likes to be dishonest by trashing other candidates in order to support Sarah Palin.

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM

video at link
http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/08/open-mic-catches-bank-of-america-official-vowing-to-help-perry/

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM
And this would be Perry’s fault how?
sandee on September 22, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Oh, my Dear! Never underestimate unseen’s willingness to used what is most likely a Soros or democrat staged smear in order to demean Perry. Soros, democrats, unseen: they’re all on the same team.

Marcus on September 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM

i’m back what did i miss?

margaritas comin up for the debate…

cmsinaz on September 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

cmsinaz on September 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Good to see you!..:)

PS..The Debate should be lively..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

PS..The Debate should be lively..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

And the Debate thread should be lively!..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

PS..The Debate should be lively..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

And the Debate thread should be lively!..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

yes indeedy…

let’s roll!

cmsinaz on September 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM

cmsinaz on September 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM

..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I have to be honest…at no point have I wondered who Thad McCotter would endorse. I have, however, wondered who the hell Thad McCotter is.

changer1701 on September 22, 2011 at 7:07 PM

“Perry can’t win” soundbites get, the greater the risk of a self-fulfilling prophesy if Perry does in fact become the nominee.

It’s a slam dunk gurantee that Perry can’t win.

Perry has Obama Solyndra problems. From American Thinker today (excerpts):

Solyndra had George Kaiser, mega-fund-raiser for Obama. Convergen had David Nance, mega-donor for Perry. Nance is the founder of Convergen. Despite several business and personal bankruptcies — including previously failed companies partially funded by the state — Nance managed to donate $335,000 to Perry’s campaigns, association fundraisers, and foundation.

As in the case of Solyndra, Convergen received help in circumventing the normal process. This part is very murky. Somehow, the proposal that failed the regional review was presented at the closed-door session of the state advisory panel (which previously included Nance), where it was approved. While the governor’s office claimed that an appeal was filed, there is no appeals process in ETF’s charter. The process by which Convergen received $4.5 million — the highest amount ever awarded — was “extraordinary.”

Making the case for tackling cronyism, reducing the size of government, and decentralizing the corrupting power of a central government will be very difficult for a politician renowned for political favoritism.

sheryl on September 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM

but it really bothers me he endorsed Romney so early. WTF?

Daemonocracy on September 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Anyone from MI that could contact him and ask why? I don’t know if McCotter answers his constituents or not, but worth a try.

I don’t live in KY, but I emailed Rand Paul and received a very nice reply and add’l emails keeping me up to date on what he’s doing in the Senate. I thot that was unexpectedly nice:-)

bluefox on September 22, 2011 at 8:08 PM

I got $5 says Bachmann backs Mitt when she withdraws next month.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

LOL No, I think she’ll call for an audit of the Polls:-)

bluefox on September 22, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Romney will serve them a double helping of status-quo and will keep the Government humming along until the next radical Democrat President (probably Cuomo) takes over.

TheRightMan on September 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Yes he will. He loves the other side of the aisle too. Well, McCotter won’t have any excuse, since Romney’s record is out there.

Also, I think these endorsers may want to keep in mind, they have an election coming up and some voters may not like who they endorsed:-)

bluefox on September 22, 2011 at 8:15 PM

In addition to the American Thinker piece about Perry TETF cronyism, NRO has an article about Perry’s job record, it’s not looking good. I wonder if this will come up tonight.

Anyway what did AP call Perry’s job message the other day, it’s Perry’s pillar of which his whole campaign is resting on.

Perry’s Ambiguous Employment Record http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/278074/perry-s-ambiguous-employment-record-steven-camarota?page=1

Excerpt:

We found that of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent (225,000) were taken by newly arrived foreign workers (legal and illegal). The Census Bureau asks immigrants to say when they came to the United States, so it is easy to look at new arrivals who took jobs. Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, the data show that 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. We estimate that about half of newly arrived immigrants who took jobs in Texas since 2007 were illegal immigrants. This means that about 40 percent of all the job growth in Texas between 2007 and 2011 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants and 40 percent went to newly arrived legal immigrants.

sheryl on September 22, 2011 at 8:37 PM

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Buffett already bailed out Bank of America.

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Which is why Ms. seesalrun, after 25 years of loyal business, will now cease and go to Compass – no tarp, and SPAIN held of all places, within the week.

I held on way to long but was happy with the service. They join a mounting list.

seesalrun on September 22, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Wow. All the libertarians just totally loved this guy, and somehow he ends up backing the single most big intrusive government hack in the race.

I guess Thad was an Obama campaign man, all hope and change.

astonerii on September 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Fox should have given him a chance to get in the debate. They were probably afraid he would have wiped up the floor with the rest of these mediocrities. Can’t have that.

McCotter goes out, and the idea of an erudite, witty Republican candidate, the only one who could coherently explain the philosophy of Conservativism goes out with him.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Yawn.

Dreadnought on September 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM

McCotter goes out, … the only one who could coherently explain the philosophy of Conservativism goes out with him.

Dreadnought on September 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM

How does that square with his backing of Romney then? Far removed from a rock solid conservative.

astonerii on September 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM

McCotter goes out, … the only one who could coherently explain the philosophy of Conservativism goes out with him.

Dreadnought on September 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM
How does that square with his backing of Romney then? Far removed from a rock solid conservative.

astonerii on September 22, 2011 at 10:58 PM

He explained it himself in his statement…he thinks Romney is the only one who can win the general, and beating Obama is paramount.

He’s probably right, unfortunately.

Dreadnought on September 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Oh…but I will say this though….I wish he flipped the finger to the rest of the Republican Party and the media, and endorsed the most intelligent and admirable candidate left (though not the most polished): Herman Cain.

Dreadnought on September 22, 2011 at 11:31 PM

There is a way for Perry to sell his SS views to the public

Right now, if both you and your spouse worked and one of you dies, the survivor only gets to collect on one of the SS benefits….the higher one. A widow can collect her husband SS but then loses her own.

Perry should point out that with a private account your spouse gets the benefit of what both of you put into your retirement.

LeeSeneca on September 23, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Wow.

I used to respect this guy.

What’s he offering, Thad? Treasury? State? HLS?

SuperCool on September 23, 2011 at 3:14 AM

He’s probably right, unfortunately.

Dreadnought on September 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

Sure, let’s trade a 90 degree drop for an 80 degree slide. Right.

SKYFOX on September 23, 2011 at 7:52 AM

The worst of all of this is that the media who loves freedom and the conservative movement gets to pick who we see in the debates and therefore who has a shot at the nomination. McCotter is a bright, fiscal and social conservative, who understands his district and what it takes to get elected from that district (I am in his district by the way and support but do not always agree with him). The sad fact is the media is making the Republican debates a circus and there is little we can do to make them a vehicle for seeing what and how the various candidates think. We need to find a way to cut the media out of our nomination process. Finally we must get Obama and the Democrats out of power and return the US to a constituional Republic with sound fiscal policy, if we lose this time around it is only our fault. There is no Reagan in our stable so let’s go with someone who can beat Obama and put a strong conservative Congress in place. The rest is just useless grandstanding.

michigan republican on September 23, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Allah states –

Let’s ease up, just a bit.

Yet, Allah you never let up on Romney. You take every shot you can to undermine him. Romney will come out on top and take it to Obama in the debates.

I do not understand how people like to rip on Romney when the guy is solid and gets the support for no other reason because he is a brilliant guy and KNOWS what it takes to be successful.

g2825m on September 23, 2011 at 1:39 PM

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