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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I’m blown aways…he’s a big Labor guy.

Schadenfreude on September 22, 2011 at 4:08 PM

They don’t even have to remove a podium for him tonight.

Schadenfreude on September 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

I was kind of bummed that he was left out of the debate, now it serves him right.

Cindy Munford on September 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Romney is buying up endorsements… first Pawlenty now McCotter.

tetriskid on September 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Romney has made a real effort to win elected GOP officals votes. He is winning the DC crowd. Perry has made some inroads on Governors but he is losing other elected officials.

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Thad McCotter is name of a TV crime show in the 1970′s. With special guest start Tim Pawlenty.

Oil Can on September 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Glandhands all around, there are potential cabinet positions that would need filling.

Bishop on September 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Everybody is selling something. Sometimes it is disguised very well.

a capella on September 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Am I the only “political junkie” who honestly had never heard of Thad McCotter before this election cycle?

Capitalist Infidel on September 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Romney has made a real effort to win elected GOP officals votes. He is winning the DC crowd. Perry has made some inroads on Governors but he is losing other elected officials.

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

When it comes to the primaries, the governors might be more helpful than a politician in DC who comes home now and then.

(Not that someone like DeMint or Rubio wouldn’t have influence back home if they endorsed.)

Wethal on September 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

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

You’re one cruel SOB, AP.

Heh.

Bruno Strozek on September 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Keep in mind that most DC GOPers want a republican nominee that keeps open the money spigot. Romney is the guy that will keep earmarks going.

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Am I the only “political junkie” who honestly had never heard of Thad McCotter before this election cycle?

Capitalist Infidel on September 22, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Nope.

sharrukin on September 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Who the hell is that?

Chuck Schick on September 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I have no idea who this guy is.

Tim_CA on September 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Ruling Class wannabe endorses Ruling Class Progressive fraud.

Will, Noonan, Parker, Brooks approve….

PappyD61 on September 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Romney has made a real effort to win elected GOP officals votes. He is winning the DC crowd. Perry has made some inroads on Governors but he is losing other elected officials.

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:11 PM

This primary is shaping up to be The States vs. Fedzilla

phreshone on September 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Sarah Palin better get in quick, she’s going to lose all these plum endorsements!

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Oh well.

There’s always at least one conservative House member who runs and gets totally ignored in every election cycle. Bob Dornan, Duncan Hunter, McCotter….

But I’m surprised he endorsed Waffles Jr.

fiatboomer on September 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM

BETA MALES LOVES DEMSELVES SOME ROMNEY!

HondaV65 on September 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

When it comes to the primaries, the governors might be more helpful than a politician in DC who comes home now and then.

(Not that someone like DeMint or Rubio wouldn’t have influence back home if they endorsed.)

Wethal on September 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Mitt is winning in a key state.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/09/mitt-romney-crushes-in-new-hampshire/245495/

Romney has a 27-point lead over his closest rival in the state, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), leading Paul 41 percent to 14 percent. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who has struggled to gain traction thus far in the campaign, pulls in 10 percent,

Perry finishes fourth in the poll at eight percent, a full 33 points behind Romney. He is trailed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at six percent, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at five percent, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich with four percent, and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer each earned just one percent.

And going for more Conservative cred.He is going to be in Wisconsin this weekend to try and get Scott Walker.

Because you know Mitt is Middle Class

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=17349224&s_cid=rss-148

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

“President Thadeous McCotter”

Just the name would have been kewl

Seven Percent Solution on September 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

what’s with applying everything any supporter ever said against a candidate themselves? it’s a stupid liberal tactic.

I don’t care if Thaddeas likes to eat frosted flakes with chocolate milk – it has no bearing on Romney, nor do I expect Romney to have to answer questions about stupid stuff.

Endorsements do not equate to 100% alignment of past/present/future political thought/word/deed. its a silly standard and its disappointing every time it gets played out in these campaigns.

gatorboy on September 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Yep, the Establishment guys that have been masquerading as conservatives all along are beginning to line up behind their guy.

Business-as-usual: DC GOP hates change, that is anything that will upset the status quo.

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

It sucks that he never got a chance to debate, people would have really liked him, but what the hell with the Romney endorsement Thaddeus? I understand people want to lay into Thad for his union background, but this guy really is an awesome and conservative Congressman. He had some good digs at Romney for looking like Obama’s running mate, and he does call Social Security a Ponzi Scheme – but it really bothers me he endorsed Romney so early. WTF?

Daemonocracy on September 22, 2011 at 4:21 PM

BTW, it’s lame that McCotter didn’t get invited to a single debate.

The only reason Cain has the limited traction he has (and why Michele Bachmann got most of hers) is because of debate performances. But if Thad was really serious about this, he would have got in way earlier and had the same chances Cain and Bachmann had to establish themselves in the early debates that pretty much everyone was at.

fiatboomer on September 22, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Or maybe he’s convinced that Romney can beat Obama and Perry can’t?

He’s rather accessible .What was his response to your query?

Stephen M on September 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM

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 wouldn’t sweat it, AP. Remember Hillary back in 2008 saying Obama can’t win and Biden saying he was unqualified? Funny how quickly sentiments changed once he was the nominee.

Doughboy on September 22, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I suspect that some of these folks announce just so they can hnd their votes over to someone else for future favors. Is everyone on the take?

Waiting for Guilliani and Crhistie to announce yet…3,2,1.

Don L on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Who will Michele Bachmann endorse?

SouthernGent on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Took him long enough.

RDE2010 on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

what’s with applying everything any supporter ever said against a candidate themselves? it’s a stupid liberal tactic.

I don’t care if Thaddeas likes to eat frosted flakes with chocolate milk – it has no bearing on Romney, nor do I expect Romney to have to answer questions about stupid stuff.

Endorsements do not equate to 100% alignment of past/present/future political thought/word/deed. its a silly standard and its disappointing every time it gets played out in these campaigns.

gatorboy on September 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Seems to me it ought to be fair game. Endorsing a guy you just blasted on policy implies insincerity on someone’s part. I agree 100% agreemnt isn’t necessary, but it is good to have the flip flop on record and fair to wonder about motive.

a capella on September 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

The debate rule has been 1% in at least four polls. That’s why Johnson is in tonight, and McCotter never was.

That’s too low, IMHO, after the first 2-3 preliminary debates which should have included all who had declared and paid any registration fees to be on state primary ballots. If you can’t beat the Margin of Error in most polls by getting at least 5% support, you are just a distraction.

It should swiftly get down to those with double-digit support. All this wide-open format does is showcase nutters like Paul and Huntsman, who never had a snowball’s chance at the nomination anyway.

Adjoran on September 22, 2011 at 4:26 PM

And going for more Conservative cred.He is going to be in Wisconsin this weekend to try and get Scott Walker.

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

You Mittbots make me laugh…

Romney pandering to conservatives in 2008 couldn’t gain him enough conservative cred to win the GOP nomination… You think endorsements from McCotter et al. can?

McCain placing the almighty “Saint Palin” couldn’t gain enough conservative cred. to win the general election vs. Obama. So what makes you think Romney can?

I am waiting for Romney to lose the GOP nomination and conservatives to be accused of being bigots and voting against him because of his Mormonism… that accusation will be made, trust me. :)

TheRightMan on September 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Romney/Rubio 2012.

If we have to…

Abby Adams on September 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Who will Michele Bachmann endorse?

SouthernGent on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Heh. Especially if Palin doesn’t get in.

a capella on September 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

New Hampshire is seen as Romney home turf this time around and this could be used against Romney in South Carolina where Perry will no doubt run a “vote for a true conservative” campaign (and run as a social conservative).

According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Perry leads Romney 28-22 in Florida:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/usa-campaign-poll-florida-idUSS1E78L04I20110922

This is after the heavy attacks on Social Security from Romney.

Daemonocracy on September 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I consider the entire debate scene so far like the masters tournament, We’ve had just practice so that we can see who will make the cut.

Previous winners (presidential and vice-presidential candidates get an automatic invite and can ignore these early rounds)

Go Sarah!

Don L on September 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Perry sure spooked alot of Establishment types out of their cocoons. All these endorsements so early to slow the Perrymentum.

McCotter sold out.

So did Jeff Flake.

portlandon on September 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Romney/Rubio 2012.

If we have to…

Abby Adams on September 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I’m good with that or several other combos involving Mitt or Perry. As long as Barry’s approvals keep dropping, my anxiety level also drops.

a capella on September 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

TheRightMan on September 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

If Romney were to secure the Walker endorsement though, it would be huge.

Daemonocracy on September 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Some good news for Gov. Perry:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a small lead over the Republican presidential pack in Florida with 28 percent, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with 22 percent, but Perry tops Romney 31 – 22 percent if Sarah Palin doesn’t run and leads Romney 46 – 38 percent in a two- man face-off, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1297.xml?ReleaseID=1650

bluefox on September 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Fall in line!

El_Terrible on September 22, 2011 at 4:31 PM

McCotter sold out.

So did Jeff Flake.

portlandon on September 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Cabinet or Tsar? I don’t think we even know what salary a Tsar commands, do we?

a capella on September 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Waiting for Guilliani and Christie to announce yet…3,2,1.

Don L on September 22, 2011 at 4:25 PM

I can make a few predictions on endorsements:

Guiliani: Perry
Christie: Romney
Paul Ryan: Romney
DeMint: leaning towards Romney (I am sure)

Will any of the above boost Romney sufficiently for him to win. No! Not if most Tea partiers/conservatives have a say.

TheRightMan on September 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Thad McCotter bows out, poll asterisk hardest hit.

Who’s next to endorse Romney, the substitute alderman for East Dingleberry, WI?

jnelchef on September 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Welcome back, McCotter.

John the Libertarian on September 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM

And probably the most watched-for endorsement in conservative land:

Palin: Perry

And Palin die-hards, I know what you will be saying – but she is NOT running.

TheRightMan on September 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM

TheRightMan on September 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

heh guess you missed the past few years on here. I dislike Mitt intensely. I simply am pointing out that he is outhustling Perry for elected officials right now.

To be honest with you because Palin isnt running (that is who I would back outright) I am backing Bachmann even though she is her own worst enemy.

Mitt is an empty suit and Perry is little different. Perry is more conservative than Mitt but his only reason for running is to mkae himself president. He has never led any charge on conservative issues and simply takes a conservative position not out of conviction but political expediency. That is no different than Mitt.

Say what you will about Bachmann she does honestly believe in conservative values and doesnt throw them away when it is politically expedient.

William Amos on September 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Romney’s endorsed by all the Beta Males.

Until I see someone like John Bolton endorsing Romney … then this is all a low-testosterone flap.

HondaV65 on September 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Thad wanted to endorse someone else, but then he looked at the GOP list which clearly showed it’s Romney’s turn. The list is inviolate.

Bishop on September 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Daemon: Like many here, I take people’s words in politics as attitudes expressed upon the speaker, not the subject.

If Walker endorses Romney, I will think less of Walker, not more of Romney. I want a conservative in the WH, not a GOP hack.

Scott H on September 22, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Bishop on September 22, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Good! Then it is settled.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Once again, and I will continue to repeat myself until I am blue in the face, ROMNEY HAS NO “HOME STATE” ADVANTAGE IN MICHIGAN!!!!!!!!!!!

His father was governor almost 50 years ago. No one under 60 really remembers the dude, nor cares that his rich, RINO son has been running for president forever.

If he wins the primary in Michigan this time, it will be due to crossover Obama voters who won’t vote in the Dem primary since there is no point.

And how does anyone care who someone endorses that no one knew who he is or that he was even running for President?

karenhasfreedom on September 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Stupid.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

ummm… What is the point of Romney’s campaign? I’m not Obama?

faraway on September 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

faraway: To be fair, ‘I’m not Obama’ is not a bad campaign strategy in 2012. However, it is also completely passive, and relies on things not getting better to win.

Scott H on September 22, 2011 at 4:45 PM

HAIR. NOT. PRESIDENTIAL.

Jeddite on September 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

McCotter savaging Romney as Obama’s de facto running mate back in June. His endorsement here is inexplicable to me except as a …

bought and paid for flip flop. His campaign never took off, so he quit for a price paid by Romney. This same purchasing power applies to the Issa and Flake endorsements. Republicans look pathetic given Perry’s recent infamously indignant response negotiating how much it cost globalist Merck Pharmaceutical to buy him, and Bachmann’s own systemic opportunism.

Mitt’s infamous ’08 campaign losing line remains at play: “Promise them anything. Just get their [endorsement] votes.” That Republicans fold like dhimmi dominoes before the ’12 Romney Keynesian agenda just puts the RNC establishment and Republican Congressional Leadership in context: corrupt to the core.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Stupid.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 22, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Yeah, but I like this much better.

Report: John Bolton Advising Rick Perry On Foreign Policy

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

faraway on September 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Romney is a Repubican who can win. He does not need the Bible to be for Israel, he does not have a spouce who tries to convert gays to straightness. He does not say scary things like “SS is a Ponzi scheme.” He looks good, and sounds good, professional, and presidential.

He’s the best we got.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Is Romney paying off McCotter’s campaign debts, like he did with Pawlenty?

AZCoyote on September 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Say what you will about Bachmann she does honestly believe in conservative values

Milking the Federal Cash Cow

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

karenhasfreedom on September 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Oh no. RINOmney will win Michigan 60-40 against Obama. Every expert GOP pundit says so. And they’re never wrong.

angryed on September 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

He looks good, and sounds good, professional, and presidential.

He’s the best we got.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

What is he for? What’s his slogan? Why do I vote for him? What does he do in office?

I haven’t heard him address these things.

Without a purpose, I’m afraid he’s a dead end.

faraway on September 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Romney is a Repubican who can win. He does not need the Bible to be for Israel, he does not have a spouce who tries to convert gays to straightness. He does not say scary things like “SS is a Ponzi scheme.” He looks good, and sounds good, professional, and presidential.

He’s the best we got.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

So the election will be between

50% white Obama
vs.
100% white Obama

YEAY!

angryed on September 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

AP, that headline gave you away.

You ARE greg gutfled.

I should have guessed that long ago.

DrW on September 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Surprisingly, more of the same…

Gohawgs on September 22, 2011 at 4:55 PM

faraway on September 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Frankly, I have not even paid that much attention to what he has been saying. He did get on the Perry-bad-for-calling-SS-Ponzi, but he had better do a better job of stating what he is for.

Maybe tonight he will do that. One can hope. :)

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Personally, I am thrilled Johnson is in the debate. He was Governor of a state and had percentage polling better than Huntsman (who was in the last one).

Mutnodjmet on September 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Oh Thaddeus, we hardly knew thee. Oh wait, who??? The union supporter in on a day when even the Wisconsin teachers’ union forfeited recertifcation cuz they knew they couldn’t even reach the 51% . Note to Thad, unions are a deadend street. Bye.

AH_C on September 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Report: John Bolton Advising Rick Perry On Foreign Policy

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

This headline is an alternative to V!agra.

portlandon on September 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

I said so in the post on Issa…Romney = GOP next in line.

Don’t worry Perry, you get the nod by the establishment in 2020 if you lose here.

Pattosensei on September 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Really Right: If we’re not allowed to say ‘scary things’ that happen to be true, our republic is dead.

Scott H on September 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Knucklehead on September 22, 2011 at 4:47 PM

GMTA! I was just at Weasel Zippers and smiled at this news about Bolton advising Perry. *IF* Bolton endorsed Perry, Pam Geller’s head will explode, lol!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Romney is a Repubican who can win. He does not need the Bible to be for Israel,

That’s right. Romney has The Book of Mormon, divinely translated Golden Plates that the Angel Moroni delivered to Joseph Smith from the Hill Cumorah, NY. Romney doesn’t “need” the Bible to be for Israel since he has this record of a supposed Hebrew clan who took a submarine ride to S.America powered by the urim and thummim on condition of righteousness, and who populated ancient America with the clan’s warring descendants of Nephi (extinct whites), Laman and Lemuel(cursed with a dark skin). Besides, being a Mormon, Romney is adopted into the House of Israel most likely via Ephraim.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The GOP establishment is now circling the wagons around Governor Romney, hoping that in tonight’s debate he will deliver a knockout blow to Governor Perry; or that the other candidates will do Romney’s work for him. The real issue is whether Perry hits Romney hard and remains viable as a contender.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Does this mean he will stop sending me fundraising emails? Yeah, about that, sorry Thad.

Fallon on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

so McCotter outs himself as a hypocrite shocked.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:07 PM

GMTA! I was just at Weasel Zippers and smiled at this news about Bolton advising Perry. *IF* Bolton endorsed Perry, Pam Geller’s head will explode, lol!

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on September 22, 2011 at 5:04 PM

good maybe Bolton can tell him open borders is a bad idea.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

The GOP establishment is now circling the wagons around Governor Romney…

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

This happens and all the grassroots excitement will dissipate. Things could get ugly.

Fallon on September 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

good maybe Bolton can tell him open borders is a bad idea.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Too funny.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:10 PM

so the politcal class plays it’s game some more. one month they are against someone the next month they are busom buddies. How do these people live with themselves?

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I know, I know. But my point is that it is not good for a candidate to be supporting Israel because of religious convictions.

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

The GOP establishment is now circling the wagons around Governor Romney…

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

This happens and all the grassroots excitement will dissipate. Things could get ugly.

Fallon on September 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

No surprise. Of course the establishment does all things possible to extinguish the constitutional conservative agenda and mute voter protest of government corruption.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

This happens and all the grassroots excitement will dissipate. Things could get ugly.

Fallon on September 22, 2011 at 5:09 PM

You are right. The battle in the GOP is between the establishment and the grass roots voters. One or the other is going to rule the Republican party.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM

The GOP establishment is now circling the wagons around Governor Romney…

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Shades of McCain….

sandee on September 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

No surprise. Of course the establishment does all things possible to extinguish the constitutional conservative agenda and mute voter protest of government corruption.

maverick muse on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Correct. 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

Oh no. RINOmney will win Michigan 60-40 against Obama. Every expert GOP pundit says so. And they’re never wrong.

angryed on September 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

You forgot the sarc tag!!!

And the insider DC republicans have not yet figured out that this election is going to be about the PEOPLE voting AGAINST the DC insiders. The PEOPLE will win!!!! Go Sarah!!

karenhasfreedom on September 22, 2011 at 5:18 PM

If I ever had respect for McCotter (and I did), it’s gone now. These stinkin bee-atches, Issa, Flake, etc, are all sniffin Romney’s rear to get a leg up when he starts building his cabinet–as if he’ll be the nominee, which he won’t.

Western_Civ on September 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

AP, that headline gave you away.

You ARE greg gutfled.

I should have guessed that long ago.

DrW on September 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

This is how I visualize AP

Gohawgs on September 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

karenhasfreedom on September 22, 2011 at 5:18 PM

I hope you are right, because if the grass roots conservatives lose, our great country, and our freedom, as we have known it, is over.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:24 PM

I thought McCotter had the best hair!?!..:)

Dire Straits on September 22, 2011 at 5:25 PM

You are right. The battle in the GOP is between the establishment and the grass roots voters. One or the other is going to rule the Republican party.

SheetAnchor on September 22, 2011 at 5:13 PM

How so ther eis no grassroots declared candidates yet. So far it is about a battle between the establishment.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Romney is buying up endorsements… first Pawlenty now McCotter.

tetriskid on September 22, 2011 at 4:10 PM

He’s buying up weak links.

mizflame98 on September 22, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Really Right on September 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

But religion does influence a culture (yes, even the supposed absence of religion influences a culture). Furthermore, without cultural affinity, why would any country care one way or the other about another country, particularly preferring to favor one country over another? On the basis of “natural rights” we could say; except that even in America, those natural human rights are no longer recognized by our federal government by law and by the UN that categorize humans as animals for eugenics. Finally, had the various faiths prior to Muhammad not maintained their own religions despite persecution, many more would be Muslim as well. Hence, the great divide given Muhammad’s most radical followers bent on subjugating the earth’s population to their religion. The Bible has as much to do with human politics as the Quran influences politicians, hence governments.

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

so this establishment pol backs Mitt and that establishment pol backs Perry. Yeap these endorsements mean so much. yawn….

so if no establishment pols back you does that mean you are an outsider from the establishment? and if tons of establishment pols back you does that mean you are part of said establishment?

questions questions……

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:28 PM

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

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:30 PM

How so ther eis no grassroots declared candidates yet. So far it is about a battle between the establishment.

unseen on September 22, 2011 at 5:26 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

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