Prominent Perry supporter to back Mitt Romney

posted at 2:50 pm on January 19, 2012 by Tina Korbe

With the lone GOP “outsider” truly out, his supporters now have to decide: Which insider will they back? In a sign that not all of Rick Perry’s pals will transfer their allegiance to the officially endorsed Team Gingrich, a prominent Perry backer has already declared his support for Mitt Romney:

One of Rick Perry’s most well-known supporters in South Carolina, former U.S. ambassador and state speaker of the house David Wilkins, will now back Mitt Romney, he tells CNN. …

“I think (Romney) is by far our best chance to take back the White House,” Wilkins told CNN, “With the economy like it is we need somebody with business experience. I think he can do more for America than anyone else.”

The Greenville Republican served as speaker of the house for 11 years, one of the longest tenures in state history. In 2000, his work as co-chairman of the George W. Bush campaign was seen as instrumental to putting that Texas leader on the map in South Carolina.

Wilkins was particularly troubled by Perry’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain Capital, he said. No surprise, then, that he wouldn’t have jumped to Gingrich. Earlier this week, before the Texas governor had even withdrawn from the race, a Perry supporter defected to the Santorum camp.

Perry might have intended his withdrawal to assist in the formation of a conservative coalition about Gingrich, but he has no real control over where his supporters go. While his endorsement makes it seem probable that his withdrawal will primarily serve as a boost to Gingrich, plenty of conservatives have proved themselves capable of supporting Mitt Romney, and the endorsement of Santorum by a group of evangelical leaders might push Perry’s supporters to the other Rick in the race.


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doorsxp on January 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

This changes everything. You can’t win America without the David Wilkins endorsement, Newt — it just ain’t going to happen.

It’s time to fall in line behind Mitt. Romney 2012, y’all.

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Because Mitt is more electable.
Gingrich favors radical reductions in tax rates, apparently. Mitt says no, “the govt needs money.”
Mitt has a HUGE point. If we lurch far to the right on tax rates, independents will balk. No joke. It doesn’t take Einstein to figure this out.
We have Obamacare, and the Supreme Court for a generation, not to mention nationial & energy security, at stake. Think before we leap. Newt = defeat.
Are the polls of no concern at all? Obama vs: Gingrich +11, Romney only +2. And the Gingrich 11 point deficit is before O puts Newt through the wringer machine. And with ethics violation, adultery, lobbying, and tax proposals, Newt will be very wringerable. We need a smaller target. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/president_obama_vs_republican_candidates.html

anotherJoe on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

“I think (Romney) is by far our best chance to take back the White House,” Wilkins told CNN, “With the economy like it is we need somebody with business experience. I think he can do more for America than anyone else.”

Sounds like this guys gets it. Romney will win in November

Roymunson on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Alternate post title: “Time for Tina Korbe to let you know how much she dislikes Newt Gingrich.”

joshleguern on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

I heard this about Wilkins earlier this week, from a Washington Democrat no less. So this was no big secret in political circles.

rockmom on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

no

GhoulAid on January 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Alternate post title: “Time for Tina Korbe to let you know how much she dislikes Newt Gingrich.”

joshleguern on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

A lot of conservative women don’t care much for serial adulterers.

rockmom on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Wilkins was the Ambassador to Canada, people! Canada! He has major gravitas and could very well swing South Carolina solidly into the Romney column.

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Why on earth would this be down here and Santorum being named the official winner of Iowa be up there? Mittens isn’t so historic after all. And I can’t stand anyone left running.

Marcus on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Not everybody sold out to no-morals newt.

Ruiner on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

It doesn’t really matter where Perry’s named supporters go. The plain fact is, the race for Republican nomination is rapidly coming down to a two man race. That is the worst outcome for Romney, who will not be able to withstand the increased scrutiny. Of course, he will react as he always does when the guano hits the fan, go Big Negative, like he did with Huck.

JonPrichard on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

But who does Perry’s debate advisor recommend?

abobo on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Gingrich is hopeless, he never should have run in the first place.

Time to clear the field.

NoDonkey on January 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Wilkins, not Wilkins, anyone but Wilkins…run Newt, run for your life…who the h3ll is Wilkins…

right2bright on January 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Coming soon for Hot Air, Town Hall another Gingrich hit piece followed by another electability fluff piece on Romney. Heck, they could actually do it together in the same piece.

bgibbs1000 on January 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Hang in there Newt…!

Seven Percent Solution on January 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

It doesn’t really matter where Perry’s named supporters go. The plain fact is, the race for Republican nomination is rapidly coming down to a two man race. That is the worst outcome for Romney, who will not be able to withstand the increased scrutiny. Of course, he will react as he always does when the guano hits the fan, go Big Negative, like he did with Huck.

JonPrichard on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Are you forgetting Paul? He’s not going anywhere.

changer1701 on January 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Wilkins was the Ambassador to Canada, people! Canada! He has major gravitas and could very well swing South Carolina solidly into the Romney column.

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

His “major gravitas” sure helped with the pipeline…

right2bright on January 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

But who does Perry’s debate advisor recommend?

abobo on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They’re evdidently speechless.

bgibbs1000 on January 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Are you forgetting Paul? He’s not going anywhere.

changer1701 on January 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Who?

right2bright on January 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Tina sighs with relief.

portlandon on January 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

This changes everything. You can’t win America without the David Wilkins endorsement, Newt — it just ain’t going to happen.

It’s time to fall in line behind Mitt. Romney 2012, y’all.

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Wilkins was the Ambassador to Canada, people! Canada! He has major gravitas and could very well swing South Carolina solidly into the Romney column.

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I swear I kept looking for the sarc tag on BOTH of these posts….

I had no idea who David Wilkins was before this article, and to be honest, it doesn’t matter to me regardless.

Ambassador to Canada? really! Ewwww, that give me goosebumps! /s

Nineball on January 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

but he has no real control over where his supporters go

You mean they are legally free to jump from one campaign bed to the next like a bunch of horny gringrich toads? Maybe the democRATS will outlaw this like excess profit made by a repugnican.

borntoraisehogs on January 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Who?

right2bright on January 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Ron Paul. He’s the only guy aside from Mitt to finish in the top three of both primaries thus far. Surprised you haven’t heard of him.

alchemist19 on January 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

But who does Perry’s debate advisor recommend?

abobo on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They forgot.

csdeven on January 19, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Ron Paul. He’s the only guy aside from Mitt to finish in the top three of both primaries thus far. Surprised you haven’t heard of him.

alchemist19 on January 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Oh, the crazy, old, anti-semtic, racist, bumbling coot with the unhinged, rabid, groupies…

Yeah, that rings a bell. I’ve heard of him.

Nineball on January 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Laugh of the day!

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Yeah, when somebody drops out their voters almost always split between multiple candidates. It usually helps one or two more candidates out more than the rest, but with Perry polling so low to begin with, it probably won’t even register.

WolvenOne on January 19, 2012 at 3:08 PM

It doesn’t really matter where Perry’s named supporters go. The plain fact is, the race for Republican nomination is rapidly coming down to a two man race. That is the worst outcome for Romney Gingrich, who will not be able to withstand the increased scrutiny. Of course, he will react as he always does when the guano hits the fan, go Big Negative, like he did with Huck Romney.

Excellent analysis. Just needed a little tweaking.

Mr. Arkadin on January 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Punchenko on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Most people couldn’t find Canada on a map and believe that Montreal is Canada’s capital.

Heh, Marilyn Monroe, when asked where Canad is said “somewhere up there in the mountains”.

Your comment was glorious.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Mr. Arkadin on January 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Tonight will be epic.

Schadenfreude on January 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Who really cares?

If I were conservative, I would start focusing on 2014 Congressional and the 2016 presidential elections. You guys and gals are clashing more over matters of style than policy substance, and it’s become a grievous burden for your prospects of electoral success.

You need to figure out what you’re really about beyond the policies and get comfortable with a conservative culture you can live with. The focus should be on developing YOUNGER and hipper Republicans for tomorrow.

Do any of you ever stop to think that both Mitt and Newt are near retirement ages? Hey. I’m old, too. Nothing wrong with experience. But there’s an excitement deficit.

I’m tired of the self-serving meme that somehow the 2012 Republican nomination offered no choices, that “they’re all bums.” There were plenty of good choices in terms of policy proposals. But stylistically, this field is over the hill, derivative, repetitive, and DULL DULL DULL.

It seems obvious to me that the problem is structural and not intellectual. The party is so busy pining for another Reagan, it’s failing to groom fresh faces. No wonder there’s all the grousing. Let’s face it: none of these people are truly GENERATIONALLY inspiring.

bifidis on January 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Eh? Who’s this guy? I was expecting to hear that Jindal broke ranks. He never seemed much of a Gingrich fan.

Gingotts on January 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Excellent analysis. Just needed a little tweaking.

Mr. Arkadin on January 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Yep. If the ABR crowd wants to deny Mitt the nomination even if it costs them the general I would think they would have a better time with Santorum. Gingrich’s negatives are higher and if they truly want anyone but Romney then why not go with the guy who didn’t support a federal individual mandate in health care.

alchemist19 on January 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM

There is no way that the GOP apparatus around the nation is going to allow Newt Gingrich to be the GOP nominee for president. He is volatile, unstable, vulnerable, and undisciplined. Gingrich has no money, no organization, and no means to defeat Obama.

Watch for many governors previously supporting Perry to line up with Romney. Jindal may be as soon as tomorrow. They understand the need for executive experience to defeat Obama and then to govern.

matthew8787 on January 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Stop Newt Gingrich and his “open marriage” with conservatism.

Ruiner on January 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Let me translate the Tina Korbe-speak:

Short version: Still upset that Newt is stomping Santorum.

Longer version: Tina, still in denial about Santorum’s collapse in South Carolina (as I called) by that darn-fangled Fig Newton, trots out somebody no one has heard of as a key endorsement of someone other than Santorum, to note that its still not too late for Perry supporters to move to someone else such as Santorum.

Yo, Tina, get real. Don’t end up like the Perry fanboys at RedState, a complete joke. By the way, Perry is great, as was his exit speech. How we ended up with Romney as our governor candidate vs. Perry, well, whatever. I’m only referring to the fanboys who saw a “path to victory” a couple days ago …

Reality presents two choices. Romney or Gingrich. Pick your poison, or pick Paul as your protest vote. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

Speaking of reality, just a reminder on Santorum, our not-too-conservative conservative:

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/01/19/rick-santorum-is-tired-of-you-people-wanting-the-government-to-leave-you-alone/

Thank you, MadisonConservative, for reminding us why Rick can take his sweater vests and go home. That was a great one to make sure gets filed in the memory bank.

PrincetonAl on January 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Mr. Wilkins, thank you for your support of Gov. Perry.

You know what? You are free to back any half of the establishment giant turd sandwich – Romney or Gingrich.

Either of them will lose to Obama so this Perry supporter here couldn’t care less.

Cheers.

TheRightMan on January 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Ruiner on January 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Please go ahead and list all of Romney’s Conservative Accomplishments.

kingsjester on January 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Gingrich is a e gomanic scum bucket. If the party chooses this unstable detestable corrupt fake discredited piece of trash just because he debates well and hurls red meat to the base they deserve the trouncing they are certain to receive, and will no longer even pretend to stand for ANYTHING we republicans used to stand for. I will wash my wands of the lot of you. Thelist of honorable conservative politicians who have endorsed Romney is legion, and grows daily. Ignore them at your own peril, and live with the result, if you can.

jibjab75 on January 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Not everybody sold out to no-morals newt.

Ruiner on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Newt has plenty of morals. If you don’t like the omes he’s got … … well … … he has others.

VorDaj on January 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

With the lone GOP “outsider” truly out

And how long has Romney spent inside the beltway, again?

Oh, I forgot. The eeeeeeeeeevil “establishment” likes him. Ergo, insider.

Red Cloud on January 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

rockmom on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Im guessing a lot of conservative women care more about their kids lives in the future, than Newt’s life in the past.

MooCowBang on January 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

rockmom on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

So I guess you’re perfect then?

joshleguern on January 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Rick should have rode it out a few more states!

KOOLAID2 on January 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

This is a joke David Wilkins is one of the biggest establishment Rino Republicans here in S.C.One of the first to jump on the McCain bandwagon in 2008.Frankly i would have been troubled if he had endorsed Newt.

logman1 on January 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Stop Newt Gingrich and his “open vulture marriage” with conservatism.

Ruiner on January 19, 2012 at 3:13 PM

VorDaj on January 19, 2012 at 3:21 PM

…and the endorsement of Santorum by a group of evangelical leaders might push Perry’s supporters to the other Rick in the race.

Erm… cough, cough… if I know Perry supporters the way I think I do, Santorum has less of a chance picking up those supporters than Romney.

We supported Perry because of his executive record not necessarily because of his evangelical credentials. Evangelicals by endorsing Santorum showed they didn’t care much for Perry’s record.

They are welcome to occupy the irrelevant corner they boxed themselves into. Frankly, I expect Santorum to drop out after SC as he realizes his bid is going nowhere.

TheRightMan on January 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

This is fun.

mattshu on January 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM

OT:

HAs anyone heard anything about Herman’s unconventional endorsement for today?

What’s he gonna do, sing it on Hannity tonight?

BacaDog on January 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

“With the economy like it is we need somebody with business experience.”

I think that pretty much reflects my view, too. Newt impresses me as an academic/politician/lobbyist who has little experience outside of the theoretical. We need someone who has actual business experience; someone who actually has a stake in the economy. Newt is just another Obama only from the other side of the political spectrum. He has a lot of grand ideas but has never actually run anything in his life. He also has no experience in the executive branch of government running anything, not even a small town. No executive experience of any sort, really. He’s a think-tank guy, not a do-tank guy.

crosspatch on January 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

With the lone GOP “outsider” truly out, his supporters now have to decide: Which insider will they back?

I do not agree with this comment. By being a GOPer Governor you are not a GOP outsider. That would be truly Ron Paul. However, the there were a few DC GOP outsiders: Perry, Romney and Pawlenty. All three governors.

uhangtight on January 19, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I think (Romney) is by far our best chance to take back the White House,” Wilkins told CNN,

So a lifelong establishment Republican endorses Romney…I don’t know about you folks, but I’m shocked!

cajunpatriot on January 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Six of one, a half dozen of the other.

BornLib on January 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Perry blew it from the first debate and in the end demonstrated his poor judgement endorsing Newt; even after we learned he had values as Bill Clinton told him “Newt, you’re just like me.”
To square it with his evangelical supporters he demonstrated the hypocrisy of “We believe in forgiveness.” Yes we do… after a process of repentance that should have included Newts X’s who were screwed over by him. Back to Texas Mr Perry. You are a good governor, just not equipped to be President.

BobScuba on January 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

So what? The overwhelming majority of Perry’s supporters will now flock to Newt. Does anyone with a rational mind actually think very many ex-Perry supporters will now support Romney?? Not hardly. Perry’s supporters are people with strong, conservative principles–that’s why they supported the man. They’ll never switch over and support the flip-flopping, milktoast, Massachusetts moderate/liberal that Romney is.

jfs756 on January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

…his work as co-chairman of the George W. Bush campaign was seen as instrumental to putting that Texas leader on the map in South Carolina.

How can anyone continue to ignore the fact that the Republican Party establishment is owned lock stock & barrel by the Bush family and has been for 20 years. The only way to end this crap and fix the Country is to elect someone/anyone (except RP) who is not the party goon.

A. Weasel on January 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Ron Paul. He’s the only guy aside from Mitt to finish in the top three of both primaries thus far. Surprised you haven’t heard of him.

Oh that guy, the one that thinks we were responsible for 911.

KBird on January 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Newt Gingrich, an honorable man.

Lol?

akaniku on January 19, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Does anyone with a rational mind actually think very many ex-Perry supporters will now support Romney?? Not hardly. Perry’s supporters are people with strong, conservative principles–that’s why they supported the man. They’ll never switch over and support the flip-flopping, milktoast, Massachusetts moderate/liberal that Romney is.

jfs756 on January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Well, a poll in Iowa shows 25% of Perrys support going to Romney.

That isn’t a lot, but it negates any support Gingrich will get. But honestly, with Perry at 5%, all the support has probably already moved to their second choice.

csdeven on January 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Gingrich is hopeless, he never should have run in the first place.

Time to clear the field.

NoDonkey on January 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Aah ah hah ahahha ah ah aha ha hahah ah ha ha ahahah aaaa…stop it. You’re killin me with your funnies. Gingrich will win because he is the one who is best able to crush Balak Pajama in any type of forum. He knows the in’s and out’s of Washington, knows how to get thigs done with Congress, and will absolutely mutilate “The People’s Forced Choice” in any debate. Newt goes big every time, all the time. He has solid conservative wins under his belt, and even though he might be from the “Old Boys Club”, he is one of the upper-classmen, and weilds a stong position within the establishment.

Its not that Mittens isnt able to do a good job as President. We are all capable of doing a good job as President. Hell, even “Half-Black” is able to do a good job as President. Its just that in the case of the former and the latter, neither one can in the face of adversity. Mittens will get crushed from the punches the lefties will pummel him with, and just to get away from it he will start making deals. Its a no-brainer. And Balack Pajama is doing the same thing. When his points fell thru the floor, he started making deals. Now hes back up to @ 48%, I believe (could be wrong on that).

Newt is the only one who will stand up to the socialist lefties. He is the only one who makes them cringe. He makes them grind their yellowed teeth with impotent rage and disgust. And he tells them how he is going to get it done. He dosent pander to the left (note Juan Williams question). He dosent care that lefties dont like him, nor is he swayed by negative spin ads on lefty T.V. Newt is out for blood, which is why we should all be in his camp. We need a little less pre-cooked p.c. and a lot more bloody red meat.

MooCowBang on January 19, 2012 at 3:39 PM

So what? The overwhelming majority of Perry’s supporters will now flock to Newt. Does anyone with a rational mind actually think very many ex-Perry supporters will now support Romney?? Not hardly. Perry’s supporters are people with strong, conservative principles–that’s why they supported the man. They’ll never switch over and support the flip-flopping, milktoast, Massachusetts moderate/liberal that Romney is.

jfs756 on January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

They have strong conservative principles so they’re going to flock to a serial adulterer who called the Ryan budget “right-wing social engineering” and who advocated a federal health care mandate?

alchemist19 on January 19, 2012 at 3:40 PM

TheRightMan on January 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM
I loathe Santorum.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

cajunpatriot on January 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

lol…+1

MooCowBang on January 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

t doesn’t really matter where Perry’s named supporters go. The plain fact is, the race for Republican nomination is rapidly coming down to a two man race. That is the worst outcome for Romney Gingrich Romney, who will not be able to withstand the increased scrutiny. Of course, he will react as he always does when the guano hits the fan, go Big Negative, like he did with Huck Romney Huck.

Excellent analysis. Just needed a little tweaking.

Mr. Arkadin on January 19, 2012 at 3:09 PM

There, all fixed and shiny.

timberline on January 19, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Does anyone with a rational mind actually think very many ex-Perry supporters will now support Romney?? Not hardly. Perry’s supporters are people with strong, conservative principles–that’s why they supported the man. They’ll never switch over and support the flip-flopping, milktoast, Massachusetts moderate/liberal that Romney is.

jfs756 on January 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

You’re so right. They’ll move to the ultra-conservative (as long as he’s speaking to a conservative audience), ultra principled (as long as his marriage can be “open”), ultra honest (after he gets caught), ultra lobbyist imprisoning (unless it’s himself), dude who taught Reagan how to fix the economy (according to himself), Newt Gingrich.

Newt wants to save the country so bad he won’t stop running for anything (but a luxury cruise).

Ruiner on January 19, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Keep pushing those Anti-Newt/Pro-Romney Hotair, you might get what you wish for.

Durka-Durka on January 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM

But who does Perry’s debate advisor recommend?

abobo on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They’re evdidently speechless.

bgibbs1000 on January 19, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I really like Perry but this made me laugh out loud.

Just Sayin on January 19, 2012 at 3:46 PM

But who does Perry’s debate advisor recommend?

abobo on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

They had a list of three. After Bachman and Huntsman dropped out, they forgot the third.

BacaDog on January 19, 2012 at 3:52 PM

So now we’re down to 4. I can support either Newt or Romney, but if it ends up being Paul or Santorum I’ll just skip voting for Pres for the 1st time in 40 years. Sighh.

independentvoice on January 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Ahh…yes…the old “he’s unelectable” schtick. *yawn*
How about we apply that to Romney:

* What a Romney-Obama debate would be like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv078A36t7Y&feature=player_embedded

* What Huntsman had to say about him a week ago
http://electad.com/videos/jon-huntsman-mittstant-replay/

* What McCain had to say about him in 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IS33Hkgnls4

* Liberal Mitt’s Greatest Hits (long, but worth it)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQoBxZZPqU&feature=player_embedded

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Dump Romney NOW – before it’s too late:
http://decoded.nationaljournal.com/2011/12/romneys-1994-problem.php
Be sure to watch the 34-second video clip at the link.

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Ahh…yes…the old “he’s unelectable” schtick. *yawn*
How about we apply that to Romney:

* What a Romney-Obama debate would be like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv078A36t7Y&feature=player_embedded

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

independentvoice on January 19, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Not me. It’s ABO time.

BacaDog on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Ahh…yes…the old “he’s unelectable” schtick. *yawn*
How about we apply that to Romney:

* What Huntsman had to say about him a week ago
http://electad.com/videos/jon-huntsman-mittstant-replay/

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Ahh…yes…the old “he’s unelectable” schtick. *yawn*
How about we apply that to Romney:

* What McCain had to say about him in 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IS33Hkgnls4

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Ahh…yes…the old “he’s unelectable” schtick. *yawn*
How about we apply that to Romney:

* Liberal Mitt’s Greatest Hits (long, but worth it)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OQoBxZZPqU&feature=player_embedded

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

JonPrichard on January 19, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Are you forgetting Paul? He’s not going anywhere.

changer1701 on January 19, 2012 at 3:01 PM

..you said it, not me.

The War Planner on January 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:55 PM
Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM
Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM
Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM
Czar of Defenestration on January 19, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Ed. Spammer on aisle 3.

BacaDog on January 19, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Is it possible that the Perry-wife-swapping voting bloc may not be a large as Newt was led to believe?

whatcat on January 19, 2012 at 4:04 PM

BacaDog on January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM

More power to you. As for me, I will not support someone who I think is genuinely crazy, not will I support a homophobic bigot.

independentvoice on January 19, 2012 at 4:09 PM

A lot of conservative women don’t care much for serial adulterers.

rockmom on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Liberal women all wanted Clinton’s cigar. Now they want Newt’s.

crash72 on January 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Mitt the Brady Bill supporter?

right2bright on January 19, 2012 at 4:14 PM

A lot of conservative women don’t care much for serial adulterers.

rockmom on January 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

A lot of conservative women don’t like supporters of abortion…so tell me, what is worse, supporting abortion, or divorcing your wife?
Supporting thousands of babies killed, or being an alleged–ALLEGED serial adulterer.
Since you seem to want to break it down to just one item…you chose yours, I chose mine.

right2bright on January 19, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Mitt supporters should be a little more reserved in their harsh sarcazim of Newt, they need to be wiser and leave a room for our sympathy when the brunt of librals attacks will fall on him when/if he is the nominee.

evergreenland on January 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Dang. And I thought everyone but us stupid/hick Perry supporters would be hap-hap-happy today! lol

kg598301 on January 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

@anotherjoe… well said, and I concur.

Although he’d probably say all the mean and nasty things about Obama the public needs to hear on the public stage, the Speaker is way to big of a target.

Who are we thinking for VP anyway? Romney/Christy?

drpboston on January 19, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Mr. Wilkins, thank you for your support of Gov. Perry.

You know what? You are free to back any half of the establishment giant turd sandwich – Romney or Gingrich.

Either of them will lose to Obama so this Perry supporter here couldn’t care less.

Cheers.

TheRightMan on January 19, 2012 at 3:15 PM

saw on Twitter that the race for non mitt is between Gilligan and the Skipper….I guess the winner re-arranges the deck chairs?

Cheers!

workingclass artist on January 19, 2012 at 5:03 PM

This Perry supporter is moving to team Newt. Santorum can’t catch Newt or Romney and Romney is U N A C C E P T A B L E.

Malachi45 on January 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Oh, and the little Jew hating “blowback” nut job is unacceptable as well.

Malachi45 on January 19, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Speaking as a Perry supporter, I have to say Romney was always my second choice. It’s totally a “least worst” decision (Perry was the only one I actually wanted to vote for).

I mean, so far, Gingrich has suggested hauling federal judges in to testify before Congress regarding their decisions (which might sound good to some in theory but has dangerous, dangerous ramifications depending on which party is in power), has suggested the weird, child-janitor work program, and has suggested that community boards decide whether illegals should be allowed to stay in the country. Not impressed. (And that’s without considering his questionable stances on Paul Ryan’s plan and the whole AGW thing. And that’s also without considering his sordid past and unreliable moral compass.) He would either be brilliant or he would torpedo any remaining respectability conservatives have. Four years is a long time when someone is a loose cannon like that.

Santorum has no chance in the general. No. Chance. He’s been good on social issues, of course–but he has no experience at all to compare with Obama’s. He’s a blank slate running against an incumbent, and that’s just not going to sway independents and searching Dems who are already going to be wary of him because of his strong stands on social issues.

And that leaves Romney. He’s a giant question mark, to be sure. But if he strays on Supreme Court/other federal court nominees (and let’s face it, those nominees are a HUGE reason we can’t give up and let Obama take this thing), there will be heck to pay–and he has to know that. (Plus, if Republicans can take the Senate, that will further push him toward good court appointments.) And–the real pull for me–there is his VP. It would be a smart move for him to go conservative in that pick–I would be very surprised if he doesn’t–and I could comfort myself on election day (again) by thinking to myself that I’m voting for the VP, not for the actual presidential nominee, and that maybe in eight years the VP would be all set for a win.

But, like I said, it’s a “least worst” decision. And I suppose, in light of the drama so far, the dynamics could change at any given moment.

Why did we have to do this that hard way, people? Why? We had the guy with the best record we could ask for…

butterflies and puppies on January 19, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Sounds like this guys gets it. Romney will win in November

Roymunson on January 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Sounds like you are a novice listening to FoxNews too much.

Romney is the weakest candidate who is being “sold” as the “most electible”, he’s not.

He will not defeat obama’s war of perception

He will not defeat obama in a debate

He will not be able to overcome his LIBERAL RECORD

He will not rally the base, and inspire them to come out and vote. Sure, he’ll get a good chuck, but I don’t know a damn person besides Mormons and brainwashed Romney followers (25% of the GOP) that are excited to vote for Mittens.

The electoral map is not adding up for Mittens, as obama has to hold relatively few states (most of which are Democrat strongholds). For example, a better candidate would take PA, Romney will not.

M_J_S on January 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

The electoral map is not adding up for Mittens, as obama has to hold relatively few states (most of which are Democrat strongholds). For example, a better candidate would take PA, Romney will not.

M_J_S on January 19, 2012 at 5:50 PM

the electoral map is not adding up for Gingrich in any way that makes sense…he won’t get a single indie vote in the generals(those people are clearly of a more liberal persuasion), hence he will NEVER win the elections. Mitt may (or may not) win the election, Newt WILL NEVER win anything but debates, probably. it’s as simple as that, the rest is just phoney arguments.

jimver on January 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Fool

Bullhead on January 19, 2012 at 7:42 PM

the electoral map is not adding up for Gingrich in any way that makes sense…he won’t get a single indie vote in the generals(those people are clearly of a more liberal persuasion), hence he will NEVER win the elections. Mitt may (or may not) win the election, Newt WILL NEVER win anything but debates, probably. it’s as simple as that, the rest is just phoney arguments.

jimver on January 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

What’s going to happen is that Mitt Romney (the man who can ACTUALLY beat Obama) is going to win the nomination. This is because, among Republican voters, there are more sensible, sane people than there are idiots who fall for a phony like Newt whenever he gives some blustery answer.

Newt may win South Carolina and prolong the primary season a bit, which only hurts our nominee and HELPS Obama. Newt is simply staying in the race out of spite, knowing he can never win (and could NEVER beat Obama).

Newt Gingrich is harming his own party’s chances of taking down Obama. Pompous, condescending, selfish Newt Gingrich is all about Newt Gingrich.

bluegill on January 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Why the heck would anyone want to put another pathological narcissist in the WH? Why? If you want gridlock and constant bickering in DC, then keep hoping A. Fig Newton wins. Then you can be comforted when he walks out on the balcony like the rest of the “I think I am kings” with his arms out set to give the blessing. This guy is in need of treatment; he has delusions of grandeur and has no concept of how inappropriate his words and body language are. Obama talks the talk too; did we as a country learn nothing from electing a meglomanic? Same same all over again. Also he would have to pick a local dog catcher to be his VP because he is the smartest guy in the room and could not stand any competition. After all, conservatives, you have been telling him this for ever so long. Thats just his political side, no time right now for his non-moral issues.

AReadyRepub on January 20, 2012 at 1:02 AM

Is it too late to support “Ham Sammich”?

The Honey Badger on January 20, 2012 at 6:14 AM