VA Governor endorses Romney

posted at 9:15 am on January 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich claimed the South as his native land in Monday’s debate, but so far it’s a Northeasterner who’s racking up the endorsements of southern governors.  Today, Virginia’s Bob McDonnell joined South Carolina’s Nikki Haley as endorsers of Mitt Romney.  McDonnell will also join Romney and Haley on the campaign trail:

Gov. Bob McDonnell this morning endorsed Mitt Romney’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, calling him a “results-oriented conservative” who can appeal to Democrats and independents.

McDonnell, making his choice known on the eve of the hotly contested South Carolina primary, said on CNBC’s Squawkbox that he will tell voters there that Romney has the best chance to beat President Barack Obama in November.

“My message will be if you want to win the race in November, vote for Mitt Romney,” McDonnell said. “He can win Democrats and independents to our cause.”

McDonnell is in New York City this morning for a state-related economic development meeting, but will fly to South Carolina this afternoon to join Romney, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and others at a rally in Charleston. He will travel to Greenville with Romney for a campaign event tonight and stay for a Saturday morning event before returning to Richmond.

The Times-Dispatch considers this an inevitable choice by McDonnell.  With Perry out of the race, Romney is the last governor standing, and since McDonnell helms the Republican Governors Association at the moment, gubernatorial experience weighs heavily on his choices.  McDonnell has said as much publicly, advising voters to look for a candidate with state-level executive experience, and Perry’s exit leaves McDonnell only one opportunity to take his own advice.

Not that Romney will mind much that it took a default to get McDonnell’s endorsement.  With Gingrich gaining on him, Romney needs all of the high-profile endorsements he can gather, especially in the South.  McDonnell had been popular among conservatives when running for office in 2009, along with Chris Christie in the unusual off-year cycle.  McDonnell has a quieter approach than Christie but has governed more conservatively.  He has used his veto to sharply restrict state funding for abortions, and his proposal to end the state’s monopoly on liquor stores has more libertarian-minded conservatives cheering as well.

How much will this help in South Carolina?  It comes a little late in the primary schedule for it to have a lot of impact, but McDonnell may have more impact in Florida.  I’d expect to see a lot of him next week as Romney tries to get his campaign either back on track or heading for the home stretch with a big win in the Sunshine State. McDonnell might also be a consideration for Romney as a running mate in the general election, if Romney manages to win the nomination, as a man who could help attract conservatives without overshadowing the top of the ticket.


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Amazing…considering his other choice is R Paul.

tinkerthinker on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

You can forget that part. Don’t equate those not supporting Romney with the nutballs,

I will equate anyone who immediately casts aside a good, reliable conservative politician like McDonnell as a ‘hack’, just for endorsing Romney, as nutballs. Because those are people too wrapped up in Romney Derangement Syndrome.

I mean, Ed even listed the logical rationale for McDonnell to choose Romney over the other candidates.

And most of us know that McDonnell isn’t a hack.

cozmo on January 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

On this site? I wonder.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Being pro choice and supporting those policies that causes abortion is not a sin?

evergreenland on January 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Look at the shiny object and repeat…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…you will soon learn, all that Mitt has done in the past, is good, it is worthy…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Newt Gingrich claimed the South as his native land in Monday’s debate…

Gingrich IS a native of Harrisburg, PA. Yes, you read that correctly. Gingrich was born in Pennsylvania. And, the last time I checked PA was NOT in the South, although PA is the location of the South’s last ditch stand to force state’s rights at Gettysburg.

I, too, believed that O’Donnell was a real conservative. That belief has definitely changed with this pronouncement.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

good grief, Romney is much further left than any that you mentioned, and much more conciliatory to the liberal press.

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

hahaha :-) Romney to the left of Bush and Huckabee, what are you taking? Both Bush and Huckabee ruan their campaigns as the ‘compassionate conservatives’, that’s just another word for big govt conservatism….look at Bush legacy and the debt he left behind and you’ll get an idea oh how much to the right of Mitt (or anybody for that matter) he was :)

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

John Sununu made a vigorous defense of Mitt today with Byron York on Bennett, and also knocked Newt down, took his shoes off, tied them together, and threw them over a phone line.

It was impressive.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

I’m curious.
What did he present that hasn’t been coughed up already?

Mimzey on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

I just can,t believe the attorney general of VA.would allow the state to have a primary with just one name.

logman1 on January 20, 2012 at 10:07 AM

This has nothing to do with Ken Cuccinelli. Federal judges have ruled against Perry and others attempt to get on the ballot. The simple fact is that the rules for qualification were clear and only two candidates had the organization to make it on the ballot. Though it is the crux of the ACLU lawsuit, I like the fact that Virginia doesn’t allow outside organizations to come into the state to collect signatures. Cuts down on the number of times Mickey Mouse and Hitler end up endorsing one candidate or another.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

For some reason, my comments are included in quotes whenever I quote someone. Dunno why.

None of them supported abortion, non of them said they were not conservatives, none of them ever said they were an “independent”, none of them supported individual health mandate from the federal gov., none of them supported gun laws….good grief, Romney is much further left than any that you mentioned, and much more conciliatory to the liberal press. right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Except for the healthcare thing, I supported all those positions once myself.

And I would like to see where Mitt supported federal mandates for federally run healthcare. Not saying he didn’t I just don’t recall that he did.

Now let’s see if my remarks get included in the quote this time.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The Lt. Gov. of Virginia is the head of Romney’s VA election team.

Abby Adams on January 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Cuts down on the number of times Mickey Mouse and Hitler end up endorsing one candidate or another.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

exactly right…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

And I would like to see where Mitt supported federal mandates for federally run healthcare.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

he never did….

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

McDonnell would make a good VP pick, but I’d like to see him finish out his term as governor to get a full term’s worth of experience, and hopefully take Warner out in 2014. I’d rather see Jindal as VP pick. Rubio would be great also, but will just over a year in the Senate and no real executive experience hurt him?

In my view, the only non-establishment candidate left in the race is Ron Paul. Newt and Santorum have for the most part been a part of the establishment in their careers, while Paul has for the most part been a thorn in their side. While the establishment may be concerned over the elect-ability of Newt and Santorum, they’d still choose either of them over Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the only candidate who puts fear in the hearts of the establishment. While the chances are slim, they understand that if he’s elected President he turns Washington on its head. So we are left with three establishment candidates…pick one.

ncconservative on January 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

But Gingrich is best known as being a Congressman and college professor from Georgia. For that matter, Obama was supposedly born in Hawaii but he claims to be from Southside Chicago. Romney was born in Michigan but he calls himself a Northeasterner. And Ron Paul was raised in Pittsburgh but is a Texan nutjob.

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

McDonnell is impressed with Romney’s record, substance and presidential demeanor. Newt fans are impressed with Newt because he sounds like a pro wrestler at debates.

swamp_yankee on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I thought it was very racist for Newt to threaten to piledrive JUAN Williams.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I’m curious.
What did he present that hasn’t been coughed up already?
Mimzey on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

He made a good argument that the 8% of uninsured in MASS made it easier for them to be included in a state-run healthcare plan whereas the multiple millions nationally make it unaffordable and unworkable. He made the case that MASS being a small state it made more sense for them than for, say, TX, which 25% uninsured. Not endorsing state run healthcare, just endorsing the 10th Amendment and common sense.

And he made hay of the fact that Gingrich was pretty much universally despised by everyone in DC by the time he left, is mercurial, and will throw anyone under the bus (like Paul Ryan) to advance The Newt. He said that Newt attended AA to get help with his addiction to power once he left office. And I don’t think he was kidding.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Look at the shiny object and repeat…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…you will soon learn, all that Mitt has done in the past, is good, it is worthy…Mitt never sinned, Mitt never made a mistake…

right2bright on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

We’re in different worlds.

Because I don’t want my politicians to be so overly concerned with whether their social policies are in accordance with what is or is not a “sin” under judeochristian dogma. Last time I checked, we were a democratic republic, not a theocracy.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Bob McDonnell will be Romney’s VP pick (assuming Romney gets the nomination). I’ve been saying this for 5 monhts.

SouthernGent on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

McDonnell’s endorsement will help Romney beat Gingrich and Santorum in Virginia. Oh, wait. They’re not on the ballot. Apparently the process was too confusing for them. Competency counts, folks.

cicerone on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

And Ron Paul was raised in Pittsburgh but is a Texan nutjob. Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Heh, I like how you worked that in there.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

My favorite is when I’m called a, “Progressive Conservative”. By the same people who are now holding their hand over their heart and blessing Newt as a “changed man”. Gag.

BettyRuth on January 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

From what I’ve seen of you… I’m leaning troll. Granted I have not read all the threads on Hot Air but the ones I have seen by you have been nothing but insults. That makes it hard to consider you a serious commenter.

tinkerthinker on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Add McDonnell to the list of people HA’ers now despise.

RINO on January 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Yesterday he was a solid conservative Republican.

Today he is a RINO squish.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

As long as Paul is on the VA primary ballot, their delgates can be kept away from Mitt. Therefore, this endorsement may not matter at all.

WhatNot on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

McDonnell’s endorsement will help Romney beat Gingrich and Santorum in Virginia. Oh, wait. They’re not on the ballot. Apparently the process was too confusing for them. Competency counts, folks.

cicerone on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Wait, Newt’s biggest regret was trying to build an organization. Apparently he thinks his ego, the internet and his big mouth will carry him to victory.

Due to the idiots in SC, this is gonna be a long slog now.

rubberneck on January 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM

And Ron Paul was raised in Pittsburgh but is a Texan nutjob. Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Heh, I like how you worked that in there.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

My mom was born/raised in Pittsburgh. I should write the Ronulan and inform him that his fellow former Pittsburgher is a Jooooo.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Did Sununu also mention that HE was the reason George H.W. Bush appointed David Souter to the Supreme Court? I think based on that alone, his analysis of the issues and the “advice” he’s giving Romney is suspect.

change is for suckers on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Yesterday he was a solid conservative Republican.

Today he is a RINO squish.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

but of course, do you expect consistency from nutjobs? :-)

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

And I would like to see where Mitt supported federal mandates for federally run healthcare. Not saying he didn’t I just don’t recall that he did.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM

You have to take a single sentence from his book and read it in a certain way and,

VIOLA!!!

(Even though Romney “claims” that he didn’t mean it that way, but what would he know about it, right?)

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM

You’re not going to get any traction arguing with right2bright… his reading comprehension skills are somewhat lacking.

Jonah Goldberg, in his book Liberal Fascism, calls “compassionate conservatism” fascistic. In interviews he conducted around the time of its publication, he specifically referred to Huckabee as an example of what he was talking about. Santorum is cut from the same mold.

There will be God-bothered bumpkins to vote for in every election from now until Judgment Day; defenders of capitalism like Romney only come around every so often. My point is, they’ll come around even less often if the one pro-capitalist in the mix this cycle gets voted down because he doesn’t hate homosexuals enough.

hicsuget on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Yesterday he was a solid conservative Republican.

Today he is a RINO squish.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

He was a good conservative yesterday.
He’s still a good conservative today.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

You’re right – if you don’t look at the record of Romney’s closest adviser and as long as that adviser doesn’t say anything distasteful during one particular interview – it’s all good & Romney’s your guy.

batterup on January 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

McDonnell is impressed with Romney’s record, substance and presidential demeanor. Newt fans are impressed with Newt because he sounds like a pro wrestler at debates.

swamp_yankee on January 20, 2012 at 10:12 AM

He could impress them even further if he would wear a #3 on his lapel.

csdeven on January 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I will equate anyone who immediately casts aside a good, reliable conservative politician like McDonnell as a ‘hack’, just for endorsing Romney, as nutballs. Because those are people too wrapped up in Romney Derangement Syndrome.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

But are you embracing the nutballs on this thread who are relishing in calling Romney’s opponents equally harsh things?

cozmo on January 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

My mom was born/raised in Pittsburgh. I should write the Ronulan and inform him that his fellow former Pittsburgher is a Jooooo. annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I think he went after you in one of his newsletters.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I will equate anyone who immediately casts aside a good, reliable conservative politician like McDonnell as a ‘hack’, just for endorsing Romney, as nutballs. Because those are people too wrapped up in Romney Derangement Syndrome.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Right because we all ” know ” just how conservative Romney’s MassCare program was considering that Dear leader used it as the blue print for the PPACA passed under his watch AND 70% of Americans want it repealed or scaled back.Yes, Romney is truly conservative (( cough )).

And yet, O’Donnell’s own AG actually passed a law in VA stating that no VA resident would be subject to APPACA. Are you SURE you’re not confused about the definition of a conservative, Count ? Or do you equate this endorsement to mere hypocrisy ?

Romney Derangement Syndrome ? I think not.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Because I don’t want my politicians to be so overly concerned with whether their social policies are in accordance with what is or is not a “sin” under judeochristian dogma. Last time I checked, we were a democratic republic, not a theocracy.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Vyce, I think right2bright was mocking Mitt’s claim to never sin – like his defense of Romneycare – rather than advocating a theocracy. If there was a religious test for office, Mitt would not fare well.

Also, a judeo-christian theocracy allowed individuals who were not part of the religion to be full citizens and generally limited civil enforcement to items that were crimes rather than sins. This requires a more detailed reading of the old testament than most people ever attempt, but the case is clear if one tracks the details of whether the king enforced a law or the priest encouraged obedience and condemned sins.

All laws enforce somebody’s morality. It is just a question of whose morality it will be.

WhatNot on January 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

He was a good conservative yesterday.
He’s still a good conservative today.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

I understand that but try telling that to the ABRtards.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Did Sununu also mention that HE was the reason George H.W. Bush appointed David Souter to the Supreme Court? I think based on that alone, his analysis of the issues and the “advice” he’s giving Romney is suspect. change is for suckers on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Ok. Doesn’t change the fact that he gave both a strong endorsement for Mitt that made sense and wasn’t just fluff, and that what he said about Newt drove the nail all the way in.

If he said today was Friday would you feel compelled to double check?

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Yesterday he was a solid conservative Republican.

Today he is a RINO squish.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Yep. And Palin was a staunch defender of capitalism and still was after she told the voters of SC to vote for Gingrich.

It is irrational hate informing the logic these Romney haters use to write comments here.

csdeven on January 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

You’re right – if you don’t look at the record of Romney’s closest adviser and as long as that adviser doesn’t say anything distasteful during one particular interview – it’s all good & Romney’s your guy. batterup on January 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Sheesh. I haven’t made up my mind. Sununu made a good case for one and against the other. It didn’t make me feel a whole lot better about Mitt, but alongside everything else swarming around Newt’s head like flies -and flies don’t swarm for no reason- it was impressive.

I’m really sorry that I sceered some of you by mentioning Sununu.

Sununu!

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I think he went after you in one of his newsletters.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

that was Helen Thomas publishing under pseudonym, aka Ronulan’s name in said newsletters :)…which explains why he had no idea what was in them :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Happy Nomad on January 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

That doesn’t change Gingrich’s claim, which is untruthful.

I’m sure you’re clear about this now. If not, see Vyce. He seems to be Political Ideology Syndrome Defintion challenged or PISD as opposed to the rest of HA’ers who he believes might be RDS or Romney Derangement Syndrome sufferers. Sure, Vyce , you sure do have your marbles all lined up in a row…LOL.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Do you live in VA?

I do. McDonnell is no “establishment hack.” He’s actually been a pretty good governor, especially considering our last one (Tim Kaine) was an utter fool.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Not a hack, but he is a politician, and a probationary member of the GOP Establishment. With this endorsement, McDonnell upgrades his membership category, and also puts himself on Mitt’s Long List for VP possibilities. Hey, you can’t be a politician without being a little bit of a gambler.

Scriptor on January 20, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

My point is, a “strong endorsement for Mitt” from an individual that gave a “strong endorsement” of David Souter as a conservative jurist isn’t going to sway me to support Mitt. In fact, it only heightens my concerns regarding Mitt. So, I disagree that if I had heard Sununu bad-mouthing Newt, it would have driven the nail all the way in. I’m sure for a Romney supporter such as yourself though, it was EXACTLY what you needed to hear. And no, I wouldn’t need to double check the day of the week because that’s a fact, not John Sununu’s opinion.

change is for suckers on January 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

South Carolinians don’t give a hoot who a turkey Gov. from Va. endorses. Nikki is not helping Romney all that much, and some pip squeak Gov. from Va. is not going to sway any SC voters who have never even heard of what’s his name.

they lie on January 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

As I said on another thread, this seems a bit strange. After all, it is McDonnell’s state of Virginia that is suing the federal government over Obamacare–which is the offspring of Romneycare. McDonnell missed an opportunity to keep his mouth shut IMO.
KickandSwimMom on January 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM

It’s not strange at all. Georgia’s brilliant Attorney General, Sam Olens, is a Georgia chair of Mitt’s campaign and he is also part of the effort to overturn ObamaCare. Why you all can’t get it through your head that a state program is not the same as a federal program is beyond me.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM

change is for suckers on January 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I didn’t notice any non-facts in Sununu’s interview. Did you?

And I am not a Romney supporter. I’d probably go Santorum if I had to today even though I know he couldn’t win the general, and will vote for whoever the GOP nominee is, even Paul.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

There will be God-bothered bumpkins to vote for in every election from now until Judgment Day; defenders of capitalism like Romney only come around every so often. My point is, they’ll come around even less often if the one pro-capitalist in the mix this cycle gets voted down because he doesn’t hate homosexuals enough.

hicsuget on January 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM

that’s because you assume that these self-proclaimed conservatives care about capitalism in whatever form or shape…give them a bunch of entitlements, something that works for them and their families, and they’ll defend socialism with equal vigor…oh, yeah, and God…and country…and family values :) (and by that I do not mean gay family values :), but good, solid American family values, such as Newt’s :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Meanwhile Sununu is on Fox now being his normal rude and abrasive self to the sweet Martha McCallum. But Azked probably missed that so it’s all good.

batterup on January 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Because I don’t want my politicians to be so overly concerned with whether their social policies are in accordance with what is or is not a “sin” under judeochristian dogma. Last time I checked, we were a democratic republic, not a theocracy.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 10:24 AM

^^^^ Confirmation of overt confusion. The United States IS by any defintion a Constitutional Republic. ^^^^

And in case you’re wondering, Democracies and Constitutional Republics are antithetical forms of government.Polar opposites, and not unlike Romney associated with the word “conservative”.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Meanwhile Sununu is on Fox now being his normal rude and abrasive self to the sweet Martha McCallum. But Azked probably missed that so it’s all good. batterup on January 20, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Yes, I missed it, which precludes me commenting on it.

Akzed on January 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

The People of VA are God loving, military, hard working folks.

I can’t see them pulling for Willard.
Willard dodged the draft and has 5 boys with no military experience

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

LOL – let’s see, Romney or Paul, Paul or Romney … uh, two terrible candidates, only two terrible choices on the ballot.

Pork-Chop on January 20, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Yesterday he was a solid conservative Republican.

Today he is a RINO squish.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Our base: True Conservatives In Name Only.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yet another “Establishment Republican RINO,” has apparently jumped onto the Romney-head bandwagon, it appears. Too bad he’s going to have to eat crow and run with his tail between his legs when Newt wins tomorrow in South Carolina.

jfs756 on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

They keep shoving Romney down our throats, but were not gonna swallow!

vietvet68 on January 20, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The People of VA are God loving, military, hard working folks.

I can’t see them pulling for Willard.
Willard dodged the draft and has 5 boys with no military experience

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard..you sound like Michael Moore now…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Willard dodged the draft and has 5 boys with no military experience

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Good lord. You just make crap up as you go along don’t you.

Let me repeat what I told you in a thread yesterday:

Like many of my generation, Romney got a deferrment while attending college. Also, like many of us, he got a high draft number and was never called up. But, being some kiddie, you wouldn’t know a damn thing about how the draft system worked back in the early 70′s.

Do your research and quit embarrasing yourself.

BacaDog on January 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Let’s see…South Carolinians are know for moral values and military backgrounds.

Why are they voting for a serial cheater who’s a chicken hawk? I don’t get it.

rubberneck on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Too bad he’s going to have to eat crow and run with his tail between his legs when Newt wins tomorrow in South Carolina.

jfs756 on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Why would the VA governor eat crow when Newt wins SC tomorrow and gets a goose egg 0% at VA on Super Tuesday?

Virginia has twice the population of SC.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Newt wins tomorrow in South Carolina.

jfs756 on January 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

wins what? the right to shut up the rest of the election cycle :-)…he had that already, only he didn’t make much use if it…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Let’s see…South Carolinians are know for moral values and military backgrounds.

Why are they voting for a serial cheater who’s a chicken hawk? I don’t get it.

rubberneck on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

True Conservatives In Name Only.

haner on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Here is the list of “true” “real” “conservative” Republicans.

Endorsing Gingrich
Gov Deal (GA)
Gov Perry (TX)

Rep Barton (TX)
Rep Burgess (TX)
Rep Franks (AZ)
Rep Gingrey (GA)
Rep Harris (MD)
Rep Kingston (GA)
Rep Price (GA)
Rep Scott (GA)
Rep Westmoreland (GA)

Ex-Rep Watts (OK)

Here is the list of what used to be “true” Republicans, but since a certain action on their part are now defined as RINO squish Republicans.

Endorsing Romney
Gov Christie (NJ)
Gov Haley (SC)
Gov Bill Haslam (TN)
Gov Heineman (NE)
Gov McDonnell (VA)
Gov Otter (ID)

Sen Ayotte (NH)
Sen Blunt (MO)
Sen Brown (MA)
Sen Burr (NC)
Sen Cochran (MS)
Sen Hatch (UT)
Sen Hoeven (ND)
Sen Kirk (IL)
Sen McCain (AZ)
Sen Murkowski (AK)
Sen Portman (OH)
Sen Risch (ID)
Sen Thune (SD)
Rep Alexander (LA)
Rep Amodei (NV)
Rep Bass (NH)
Rep Biggert (IL)
Rep Bilbray (CA)
Rep Bishop (UT)
Rep Black (TN)
Rep Bono Mack (CA)
Rep Calvert (CA)
Rep Camp (MI)
Rep Campbell (CA)
Rep Chaffetz (UT)
Rep Coble (NC)
Rep Crenshaw (FL)
Rep Diaz-Balart, L (FL)
Rep Diaz-Balart, M (FL)
Rep Dold (IL)
Rep Duncan (TN)
Rep Flake (AZ)
Rep Foxx (NC)
Rep Gerlach (PA)
Rep Griffin (AR)
Rep Grimm (NY)
Rep Hayworth (NY)
Rep Heck (NV)
Rep Herger (CA)
Rep Huizenga (MI)
Rep Issa (CA)
Rep Lance (NJ)
Rep Lewis (CA)
Rep Long (MO)
Rep Lummis (WY)
Rep Mack (FL)
Rep McCotter (MI)
Rep McHenry (NC)
Rep McKeon (CA)
Rep McMorris Rodgers (WA)
Rep Mica (FL)
Rep Miller (FL)
Rep Renacci (OH)
Rep Roe (TN)
Rep Rogers (AL)
Rep Rogers (KY)
Rep Rohrabacher (CA)
Rep Rokita (IN)
Rep Rooney (FL)
Rep Ros-Lehtinen (FL)
Rep Shock (IL)
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Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

The People of VA are God loving, military, hard working folks.

I can’t see them pulling for Willard.
Willard dodged the draft and has 5 boys with no military experience

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

oh, and btw, Newt, didn’t serve either, and avoided the draft too :-)…do you think the God-loving, military hard working folks of SC will vote for him? :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

It’s not strange at all. Georgia’s brilliant Attorney General, Sam Olens, is a Georgia chair of Mitt’s campaign and he is also part of the effort to overturn ObamaCare. Why you all can’t get it through your head that a state program is not the same as a federal program is beyond me.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Of course it’s strange and it’s filled with hypocrisy. This is not merely a case of a states rights vs the Federal government issue. This is a case of socialistic political ideology , regardless of the political entity decreeing it. Why YOU can’t get that through your head is beyond me. Consistency (aka principles) is not the strong point of RINOs or leftists.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The People of VA are God loving, military, hard working folks.

I can’t see them pulling for Willard.
Willard dodged the draft and has 5 boys with no military experience

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

You really ARE dumber than a post.

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

they should put that list of supporters on their fridge, to remind themselves of their ‘true conservatism’, it’s not that long, eh :-)

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The People of VA are God loving, military, hard working folks.

I can’t see them pulling for Willard.
Willard dodged the draft and has 5 boys with no military experience

liberal4life on January 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Yeah, who did they vote for in 2008 again?

Oh, right. Not the war hero.

Vyce on January 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Why am I not surprised either at that quashing or at the Pubbies’ acceptance of same?

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Republicans did not control the state senate at the time, and the dems shot it down over fears of losing the revenue stream.

i live here.

McDonnel has been a great governor. i dont like him on a ticket with Mitt, though. way too vanilla (no, thats not a racist comment). i like him at the top of the ticket in 2020. i think he goes after Warner’s senate seat next, and should win it.

(term limited to 1 term at governor in VA)

Coolidge_Conservative on January 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Gingrich IS a native of Harrisburg, PA. Yes, you read that correctly. Gingrich was born in Pennsylvania. And, the last time I checked PA was NOT in the South, although PA is the location of the South’s last ditch stand to force state’s rights at Gettysburg.

I, too, believed that O’Donnell was a real conservative. That belief has definitely changed with this pronouncement.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Ron Paul claims to be a Texan even though he’s from Pittsburgh and moved down here in 1968 at the age of 33.

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 11:14 AM

This is a case of socialistic political ideology , regardless of the political entity decreeing it. Why YOU can’t get that through your head is beyond me. Consistency (aka principles) is not the strong point of RINOs or leftists.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM

seriously, Mitt isa socialist? And at the same time he’s a ruthless capitalist, exploiting the poor hoi polloi/proletariat (see Bain and all? :-)… talking of consistency :-) (aka principles, aka my a***e :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

At this rate, we’re going to need a new name for the NOT “True Conservatives In Name Only.”

Truer Conservatives?

Truest Conservatives?

Supreme Conservatives?

Ultimate Conservatives?

haner on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Gingrich became a De Facto southerner when he attended southern universities and moved to Georgia.

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Let’s see…South Carolinians are know for moral values and military backgrounds.

Why are they voting for a serial cheater who’s a chicken hawk? I don’t get it.

rubberneck on January 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Yes, and we all know that our military is the paragon of moral values and monogamy. (sarc)

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Some of the posters here on HA amaze me that you are ALL for conservatives UNTIL someone picks a candidate YOU do not like! How does that make THAT PERSON not conservative and a RINO? That thinking just does not make sense.

There are many conservatives that were/are backing Gingrich/Perry/Paul etc that I still like and know they are conservative.

This MDS is getting out of control like it did with BDS in the 2000′s, the unfortunate thing is that it is coming from our side.

McDonnell is a GREAT pick up for Romney.

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Gunlock Bill on January 20, 2012 at 11:07 AM

they should put that list of supporters on their fridge, to remind themselves of their ‘true conservatism’, it’s not that long, eh :-)

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Probably not a good idea. There are some good names on Romney’s list, but there are also some toxic one’s.

Just by raw representative numbers, One Burgess equals 20 Kirk’s or Murkowski’s

cozmo on January 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Gingrich became a De Facto southerner when he attended southern universities and moved to Georgia.

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

http://www.mercurynews.com/p

I guess that explains his ‘popularity in SC :) looks like he just had to cancel a campaign event scheduled at the College of Charleston, due to poor attendance :)…this is fresh from Drudge:

http://www.mercurynews.com/presidentelect/ci_19782823

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

GOP on “suicide march” and we can thank Perry and Gingrich for it. Woo Hoo!/

For the first few weeks, the class-envy gambit had some effect, bumping Obama’s numbers slightly. But the story was still lagging, suffering in part from its association with an Occupy rabble that had widely worn out its welcome.

Then came the twist. Then came the most remarkable political surprise since the 2010 midterm: The struggling Democratic class-war narrative is suddenly given life and legitimacy by . . . Republicans! Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry make the case that private equity as practiced by Romney’s Bain Capital is nothing more than vulture capitalism looting companies and sucking them dry while casually destroying the lives of workers.

Richard Trumka of the AFL-CIO nods approvingly. Michael Moore wonders aloud whether Gingrich has stolen his staff. The assault on Bain/Romney instantly turns Obama’s class-war campaign from partisan attack into universal complaint.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

haner on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

The term is Reagan Conservative. Whazzamatter? Couldn’t spell it?

kingsjester on January 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Probably not a good idea. There are some good names on Romney’s list, but there are also some toxic one’s.

Just by raw representative numbers, One Burgess equals 20 Kirk’s or Murkowski’s

cozmo on January 20, 2012 at 11:21 AM

cozmo,
I get your point BUT also Romney is showing his strength of diversity that is GREATLY needed in DC.

Also ALL of those R’s will gladly support Romney’s bills rather than Obama’s. That is what is important is having a WIDE background of support to get things repealed and scaled back in DC. Romney has that diversity and Gingrich will only bring Division attached rightly or wrongly from the 90′s.

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Yes, and we all know that our military is the paragon of moral values and monogamy. (sarc)

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

nailed it :-)….with all the long deployments and all, you wouldn’t assume that monogamy is awfully high on their list :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

At this rate, we’re going to need a new name for the NOT “True Conservatives In Name Only.”

Truer Conservatives?

Truest Conservatives?

Supreme Conservatives?

Ultimate Conservatives?

haner on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

How about No True Scotsman?

hicsuget on January 20, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The conservative rino choice

thePunditz on January 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Gingrich became a De Facto southerner when he attended southern universities and moved to Georgia.

workingclass artist on January 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

LOL. He said he was a native of the South, your “de facto” rationalization notwithstanding. He is not a Southerner ( unless you’re counting South Harrisburg, PA). Native implies actual birthplace.

I attended a Southern University AND was born in the South. I now live in the North. I don’t claim to be a Northerner. As another example, my Mother was born in NYC, BUT that doesn’t make me a Noo Yawka, defacto or otherwise.

Newtie’s a PA boy living in GA.

Three for a quarter ?

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 11:22 AM

You said that the ex-Romney aide made this movie for “the money, honey”, so are you suggesting that someone else wouldn’t have bought it? That seems unrealistic.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

McDonnell is a GREAT pick up for Romney.

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I always did like the Golden Arches…lol…(sarc)

psst..it’s O’Donnell.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

nailed it :-)….with all the long deployments and all, you wouldn’t assume that monogamy is awfully high on their list :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

LOL…yah…

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Gee, I’m so surprised.

cane_loader on January 20, 2012 at 11:34 AM

VA governor endorses the Ken doll. Romney needs to do SOMETHING to roughen up his image. Like show up to a debate with bedhead or pick his nose.

cane_loader on January 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Political endorsements work when people trust and look up to the endorsing politician.

All right, you can stop laughing now.

That’s why they don’t mean much anymore.

Socratease on January 20, 2012 at 11:37 AM

cozmo,
I get your point BUT also Romney is showing his strength of diversity that is GREATLY needed in DC.

…Gingrich will only bring Division attached rightly or wrongly from the 90′s.

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Isn’t diversity what got us to the point we are now?

And if we go by results rather than rhetoric, Romney got along with the legislature to accomplish things “less bad”, then let the courts make them “more bad”. Gingrich sat on a couch with Pelosi and “talked” about a mandates, but pushed through the Contract for America.

If any of these guys get to the oval office, we will have to watch Newt closely to make sure he doesn’t decide to go with one of his “wacky” ideas and the legislature will be there to put on the brakes. Romney will “tweak” his ideas until he gets a consensus.

Gingrich will be easier to keep on a leash. And more likely be ready to retire after four years.

cozmo on January 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

It’s going to be Romney/Ryan. How could it not be? He’s already running on all of Ryan’s stuff, he’d be stupid to take the negatives of Ryan’s plans, but not the positives of having Paul Ryan.

cpaulus on January 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Unless I am missing the joke it is McDonnell.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

From what I’ve seen of you… I’m leaning troll. Granted I have not read all the threads on Hot Air but the ones I have seen by you have been nothing but insults. That makes it hard to consider you a serious commenter.

tinkerthinker on January 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Ah, sticks and stones. It’s hilarious that you like to consider yourself a “serious commenter”. It’s a political blog, crybaby.

BettyRuth on January 20, 2012 at 11:39 AM

He’s already running on all of Ryan’s stuff, he’d be stupid to take the negatives of Ryan’s plans, but not the positives of having Paul Ryan.

cpaulus on January 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM

could be… I am pretty sure I read somewhere (WSJ??) that Ryan declared he would consider running for vice president if asked…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

McDonnell is a GREAT pick up for Romney.

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I always did like the Golden Arches…lol…(sarc)

psst..it’s O’Donnell.

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Yeah, Cindy I am missing the joke as well…

Devils…you need to reread the story and KNOW who our Governors of our States are…

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I don’t know if this will have much impact in SC, but it is still a good endorsement for beyond SC. McDonnell was part of the “wave”, and a very likable and effective governor. And yes, he could have endorsed Newt even though he was not on the VA ballot. As part of the 2010 wave he has standing beyond his home state, as in the case of Nikki Haley (who probably has MORE influence out of her home state).

athenanyc on January 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You said that the ex-Romney aide made this movie for “the money, honey”, so are you suggesting that someone else wouldn’t have bought it? That seems unrealistic.
Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

He peddled the propaganda film to people like Huntsman, who wisely turned it down. I don’t recall the price – something like $45,000? I’d have to look it up – don’t recall the exact details.

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Buy Danish on January 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM

It doesn’t matter, while I wish that Newt’s PAC hadn’t bought it, someone would have. Probably someone with a D behind their name.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Yes, and we all know that our military is the paragon of moral values and monogamy. (sarc)

DevilsPrinciple on January 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

nailed it :-)….with all the long deployments and all, you wouldn’t assume that monogamy is awfully high on their list :-)…

jimver on January 20, 2012 at 11:25 AM

As a VET who has spent mulitple years deployed and CURRENTLY deployed, yes, deployments are difficult but do not represent anything other than what America represents when it comes to divorce and infidelity…unfortunately.

However, the military still strives for monogamy and it is HIGH on our list! But I do not know when faced with DEATH DAILY, stress can do funny things to you so I would walk gingerly when besmirching those that serve. Thanks.

g2825m on January 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM

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