It begins: Jeb Bush endorses Romney

posted at 11:00 am on March 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Jeb Bush stayed out of the endorsement business when Republicans went to the polls in Florida this past January, despite rumors that he might endorse Mitt Romney.  Two months later, Bush finally made his decision — and perhaps sent a signal to the rest of the GOP to get in line:

In a statement Bush says, “I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination.”

The statement reads, “Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney on his win last night and to all the candidates for a hard fought, thoughtful debate and primary season. Primary elections have been held in thirty-four states, and now is the time for Republicans to unite behind Governor Romney and take our message of fiscal conservatism and job creation to all voters this fall. I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our Party’s nomination. We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

That ends one of the supposed scenarios for a brokered convention.  Some had figured that the most likely non-candidate to prevail in an open floor fight would either be Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels.  Bush’s endorsement takes that off the table, and with it any reason to push for a brokered convention to get another candidate onto the ticket.  Bush made sense as a way to carry Florida, a much-needed swing state in the fall, while Daniels has remained consistently hostile to any sort of run, and the GOP should carry Indiana this time.

This endorsement might start a wave of declarations for Romney, as it’s almost certainly a signal from Bush that the nomination race has to finish soon.  There aren’t too many more big endorsements left to get, though, except perhaps for his brother George.  A bigger and more acute question will be whether this could push Romney into the lead in Louisiana.  A win there would all but finish Rick Santorum as a credible threat to Romney’s nomination.  Expect Romney to push the Bush endorsement hard in the next three days and look for a quick exit by both of his competitors.


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Wade on March 21, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Finally endorsing someone when it becomes absolutely clear that they are going to win the nomination.

How Establishment.

joekenha on March 21, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Yep, that’s going to change about zero votes.

henrydandrea on March 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

First thing Jeb’s said in a year that didn’t make me scream.

Sugar Land on March 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Heh.

I get the feeling Newt won’t quit even if it means picking up cans along the way to sell for gas money.

BacaDog on March 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Having Romney rub some Bush Cologne on should REALLY help him with the independents.

But don’t worry, because Romney will “reset” his positions after the primary to appeal to centrists.

Which begs the question, is the Real Romney now, or will the Real Romney be presented after the primary?

Hmmmmm.

portlandon on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing? That is the question.

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Gee, this ought to make the base rally. After all, Jeb said “I used to be conservative.”

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

It’s over.

See also David French on NRO (four below the Jeb announcement).

French and his wife are Romney supporters but see his disclaimer at the end of the post ( romney-bots, this means you ). I wish our local trolls were as gracious.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Hurrah! for the Establishment.

Right?

pseudonominus on March 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing? That is the question.

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

More like “congealing” ??

pseudonominus on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Bush endorsement = Kiss of Death. On the other hand, Zombie Romney cannot be less lively than the live version.

Archivarix on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Expect Romney to push the Bush endorsement hard in the next three days and look for a quick exit by both of his competitors.

Hmm…so which of the remaining candidates isn’t competing with Romney, Ed…?

Spannerhead on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

As jeb goes, so goes the gop?

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing?

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It’s coagulation …… you know – getting it “all” together in one sock.

oldfiveanddimer on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Advertisements p*ss me off and tend to turn me away from what’s being pushed. Endorsements are like advertisements they seek to play to your emotions and get you to buy into the band wagon effect. No sale. While I have come to the conclusion that I’ll pull the lever because the weasels in congress won’t hold the president’s feet to the fire, especially in case of Appellate and SCoTUS judges. I’ll pull the lever but that is it. Any gotv work and donations will be at the local level and for key fiscal and small government conservatives. The managerial progressives (Mitt, Newt, Rick) running for the GOP nomination plain suck.

chemman on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

This endorsement might start a wave of declarations for Romney

I don’t expect Romney to endorse his own candidacy until after he clinches the nomination.

Doughboy on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

+1 doughboy

cmsinaz on March 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

oh, joy… so the 2016 presumptive has finally come forward to endorse his pal. can this whole process be any more obvious and nightmarish!

mozalf on March 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

This endorsement might start a wave of declarations for Romney, as it’s almost certainly a signal from Bush that the nomination race has to finish soon. There aren’t too many more big endorsements left to get, though, except perhaps for his brother George.

Wow! After this it’s about time for somebody to “balance things out” and headline 4-5 more links to Left-wing sites to maximize the Romney bashing. Fairness doctrine or something?

cicerone on March 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

A bigger and more acute question will be whether this could push Romney into the lead in Louisiana.

I severely doubt it.

Romney will possibly do well in the old 2nd CD (metro New Orleans) but I don’t see him doing well in Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, Shreveport, etc.

teke184 on March 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Having Romney rub some Bush Cologne on should REALLY help him with the independents.

No, it’ll help. The independents find the idea that Newt and Santorum are even in the race to be ridiculous. They would never, ever have voted for either of them.

I think this endorsement is great; The more strength behind Romney, the more pitiful the other three candidates look. Except Ron Paul of course, he will always be adorable.

BettyRuth on March 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing? That is the question.
swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It used be called whoring. When a Bush does it, I think they call it community service.

Western_Civ on March 21, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Notice how giddy the talking heads are on tv over romney’s win in a very blue state, a state he WILL NOT carry in November? And the other guys are supposed to drop out before the rest of the red states vote? I guess they want to shield how Romney is weak in the upcoming red states.

karenhasfreedom on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Did miss something? Was the whole GOP really holding its breath waiting for Jeb’s endorsement to come out?

He’s an ex-governor. So is Sarah Palin an ex-governor. I don’t recall her endorsement of Newt being the be all and end all.

DaydreamBeliever on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

As the press would say, unexpected, just like persistently high unemployment is “unexpected.”

RBMN on March 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This thread is gonna get nasty. It’s gonna bring out the Bush haters and the Romney haters…

sandee on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

everybody wants to be VP these days. get in line behind Newt and Rick.

hanzblinx on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I get the feeling Newt won’t quit even if it means picking up cans along the way to sell for gas money.

BacaDog on March 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hilarious picture in my mind! Thank you.

VibrioCocci on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Again: why is a Jeb Bush endorsement considered a Big Deal? I greatly respected George Bush the Elder and was in that tiny percentile of W. supporters at the end of his term, but that regard doesn’t necessarily translate into Jeb Bush support. Leadership isn’t transmitted by osmosis. Jeb Bush was a reasonably competent governor of a middling-sized state. I’m sure the people of Florida are grateful he wasn’t a crook or a clown like so many other Florida governors, but that doesn’t make Jeb Bush any more qualified for a leadership position within the GOP than any other capable Republican governor.

You say, ‘Jeb Bush!’ I say so what?

troyriser_gopftw on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I’m so sick of the self appointed “base”. Who appointed you the base? I’ve never been anything but a Republican for my 30+ voting years and because I’m willing to support Romney I’m now some sort of RINO or not part of the base?

You may need to look in the mirror because there have been more registered Republicans vote for Romney than almost all of the other candidates combined.

PS. the only thing keeping Santorum close has been the meddlesome Dem crossover voters.

Tater Salad on March 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Not to take away anything from anyone, but an endorsement only assures (maybe) one vote. They’ve always been a so-what yawner to me.

whatcat on March 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

So is Sarah Palin an ex-governor. I don’t recall her endorsement of Newt being the be all and end all.

It sunk him like a rock.

Moesart on March 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

This thread is gonna get nasty. It’s gonna bring out the Bush haters and the Romney haters…

sandee on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Bingo! It’s like a bad dream that doesn’t end for us. And never will from the looks of this.

mozalf on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Politics 101: Political parties are only viable because of consensus and compromise.
Sorry HA 35 – the fat lady is bellowing out the tunes now.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

This thread is gonna get nasty. It’s gonna bring out the Bush haters and the Romney haters…

sandee on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I was neutral on Romney until I heard some of his ads. He’s a jerk.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing?

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM
It’s coagulation …… you know – getting it “all” together in one sock.

oldfiveanddimer on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Clotting, maybe?

LtGenRob on March 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Did miss something? Was the whole GOP really holding its breath waiting for Jeb’s endorsement to come out?

He’s an ex-governor. So is Sarah Palin an ex-governor. I don’t recall her endorsement of Newt being the be all and end all.

DaydreamBeliever on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Because so few cared what she thought.

Tater Salad on March 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Which one is he endorsing…the one now, the one the past few weeks, or the one that is going to be reset later?

right2bright on March 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

That ends one of the supposed scenarios for a brokered convention.

Sounds like something someone would say if he’s never heard of Bill Kristol. For the die-hards, this endorsement changes nothing.

rogaineguy on March 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I’m on the Romney train. Not excited, but I’m relieved to have a candidate that will focus exclusively on economics and push the tiresome abortion hysteria to the back burner where it belongs.

rickyricardo on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

He’s an ex-governor. So is Sarah Palin an ex-governor. I don’t recall her endorsement of Newt being the be all and end all.

DaydreamBeliever on March 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The pbots used to be quick to remind everyone that she didn’t really endorse him – only vote for him.

Something about courage of convictions. And her endorsement value? two words; Joe Miller.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Which one is he endorsing…the one now, the one the past few weeks, or the one that is going to be reset later?

right2bright on March 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM

That “Will the real Mitt Romney Please stand up” video from yesterday takes on a whole new meaning. Doesn’t it?

portlandon on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

All Romney has to do to win is make peace with Palin. I don’t think he’s smart enough …

gh on March 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Progressive endorsing an ultra-progressive; what a surprise.

Pork-Chop on March 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Expect Romney to push the Bush endorsement hard in the next three days and look for a quick exit by both of his competitors.

Did you write that with a straight face, Ed? I’m looking forward to a couple more months of Comrade Newt whine/

JPeterman on March 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I’m on the Romney train. Not excited, but I’m relieved to have a candidate that will focus exclusively on economics and push the tiresome abortion hysteria to the back burner where it belongs.

rickyricardo on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Agreed, the GOP will never win the abortion arguement as long as it is posed in religious terms. The issue should be fought in the civil rights arena.

Tater Salad on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

everybody wants to be VP these days. get in line behind Newt and Rick.

hanzblinx on March 21, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Who should be standing behind Susana Martinez.

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I’m SHOCKED” /sarc

NO ONE gives a damn what you think, Jebbers.
The wimpiest of the Bush clan endorses the RINO religious zealot.
BFD
The “Establishment” speaks. Like it now, GOPers?
How about that Florida off-shore drilling ban, Jebbers?
(what a f’ing maroon)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I was neutral on Romney until I heard some of his ads. He’s a jerk.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Politicians like Romney are why for years I avoided politics and voting in the first place. And then I became a republican hoping for something different from in contrast to the democrat party. And here I am 30 years later and, nope, the 2 parties are morphing together. What a sickening prospect we’re being presented with unless something changes soon.

mozalf on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

The endorsement of Jeb Bush doesn’t really matter to me one way or the other. It certainly isn’t going to affect my vote. But it does look like he waited until he thought it was clear who the nominee would be before he endorsed, rather than endorsing the candidate he actually believed in when it might have mattered and risked being wrong. That makes me feel like he’s more interested in political appearance rather than influencing the election based on his actual strong support for a particular candidate.

It’s the same way I feel about Rush Limbaugh and his “no endorsements in the primary” policy. I don’t seriously believe he does it because he needs to stay above the fray and be neutral. I believe he does it because he doesn’t want to risk being wrong.

Shump on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

“I am endorsing Mitt Romney for our party’s nomination,” Bush said in a statement. “We face huge challenges, and we need a leader who understands the economy, recognizes more government regulation is not the answer, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism and works to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to succeed.”

Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/jeb-bush/2012/03/21/jeb-bush-endorses-mitt-romney#ixzz1plV9xcPB

Couldn’t have said it better.

rich801 on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I’m so sick of the self appointed “base”. Who appointed you the base? I’ve never been anything but a Republican for my 30+ voting years and because I’m willing to support Romney I’m now some sort of RINO or not part of the base?

Tater Salad on March 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Wait five minutes and several of the self appointed HotAir Sherriff’s will enlighten you as to how you are a horrible, “progressive” conservative and you probably voted for Obama last election and you should just go be a Democrat. When in reality, the hard core social con’s are the minority and should probably go start their own 3rd party. It doesn’t appear that the “base” of the Republican party has much interest in going backwards.

BettyRuth on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

More like “congealing” ??

pseudonominus on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

that is the word I was thinking of …..
but don’t worry
Mittens is gonna change again …
(how many is it now …)
he is going to “reset” himself to appeal to centrist
heh

conservative tarheel on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I really don’t understand all this anger at Romney. Its not his fault Ryan isn’t running..its not his fault Daniels chickened out. its not his fault Christie decided to stay in NJ and Rubio in Florida. Or Pawlenty got scared after 5 minutes of campaigning. Or that Bachmann couldn’t raise money.

He’s running cause he thinks he can be president. And the other guys standing have no more right to be there then he has. So you go to the dance with the guy who asks you when the Captain of the Football team isn’t interested in you!

I bet that all the Santorum supporters won’t have made Rick their first, second or fourth choice if they had a roster of dream candidates to pick from. But you didn’t – we don’t. So it is time to get down to the job of beating Obama with the only guy who stands any chance. Cause Satan and pornography and the dangers of birth control are not winning issues. And yes, Romney care is a problem, but so is a 16 trillion dollar debt, $4 a gallon gas prices and a middle east in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.

marnes on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Will this swing red states for Romney?

Really?

As has been pointed out, Romney had a convincing win in a state that last broke for the Republican candidate 200 years ago.

CorporatePiggy on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

i’m on the romney train as well. i’m so sick of obama, i’d vote for a ham and cheese sandwich if it got the nomination. however, if mittens pulls the same lame mccain crap where he treats barry with kid gloves, i have the right to jump off that train. and jump off i shall.

GhoulAid on March 21, 2012 at 11:24 AM

BettyRuth on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Tater Salad is member # 27 of the HA 35…

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

All Romney has to do to win is make peace with Palin. I don’t think he’s smart enough …

gh on March 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

LOL…smart and Palin in the same post.

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing? That is the question.

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

More like “congealing” ??

pseudonominus on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

More like coagulating. Into a blood clot. I wonder when we stroke out.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It begins? You’re jesting – this is but one more transparent pre-established link in the long list of planned coronation steps for the GOP’s “etch-a-sketch” candidate.(that genius of a phrase out of the lips of one of his top team men.)

I’m starting to fear what happens if he wins?

Maybe we should send an Arizona posse to check his birth certificate before it’s too late?

Don L on March 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Awesome Jeb – nice signal that this thing is over soon only the willfully ignorant will believe left behind while the party marches on to face and defeat the lefty attack machine and POTUS Obama

gatorboy on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Its the Consolodating, Coalescing, Congealing, Coagulating, Clotting of the 2012 Republican Party.

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

This is not surprising at all. Romney has over 2 dozen Bush allies on his staff now. This is just the reinstatment of the Bush regime. I would not at all be surprised if Romney has Bush as his running mate. That is probably how he got the establishment backing in the first place.

KickandSwimMom on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

You don’t suppose Bush is angling for a VP slot, do you (owing to Florida’s importance in the general, coupled with all that Marco Rubio talk and Rubio’s insistence on not being available)?

I suspect Romney/Bush 2012 would lose in a landslide, even to the worst — but self-proclaimed “fourth greatest President” — evah …

ShainS on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I’m on the Romney train. Not excited, but I’m relieved to have a candidate that will focus exclusively on economics and push the tiresome abortion hysteria to the back burner where it belongs.

rickyricardo on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Plus Romney isn’t a women.

portlandon on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Is it a consolidation or a coelescing? That is the question.

swamp_yankee on March 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

More like “congealing” ??

pseudonominus on March 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

More like bleeding to death slowly..?

Don L on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Who should be standing behind Susana Martinez.

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Yep. You want to lock up the conservative vote for good and all, you get two conservative governors on the ticket.

KingGold on March 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I really don’t understand all this anger at Romney.

marnes on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

It’s his fault that he’s a center-left, big government statist running for the nomination of a party that supposedly stands for center-right, small government individualism.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Maybe we should send an Arizona posse to check his birth certificate before it’s too late?

Don L on March 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Because that worked so well in the past.

rhombus on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Time for Gingrich and Santorum to sign their multi-million dollar cable news contracts and to go away.

NoDonkey on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Romney has already won Florida, Bush’s home state, and the nomination battle is all but over…so now Jeb endorses Mitt.

Is this what they call leading from behind?

DRayRaven on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Jeb freakin bush, another bush to destroy the conservative movement. The bush family has done more damage over 60 years to conservatives than democrats have done in their existence.

Can the bushes and their hacks who live off our tax dollars making six figures just go away.

Can I be any clearer, all the bushes suck, they are excrament to me. God, 300 million people in the US, and it seems only the bush family can lead for the last 60 years!

prescot Bush you suck
George H w bush you suck
George W bush you suck
Jeb Bush you suck

only horrible decision Romnald reagan ever did was to appoint that liberal George H w bush as VP

Danielvito on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Kingslamest hardest hit…

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m on the Romney train. Not excited, but I’m relieved to have a candidate that will focus exclusively on economics and push the tiresome abortion hysteria to the back burner where it belongs.

rickyricardo on March 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM

He’ll focus on big government “solutions” to our economic woes. For him, government is the solution to the problem, not the problem itself. That will fail. Do you know why? Because it is more of the same. Not sure how you can be relieved by that.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

This is supposed to mean something?

HerneTheHunter on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Well that pretty much settles it for me. I just refuse to vote for Romney. In the last two days Romney has gotten the endorsement of two anti- Republicans American hating Left wingers; Jeb Bush and Jeff Immelt. Just what more do you need to know.

pwb on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Time for Gingrich and Santorum to sign their multi-million dollar cable news contracts and to go away.

NoDonkey on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Time for you to admit you’re a Donkey when you pull that lever for a center-left, big government statist for president.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

And there’s the Kiss of Jeb!…

Better make sure we take over congress, guys…

shannon76 on March 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Like I even needed another reason to dislike Mitt Romney. :/

I also find it a little odd that the same day a poll comes out saying that Sarah Palin is liked more than any of the 4 Republican candidates running is the day that Jeb Bush decides to rear his head and make an endorsement. Hmmmmmm.

Stryker83 on March 21, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Well that pretty much settles it for me. I just refuse to vote for Romney. In the last two days Romney has gotten the endorsement of two anti- Republicans American hating Left wingers; Jeb Bush and Jeff Immelt. Just what more do you need to know.

pwb on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Obama thanks you for your support.

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Romney for the cardboard cutout, Newt speaking from behind the curtain, Santorum edits for a dash of conservative appeal, and re-edits by Ron Paul to delete the Santorum snark and add a layer of libertarian frosting.

Then I’ll fall in line:-)

LetsBfrank on March 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

All Romney has to do to win is make peace with Palin. I don’t think he’s smart enough …
gh on March 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM
LOL…smart and Palin in the same post.
rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Right, because everything Palin touches turns to gold. Joe Miller, Sharon Angle, Christine O’donnel, Newt Gingrich.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Obama thanks you for your support.

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Big government thanks you for yours.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Who should be standing behind Susana Martinez.

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Acknowledging the sad reality of identity politics, she is probably the best choice to bring a Republican victory, and certainly as qualified as any of the other proposed VPs.

talkingpoints on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Time for Gingrich and Santorum to sign their multi-million dollar cable news contracts and to go away.

NoDonkey on March 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

In your MittBot dreams.

Exit polls last night showed Romney 46 Santorum 42.

In a liberal state Romney barely wins.

Santorum is the only path to POTUS. Mitt would lose badly just like every other liberal Republican that tried this Ford, Dole, Goldwater, GHW Bush second term. It loses every time it is tried. Sounds logical you get the center with a centerist but it never never works. How many times we going to try a candidate like McCain another liberal that LOST.

Steveangell on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Talk of a brokered convention is/was totally ridiculous.

Romney wins after a hard fought campaign purposefully designed by the RNC to take longer than in 2008 because of proportional voting.

Romney wins against Obama in the fall because we still have sane people left in the country. 4 more years of Obama is national suicide and everyone here knows it.

scotash on March 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Romney and Bush? This is the best we can do? I don’t think so. I really hate the phrase, “Well, it’s his turn.” No it’s not. We want someone else. None of the dwarves are getting people to turn out. Mandate Mitt isn’t the one. Who is? This isn’t over by a long shot.

BetseyRoss on March 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Well that pretty much settles it for me. I just refuse to vote for Romney. In the last two days Romney has gotten the endorsement of two anti- Republicans American hating Left wingers; Jeb Bush and Jeff Immelt. Just what more do you need to know.

pwb on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I find your Immelt comment amusing. While I have a great dislike for Immelt, I do hope there are millions more like him who have seen that Obama is not what they thought and are willing to vote for Romney.

Instead of making fun of him we should be celebrating this turn of events.

Tater Salad on March 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

It begins: Jeb Bush endorses Romney

So, basically, Jeb just endorsed Jeb 2016.

steebo77 on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Well that pretty much settles it for me. I just refuse to vote for Romney. In the last two days Romney has gotten the endorsement of two anti- Republicans American hating Left wingers; Jeb Bush and Jeff Immelt. Just what more do you need to know.

pwb on March 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I guess I don’t need to know much about you. So you’re Candidate,whoever that is, isn’t going to be the nominee. Waah,waah. Now you’re going to take your ball and go home. Fine, that makes you just one more vote for Obama…

sandee on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Well he’s got Bob Dole and now Jeb Bush. As soon as I know Frum and Brooks are on board I’ll jump on that train! /

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I don’t expect Romney to endorse his own candidacy until after he clinches the nomination.

Doughboy on March 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I thought Romney flip-flopped on his own endorsement.

shannon76 on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Right, because everything Palin touches turns to gold.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Ah. The first, last, and only line of reasoning from the Romney supporter: the strawman. I guess that’s not true. You guys also rely heavily on ad hominems.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Anyone who believed that Jeb Bush/brokered convention story was duped. When the elder Bushes endorsed Romney, there was no way Jeb was running. Palin is not running either. If there is a brokered convention, it will come down between Romney and Santorum fighting for the delegates, which is the purpose of the convention. The convention was never supposed to be a coronation.

lea on March 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Mittens is gonna change again …
(how many is it now …)
he is going to “reset” himself to appeal to centrist
heh

conservative tarheel on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

The “centrists” can have him. Willard can’t beat Slappy. I’ll stick to my principles rather than compromise just to get that Marxist garbage out of D.C.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Thank God I can finally decide who to support now that Jeb has weighed in. I think we can all agree that this is the game-changer we’ve been waiting for.

JDF123 on March 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I find your Immelt comment amusing. While I have a great dislike for Immelt, I do hope there are millions more like him who have seen that Obama is not what they thought and are willing to vote for Romney.

Instead of making fun of him we should be celebrating this turn of events.

Tater Salad on March 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I guess that I don’t have your confidence that replacing a far-left, big government statist with a center-left, big government statist is going to save us.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

So you’re Candidate

Sorry should have been “your” Candidate… Need more coffee…

sandee on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

More bad news for the HA 35

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/20/romney-gets-tepid-tea-party-support/

FreedomWorks, which organized the Sept. 12, 2009, mass demonstration on the Mall, says that while it will not give an explicit endorsement, the time has come for Republicans to unite around the former Massachusetts governor and focus on defeating President Obama.

“It is a statistical fact that the numbers favor Mitt Romney,” FreedomWorks Vice President Russ Walker told The Times on Tuesday. “We are dedicated to defeating Obama and electing a conservative Senate that will help Romney repeal Obamacare and address the nation’s economic and spending challenges.”

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

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