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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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

His record as governor of Massachusetts shows he is weaker on economic issues than any other candidate running except Obama. We should expect spending at least on par with what Obama is currently doing, ironclad support for Obamacare, and maybe even tax increases under a Romney administration.

Doomberg on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

marnes on March 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Well said.

MessesWithTexas on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 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

As opposed to what? Are they going to go for ObaMao instead? Hello! They don’t deserved to call themselves “Red” states if they vote for ObaMao. In other words “Red” states don’t need to be “swung” in a general election.

cicerone on March 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Hey Mittwit…:)

Approval – disapproval Republican voters

Palin 68% – 20%

Romney  54%- 38%

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_US_032112.pdf

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It’s a big endorsement. That’s reality. The party will all line up with Romney from this point on. It’s over.

BobScuba on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

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

Never figured Russ Walker for a crack head, but if he thinks that’s going to happen with a McConnell/Romney duo, maybe I should reassess.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:41 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 centrist but it never never works. How many times are we going to try a candidate like McCain another liberal that LOST.

Steveangell on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I’m still not following this logic. The person with fewer votes is the best nominee? Because in a theoretical one on one match-up Santorum only loses to Romney by 4 points, Santorum is better? The candidate with half the delegates is stronger? I think Santorum’s OK, but he’s not getting it done. He’s won fewer states, votes and delegates than Romney. How does this demonstrate that he is a better candidate than Romney? I don’t care if Romney beats Obama by 1 vote, as long as he beats him. If Romeny already has more than 1,000,000 votes more than Santorum, I don’t see how Santorum is a stronger candidate.

talkingpoints on March 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

It’s a big endorsement. That’s reality. The party will all line up with Romney from this point on. It’s over.

BobScuba on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I can’t help but picture this being said with both eyes closed and fingers crossed.

JDF123 on March 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Time to concentrate on flushing the RINOs out of Congress and replacing with conservatives who will hold the line instead of being rubber stamps for the same garbage that GWB spewed.. Marco Rubio would be a good start at VP. Romney has the chance to become a great leader with his business experience and ability OR he could become just another lying RINO who is no different than the RINOs we already have in Congress. The GOP leadersip we have now in both houses of the Congress are cowardly excuses for leadership and not worthy to lead. Both have been very instrumental in getting us to bankruptcy. They have to go.

volsense on March 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Exit polls last night showed Romney 46 Santorum 42.
Steveangell on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Steve, knock it off. Seriously. Romney won by 12 points, stop deceiving with supposed exit polls. You are either willfully lying, or totally ignorant about how exit polls work. You see the results and yet still use completely wrong exit polls as evidence.

scotash on March 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

As opposed to what? Are they going to go for ObaMao instead? Hello! They don’t deserved to call themselves “Red” states if they vote for ObaMao. In other words “Red” states don’t need to be “swung” in a general election.

cicerone on March 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I’m not voting for either big government statist for President. But if you love big government solutions to our woes, go ahead and pick one of the statist candidates.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Obama thanks you for your support.

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

These type of comments are not helpful. Republicans lost when conservatives held their noses and voted for McCain, Dole and Bush, Sr. If Obama wins, it’s because, like McCain, Dole and Bush, Sr., Romney is the candidate, and some conservatives don’t want any part of it.

lea on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Time to concentrate on flushing the RINOs out of Congress and replacing with conservatives who will hold the line instead of being rubber stamps for the same garbage that GWB spewed.

volsense on March 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Pointless as long as McConnell is in charge in the Senate and Romney is the “head” of the party. And if the Senate GOP expands, the is no chance in hell they will dump McConnell.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Steveangell on March 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

People are going to start calling you a delusional moron if you keep it up.

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

. We should expect spending at least on par with what Obama is currently doing, ironclad support for Obamacare, and maybe even tax increases under a Romney administration.

Doomberg on March 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM

So, here’s another delusional ‘spite vote’ for Obama…

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

People are going to start calling you a delusional moron if you keep it up.

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

People are going to start considering you a moby if you keep it up. Oh wait. They already do. Carry on.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Jeb Bush endorses Romney?

All the more reason to DUMP MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I am truly relishing the “Political education of the HA 35″.

Compromise? Consensus? The hell you say!

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

So, here’s another delusional ‘spite vote’ for Obama…

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 11:46 AM

You think Mr. Mandate is Fundamentally Conservative is going to push hard to repeal ObamaCare? You think Mr. Increased Fees and Spending or Mr. I Can’t Cut My Own Taxes is going to push hard to control spending and cut taxes? Who exactly is delusional?

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I am truly relishing the “Political education of the HA 35″.

Compromise? Consensus? The hell you say!

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Interesting how you consider “compromise” and “consensus” as people agreeing with you.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

First Immelt, then Jeb Bush . . .what a strong, supportable and seriously conservative candidate the Republicans have! NOT!!

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

End game

Philly on March 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

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

Well, we need something to counter the Santorum bashing pro-Romney spammers. It all balances out in the comments threads.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

One coward to another.

It would’ve mattered in Florida.

It doesn’t matter now.

The Bushes will lose their power in the GOP in 2012. One way or another.

hrh40 on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I’d say Santorum voting against Right to Work laws make him “Mr. Mandate”. I don’t suppose you understand what taking away a right equates to, do you?

scotash on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

teke184 on March 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

One of the department managers @ my store is from LA. I work on Friday(Should’ve been on for tomorrow but my AM is a SCOAMF but anyway) and I’ll ask him what his take is on it.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Romney won big in another heavily Democratic state (Obama will win Illinois . . .BIG TIME! Big Deal! Romney’s a Democrat so it was ‘inevitable’ that he would win Illinois. A non-story if I ever saw one.

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

You just were provided proof that even the Tea Party is saying wrap it up and support him. I suppose a small subset of the voter population (100-200)are considering forming a commune in Idaho or somewhere to create the perfect echo chamber…

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

It’s a big endorsement. That’s reality. The party will all line up with Romney from this point on. It’s over.

BobScuba on March 21, 2012 at 11:40 AM

From who’s perspective? RINOs? If so, you are correct. A RINO endorses a Democrat/RINO . . . .So what? Romney will still never get my vote . . .and neither will Obama. . . .I.DO.NOT.VOTE.FOR.DEMOCRATS!

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

These type of comments are not helpful. Republicans lost when conservatives held their noses and voted for McCain, Dole and Bush, Sr. If Obama wins, it’s because, like McCain, Dole and Bush, Sr., Romney is the candidate, and some conservatives don’t want any part of it.

lea on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It’s also not helpful to make beating Romney more important than beating Obama and deciding to take your ball and go home if you don’t get your way in the primary. Staying home is a vote for Obama (and I’m pretty sure people would be saying the same thing if I said I refused to vote for Santorum).

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Just think… We have a Jeb run to look forward to in 2016. So pathetic.

McDuck on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I’m not voting for either big government statist for President. But if you love big government solutions to our woes, go ahead and pick one of the statist candidates.

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

i’am with you. never been a follower,ain’t starting now.

i know” ain’t” a word, but it looks and sounds like one.

svs22422 on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 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

Romney will lose in the bible belt because of their anti-Mormon bias. No, I don’t have any evidence for that, I know because BuyDanish and Liberal4Life told me so!

Just imagine what Obama’s surrogates will do to exploit that anti-Mormon bias, in the general election. The Mittbots are already positioning themselves to blame “us” if Mitt doesn’t beat Obama. And they’re calling “us” whiners.

hehehe….

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Not that your in the Obama column, you can defiantly shutup.

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

svs22422 on March 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

When you and besser form the perfect commune I recommend you name it “Wouldashouldacouldaville”.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Not Now that your in the Obama column, you can defiantly shutup.

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

rubberneck on March 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

“A win there would all but finish Rick Santorum as a credible threat to Romney’s nomination.”

This is just silly. Santorum is already not a credible threat to Romney’s nomination. A win in Louisiana would have the effect of removing any and all negotiating strength Santorum has on the platform, the convention and judges. He should negotiate now, while his endorsement is worth something to Romney and the party.

MTF on March 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

It’s also not helpful to make beating Romney more important than beating Obama and deciding to take your ball and go home if you don’t get your way in the primary. Staying home is a vote for Obama (and I’m pretty sure people would be saying the same thing if I said I refused to vote for Santorum).

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

We’re not lemmings. If the republican party nominates a weak or flawed candidate who may actually do more harm than good, we have to do what’s best for the country not for the republican party. We need a candidate we can all vote FOR and so far, Romney ain’t it and we’ll continue fighting him. Yes, maybe even in the general – who knows – a 3rd party candidate might actually have a chance if it comes to that. And holding up Obama as the boogey-man will only go so far with Romney continuing much the same path, but instead putting a republican stamp on it. This election is too important and we’re letting it go to the highest bidder. Sorry, the RNC is wholly to blame for stay at home voters and since I also vote with my pocketbook, that will be closed to the RNC if Romney’s the nominee.

mozalf on March 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Well that does it for me.The most high Jeb has spoken and we stupid base must obey and support Mit and cast aside all our principles.

logman1 on March 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

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

You have it backwards.

Romney is going to be the nominee, NOT Palin. If Palin wants to help defeat Obama, SHE needs to make peace with Romney.

We shall see if SHE is smart enough.

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

When you and besser form the perfect commune I recommend you name it “Wouldashouldacouldaville”.

Bradky on March 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

i wasnt looking for the perfect canidate,seems most here were. i’am not the one violating the CONSTITUTION by holding people account for their religon,but most here seem to be. i dont want liberal’s telling me how to live, and i damn sure dont want conservatives either.

svs22422 on March 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM

besser tot als rot on March 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Keep the House.
Take the Senate.
Have a compliant yes-man in the WH.

If you don’t think that beats the living daylights out of what we have now, you aren’t worth talking to

It’s over; time to work for the much lesser evil.

A spite-vote for Obama, and you are the enemy.
A refuse-to-vote is a vote for Obama and you are the enemy.

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

We’re not lemmings. If the republican party nominates a weak or flawed candidate who may actually do more harm than good, we have to do what’s best for the country not for the republican party. We need a candidate we can all vote FOR and so far, Romney ain’t it and we’ll continue fighting him. Yes, maybe even in the general – who knows – a 3rd party candidate might actually have a chance if it comes to that. And holding up Obama as the boogey-man will only go so far with Romney continuing much the same path, but instead putting a republican stamp on it. This election is too important and we’re letting it go to the highest bidder. Sorry, the RNC is wholly to blame for stay at home voters and since I also vote with my pocketbook, that will be closed to the RNC if Romney’s the nominee.

mozalf on March 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

And who is that candidate, then? We’re supposed to believe Santorum or Gingrich would make better nominees, when even they can’t beat such a supposedly weak and flawed candidate?

And no, the RNC is not responsible for (sorry) sore losers who decided to take their ball and go home. They’re not voting in these primaries…Republicans are, and Mitt is their choice. Deciding Obama is somehow better is akin to cutting off your nose to spite your face.

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I’m 25. I’ve never had the chance to vote for a fiscal conservative for President. What was it like? Because I’m completely unacquainted with the notion that moderate RINOs would be peeling off in a general election from some icky fiscal conservative.

JDF123 on March 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Save the Everglades, mi Amigo Jeb! Viva la Raza!

(and save us from your insipid orthodoxy)

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on March 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Romney won big in another heavily Democratic lightly Evangelical state

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Fixed it for you.

You are welcome.

Romney is going to be the nominee. If the (anti-Mormon) Evangelicals want to keep what little influence they have on the GOP, they better give up their bigotry and get on the Romney train NOW.

If they refuse to support Romney, they will banish themselves to irrelevancy in the GOP for the foreseeable future.

The ball is in their court.

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Agreed.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

So, it’s Romney, let’s get on with it. I think I posted something like that a month or more ago…

kirkill on March 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

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

2 conservative Govs …. where you getting those from …. Romney is the only gov still in the Race ….. where you getting 2 conservative govs from ???

conservative tarheel on March 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

wonder if he’s been tagged for a vp slot?

maineconservative on March 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I guess I’m a pro-Mormon Evangelical. Because I wanted Romney 4 years ago over McCain. The bigotry I’ve heard is really disturbing. Still, I can’t see the bigots voting for Obama over Romney.

kirkill on March 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

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

His anti-Santorum smear ads in AZ were a real turn-off to me. I was more open to him, prior to that.

I don’t hate Romney, but I’m beginning to have some very negative feelings towards some of his supporters. They’re really jerks.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Who outside of the Beltway, the Northeast corridor and the vociferous bombthrowing Romney clan on these forums would be impressed or positively influenced by Jeb’s endorsement?

Right Mover on March 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It’s also not helpful to make beating Romney more important than beating Obama and deciding to take your ball and go home if you don’t get your way in the primary. Staying home is a vote for Obama (and I’m pretty sure people would be saying the same thing if I said I refused to vote for Santorum).

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I guess you are admitting that Romney will need conservative voters in order to win. And you expect conservatives to vote for a liberal and someone who passed Romneycare just because he’s running as a Republican? I believe Romney will change his mind about repealing Obamacare the way he changed his mind on everything else just to get votes, and I believe he will cave to the Democratic Senate on financial issues like he did in Massachusetts. There is not much difference between Romney and Obama except for party affiliation. This election is not about party, it’s about conservative vs. liberal. The exit polls reflect that the people who are voting for him are moderate/liberal.

lea on March 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Signalling the GOP to get in line? You be a good little Mittbot, Ed, but I’m not the GOP. I don’t identify as a Republican. I vote for Republicans when they are conservative (or at least I believe them to be). You can’t shame me into voting for Slobama, but please go ahead and waste your time trying.

swinia sutki on March 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM

don’t hate Romney, but I’m beginning to have some very negative feelings towards some of his supporters. They’re really jerks.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Many of them are bombthrowers who can’t have a reasonable exchange of ideas with anyone who dissents from them or even mildly criticizes Mitt.
And I am sure any minute now one of them will respond to either my post or yours with the exactly the kind of childish name-calling that will exactly prove our point.

Right Mover on March 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Romney is going to be the nominee, NOT Palin. If Palin wants to help defeat Obama, SHE needs to make peace with Romney.

We shall see if SHE is smart enough.

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

BS…

Get a clue Mittwit..:)

The talk of a brokered convention never seems to die down and one interesting finding on this poll was that Sarah Palin is far more popular than any of the actual Republican candidates in the race. Her net favorability is +48, with 68% of voters rating her favorably to only 20% with a negative opinion. That compares favorably to +29 for Santorum, +19 for Romney, and -26 for Paul.

Palin is someone GOP delegates might be able to unify around in the case of a hopelessly deadlocked convention. She is seen positively by Gingrich voters (85/7), Santorum supporters (80/10), and Romney ones (57/27) alike. That’s a contrast to Romney who is disliked by both Santorum (38/48) and Gingrich (32/54) voters and Santorum who is disliked by Romney (38/48) voters and only seen narrowly favorably by Gingrich (46/42) backers.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_US_032112.pdf

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Im not anti-Romney. I will support him and vote for in the election.

It’s time for the other 3 stoges to stop. It’s time for start running anti-Obama commericals.

Oil Can on March 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I guess you are admitting that Romney will need conservative voters in order to win. And you expect conservatives to vote for a liberal and someone who passed Romneycare just because he’s running as a Republican? I believe Romney will change his mind about repealing Obamacare the way he changed his mind on everything else just to get votes, and I believe he will cave to the Democratic Senate on financial issues like he did in Massachusetts. There is not much difference between Romney and Obama except for party affiliation. This election is not about party, it’s about conservative vs. liberal. The exit polls reflect that the people who are voting for him are moderate/liberal.

lea on March 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

It’s like watching a car wreck about to happen and no way to stop it. At least I still have hope we can stop it in time. You’ve nailed it – we’re being told that the only choice we’re going to have is a liberal democrat against a liberal/moderate/whatever he feels like that day republican. I don’t know which way is up anymore.

mozalf on March 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I’ll be glad to see the primary crap end, but I don’t think it will just yet. Perhaps it will in a week or so if more endorsements start piling up.

Even with that done with though, I’m not excited in the least for Romney. I don’t think he’s going to accomplish one thing of any substance to help this country or counter what obamao has done to this country, least of all get obamacare repealed. Waivers aren’t going to get it done and Romney knows it. Waivers are a way for him to ride both sides of the fence until the left take the office again and counter his waivers with more crap.

What would it take to prove Romney is actually interested in fixing this country rather than just feed his croneys more taxpayer cash while sucking the appendages of the left? If you’re a conservative you already know and don’t need a list by some blog commenter…. if you need a list you aren’t really conservative and haven’t thought any of this through at all.

In other words, if you don’t know what conservatives want, you aren’t a conservative so stop pretending. (clue, moderates are moderate, not conservative, and moderates are more likely than not PROGRESSIVES.)

Wolfmoon on March 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

It’s also not helpful to make beating Romney more important than beating Obama and deciding to take your ball and go home if you don’t get your way in the primary. Staying home is a vote for Obama (and I’m pretty sure people would be saying the same thing if I said I refused to vote for Santorum).

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Um, no, staying home is a vote for nobody. Stop it with this idiotic meme.

This voter is a conservative first and a Republican second. Why should I be browbeaten into supporting a candidate that I believe could be even worse for conservatism than Obama?

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The Tea Party has officially committed political suicide by backing Mitt Romney.

This was inevitable and has now come to pass. The election cycle and the failure of the Tea Party to endorse and vigorously support Ron Paul, the only Constitutionalist, has led to their political suicide. They now are going to back Mitt Romney who is a prime example of what the Tea Party stood against in the beginning. Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party. This is a discussion I had with my neocon younger brother who just does not get it. Put a fork in the Tea Party, they are done.

usarmyretired on March 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

THe ABR crowd here whines the same way Lil Ricky does.

ObamatheMessiah on March 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM

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

I have a picture of an empty convention hall in Tampa. A janitor is sweeping up the mess. he looks up on stage and says. “I have to lock up Mr.Gingrich, you can stay if you like. And oh, by the way, they turned off the microphone a few hours ago, have a good night.”

Minnfidel on March 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

This voter is a conservative first and a Republican second. Why should I be browbeaten into supporting a candidate that I believe could be even worse for conservatism than Obama?

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

But worse for the country?

Minnfidel on March 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Jerkoff Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Palin is on record to support the GOP nominee.

All Romney has done so far is attack whoever threatens his coronation.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Keep the House.
Take the Senate.
Have a compliant yes-man in the WH.

If you don’t think that beats the living daylights out of what we have now, you aren’t worth talking to

It’s over; time to work for the much lesser evil.

A spite-vote for Obama, and you are the enemy.
A refuse-to-vote is a vote for Obama and you are the enemy.

M240H on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

What makes you think we will re-take the Senate with Romney as our nominee, and what makes you think that Romney will be a compliant yes-man in the White House?

If Romney is going to be a squish as president, and “reach across the aisle” to the liberal democrats, and damage conservatism, then he is my enemy. What don’t you understand about that?

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

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

I responded to an inane post and you label me? Please, you’re a bit touchy.
Sarah Palin does not control elections. She couldn’t even influence Alaskans to defeat Lisa Murkowski.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:43 PM

But he won’t be. If you stay home-your voting for Zero. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.
I’m conservative too-but I REFUSE to sacrifice this country on the altar of conservative ‘purity’. HELL NO! I will be encouraging my 18-in-a-week son to act like-wise.
Mitt is NOT the enemy-OBAMA IS!
Let’s defeat HIM!!!
Seriously-I’ve been a conservative activist since before I could vote-but I’m tired of the conservative purists.
Enough!
Time to send Zero back to Hyde Park/South Shore!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

And I am sure any minute now one of them will respond to either my post or yours with the exactly the kind of childish name-calling that will exactly prove our point.

Right Mover on March 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Jerkoff Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Palin is on record to support the GOP nominee.

All Romney has done so far is attack whoever threatens his coronation.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Darn those Mittbots and their namecalling.

KingGold on March 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Romney is going to be the nominee. If the (anti-Mormon) Evangelicals want to keep what little influence they have on the GOP, they better give up their bigotry and get on the Romney train NOW.

If they refuse to support Romney, they will banish themselves to irrelevancy in the GOP for the foreseeable future.

The ball is in their court.

Gunlock Bill on March 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

This evangelical, anti-Mormon bigot has voted for Jeff Flake four times. You and your Mittbot brethren are obviously trying to position yourselves so that you can blame anyone other than Mitt Romney, if he loses to Obama. You are disgusting in your dishonesty.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I responded to an inane post and you label me? Please, you’re a bit touchy.
Sarah Palin does not control elections. She couldn’t even influence Alaskans to defeat Lisa Murkowski.

Rusty Allen on March 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Mittwit says what? LOL

Palin is someone GOP delegates might be able to unify around in the case of a hopelessly deadlocked convention. She is seen positively by Gingrich voters (85/7), Santorum supporters (80/10), and Romney ones (57/27) alike. That’s a contrast to Romney who is disliked by both Santorum (38/48) and Gingrich (32/54) voters and Santorum who is disliked by Romney (38/48) voters and only seen narrowly favorably by Gingrich (46/42) backers.

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_US_032112.pdf

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Ed, Jeb Bush’s endorsement doesn’t change a thing.

There were only few candidates that could have marshalled the organization and funds to derail Romney on his ‘inevitable’ march to the nomination.

Perry was one of them. The other was Palin.

Palin didn’t run and conservatives/tea partiers were snookered into rejecting Perry based on his initial debate performances.

Weak horses like Gingrich and Santorum were hyped instead. How did that work out?

Now Romney is going to be the GOP nominee and he will ‘inevitably’ lose to Obama. Get ready for four more years of ‘The Won’.

TheRightMan on March 21, 2012 at 12:55 PM

And no, the RNC is not responsible for (sorry) sore losers who decided to take their ball and go home. They’re not voting in these primaries…Republicans are, and Mitt is their choice. Deciding Obama is somehow better is akin to cutting off your nose to spite your face.

changer1701 on March 21, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I won’t be one of those Republicans who “take their ball and go home” because I am an independent who votes for the conservative.

lea on March 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

— and perhaps sent a signal to the rest of the GOP to get in line:

Free men and women might take offense at such presumption. But not Republicans.
baa-baaa-baaaa

james23 on March 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

well i was never hopeful about jeb for a brokered con pick, i never cared about him.. jeb’s endorsement does nothing to change my mind about the fact that i want a brokered convention and a new candidate.

sarah needs to be the candidate because:

-she is not afraid to bluntly go after obama. she tells it like it is and calls him out on his hypocrisy.

-she can easily motivate the base to work hard for her and get a lot of people involved. we supporters can organize for her, in addition to her official staff we can do even more! we’ve done it before (organize4palin, earthquake movement) and we can do it again.

-she has been on a national ticket against obama before and understands mistakes that were made by mccain-palin team last time.

-she is thoroughly vetted. no skeletons in closet. they even went through her email and didn’t find anything awful, would it be the same for the current candidates? a clean email record?

sarah palin: definitely the best brokered convention choice.

i hope a brokered convention happens…

Sachiko on March 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Mitt was my third choice. I consider him my root canal candidate. I know I need to do it, it’s in my best interest and I can’t stand the pain for another 4 years if I don’t do anything.

Minnfidel on March 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Hello my dear ALT (smiles).

I beg to disagree on your last comment.

Reality is what reality is. Mitt Romney will have many conservatives stay at home and will lose so-called independents to Obama as well after Axelrod and co finish working on him.

It is the story of the GOP. They have persisted in nominating candidates that the base cannot vote FOR and it never works. It didn’t work for Dole and McCain. It won’t work for Romney.

It is not going to be easy to paint Obama as the devil incarnate with a press that is determined to see him re-elected. Romney will be lucky to get McCain type numbers.

TheRightMan on March 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

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

Your cynical compass needs to be repaired. Jeff Immelt is obviously only interested in Jeff Immelt. He had no profound philosophical realization here; he’s schmoozing, pandering, whatever you want to call it, to get the best deal he can, whatever that may be, should Romney be elected president. It’s so obvious, it’s funny. I guess if he’s looking for a career change, he’d slide effortlessly into being a lobbyist or run for Congress. He already has the “saying anything to get in someone’s good graces” schtick down pat.

PatriotGal2257 on March 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

DUMP MITT NOW!

Pragmatic on March 21, 2012 at 1:03 PM

It begins: Jeb Bush endorses Romney

What a risky brave move/

Dr Evil on March 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Darn those Mittbots and their namecalling.

KingGold on March 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

GFY

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

BIG GOV loving Bush endorses BIG GOV loving Romney.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XkKK1mio4

another Big gov loving nominee for the gop?

How has that worked out for the republicans?

PappyD61 on March 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

How has that worked out for the republicans?

PappyD61 on March 21, 2012 at 1:07 PM

on 2nd thought……..how has that worked out for the U.S.

PappyD61 on March 21, 2012 at 1:08 PM

But worse for the country?

Minnfidel on March 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM

It’s the same thing. Destroy conservatism = destroy the country

I see what has happened to my home state of Illinois, after Governor Corrupt George Ryan got through destroying the Republican Party. I hesitated to vote for McCain for the same reason. I thought he’d be no better than Obama, and maybe even worse for conservatism, but in the end I voted against Obama and for Sarah Palin.

I really hope I’m wrong about Romney. I really hope he is sincere in wanting to take the steps to fix the economic problems, but I just don’t trust him. He’s already shown that he says whatever he thinks he has to in order to get elected. Now we have one of his advisers admitting that he will “clean the slate” and start over after the primary.

How am I supposed to believe that he will do what he says he will do? I realize that all the candidates do this, to some degree, but Romney has a history of it. He got elected governor of Massachusetts by being pro-choice, and now he claims he’s pro-life. He still defends the Massachusetts socialized health care trash. He says he will issue waivers against Obamacare, and he’s on record as saying he will “repeal the bad.” That’s not good enough for me. I want that crap sandwich, which will do more than anything else to destroy our economy, REPEALED!

I. Can’t. Trust. This. Man.

You Romney bots can keep dismissing us doubters as ABR “haters” but you can’t change who Romney is. He is a candidate with no core, no principles, and he’s on a quest for power.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

At the start of the financial crisis, most “true conservatives” felt that the banks and corporations like GM should have been left to fail, despite the consequences. And perhaps so. The point was, and is, about making hard choices instead of easy ones for the greater good.

Helping the Democrats tear Romney down is the easy choice. The harder choice, for the greater good of conservativism at this particular point in history, is to not only support him but to do so vocally. Conservativism simply will not blossom and thrive under another four years of Obama’s administration. It will wither with every new law passed, with every new ban put in place, and with every new attack on Americans’ fundamental rights. Conservatives who are considering taking their ball and going home are actually just handing it off to the Sandra Flukes of the world. Don’t do that.

Scuttling GM might have actually benefitted the American auto industry. Scuttling the Republican party will not benefit conservativism. Not in the short term, and not in the long term, either. Make change happen from within, once you’ve won the White House.

Afterall, that’s what the liberals have been doing.

The Resolute Desk on March 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Mitt Romney will have many conservatives stay at home and will lose so-called independents to Obama as well
TheRightMan on March 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Romney will do fine if he shows some spine and integrity. Most real conservatives have made a commitment to support whoever the nominee is.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Jeb Bush endorses Romney

It’s not like we didn’t all think that was forthcoming. This makes news? Birds of a feather…. And besides, according to Rove, “endorsements don’t mean snot.” Especially Jeb’s.

Christian Conservative on March 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

You Romney bots can keep dismissing us doubters as ABR “haters” but you can’t change who Romney is. He is a candidate with no core, no principles, and he’s on a quest for power.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

I don’t think he’s after power. He just wants to be president. Just like Obama. It’s impossible to tell what he will do if he gets the job. I’m hoping he will at least fix the long term fiscal situation. If he bails on reversing Obamacare then this won’t happen.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

It’s over and it is time to get behind Mitt. If you are still engaging in the Mitt bashing at this point, then you are an Obama supporter. It is pretty much that simple. You are either behind the candidate or you are on the other side.

Actually, it was over about a month ago but I suppose people just wanted to make sure.

crosspatch on March 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Sachiko on March 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

NO NO NO! No Brokered convention. Perry or Jindal would be the best choices-but still NO BROKERED CONVENTION!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I need to step away. This thread is raising my already medicated hypertension sky-high.
Be back later-on another thread.

annoyinglittletwerp on March 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Romney will do fine if he shows some spine and integrity. Most real conservatives have made a commitment to support whoever the nominee is.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Us “real conservatives” haven’t had a conservative to choose from, and we have been understandably frustrated.

See, it’s that “IF” part that bothers me. He’s shown little spine and integrity so far, in doing nothing but attacking his Republican opponents in the primary. Maybe if he shifts his rhetoric to actually pointing out Obama’s flaws I’ll reconsider and be able to get behind him. That will be more difficult for me if I continue to have his supporters accuse me of supporting Obama.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

It’s over and it is time to get behind Mitt. If you are still engaging in the Mitt bashing at this point, then you are an Obama supporter. It is pretty much that simple. You are either behind the candidate or you are on the other side.

Actually, it was over about a month ago but I suppose people just wanted to make sure.

crosspatch on March 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Give me a break…LOL

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Wow! The anti-Mitts are in a frenzy.. Regardless of who you prefer to be the candidate, the time has passed to attack fellow republicans as if they were libs. Shameful behavior. I only would have expected this sort of thing from libs.

Oracleforhire on March 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Jeb Bush would have been the best ‘Bush’ president. Unfortunately, he will never hold the most powerful position in the world.

Gov Romney will.

Redford on March 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

That will be more difficult for me if I continue to have his supporters accuse me of supporting Obama.

JannyMae on March 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Ignore them. I usually do.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Shameful behavior. I only would have expected this sort of thing from libs.

Oracleforhire on March 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Learn to read.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

the time has passed to attack fellow republicans as if they were libs. Shameful behavior. I only would have expected this sort of thing from libs.

Oracleforhire on March 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

And what has Romney been doing the last 6 months? LOL

Mittwits are delusional..:)

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Give me a break…LOL

idesign on March 21, 2012 at 1:17 PM

He’s right.

gh on March 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

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