Report: Rubio to endorse on “Hannity” tonight; Update: Yep, Romney

posted at 8:36 pm on March 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

Drudge has busted out the red font for the occasion, which I guess makes this officially “news.” I wonder who it’ll be. The guy who just fired his campaign manager and started laying off staffers? The guy who struggles to win among electorates that aren’t heavily evangelical and who may well end up dropping his own home state? Or the guy with a prohibitive lead in delegates, who won Rubio’s home state in a landslide, and who’s better positioned than anyone else in America right now to make him vice president of the United States?

Here’s your thread if you’re watching. Although it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s backing Romney, this is news simply because Rubio’s star shines brighter than any other young Republican’s on the national landscape. It’s a signal to grassroots conservatives that the war is over and it’s time to fall in line; I wonder, in fact, if Romney didn’t coordinate the timing of it with Bush 41′s formal endorsement in order to hand the media a meme about Republican leaders past and future crowning the Republican leader of the present. While we wait, here’s audio of the left’s Romney-related outrage du jour: He told a “humorous” story on the radio today which involves his dad having closed down an American Motors plant in Michigan and moved it to Wisconsin. Ergo, he’s “out of touch” and hates the working man and thinks it’s hysterical when a state loses jobs, etc etc etc. Serious question: Is it worth even covering these gaffes anymore? He’s the all-but-certain nominee and he does in fact have a tin ear when it comes to innocuous comments that can easily be demagogued for class warfare purposes. If Democrats are going to use it against him later, it’s newsy. It’s increasingly tiresome, though, having to endure their theatrical pearl-clutching again and again, and of course it inadvertently helps them spread their message by circulating the soundbite they want people to hear. Time for a hiatus.

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Rubio also loves concerning the internet

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Probably. I know when I think “President of the Local Mensa Chapter”, Reid is who pops into my mind.

Kataklysmic on March 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

..on fire tonight you are, old son!

The War Planner on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Can someone please explain to me why the liberal trolls on this site feel that it’s okay to mock someone’s religion, but not, I suspect homosexuality or race? I thought only us ign’ant rethuglicans were bigots?

cynccook on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Warning: This column contains news of evidence of possible forgery and fraud in the long-form birth certificate of the president of the United States and – bonus – his Selective Service registration card.

I figure the warning is necessary to prevent Americans, particularly Americans who work in news media and politics, from hurting themselves on any hard, sharp facts that might poke through my discussion of what is surely the biggest scandal to emerge around the seemingly dodgy docs Barack Obama is using to verify his identity.

I refer to the logic- and history-defying news and political blackout of the March 1 press conference called in Maricopa County, Ariz., by Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse.

I ask you: Have you read in your local paper about the technical evidence that led the posse’s three retired criminal investigators and two attorneys to conclude that the birth certificate image White House officials uploaded at the White House website on April 27, 2011, did not originate in a paper format, but rather was created (forged) as an electronic file on a computer?

Have you seen on network or cable news the video clip (one of six posse videos at YouTube) re-creating exactly how an additional fraud might have been committed to forge the president’s Selective Service registration card? Heard even conservative talk radio discussing the posse’s discovery that immigration files in the National Archives recording overseas arrivals into Hawaii are missing from the week of Obama’s 1961 birthday? Or about the retired mailman’s affidavit attesting that the mother of ex-Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers enthusiastically told him that she helped with “foreign student” Barack Obama’s education?

I know my ears pricked up when, watching the posse’s press conference online, I heard lead investigator Michael Zullo explain that the 1961 Hawaiian newspaper listings of Barack Obama’s birth confirm nothing because the posse “can prove beyond a doubt” that these newspapers announced arrivals of foreign babies as well as native-born. Zullo also announced the posse had “documented evidence of two adopted individuals who were breathing three years prior” and were similarly listed as newborn infants. Heard anything about that?

I know the answer. You have read, seen and heard nothing – and certainly not a peep from any representatives in Congress. The unique exception seems to be poor Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida, whose mere mentions (better than nothing) of “examining the evidence” get him insta-hammered by the media and White House alike. Obama’s communications director, Dan Pfeiffer, one of the presenters of the birth certificate at the White House last spring, actually had the gall to call into question via tweet Stearns’ fitness to conduct congressional investigations into the Obama administration’s decision to funnel $535 million into Solyndra, the bankrupt solar company. Why? Because Stearns dared to express interest in evidence amassed by veteran law enforcement professionals under Arpaio, himself a 30-year federal law-enforcement official and five-time-elected sheriff.

“1984″-style, we mustn’t question. We mustn’t look. We certainly mustn’t look at questions that cross the narrative of authority. What are we, free people?

Apparently not. One editor told me the problem is the evidence of fraud might prove to be true! A very famous conservative figure told me that if the president were proved to be an identity thief, “that would alienate too many people” from the Republican Party!

I am reminded of Groucho Marx’s answer to the question, Are we mice or men? “Throw some cheese on the floor and we’ll find out.”

Recently, Breitbart.com’s new editor at large, Ben Shapiro, was on Mark Gillar’s radio show, “Tea Party Power Hour,” promoting his conservative media organization’s “vetting Obama” campaign. Gillar asked Shapiro if “vetting” Obama would include investigating Obama’s birth and/or Selective Service documents. Absolutely not, Shapiro replied, explaining that he didn’t believe this was an issue. “I am discouraging people from spending time on this,” Shapiro said, emphasizing once again that he himself did not believe there were irregularities in the documents since, as he put it, he knew Media Matters would be listening to the interview.

The walls have ears? Shapiro’s concern almost makes Media Matters sound like a secret police outfit with a gulag for journalists who ask too many questions. In reality, it’s an ideologically driven, left-wing attack group funded by ideologically driven, left-wing George Soros.

Shapiro continued, quite candidly: “It’s an issue on which people are being marginalized very easily and very quickly at this point.”

Marginalized by whom? The Soros-funded attack machine? The liberal-dominated “mainstream media”? Fox News-dominated conservative media? The Obama White House?

Clearly, something has us all on lockdown. That’s much, much scarier than even the amazing possibility that some con artist might be pulling off the biggest scam in history.
- Diana West

VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

@lib4life why are you obsessed with Mormons?

terryannonline on March 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I’m fascinated by their togetherness. Romney is winning the cult by 95%. Are these Mormons even looking at the issues?

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Like the 95% black cult that voted for dumdum

msupertas on March 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I’ve had to explain this maybe 100 times on Hot Air, and you monkeys still get it wrong.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Don’t give up, someone might agree with you someday.

VBMax on March 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

BREAKING NEWS

Rubio is not stupid.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

The WND crowd is going to believe what they want to believe.

GOPRanknFile on March 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

They are slightly more entertaining than the likes libtart.

And their commitment to their delusion is fascinating.

cozmo on March 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Being born in a foreign country prevents one from a being native born, but one can still be a natural born citizen

No, you can’t. You have obviously picked up the idea that you can be a citizen (as opposed to a natural born citizen) even when born abroad with American parents, from reading 8 USC 1401, et passim. Yes, you can be a citizen–but not a natural born citizen. This one of the reasons why the liberal Republican, Lowell Weicker, was quickly dismissed as a Presidential candidate in the 1970s, because he was born in Paris, France of American parents.

Dante, stop peddling this garbage.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Rubio shows that he is just another party hack!

RZuendt on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Rubio is not stupid.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

he’s a slick one alright. slippery tongue. tells ya what you want to hear.

actions. tell me his actions.

renalin on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

What is the point of arguing about natural born or native born citizen? Obama got elected. If there was a problem with that, the supremes would have made a fuss. So the precedent stands. From here on out, if you are born in this country you are eligible to be president. Rubio is eligible.

Galadriel on March 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

You are right of course. Obama has been judge to be legal. Thus Rubio is except for the Democrat exception.

McCain was forced to go to the Senate but not Obama (the Democrat exception). Thus it is very possible the Democrats would challenge Rubio and totally ignore Obama once again.

Steveangell on March 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

O/T a tad,

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canopfor on March 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Allen West.

Key West Reader on March 28, 2012 at 9:39 PM

…just wait until he debates VP Bite-me. and asks Joe if Plugs finds him “articulate and clean enough!”

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Can someone please explain to me why the liberal trolls on this site feel that it’s okay to mock someone’s religion, but not, I suspect homosexuality or race? I thought only us ign’ant rethuglicans were bigots?

cynccook on March 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Pick me, pick me. Because they are little anonymous chicken splits who lack any type of courage to take care of business in the real world and feel empowered on the anonymous internet.

arnold ziffel on March 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

No, you can’t. You have obviously picked up the idea that you can be a citizen (as opposed to a natural born citizen) even when born abroad with American parents, from reading 8 USC 1401, et passim. Yes, you can be a citizen–but not a natural born citizen. This one of the reasons why the liberal Republican, Lowell Weicker, was quickly dismissed as a Presidential candidate in the 1970s, because he was born in Paris, France of American parents.

Dante, stop peddling this garbage.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

You are incorrect. I didn’t get squat from the USC blah blah blah. You have entirely confused native born with natural born.

Dante on March 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM

On Dennis Miller’s radio show Thursday Lord Christopher Monckton, a former policy adviser to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and an activist against global warming “alarmism,” went all-in on questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship.

Monckton, the 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, hinted about his position on the issue in April 2010 at a tea party rally on the National Mall near the White House. But on Miller’s show, he said the birth certificate issue was far more important that combatting so-called anthropogenic global warming.

“I mean, hey you got a president who has a false birth certificate on the Internet, on the White House website,” Monckton said. “It’s not even clear where he was born. You’ve got a national debt which is rising into the stratosphere. You’ve got unemployment certainly here in California at 11 percent, 50 percent in the construction industry. These are real problems. You’ve got real environmental problems – overfishing, deforestation, pollution, not so much in the west but certainly in other countries. These are real problems which ought to be addressed. You’ve got poverty. You’ve got disease. These are again serious problems in Africa for instance, that we could be helping with. But no, we’re obsessed with making the rich even richer and making the absolute bankers richer still by going for global warming and cap-and-trade and other nonsenses of this kind.”

VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Thomas Lifson –

An insidious form of self-censorship has gripped not only the mainstream media but most of the conservative media as well. All Americans who believe in the quest for the truth should be concerned that a rigid taboo is being enforced to prevent the discussion of serious evidence that the President of the United States has presented documents that were constructed on a computer as his genuine birth certificate.

Friday, I wrote about the courage of Diana West, an established figure in the conservative literary firmament, who called out the “lapdogs” in the conservative media who are averting their eyes from the questions raised by Sheriff Joes’ Cold Case Posse, made up of veteran law officers and attorneys. Today, one of the most important and respected figures in American high culture, Roger Kimball, takes a stand in support of Ms. West, decrying “the most effective form of censorship” being applied to the troubling bogus document being passed off as genuine by a sitting president.

The most effective form of censorship is also the quietest. It operates not by actively proscribing speech but by rendering certain topics hors de combat, literally undiscussable. It does this by propagating an atmosphere of revulsion and taboo. Ordinary censorship prohibits the dissemination of particular opinions or bits of information. The more subtle engine of silence I have in mind goes further. It stanches not only the flow of speech but also the flow of thought. Ordinary censorship occupies itself with the results of human curiosity. What I am talking about attacks human curiosity itself.

VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The WND crowd is going to believe what they want to believe.

GOPRanknFile on March 28, 2012 at 10:08 PM

They are slightly more entertaining than the likes libtart.

And their commitment to their delusion is fascinating.

cozmo on March 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I’m your biggest fan.
*channeling Annie Bates*
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Hmmmmm:

http://theothermccain.com/2012/03/28/newt-met-secretly-with-mitt-before-louisiana-primary/

Seems Newt might be staying in to benefit Romney. Adelson has cut Newt off. Perhaps Romney is going to now pay for Newt to stay in to stop Santorum and that was what the secret meeting was about? If so, it sure makes Newt out to look like a hypocrite.

KickandSwimMom on March 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Rubio also loves concerning the internet

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

…English as a second language.

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Mormons do stick together.

Once a Mormon, always a Mormon.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM

…you learned that by chanting to yourself “once a moron, always a moron”?

KOOLAID2 on March 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Pick me, pick me. Because they are little anonymous chicken splits who lack any type of courage to take care of business in the real world and feel empowered on the anonymous internet.

arnold ziffel on March 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

A+ for completeness and originality! But aren’t they even marginally aware of how bad it makes them look and liberalism as an extension? Just sayin’….

cynccook on March 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Did Allen west get in trouble in the army?

Rusty Allen on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

*channeling Annie Bates*
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Ah ya’ stumped me!

Do you mean Annie Wilkes?

Or does it have something to do with “C’s”?

cozmo on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Surrender is an ugly affair – especially when America’s future hangs in the balance. Romney is the ultimate surrender.

Pork-Chop on March 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Lowell Weicker, was quickly dismissed as a Presidential candidate in the 1970s, because he was born in Paris, France of American parents.

Dante, stop peddling this garbage.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The former Connecticut politician Lowell P. Weicker Jr., born in Paris, sought a legal analysis when considering the presidency, an aide said, and was assured he was eligible.

He could get almost no support and dropped out.

Steveangell on March 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Rubio is not a natural born American and his being VP would represent a further assassination of the United States Constitution. I think we have had quite enough of that already. Besides, he lacks even a clue about islam supporting the “arab spring” and all. VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 9:36 PM

The issue has not been decided but the only case law on the subject – as well as the historical record which explains the meaning of the expression – strongly suggests that to be a natural born citizen one must be born in America of parents who are themselves American citizens at the time of your birth (as were Romney’s parents contrary to some nonsense posted earlier)

The problem is that in the case of Obama this requirement was waived. So why should it be enforced against Rubio?

In the case of Obama those who raised the issue of eligibility (even scholars) were dismissed as birthers – a term which implicitly compared them to the insane 9/11 truthers.

Our very own Ed Morrissey accepted newspaper birth announcements as conclusive proof of Obama’s place of birth.

The eligibility ship has sailed.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Ah ya’ stumped me!

Do you mean Annie Wilkes?

Or does it have something to do with “C’s”?

cozmo on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Annie Wilkes.
Since she was played by KATHY Bates…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

The former Connecticut politician Lowell P. Weicker Jr., born in Paris, sought a legal analysis when considering the presidency, an aide said, and was assured he was eligible.

For a fee of $500 an hour, I would have told him the same thing.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Surrender is an ugly affair – especially when America’s future hangs in the balance. Romney is the ultimate surrender. Pork-Chop on March 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I refuse to take the advice of a moron who doesn’t know the difference between surrender and surrenderer.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

The eligibility ship has sailed.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

.
More ships sink while sailing than in drydock.

News2Use on March 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Our very own Ed Morrissey accepted newspaper birth announcements as conclusive proof of Obama’s place of birth.

The eligibility ship has sailed.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Diana West is not a lapdog though. Often women are braver than men and sometimes a whole lot braver.

VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

predator on March 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM

So glad they didn’t kick you out!

Barred on March 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Did Allen west get in trouble in the army?

Rusty Allen on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Yes he did, for supporting his troops over islam. The Army generals that we have now don’t like that.

VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on March 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Okay, but what about the “C’s”?

cozmo on March 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

The problem is that in the case of Obama this requirement was waived. So why should it be enforced against Rubio?

In the case of Obama those who raised the issue of eligibility (even scholars) were dismissed as birthers – a term which implicitly compared them to the insane 9/11 truthers.

Our very own Ed Morrissey accepted newspaper birth announcements as conclusive proof of Obama’s place of birth.

The eligibility ship has sailed.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

The Constitution cannot be waived. Just because Congress acts unconstitutionally does not legitimize the result. Regardless, place of birth is immaterial for natural born.

Dante on March 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

The Constitution cannot be waived.
Dante on March 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

And y’all were so successful at keeping 0bama out of office.

cozmo on March 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Regardless, place of birth is immaterial for natural born.

Dante on March 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

.
Interesting thought. Why do you think it was so imperative to show Obama was born in Hawaii, if it doesn’t make any difference?

News2Use on March 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

You can direct an ass, or lapdogs like HA, to knowledge but you can’t make it drink.

VorDaj on March 28, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I think what you’re looking for is:

“You can direct an idiot like Emperor Norton to water, but he’ll still be an idiot”

Swerve22 on March 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I think what you’re looking for is:

“You can direct an idiot like Emperor Norton to water, but he’ll still be an idiot”

Swerve22 on March 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

The Emperor is not an idiot. Except on Romney.

Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Interesting thought. Why do you think it was so imperative to show Obama was born in Hawaii, if it doesn’t make any difference?

News2Use on March 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Because people are ignorant.

Dante on March 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Rubio became a Catholic for political reasons. He will not be in politics today had he ran as a Mormon in Florida.

He true heart is in the Mormon church.

liberal4life on March 28, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Pretty stupid statement considering Florida elected a Mormon U.S. Senator 32 years ago. Get with the times Retard4Life

kurtd on March 28, 2012 at 11:25 PM

“You can direct an idiot like Emperor Norton to water, but he’ll still be an idiot”
Swerve22 on March 28, 2012 at 10:59 PM

The Emperor is not an idiot. Except on Romney.
Basilsbest on March 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I see my publicist has been doing her job.

Emperor Norton on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Drudge is orgasmic over this.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

liberal4life is a bigot.

What’s the threshold for banishment?

The longer this continues, the more Ed and AP are openly admitting to using lib’s agitprop to gin up posts count.

The slippery slope to becoming Townhall II…

budfox on March 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Drudge is orgasmic over this.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

and wouldn’t Hotair be that too, if he endorsed Santorum instead? :-)…

jimver on March 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Not surprised on the endorsement.

The Shark Tank had this to say:

“We also can’t discount that Team Romney has been part of Team Rubio since early on in Rubio’s Senatorial campaign. Rubio’s current Communications Director and campaign press secretary, Alex Burgos, along with former Rubio campaign Communication Director and current RNC Deputy Communication Director Joe Pounder were integral parts in Romney’s 2008 presidential bid. In addition, numerous Romney holdovers from 2008 were also part of Rubio’s 2010 Senate campaign, including current Romney advisor Alberto “Albacore” Martinez, who also consults for Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC.”

http://shark-tank.net/2012/03/28/27414/

L1b3r7y.0r.D347h on March 28, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Rubio is, was, and always has been Jeb Bush’s boy. He is nothing but a political opportunist and was not content to wait his turn in line for the senate. He used the conservatives but was never Tea Party.

All he does is talk just like Dumb-0. Just words. Actions speak louder than words Marco.

http://markamerica.com/2012/03/28/marco-rubio-says-yay-romney-says-no-to-brokered-convention/

Jayrae on March 29, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Squish Bush endorses Squish former Gov, and Elitist heir of Rockefeller friend. Squish Hispanic endorses Squishy former Governor.

How gop voters LOVE THEIR PROGRESSIVES.

Truth is (and dirty little secret) republican voters want their turn at the Federal teat just like the Dems do.

Meanwhile we piss away our children’s futures.

Way to go America, you sure know how to pick ‘em.

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 12:08 AM

DRUDGE has lost all credibility as a unbiased (towards the right) source of news. He is just a hack like Frum and Parker, Noonan, etc.

He is as petty as Newt.

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM

DRUDGE has lost all credibility as a unbiased (towards the right) source of news. He is just a hack like Frum and Parker, Noonan, etc.

He is as petty as Newt.

PappyD61 on March 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM

The irony is strong with this one.

Dante on March 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Wow, the nuts are out in full force today.

crosspatch on March 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM

People wonder why I do not like to give new Politicians the accolades that their words occasionally seem to merit. This would be the reason. The great hope Marco Rubio already well on his way to sacrificing all of his conservative ideals in vote and now in endorsements. Almost all of Rubio’s high points came from his run for the office. Once elected he has not shown so much strength in conviction.

astonerii on March 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM

If so, it sure makes Newt out to look like a hypocrite.

KickandSwimMom on March 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Newt is no more a hypocrite than any other politician. He’ll likely drop out and endorse Romney, because to do otherwise would preclude any significant role in the general campaign or in a Romney administration.

Plus,he probably still thinks of Santorum as “a junior partner”, which is what he called him in one of the early debates.

Priscilla on March 29, 2012 at 12:29 AM

Look, whatever anyone thinks of Newt, there is no point to his remaining in the campaign at this point. From this point forward he can not possibly do himself any good and will only do harm to his standing within the party by remaining in the race.

He is acting as a diversion of funds that could be focused at Obama. Same with Santorum. Neither candidate has the infrastructure required to run a national Presidential campaign against Obama. In both cases, the essence of their campaign is “I’m not Romney”. They really don’t have as far as I can tell anything else to offer.

I know who Romney’s national security team is. I know who is foreign policy team is. I know who his chief energy policy adviser is and these are fantastic people. Who are on the teams of the other two candidates? It doesn’t matter at this point, the game is over. We are just waiting for the clock at this point. There is no practical way at this point that either candidate can prevent an outright Romney win. There will be no “brokered” convention. That is practically impossible at this stage of the game.

Romney currently looks to win all of the “winner take all” contests. He needs to win only 12% of the remaining delegates in the proportional allocation contests to wrap up the nomination. There is no way either Newt or Santorum or Newt AND Santorum together can prevent Mitt from taking that 12% of delegates.

It’s over. There is no point in even continuing to talk about Santorum or Gingrich. It was a good run, but its over now.

crosspatch on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Look, whatever anyone thinks of Newt, there is no point to his remaining in the campaign at this point.

Well, if The Other McCain’s reporting is correct, as linked by PappyD61 , here, then Newt met Willard to beg for a job and for money.

Newt, therefore, now goes to the Island of Misfit Republicans.

And under the bus!

Although previously a Newt supporter, I will now do a “Morrissey” and switch to Santorum.

Emperor Norton on March 29, 2012 at 1:05 AM

The irony is strong with this one.

Dante on March 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

:-)

jimver on March 29, 2012 at 1:10 AM

I’m really starting to think these Romney “OMG I’m so rich!” gaffes are deliberate. What do you do when you’ve got something that’ll hurt you politically? If you can’t expect it to remain hidden you hang a lantern on it.
Think about it. We all thought Romney was going to be dead in the water because of Romneycare. Pawlenty, Daniels, Perry, somebody serious was going to bring him down because of it. But he hung a lantern on it, stuck to his chosen explanation and eventually people stopped talking about it because there was nothing left to talk about.

Who buys a house in a middle of a Presidential campaign? He’s easily working 10-12 hours a day on the trail, you think he’s checking out real estate? Romney’s running a serious, professional campaign operation (at least on a national level) and at a certain point the sheer volume of rich guy gaffes has to suggest he’s making it old news for the fall.

galenrox on March 29, 2012 at 1:16 AM

galenrox on March 29, 2012 at 1:16 AM

LOL
The largest portion of the voters Romney is counting on to vote for him are not even remotely paying attention right now. It will all be new news to them, and he is giving massive levels of corroborating evidence to hang himself.
LOL

astonerii on March 29, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Rubio follows Haley into oblivion. Bye bye Marco. Nice to see ya.

promachus on March 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Although previously a Newt supporter, I will now do a “Morrissey” and switch to Santorum.

At this stage it is sort of like declaring an alliance with Japan in June 1945, isn’t it?

crosspatch on March 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Rubio follows Haley into oblivion. Bye bye Marco. Nice to see ya.

promachus on March 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

Romney will be the nominee, your guy Sweater Vest will not be.

How’s that for oblivion?

scotash on March 29, 2012 at 2:11 AM

It’s over. There is no point in even continuing to talk about Santorum or Gingrich. It was a good run, but its over now.

crosspatch on March 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Except it is not over…there is still the unfinished business (which the Mitt supporters do not care about), of trying to get Mitt to move to the center, or even to the right.
A liberal, moderate Republican, even in this toxic administration, will have a difficult if little chance to win.
A moderate Republican has not won since…since…since…well, since never…in the past 40 years.
Except for Dole or McCain…no wait…Bush 1, when he moved to the left with taxes…no double wait…

right2bright on March 29, 2012 at 7:22 AM

At this stage it is sort of like declaring an alliance with Japan in June 1945, isn’t it?

crosspatch on March 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

ummmm….Toyota, Nissan, Honda…winners, GM loser…not such a good analogy…

right2bright on March 29, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Ah, Marco, I love you but your batting record is starting to look iffy and this one will definitely come back to bite you in the butt. And if this forbodes the ominious trend that it looks like, you may want to check in with Sarah Palin to see how that worked out for her back in ’08. She is still recovering from those old (and new) stab wounds in her back. Friend, the only endorsement that matters to me is my own. And I definitely don’t endorse Mitt Romney.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Speaking of endorsements…
You can learn a lot about someone by looking at his enemies.
Pravda, of course, is the media cheerleader for the thugs who run Russia. Their article linked below is a textbook example of projection, in which someone mistakenly sees his own bad traits in someone else.
All of the adjectives they use to describe Mitt Romney are wrong about him but right about Pravda.
This makes me like Romney even more.
Romney/Jindal ’12!
http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/pravda-mitt-romney-out-touch-out-date-unelectable_634772.html
Pravda pretty much endorsed Obama.

itsnotaboutme on March 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Rubio is not Natural born.

Not eligible as a VP candidate

social-justice on March 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Rubio is not Natural born.

Not eligible as a VP candidate

social-justice on March 29, 2012 at 9:02 AM

It’s the non-Crist endorsement payback to Romney. And the RNC has no intention of ever letting a Rubio, Ryan, etc. become the VP nominee let alone presidential that’s becoming more obvious from the past 20-some years of presidential election cycles. We’ve had strong and weak democrats for president yet we’re still forced to support losing moderate/liberal republicans against them. And here we are again about to repeat history. We’ll never learn.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 9:25 AM

We sure were forced.

We saw it this year with the way they hog tied Sarah Palin and then smeared Mr. Cain.

Great conspirators, the RNC.

IlikedAUH2O on March 29, 2012 at 9:44 AM

If Rubio’s endorsement doesn’t unify the party behind Romney, nothing will. Romney is still the problem, deal with it!

jjnco73 on March 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Romney is still the problem, deal with it!

jjnco73 on March 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He sure the hell is. I will deal with it. I will work as hard as I need to make sure he does not win election in the general.

astonerii on March 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Rubio’s credibility just took a major nose dive …someone said it earlier…to support Romney is to surrender to the big government liberals (like Romney himself).

Pragmatic on March 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Rubio’s credibility just took a major nose dive …someone said it earlier…to support Romney is to surrender to the big government liberals (like Romney himself).

Pragmatic on March 29, 2012 at 10:26 AM

What credibility? He’s not surrendering to big government; Rubio is big government. He embraced the SERVE Act and SOPA/PIPA. He wanted us to invade Libya and overthrow Qaddafi.

Not exactly someone who is in favor of limited government or freedom.

Dante on March 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Doesn’t make me move closer to Romney, only further from Rubio. Not that I would abandon Rubio, I just question how easy it is to buy him. A good whore should come with a higher price tag. Then again, I don’t know what was offered.

swinia sutki on March 29, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Who else would he endorse? The entire GOP hierarchy is invested up to their eyeballs in this charade and they can’t let go now.

AND, if Marco gets into the fray, it cuts the legs out from under the birthers, ’cause Marco is in the same boat as Barry. Something to do with his parents…?

Mr. Grump on March 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM

And speaking of endorsements, there’s a rather eyebrow raising article posted on Lucianne from The Hill about a Greta Van Susteren interview on FOX with Donald Trump. He was rather coy and giggly about possibly endorsing Hillary Clinton for a presidential run in 2016. Now that’s telling enough about how effective and reliable a Trump endorsement is anyway, but I have a teeny tiny question: if that’s the case, where is Romney supposed to be in 2016? Shouldn’t that be the beginning of his second term if he’s so electable now? Doesn’t show much confidence in his current endorsement.

mozalf on March 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM

What a maroon. Or is “opportunist” a more apropós descriptor?

QUOTE: “Rubio said he thinks Romney has earned the nomination.”

OhhhhhhhhK
So, IF you have enough money, and IF you run for POTUS for SIX YEARS, you DESERVE the nomination? Is THAT how it works, Marco Rubio, former conservative darling du jour?

This is sickening. Rubio should keep his mouth shut except to say that he will support whomever the GOP nominates. By endorsing Mittens, he has pretty much sunk himself with REAL conservatives. Who knows, maybe Marco really IS jockeying for a get-over job should Willard pull off an upset and unseat President SmartPower. Stupid move, Marco.
I suspect there will be a power vacuum in “Cuber” soon. Fill THAT.
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Karl Magnus on March 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

he’s a slick one alright. slippery tongue. tells ya what you want to hear.

actions. tell me his actions.

renalin on March 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Rubio is just a copy of his great teacher. Both liars. Bad liars. Rubio was dead to me the day he attacked Newt in FL while somehow not remembering telling Romney not to run lying ads. Can anyone remind me just what has he done for us in the Senate?

riddick on March 29, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Rubio would have done himself and others who thought he was a conservative a favor by remaining silent and not formally endorsing anyone (Rubio’s endorsement of Romney reminds me of a something purportedly said by Abraham Lincoln): “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

Pragmatic on March 29, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Sooner or later, when you’ve condemned every single conservative for supporting Romney, you may look around and finally realize you ARE the lunatic fringe. Then it will make more sense when people cross the street to avoid being near you, and small children point at you and giggle.

Seems Newt might be staying in to benefit Romney. Adelson has cut Newt off. Perhaps Romney is going to now pay for Newt to stay in to stop Santorum and that was what the secret meeting was about? If so, it sure makes Newt out to look like a hypocrite.

KickandSwimMom on March 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Thank goodness for the super-sleuthing which uncovered this cloak-and-dagger meeting! The truth will out:

Sources close to the sources who heard about the first sources say that what was actually discussed was a bold plan to end the nomination campaign by faking Santorum’s death until after the convention. They would kidnap Rick, whisking him safely away to the palatial estate of 70 year-old porn star Ron Jeremy, who also opposes condoms, where he is held in comfort but incommunicado for the duration.

THEN, having previously arranged for a master craftsman to create an exact butter sculpture of Santorum, they start a fire at an orphanage close to where the real Rick was supposed to appear, where he was nabbed, and make sure all the kids get out safely but their rescuer, Butter Santorum, of course gives his life in the blaze, and no trace is found.

It was a perfect plan. Except that both Mitt and Newt blanched when they realized the butter sculptor would have to die or he could blow the whole scheme. They knew it had to be done, and Biden would do it if the price was right, but neither of them knew the ward number where Joe stays, so the idea died on the vine. Besides, just then the room service check arrived, and Newt remembered another engagement and rushed out.

But Newt could hardly leak THAT, nobody would pay $50 for a picture anymore.

Yeah, those dastardly conspirators! A pox upon them!

Adjoran on March 29, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Did Allen west get in trouble in the army?

Rusty Allen on March 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

..Lt Col West got in trouble and got out of the army. Basically, he used a little too much — er, zeal –in extracting information from an Iraqi informant garnering intel that probably avoided casualties and an ambush. The politically correct component of his command structure indicated disfavor with this behavior and article-15ed him. So he retired.

Their loss is our gain.

The War Planner on March 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Doesn’t take much courage to endorse now. The contest is almost over and there’s not much choice left. Romney leads and now all these folks are finally willing to tell us who they support. This is a BFD as Biden would say, when we all know it isn’t. It’s like the bandwagon sports fans who don’t support a team until the team is winning big.

Ibanez Lotus on March 29, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I had been saying that Rubio is the only short term/long term choice for VP. He’s a Tea Party rock star to bring conservatives out with enthusiasm for a RINOish Presidential candidate, but also the Hispander factor brings serious, long-term help where the GOP seems to need it most — to bring in conservative Hispanics and show them there’s nothing to fear from Republicans.

Someone here made a strong case that it will be McDonnell of Virginia, and I can see why — we need help in Virginia and he won with 59% of the vote.

But I wonder if either guy can deliver on their intended targets — Hispanic votes for Rubio or Virginia for McDonnell. Minorities have been remarkably partisan and victim-oriented, well beyond rational thought. And Virginia is larded up with liberal nitwits who have flooded the Capitol since O’Bozo’s Circus came to town. Blacks seem to have O’Bozo fever again — nothing more important than melanin! — and that may be a tough state to win.

Florida and Ohio might be the better investments.

Jaibones on March 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

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