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Romney Settles for Silver Again

Romney's supporters on a disappointing night. (AP)

By Juliet Eilperin
BEDFORD, N.H. -- Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney vowed he would continue to compete for the GOP nomination across the country, despite his second-place finish to Sen. John McCain tonight.

"I'll fight to be back here in November," he declared to loud applause, as a crowd of hundreds of supporters waved "Mitt '08" oversized red mitts and clapped balloon thundersticks. "I will make sure America is, as it has always been, the hope of the earth."

VIDEO | Mitt Romney's concession speech. (AP)

At the outset of his speech, Romney congratulated McCain -- whom he had targeted with negative ads for weeks -- for running "a first-class campaign." And using the same Olympics metaphor he employed after placing second in the Iowa caucuses last week, Romney said, "I'd rather have a gold, but another silver."

While the crowd was supportive from the start, Romney had some trouble engaging it in a call-and-response routine at first as he detailed how "Washington insiders" had promised to solve problems including illegal immigration, the deficit and easing the burden on the middle class. Each time he followed up with the clause, "they haven't," and after a couple of minutes, the crowd joined in the chant.

"You finally got it," Romney said, smiling. "I believe it is time to send someone to Washington who will get the job done."

Several Romney supporters said they still believed that their candidate would win the GOP nomination. Suzie Romans, a Richmond, Va., resident who drove up to New Hampshire on Friday along with nearly 50 other volunteers, said Romney's business experience sets him apart from his rivals.

"He understands the economy like none of the other guys do," Romans said. "We need someone who understands business to go to Washington. McCain's a great war hero, but he doesn't know business."

After Romney left the stage, however, the mood of the crowd quickly deflated. As the sounds of indie band Arcade Fire's "No Cars Go" boomed from the speakers, the former governor's backers jostled for the exit.

"Everybody is in a rush to get out of here," remarked Sean Flynn, a banker who lives in Manchester and was being gently pushed from behind. "Now that it's over, everyone wants to get out of here."

By Washington Post editors  |  January 8, 2008; 9:21 PM ET
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Hmmm, Let's see...

How would I create MILLIONS of decent paying jobs, raise Wages, lower burdens, Rake in taxes, and get a huge Windfall of Money?

All at the exact same time?

Attack Canada? Boycott New Zealand? Annex Antartica? Open Trade with Caspian Sea Countries?

OR, Maybe do EXACTLY what Mitt Romney is PROMISING to do:


"You don't have ID? THAT'S Your Employer! Here, Employer of this Un-Documented Worker-Have a Thousand Dollar fine!-When, you can get your Un-Documented employee(s), to prove he was legally able to be Employed, we'll waive it, Otherwise, Thank You for your generous contribution!

Next Time, try the Industrial Labor Hall, not the Day Labor assembly!"

"Their Payrolled, insured, documented, Employees cost a whole lot less than $1,000/Day!" "And if after a few Weeks, you want to hire them, you usually can!"

Posted by: rat-the | January 9, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

While I am not a supporter of Mitt's, I get tired of all the accusations of flip flopping. All of the candidates have flip flopped on something. This was true in previous elections as well. Mitt's problem was that he did it on abortion which is one of the Holy Grail's for social conservatives.
What I find interesting about that absurd accusation, is that rather than rejoicing that they have converted some from pro-choice to pro-life (whether genuinely or for political expediency). They use it as an excuse to lambast that candidate.
So will all the ardent pro-lifers rip anyone who changes their mind and decides to join their cause? That's not very effective persuasion.
Additionally, abortion will occupy probably less than 1% of the next President's time in office. The vast majority of the next President's time will be spent on the economy and foreign policy, yet pro-choicer will sacrifice those issues to someone who is pro marriage and pro-life. Even though for all practical puposes very little time will be spent on those issues.

Posted by: rusty_crtr | January 9, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Mitt will have a real tough job in Michigan. He's got to convince proud working-class people that his method of job creation is the one they need in order to get back to work.

I wonder how he is going to weasel out of his method of wealth creation.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | January 9, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Even with all his millions and polished lies the Morman can't win!
Maybe it's time to go into high alert...take drastic action...maybe one of the five Mitt clones can join the army...that might help among the republicants AND the Holy-Rollers!

Posted by: kase | January 9, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney supporters baffle me when they say Mitt is the only candidate that can clean up Washington. I say this because throughout the campaign Mitt has embodied the same double-talking and double-mindedness that permeates the Washington culture.

1. He was for abortion now against it
2. He was against Reaganomics now he's for it
3. He was against NRA now he for it.
4. He cut jobs now he claims he created jobs.

5. And my favorite His sons are serving America by helping him get elected President.

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | January 9, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Oops , I lied, I changed my mind, I saw it,
I didn`t see it , I "saw" it ! It did not say it all , this does ....

Posted by: eSPO1 | January 9, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: eSPO1 | January 9, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Romney lost because his "Bait & Switch" approach to politics becomes more obvious to folks outside of Massachusetts as his recognition grows. This is a trend that will only get worse with time. His prospects look pretty bleak at the moment.

Posted by: casutherland | January 9, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I saw an interesting blog the echoes the comments made by some Romney supporters here. Romney IS technically in first place in the delegate count. Romney HAS received more votes than any other candidate so far. But that will not get any press and will be of no use to him.

Despite his first place status, Romney is done. Even using Mitt's 50 inning analogy, you have to at least win some of those innings if you are going to win the game. Second place finishes in 45 of 50 innings is still a recipe for losing. I hated it when my little league coach would smile whenever we lost a game and tell others we came in second place. Romney is beginning to sound like him.

America wants a winner, not a second place finisher. We want the gold not the silver. Who remembers silver medalists? So Mitt can have all the second place finishes he wants. He can get more votes
anyone else...that is irrelevant. He needs to win.

So for those of you trumpeting that Romney has received more votes so far than all of the other GOP nominees, that blog had a great last line: "...consider giving Al Gore a call. He'll understand"

Posted by: rusty_crtr | January 9, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"fetalecho", this is a nice attempt to skew the real facts. This is not enough data to reach any conclusion. Here is the real data. In virtually every poll Romney is lagging miserably.He is a mediocre candidate with a huge wallet, nothing more.

Posted by: eSPO1 | January 9, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Romney McCain Huckabee Thompson Giuliani

New Hampshire 73,806 86,802 26,035 2,808 20,054

Iowa 29,494 15,559 40,841 15,904 4,097

Total 103,300 102,361 66,876 18,712 24,151

NH Delegates 4 7 1

Wyoming Delegates 8 3

Total Delegates 30 10 21 6 1

The above table lists some important information. Notice who has the most total votes! Notice who has the most delegates!

Now that we have seen many debates, who can you picture in the fall debating with either Clinton or Obama? Do you think Huckabee would be a shining example of intellect and clear thinking? What about Grandpa McCain? Would he fall asleep or give us his classic "grin" when he tries to make a point? Or perhaps Romney, who is bright, articulate, and has a command of the facts?

I think we would be embarrassed if the Huck and Grandpa were representing the Republicans. Rudi would be a great second pick behind Romney.

Posted by: fetalecho | January 9, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The media all hates Mitt, even FOX news. They LOVE McCain and Huckabee and are pushing them like crazy. Huckabee was on Leno & Letterman, doesn't that tell you anything? Geez... Media has always hated the GOP frontrunner, the guy who is the biggest threat.. the guy who could win the Dems.

Congratulations, Mitt, you did well considering the pounding that you are getting from the media and the ganging up from ALL of your rivals.

Mitt may have been born into a wealthy family, but he built on his inheritance. He didn't turn into a spoiled brat like Paris Hilton. He made something of his life and is trying to give back and help. His children are normal, he has been happily married to the same wife...
It's too easy to hate those who are successful, and it's sad.

Posted by: nmcagirl | January 9, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Romney is spending TONS of GOLD to get that silver. Fiscally conservative ?
Anyone that takes a objective look at Mitt Romney will quickly observe that he has serious problems. I think that his ego overrides his brain. He is good looking,wealthy, and appears very presidential and dapper. Once you get past that you quickly realize that he thinks he can BS and Flip Flop on anything, at anytime and get away with it.He speaks very sincerely, with apparent sincerity and conviction and then he will shed that stance like a dirty T-shirt. This is not a one , or two, time occurrence it is a deeply entrenched behavior pattern. Be it Abortion, Gay Rights, Gun Control, etc he seems to need to lie to convince people he is real. The hunting lies, the "saw my dad march with Martin Luther King Jr " lie are just a few of the doozys he expects people to ignore. I don`t buy his phony sincerity for one second. He spent millions to be on TV bashing other republicans in Iowa. It backfired. He changed his game in New Hampshire, he changed to the anti- Washington candidate. The day will come when Romney has to make a decision and that day will be when his ego meets his wallet and says "shoot me , I guess I was wrong"
A man who is prone to visions,constantly backtracks on important issues, and makes up toilet paper thin explanations (and actually expects people to believe them ) is not fit to lead us.

Posted by: eSPO1 | January 9, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Mitt's whole life has been a series of dealing with difficult situations. He will work even harder to send home the message that he is the only candidate who can fix our broken government. Anyone who has watched a recent debate can see his leadership under fire. And by the way, his family stands behind him every minute of every day....Where are Huckabee's sons, and John McCain's 7 children? We want a candidate who has a strong family. They will be in the lime-light for 8 years!

Posted by: wendim1 | January 9, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Mitt's not the only entitled one in the bunch; John McCain is the son of an admiral, so to say one has more "entitlements" is a complete straw man fallacy. The difference is Mitt made money through hard work.

You see how hard he works on the campaign and how detailed he is, that has nothing to do with entitlement, but more with the WASP work ethic. Any business student could learn how to manage things just by watching him in motion during his campaign. That may not translate into votes, but give the man his proper respect for being the hardest, most organized candidate in the bunch.

Posted by: ClubbieTim | January 9, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I certainly hope that Mitt Romney doesn't get the nod for the GOP, not that I think he would beat anyone on the Dems' side. They shouldn't even call him Mitt, that's for a hand, they should call him what he really is - a FLIP FLOP. It worked on another guy from the liberal state of Massachusetts, ahem. This time, it's totally true and totally relevant. It's what he has done, and in debates, he always uses weak attempts to silence his fellow candidates about his change in stance.

Not only is he a flip flop, but he's freaking nuts. "We ought to double Guantanamo"? The guy has no idea what he's talking about, but I'll say he's definitely rallying some pathetic relics of Bush supporters. Might as well put Bush back in for a third term, if Romney gets the nomination for the Republicans.

Posted by: fbutler1 | January 9, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Romney's problem was an old fiddle that has been played too long. The Sally Bradshaw-Jeb and W Bush campaign machine, that Charlie crist as Governor used, was polls to say you are ahead. Then SMEAR your candidates with lies.

When Crist was running against Gallagher in Florida for Governor, Crist had affairs and no marriages, and legal court fights about children out of wedlock. But Crist-Jeb Campaign staff smeared Gallagher, who was married with a child and said he was a playboy from 10 years before.Gallagher by the way had no illegitamate children.

Maybe the Oil and Gas man that borrowed the ugly campaign smear everyone motif that W Bush used against McCain in South Carolina last election wont work anymore.
Jeb's Florida election machine is dead, isnt it?

Posted by: theloneconsumer | January 9, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

McCain won in NH in 2000 but hit a wall in SC. It can happen again, and it will if/when Mitt Romney converts to Baptist.

Posted by: light_bearer | January 9, 2008 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is a Republican John Kerry. Why hasn't anyone said that yet?

Posted by: rvand | January 9, 2008 5:31 AM | Report abuse

They are all politicians, regardless of what they say. Of course, they also say they are fiscal conservatives while supporting wars taht cost $10 billion (or more) a month. One can support the wars and say they are worth the cost, but these folks all prtend the wars somehow do not use tax dollars. And in one debate virtually all said no sacrifice was needed to balance the budget while fighting the wars.

Posted by: Sutter | January 9, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

to Jerryvov: I don't know about your politics but great post. Humor with a bite.

Posted by: rmbus54 | January 9, 2008 4:14 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is a Winner tonight! After all the N.H. newspapers printed "VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT HIM!" he still pulled a second place victory. Notice Huckabee finished a DISTANT third. Furthermore, Mitt Romney is the one of the most qualified people to ever consider running for president, most successful businessmen keep making money, he is dedicated to making America stronger and FIXING Washington.

GO MITT!!! Let's get another strong finish in Michigan and STAY AHEAD in the delegate race. This is a 50 state game and we still have 47 to go.

Mitt Romney '08

Posted by: lmart121 | January 9, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Romney is a second generation politician born with a silver spoon and a sense of entitlement and, who thinks that more tax cuts are the best solution to just about everything. Remind you
of anyone? He's just GW with a better haircut.

Posted by: rkerg | January 9, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Let me see if I understand the WaPo article. After tonight, Romney has more delegates than any other Republican and he is thinking about dropping out? Give me a break. The MSM is so biased that they have their collective head completely up their ass.

Posted by: dlkeller | January 9, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Hats off to the old pro politician from you realy think the old man is the future of America? Cold and calculating, mismanaged his campaign finances, immigration snafus --- all these are manifestations of poor leadership.

Posted by: chusa | January 8, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I must say that I'm disappointed. I had really wanted to celebrate tonight when Mitt Romney won the NH primary. But I refuse to give up, and I know that he's not giving up either. There are fifty states in this country. I'm confidant that many others see what I do: Mitt Romney is the ONLY candidate who is really qualified to lead this nation. Go, Mitt!!

Posted by: susandrn | January 8, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

c'mon, Mitt...give them the old fliperoo, double-dare, whirling dervish, change-of-position on anything and everything that will bring you a few more votes....after all, that plus a few million bucks buys you 2nd place....looking dismal there, Captain Big Hair...maybe you can hire Karl Rove to poison a few McCain water worked in 2000....

Posted by: Jerryvov | January 8, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Mitt we hardley knew ya'. Though I am sure all the slick consultants will implore him to keep the dream alive for another month -- and keep their gravey train going with some more of his personal fortune.

Posted by: Pat_rick | January 8, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Romney was the freakin' GOVERNOR of the NEIGHBORING state. He fooled the Mass. voters once, but NH could see right through his posturing. He didn't go with his (overstated) strneghtsa, but tried to prove he was the most macho of the bunch. Didn't work here, won't work anywhere else. I hearing a lot of sour grapes here. He lost. He should save his money.

Posted by: Ford1998 | January 8, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney has a whole lot more to celebrate than McCain, or the heavy losers that were Thousands and thousands of votes behind!

McCain is liked in the Military Industrialized and Unionized State! He has bought his sorry level of support, with our Tax dollars! In New Hamster, they probrably think Illegals from down south are like a free visit to Mexico!

THEY are not Living There YET!

McCain, should savor his small victory. He is not going to have very many!

Posted by: rat-the | January 8, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Despite his second-place finish, Romney still leads in the delegate count:

Posted by: JakeD | January 8, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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