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A Parting Gift for Romney

By Michael D. Shear
Mitt Romney told conservatives at CPAC Thursday that he was dropping out of the race. Today, those same conservatives chose Romney as their choice for the Republican nomination.

More than three-quarters of the ballots cast in the CPAC straw poll were turned in after Romney's much-publicized announcement. But Romney still edged out Sen. John McCain, 35 percent to 34 percent, according to the CPAC web site.

By Washington Post editors  |  February 9, 2008; 5:16 PM ET
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Wouldn't it be great if he could get Bloomberg to run as VP? He could definitely use the economic advice. How about Joe Lieberman?

Posted by: _kt_ | February 12, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

In the political arena there is so much dirt to talk about. For the first time in my life a candidate has only been accused of being a phony, too polished, a Ken Doll, a Mormon, blah blah blah blah!!! Haven't you lib's figured it out yet. You've got nothing on him. The fact is, he has no dirt. His life and family is the American dream. Every time you make a negitive comment about Gov. Romney, it has no substance or validation. Just look at the audiance polls after a debate. When undecided voters listen, they support Romney. Even talk radio was against him until the 11th hour. By then it was too late. This country will be watching him in the years to come. Next time around he will be a familiar face with known credibility. That you can count on.

Posted by: andersonplumbing | February 11, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney is both a Good Man, and a Smart One!

I have to wonder what he might have up his sleeves.

McPain would be very smart to get St. Mitt on board, and Mitt having Huckleberry play Religion, might be able to get around Huckleberry's Garbage by using McCain's ability to usurp Huckleberry's base!

No doubt, a combined ticket WOULD solidify the Base!

Huckleberry and Dr.NO are proving themselves to be VERY Bad for the Republican effort!

IF, McCain would announce an intention to crack down on the Criminal Employers, and stop the Magnet for the Illegals, he could win my support!

Protecting Americans includes our WAGES, and Communities!

Enforce the Federal Labor Laws! THEN, we would not have an illegal Immigration problem!

Posted by: rat-the | February 10, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

By Mitt Romney dropping out now, shows he really gets it and is the smartest one running. He is a lot smarter than the media gives him credit for.
He could see the writing on the wall with how riled up the Democrats are this year. They are coming out in full force and will overwhelm the Republicans this year. Just compare how many Democrats are voting versus Republicans.
By Mitt staying on, he could see that he would be part of a skinking ship. Have no fear, Mitt will be back in 2012 after the Democrats have screwed up this country and we need someone who understands the economy.
Barak has never ran anything in his life. How is he supposed to run a Trillion dollar enterprise. Where is his miliary experience. The men and women in military will be leaving in droves if Clinton or Obama become President.

Posted by: JohnJacobs99 | February 10, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Romney as McCain's VP is crazy talk. McCain will not ask and Romney would not take it. 08 is shaping up to be a Conservative train wreck. In the fall McCain will run to the left and Conservatives will in large part stay home. This fall a Democrat will win. We are seeing 1976 Ford vs. Carter all over again. A Moderate against a Liberal. As Romney recently said in a debate when Republicans act like Democrats America loses.
Also like in 1980 we will see another Reagan like Conservative Revolution. Like in 1976 many of today's Republicans are acting like Democrats. In 2012 the American return to Conservative principals will be led by Romney.
So over the next few years Romney will pay his dues, build relationships, mend fences and fix what did not work in 08. He will become the early front runner for the next Presidential election and will win in 2012.
Why would he want to go down with McCain in 2008 when he can lead a Revolution in 2012? Like all great businessmen Romney will take a failure and learn from it. In 2012 Romney will not make the same mistakes again. Romney will enter the 2012 campaign with early support, built in momentum, intense focus and a tremendous amount of money. Look to 2012 for our next true Conservative in the White House.

Posted by: lmdl23 | February 10, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I want to start by saying anyone can discern Mitt's sincerity from his final speech and action of dropping out. It clearly shows his interests were above his own. He was not a phony. That's the image the press has created.

Also, I am disgusted by the fact that everyone treats the woman and African-American cadidates with the utmost respect and political correctness while the Mormon guy just gets slammed. Poor Mormons. They got railed on in this election and it truly showed how far our society is from eliminating bias.


No, I don't think McCain is as liberal as Obama. I mean Obama has been given the title as the most liberal senator. He is clearly very liberal and very different even more so than the former 1st lady. I am supporting him over McCain because I agree with a few of his liberal stances and I think his positive spirit is something we do need more of. I say give him those 4 years and see what happens. Maybe he will be great. Maybe he will be horrible, maybe mediocre. I know that McCain will be less than mediocre. So I guess I'm going on a gamble.

Posted by: westinrussell | February 10, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I have known Mitt Romney all my life. Anyone who knows him will tell you he is no phony. He is one of the most talented yet compassionate people in the world. I was sick to see how people who only know him via stories told by people with an agenda are so willing to say such nasty things about a person they don't know. I would dare say that most of the things that people "think" they know about Mitt as a result of this campaign are absolutely false. The people who wrote negative things about Romney had an agenda and everyone would be smart to factor that into their opinion of this great American before you spout off on some blog as if you actually knew something.

Posted by: hheadlee | February 10, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Dear Steve Boyington - Just for the record I have spent 0 minutes in my lifetime listening to Limbaugh, Severin, or Ingraham. No, I have not met him...BUT I spent 2 hours with one of his 7 top campaign leaders. I sat next to him while I made phone calls to support Mitt. I asked him how he knew Mitt. He said he worked for him for over 25 years. I asked him why he is spending so much of his own time and money to support him. He said that he has never met a man who has so much power of leadership - He get's things done - he knows how to build a team of movers and doers - he really knows how to delegate - he is a man of great integrity. Now, I also know these things are true because I have read and studied his record in his education, business, olympics, and as governor. Even the democrats in Mass. like him. And yes...wherever he went he spoke to the crowd. That is because his crowds loved him and were conservative. In fact everyone who met him personally were converted to him...You know why? Because we are smart (all of us - even you) and our gut tells us these things. Steve Boyington - I bet if you met him you might fall for him too.

Posted by: maurermd | February 10, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

How is it we make it huge thing to think we may put our first women in as President, We make it Huge thing to think we may put the first black man in as President but no big deal that many of us would like to put our first mormon in as President? I am a conservative since 1985 and plan to stay that way. With Mr. Romney out I am lost with my conservative values..who can vote for now??? The ONLY way I will vote fot McCain is if he will pick Mitt as his VP and that will never happen...This is sure to be the first vote of my life for me that I will end up voting for a person only to vote against another... The fact that Mitt is mormon has nothing to do with why I would for him and that Mrs. Clinton is women has nothing to do why I wont vote for her and the fack that Mr. Obama is black has nothing to do with why I wont vote him--It all politics all the way around..The one thing I do know for sure is once we do elect a new President we must all come togeher and get behinf that person. I never liked Bill Clinton but as the President I never wanted to see him fail... like him or not he was the President of the greatest land in the world.. Come on America.. when it's all said and done lets all get behind the President...

Posted by: SAdams1 | February 10, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

McCain needs Romney to unite the party. A quarter of the votes hadn't even happened and Romney still beat McCain! Romney should be VP and run again in 2012. He is the most qualified candidate that we have had run in decades.

Posted by: poliscistudent | February 10, 2008 3:21 AM | Report abuse

You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but please stop trying to state your views about Mitt Romney as fact. You have obviously bought into the MSM view of Mitt, which was completely biased and fearful of the most amazing candidate seen in years. I assure you, there have been many tears of disappointment shed as our most conservative candidate has suspended his run for pres. Now there is no one to rally behind. The GOP base doesn't trust either McCain or Huckabee, who have burned many bridges as they mounted their attacks against Mitt. Just look at the poll numbers tonight....they were laughable.

Posted by: wendim1 | February 10, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

steveboyington: I'm floored by your Romney "phony" comments! I am still trying to figure out who is voting for McCain! All conservatives I know supported Thompson or Romney.

And the award of the decade for phony goes to Ms. Hillary "Rotten" Clinton; a southern drawl when she campaigns in the south, tears on camera when she begins to trail in the polls. If you really want to see how she will handle the pressures of the presidency, stop and recall how she handled the pressures of her husband's flings: denial, attribution of blame to a "right wing conspiracy", failure to admit her mistakes in believing her husband, gullability. If she can believe "Bubba", she'll fall for anything that any world leader can feed to her.

To quote John Stossel: "gimme a break!"

Posted by: dfugina | February 9, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Please stop with this "the media screwed over Romney" stuff. I understand if what you listen to is Limbaugh, Severin, Ingraham, etc. you, without ever meeting the guy, think Mitt is the cat's meow.

I am sorry. He is/was not. Just look at the tapes. Wherever he went he spoke to the particular crowd he was in. I dare you to find a single spot where he challenged a potential voter or took a firm stand against anything he felt the voters were for.

He was a phony. The voters recognized it.

That doesn't mean he wasn't better than McCain or Giuliani, or whomever. But, he is and was a phony. He would have been decimated in a general election by the Democrats. He did the GOP a favor by dropping out.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 9, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing to watch the media run this nation. Here in Oregon our major newspaper, The Oregonian did not give Romney any positive edge. Every picture of him was a scowl, every comment - a rebuke, every opinion - one sided. McCain and Huckabee were media darlings here...WHY? I will tell you - because Romney could have beaten any democrat candidate and the media knew it. Media drove the polls. I challenge all of you to REALLY read the background of Romney: education, accomplishments, what people say that have worked with him: DEM or REP. He looks good... He can out communicate Obama 10 to 1, he is an outstanding leader, he was the true threat to the DEMS guaranteed. The media played it right and they won. The Dems will win the presidency. BUMMER!

Posted by: maurermd | February 9, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

In response to are the very reason why I would never vote Democrat. Mean spiritedness was birthed from your party. The Democrats speak of unity, but they don't practice what they preach...from Capitol Hill to the streets of suburbia.

Posted by: morganandme | February 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I do hope that McCain will consider Romney as his VP choice, that would be the smart move.

And tenlot, there really is no excuse for your comment. He's out, go get your rocks off abusing someone else.

Posted by: dsherr | February 9, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

1/3 of CPAC voters stated they would vote for someone else or not vote at all if McCain secures the GOP nomination -- you REALLY think McCain could win in November if that figure stays at 1/3?!

Posted by: JakeD | February 9, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Proves why the modern conservative movement is nothing more than a fringe phenomenon. McCain should ignore them. Pandering to them (which he wisely did not do) risks him losing the independent vote, which is far more important for him (esp. in a matchup against Clinton) than the loony Right vote. If anything, his success in the primaries has shown that the talk-radio/TV right-wing commentariat and their echo chambers (such as CPAC) are paper tigers.

Posted by: ssunder | February 9, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I think the CPAC straw vote and today's result in Kansas bode ill for the media's darling, McCain. This is not a year when the party establishment in either party is going to be able to control the gut reaction the majority of party members have to their anointed candidates. Neither McCain or Hillary Clinton really represent what the core beliefs of their parties, and those core voters--and many independents--hunger for a real choice. Instead, the establishment types want to give us two DC insiders who will continue the charade that allows them to remain power brokers, along with power with their media and lobbyist buddies. I am a Dem for Obama, but I respect those on the other side who want a candidate who truly represents their values. McCain sure isn't that candidate. BTW, I don't think the other candidates "hate" Mitt Romney. He never gained any traction because the Republican core voters don't think he is sincere. Romney's sudden conversion to conservative principles is about as believable as would be Joe Lieberman suddenly becoming dedicated to ending the Iraq War and pro-Palestinian to boot.

Posted by: azjimn2son | February 9, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's good one, Today in the Republican Caucus in Skagit valley in Washington State at the BigLake school the votes were 2 delgates for Paul 1 protest vote for The Mittster, "mormons" and 2 for Huckybye, the only Jon McShame voters out of twenty of us a husband and wife, started to insult me and The good Doctor Paul, so I just backhanded them with the facts and truth about ole Jon McShame, to smiles and attaboys of the other delegates, so they got up and left without voting,He He He, RonPaul 08

Posted by: RaferJanders | February 9, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse


Do you think that McCain is more liberal than Obama?!

Posted by: JakeD | February 9, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I thought I would never say this, but I just might vote McCain if Romney were his VP. That definitely would help in uniting the party, but I don't think that would happen since every candidate in the race absolutely hates Romney.

I'm going Obama for now and I'm as hard-core conservative as they come.

Posted by: westinrussell | February 9, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Fox News reports that John McCain intends to meet with Romney about how to unify the party.

I can tell him one way right now. Pick Romney for VP!

Posted by: Jed_Merrill | February 9, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

How dumb is that? Voting for some guy who isn't running? If America is lucky, the conservatives will vote for Reagan in the next election!

Posted by: thebobbob | February 9, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Bye, bye, Willard.

Good riddance.

Posted by: tenlot | February 9, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Here is just one important reason why Republicans, if they want to win the presidency, should not be looking necessarily at Mr. John McCain.

Obama vs. McCain- The Internet Indicators:

Posted by: davidmwe | February 9, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

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