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Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ended his presidential campaign today after a series of recent losses in key states including Florida and California, bowing to the near inevitability of Sen. John McCain as the Republican standard-bearer this November.

He revealed his decision during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

In his speech to CPAC, Romney said that conservative principles are needed now more than ever to meet "challenges which threaten our prosperity, our security and our future," and suggested that he was stepping aside for the greater good of his party and the country.

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win," he said. "And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."

In his own speech to CPAC, McCain said he and Romney had spoken by phone and "we agreed the importance to unite our party." McCain praised former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for "injecting some much needed humor to the campaign" and congratulated him for the campaign he has run.

Romney's decision follows his disappointing showing on Tuesday, when he picked up a number of states in the West but fell short in critical battlegrounds that would have established him as the primary challenger to McCain (R-Ariz.).

"This is not an easy decision for me," Romney told the gathering of conservatives. " I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters... many of you right here in this room... have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America."

Romney ended his presidential bid unable to expand his appeal beyond his party's most conservative voters. In 13 of 14 states with GOP exit polls on Tuesday, Romney outdistanced McCain among "very conservative" Republicans, but he trailed the Arizona senator by even larger margins among moderate Republicans. He won those in the middle only in Utah, and he also lost "somewhat conservative" voters in key states, including California, Illinois and New York.

"Numbers are numbers," said one senior Romney strategist. "It was impossible to get them to add up."

"The party is more important than any one candidate," the source added.

McCain emerged from the Super Tuesday contest with more than 700 delegates to the party's national convention -- or three times the total for Romney or Huckabee. McCain is fewer than 500 delegates short of what he needs to lock up the GOP presidential nomination.

For Romney, the decision ends a roller-coaster bid for the presidency that began several years ago.

Little known outside of his home state of Massachusetts, Romney put together a top-tier campaign team and began spending money on organizations and ads in early states like Iowa and New Hampshire last spring. While some of his opponents pooh-poohed that decision, it paid dividends for Romney, whose standing in the polls immediately shot upward.

He maintained those leads for much of the summer and into the fall, even though his own advisers acknowledged that his support -- especially among conservatives -- was shallow. The rise of Huckabee in Iowa was a major problem for Romney, who had premised his campaign on an ability to sweep the early states.

Huckabee's victory, followed by the comeback win for McCain in New Hampshire, put Romney's campaign in serious peril. He vowed to continue on, however, and won two states -- Michigan and Nevada -- that seemed to reassert his role as a top tier contender.

In South Carolina's Jan. 19 primary, Romney was eclipsed by McCain and Huckabee despite spending millions on organization and campaign ads. Florida was the next battleground, but Romney came up short in the Sunshine State primary to McCain.

Even with that setback, Romney continued to plow his own millions into the race -- funding ads in California and other states that voted on Feb. 5. Disappointment followed, though, as McCain won nearly every contested state -- including California -- and Romney's hopes of consolidating conservatives behind his candidacy was vanquished by the stronger than expected showing of Huckabee in the South.

In the end, Romney, a businessman, likely decided that the path to win the nomination was too narrow to justify further expenditures of his own money. According to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that covered campaign contributions and expenditures through the end of 2007, Romney had donated $37.5 million of his own money to the contest. He likely spent considerably more so far this year. His net worth has been estimated at between $250 million and $500 million.

Mitt Romney

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he will suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination (Getty Images File Photo)

Romney's departure from the contest leaves three candidates still standing: McCain, Huckabee and Rep. Ron Paul (Texas). But, Romney was the last candidate in the race with the financial wherewithal to make a serious run at McCain. With him dropping out, the Arizona senator is now the odds-on favorite to be the Republican presidential nominee.

Significant pressure from party officials will likely be brought to bear on Huckabee, who enjoys a good relationship with McCain, to bow out of the race and leave the party united behind a single candidate. It was not immediately clear whether he will accede to that pressure.

McCain campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker said the campaign would not comment on Romney's decision until the Arizona senator addressed the conservative conference -- a speech scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern time. McCain supporters who gathered at the Omni Shoreham in downtown Washington in advance of that speech could barely contain their glee when the news of Romney's decision broke.

For McCain, that speech will be in essence the start of the general election campaign. Despite a series of wins on Super Tuesday as well victories in South Carolina, Florida and New Hampshire, McCain has struggled to convince conservatives he is one of them despite his seeming apostasy on a range of issues including illegal immigration and campaign finance reform.

Although McCain's campaign offered no formal comment, one adviser to the effort said that Romney's decision "means that John McCain will secure the nomination of the Republican Party for president of the United States."

The source added that McCain has "great respect" for Romney and "hopes he can earn the respect and support of millions of his supporters."

In recent days, McCain had been lambasted by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh for an alleged lack of conservative credentials. Limbaugh had urged conservatives to line up behind Romney. But backing from Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk show hosts did little to help lift Romney's profile in Tuesday's coast-to-coast primary elections and caucuses.

With Romney out of the race and Huckabee unlikely to be able to compete with McCain in terms of fundraising or campaign organization, conservatives who had resisted McCain must decide whether to line up behind him as the nominee, find some third-party candidate to support or abstain from participating.

The narrowing of the Republican field represents a stark contrast to the protracted nomination fight under way on the Democratic side. Both Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) are digging in for an extended state-by-state battle that could extend to Pennsylvania's April 22 primary or even beyond.

Washington Post Polling Director Jon Cohen contributed to this report.

By Eric Pianin  |  February 7, 2008; 3:43 PM ET
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In a brokered convention, should no one contender have the votes, everyone seems to forget that even a name no one had thought of could be drafted. Romney could come up again. If that happens I believe a serge in the Republican party could spark an explosion that no one could stop.

It would be a contest that I would like to be a part of.

Posted by: Jay.Germaine | February 13, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign didn't have a healthcare plan before it felled and they don't have one now. Well to be honest, if everyone is a goverment employee, then the Clinton healthcare plan will work for everyone. Unfortunately some are self employed, independent contractors or work for private employors or small business. Under the Clinton healthcare plan these people would be penalized if they don't pay for their healthcare. This means that most of your family members and friends will have their paychecks garnished. We all know that it doesn't stop there if it is a goverment enforcement. There will be fines and then misdemeanors which is a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony. Why did Ms. Clinton decide on this approach? It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. Big business, big Corporation call it what you will, they want their money back and in order for Ms. Clinton to get their support in her race to presidency she is giving victory to one side (the healthcare providers) by promising to them that she will have the poeople wages garnished if they continue to give healthcare. Thus allowing her to shout the words "UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE" This is a shady tactic and makes fools out of every american that falls for this trick. The Obama healthcare plan is for the people. Poor people, middle class and rich people can rest assured that there is no tricks or penalties in the Obama healthcare plan. VOTE OBAMA!!

Posted by: cmroots | February 12, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Solis Doyle, is dispensable, she has served her purpose to help us win the latino vote in the big states. We no longer need her or the latino vote to capture the white house. The women vote will now carry the Hillary campaign the rest of the way. Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams on Sunday. Ms. Clinton believes Maggie Williams is a better choice to target the women vote. Clinton said in a statement. "I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination."

Posted by: cmroots | February 10, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

According to the demographics, I should be voting for Hillary Clinton: I'm a white, 60-year-old, highly educated woman from the Northeast. But I'm voting for Obama. I've waited all my life for a viable woman candidate for the presidency, but this is not the right woman. I want a woman of the highest ability and virtue, who would serve as a glorious role model to all young women. Hillary Clinton is not that woman.
She rode into power with her husband, and together they've acquired a long and seriously flawed history of self-serving and secretive financial and political dealings. The most cursory research will prove that true. She started out her political life supporting the racist Barry Goldwater. She is as comfortable with deception and trickery as George Bush. When I hear woman saying, "Oh, but that's how you get things done in Washington," I literally cringe.
I am passionately supporting Barack Obama. He can beat the Republicans; she cannot. Obama has attracted Independents and even Republicans to his camp, and in a general election they would vote for him, but not for Clinton. Clinton voted for the war, and has never apologized for it. Obama has spoken out against it from the beginning. Obama brings us hope--and not just that. Take a serious look at his ideas and experience.
Please, I beg of you, Sisters young and old: wait for the right woman. Then we can be proud.

Diane Wald

Posted by: cmroots | February 9, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

It seem that we have worked so long and hard to matter in this country just to be set back another two hundred years by the Hispanic vote. Even Though we stand with them and march with them because we know what it is to be left behind. They had a chance to stand and make history but chose to block the greatest progress the U.S. has ever been on the verg of making. History will allways blame the Hispanic vote for stalling America. We still love you but we hurt because of you. Will it be your fault when the supper delegates are not given to Obama? Maybe not but you sure made it easier for that to happen. That's one small step for a man; one giant leap backwards for mankind. My soul cries out in agony. I hope you will reverse this action in the votes to come.

Posted by: cmroots | February 9, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: kalistertr | February 8, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: kalistertr | February 8, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

how 'bout McCain / Lieberman ?

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 8, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Pawlenty in 08! This is not only a very electable ticket, but also a ticket good for America. With McCain's military accolades & Pawlenty's business-like book balancing sense, we have a winner! Plus, they are both likely to include all political parties in drawing up bills, this is simply good for America. With McCain's initial appeal to military conservatives and moderates & Pawlenty's appeal to fiscal & social conservatives...they win handily against any ticket. However, beating Clinton would be easier...b/c she initially excites the right wing against her & she does not excite cut and run defeatists for her.

Romney may move to Utah and run for office there...or try another round in Mass. for gov. or senate. Hey, isn't John Kerry up for re-election this year? What a debate that would be, one worthy of national television. Flip vs. flop. Nothing would be said, but a lot of words would be coming out.

Posted by: bryant_flier2006 | February 8, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Romney was the most educated and qualified candidate to run for president in decades."

poliscistudent, let us know when you take your first class.

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 8, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

...except that the Machiavelli in me says that Romney is just bowing out now so that he looks like a Team Player and does not tarnish his image so that he make another run in 2012.

Scary...

I still think Romney is dangerous.

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 8, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

This is great for America.

Romney's defeat proves that an election still could not be bought.

He pumped over 40 MIL into his campaign and still could get the votes. CNN last night reported that Romney spent over $306,000 for each delegate he garnered.

We all owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Huckabee for winning Iowa. After outspending Huckabbe 15-1 in Iowa, losing Iowa was a major disruption to Romney's plan.

I am an Independent, but I applaud the Republicans on this one. They saw through Romney's pandering and pathetic promises (he was going to bring auto manufacturing jobs back to Detroit?!?!) and saw Romney for what he is: an average businessman who inherited wealth and would promise anything to get elected.

Like Abe Lincoln said: "You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all the people all of the time".

This is encouraging...

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 8, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

A story says Bush will implicitly endose McCain at the Coservative convention everyone has been speaking at. The kiss of death?

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | February 8, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Interesting result of Romney's dropping out. Here's evidence that McCain may have problems getting the conservative vote and that Obama has more crossover appeal than Clinton.

In a Utah poll, 30 percent of the voters chose McCain, 25 percent chose Obama, 11 percent chose Clinton, and 2 percent chose Huckabee (whom they blame for Romney's losses). 22 percent don't know what they will do now.

http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=2625332

Posted by: okane3 | February 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

JimD posted a great exceprt last night, as follows. It bears repeating for those that don't review the whole thread:
-----------------------------------
Interesting perspective from conservative author Debra Saunders posted on RCP. She refers to the "McCain over my dead body" conservatives as the kiddie wing of the GOP - as in immmature, irresponsible, self-centered.


"When you listen to the McCain haters, you realize that they aren't angry at McCain's record or his votes, so much as they're incensed that the Arizona senator works with Democrats. Comment boards sneer at the very notion of compromise. Romney often faulted McCain for working on bills with Democrats. To the purists, elected officials are supposed to go to Washington to not work with those on the other side of the aisle. It is as if they think U.S. senators should spend the day pointing peashooters at each other. They don't want results. They want a food fight."

Posted by: bsimon | February 8, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Fred Thompson for VP. His "wake me when it's over" strategy is perfectly suited for the republicans' 2008 prospects.

Posted by: optimyst | February 8, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Get ready for a new movement -- "McCain Democrats" -- if Hillary is the nominee.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 8, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

CHRIS CILLIZZA:

HRC Campaign seeks to reassure on money

"The neck-and-neck race between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama took another intriguing turn Thursday as the Clinton campaign announced that it had raised $7.5 million in online contributions since Feb. 1, matching her rival."

This, plus the Ron Burkle $20 million payment to Bubba, should it be not investigated by you, reporter guys?

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8393.html

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 8, 2008 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Wait for the Giuliani dance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntT57iQJmbk

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 8, 2008 5:52 AM | Report abuse

While I respect his decision and find it an honorable thing to do, I for one deeply regret Romney's decision. He was my choice and Senator McCain can rest assured that my vote will not go to him unless I find Mr. Romney on Senator McCain's ticket.

Posted by: imwizzie | February 8, 2008 4:17 AM | Report abuse

hey truscott1...

If you are so frighened by Iraq or Iran and their ah...military prowess, how about signing up. Lord knows our people on their 3rd and 4th tours could use the help. Since McCain sees nothing ahead but war and more war, 100 years or so, you oould surely give 3 or 4 of yours.

One thing your boy McCain will do is put an end to all the chickenhawk war bullies. His plan (though you won't hear about it during the campaign) is to reinstate the draft. You know, you just can't fight a 100 year war with all volunteers.

Posted by: jtflynn | February 7, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

The republican party is fractured and over. Romney was their only hope. McCain won't be able to rally support. It's Hillary or Obama.
Romney was the most educated and qualified candidate to run for president in decades. He was an optimistic leader and he inspired us all to make the American Dream a reality. The other options in the republican party are dire. Romney had 11 states and McCain had 12. Romney had 4 million votes and McCain had 4.7 million. Washington state was coming up and Romney was predicted to win by a large percentage. Bigotry has destroyed the republican party.

Posted by: poliscistudent | February 7, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jon Stewart.

THANK YOU JON STEWART!!!!

Check his show out for 2/7.

He just did exactly what should have been going on.

He called Romney on the insane comment and took him to task on his absolutely ignorant and repugnant statements (and you really should listen to Mitt's whole speech to get a full taste of the garbage he spewed)

THANK YOU JON STEWART!

Posted by: chadibuins | February 7, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

********Gentle Reminder*********

Pray for a running mate that will at least help as we have to defeat Hillary Inc. If not, we'll have worse than McCain soft spots, we'll have:

Forced government health care
Retreat From Iraq
Laying down for Iran, N.Korea and Russia
U.N. tax sanctions
Liberal Justices

Before we get too far out on the 'thumbs-down on McCain' deal, we had better think about that.

I deal with liberal, Socialistic windbags on my 12 track music CD--1 of a kind @

www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott1 | February 7, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

When is someone going to call these fear mongerers on their ammoral terror peddling.

To equate the potential nominees of another AMERICAN party with surrenduring to terror is irresponsible.

It is the equivalent of yelling "FIRE! in a crowded theatre"--but why isn't anyone calling him on that.

IF the media, and atlking heads would just do that--hold them accountable for their fear mongering--we might not have wound up in Iraq to begin with.

That kind of attitude is absolutely UN-AMERICAN, and daggommit (let me say it again) someone should call his shady A** on it!

Posted by: chadibuins | February 7, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting perspective from conservative author Debra Saunders posted on RCP. She refers to the "McCain over my dead body" conservatives as the kiddie wing of the GOP - as in immmature, irresponsible, self-centered.


"When you listen to the McCain haters, you realize that they aren't angry at McCain's record or his votes, so much as they're incensed that the Arizona senator works with Democrats. Comment boards sneer at the very notion of compromise. Romney often faulted McCain for working on bills with Democrats. To the purists, elected officials are supposed to go to Washington to not work with those on the other side of the aisle. It is as if they think U.S. senators should spend the day pointing peashooters at each other. They don't want results. They want a food fight."

Posted by: jimd52 | February 7, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is bliss. You don't know what you just don't know. Romney is not perfect, but neither are the knuckle-heads that feel a need to be so critical. America loses now, not the Demicrats or the Republicans. Here is why-America's choice's will most likely be: Ms. Hillary I don't care or remember Lowinski, Mr. B.O.(not for body odor)I am proud to be a Muslim who will not salute the US Flag, or Mr. MUCK-CAIN (not any kin to Able)...and someone loathed Romney for having ethics and not supporting same sex marriages. This is a nation built from solid values. Adam and Eve...not Adam and Steve. Get your values straight America. We seem to be self destucting everything that made us great.

Posted by: webbm | February 7, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Pop!

Posted by: xSamplex | February 7, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

asteven-OH, I assume you're from Ohio, so you did not get to see our GINO (Governor in Name Only) in inaction. It's sad to see such promise squandered. He was a disinterested, inept Governor who would have made a terrible President. Yes, he has secured his place in American history, as the person who spent the most and got the least per $; as the despicable character who explained his own ineptness and lack of support (the true reasons for leaving the race) as a selfless act of someone wanting to save us from the Democrats, who somehow he perceives would do a worse job than his role model GW Bush in addressing terrorism; and as the candidate most hated by every other candidate in each party -- perhaps a first in the annals of American politics. I shudder to think there are actually people out there who still think this hack should be President!

Posted by: Ford1998 | February 7, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."

When Mitt was asked why, since he feels the war is so vital, his five strapping sons weren't in the Army, he said they WERE serving America in the best way they knew how, by helping him become President.

Since they're not doing that anymore, can they join the Army now?

Posted by: kenonwenu | February 7, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

What's all this about NOW MCCAIN IS THE FRONT RUNNER? Dude just saw his split opposition consolidate. Huckabee takes Virginia and Texas at the very least. You read it here first.

Posted by: asecularcom | February 7, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

timereader, It looks to everyone else like the biggest liar of all time is Hillary Clinton. After all the free press about her campaign's being in financial straights it now appears that the whole thing was a stunt -http://www.abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/story?id=4257358&page=1 !!! So, snivelling (twice) worked so well for the empty headed twits that ran to her support she is trying to play the broke damsel in distress, now. I suspect, if this doesn't work, we'll have Snidely Whiplash reported as tying her to railroad tracks...."Oh, Nell....." Not even Bullwinkle is dumb enough to buy this act three times in a row.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 7, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes!!! I can sleep well tonight. Romney was the biggest liar of them all ... I could not believe so many people voted for him especially in MA ... I guess you can be fooled twice.

He ended his campaign, the same way he began it ... With sheer liars and dishonesty .... Kiss that $40 million goodbye u jerk!!!

Bad news for Dems though, they could have easily beaten him ....

Posted by: timereader | February 7, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

we've just had one mor on in the white house so I dont think were ready for another-tho the rest arent far behind.
Let's have CHANGE-for the worse?

Posted by: nc91 | February 7, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney will yet secure his place in American politics. He is a winner. But, it's not over. McCain has still got to bring the GOP together. That is no small task.

As suggested earlier, don't count out a McCain/Romney ticket.

McCain/Lieberman? Don't make me laugh. McCain/Huckabee? Two liberals don't make a conservative. McCain/Crist? Someone has been in the sun too long.

Romney knows this country is in urgent need of help. Economically, we will be toast if we do not get strong leadership in the economic sector. He is the only one humble enough to serve without fanfare and reward. Just like his support team, America comes first.

Yogi Berra said, "It ain't over, 'til it's over." Amen brother... November is still a long way aways. Mitt doesn't lose in this... our country does.

Posted by: astevens-OH | February 7, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The local Boston talk lunatic, Jay Severin a shameless Romney apologist, today said that Romney's speech announcing he was suspending the campaign was the best political speech he ever heard. It's time for Mr. Severino and the rest of the Romney nuts to calm down and face reality - which for many of them would be quite a change.

Posted by: Ford1998 | February 7, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Dave Makkar, shame on you for insulting those of us who opposed Romney as a matter of principle. Although mainstream media, the Boston Globe put it best: "Romney ended his presidential campaign as a venture capitalist who squandered a quality brand - his own." Here was a guy with great ability and some history of success who thought it necessary to pander rather than run on his record. He deserved to lose and lose big. The MSM had nothing to do with Huckabee's ascendancy -they had written him off and left him pleading for attention at the debate at the Reagan Library, while Cooper asked every question to Romney & McCain. The MSM stuff is bull hokey. You should also take to heart Huckabee's references to the parable of the widow's mite -- the fact that Romney was willing to shell out $35 MM of his own money has nothing to do with character or patriotism or love of country. At least he was smart enough to quit and not spend it all. Unfortunately for him, his shallow pandering has spoiled his chances for a future run.

Posted by: Ford1998 | February 7, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain will make a severe left turn come the summer. His supporting Bush's tax cuts, and most other right platforms will end for he realizes by not supporting Bush 100% he won all of the moderate Republicans which translates into moderate Americans in the general election. If he is elected, I think he will owe no one anything and do what he not the party thinks is best for America. To all the ignorant neocons that want a "nuclear" senate I say this Democrats against a Janice Rodgers Brown is the same as Repulicans against a Bruce Wright type. If 60 senators cannot agree on the lifetime placement of a judge that person should not be a judge if the other 40 are appalled at the pick.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 7, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"After spending the whole campaign trying to figure out how to brand himself, he finally decided. He is:

King of the Chickenhawks.

Hear him squawk!!!"

Posted by: steveboyington | February 7, 2008 02:45 PM

Wanna hear a good tune about "Chickenhawks"?
check out:
http://www.myspace.com/mauitom

There's a good "squawk" at the end. Speaking of the end, bye, bye Mitt you sleazy, self-righteous, fear mongering windbag

Posted by: trmasonic | February 7, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Let me tell you what scares the daylights out of John McCain. Not Romney, not Huckabee.

Ron Paul running as a third party candidate scares the daylights out of John McCain!

Don't count this out. I believe that he has the grassroots to siphoned off at least 5-15% of the general election vote.

I think most of that vote would come from the GOP leaning side of voters.

Posted by: thunderboltchaplain | February 7, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Mitt couldn't get elected dog catcher in Massachussetts these days.

Posted by: jimd52 | February 7, 2008 01:41 PM

Well, you never know...I hear he has some pretty solid straps on his car roof....

Posted by: jimoneill50 | February 7, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The Hillary campaign would like to admit that. Yes we did break the rules, we went against our own party and the DNC. The american people must realize that this is a race and even though we are not worried about winning we must at least look like we are wining. Hillary supporters Please do not worry. In keeping with the american history that has long been set by our previous leaders. Whether getting a better possition on the job, recieving better pay, or flying to the moon our history in the U.S. has not allowed a black man to precede a white women. That is why it doesn't matter what we do or how the game is played, we will still win. The super delegates will go to our campaigne and Senator Hillary Clinton will be the next President. Fortunately for the Clinton campaign the vote of the people does not count. In the end the super delegates is all that matters. Everyone knows this, that is why President Clinton said it is okay to have Mr. Obama as president, but not yet,it is not his time, not before Hillary. That has been our history and we are not going to change the face of america until after we change the gender of the same. GO HILLARY!!!

Posted by: cmroots | February 7, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuTqgqhxVMc
Ann Coulter will campaign for Hillary if McCain is nominated.

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

Anyone who supports the Born Again, Faith Based, Pro Life Lying War Criminal Mass Murderer Serial Killer in Chief and the VP of Torture should never be in the WH. Anyone who supports wasting a couple of trillion dollars of taxpayers funds in Illegal Invasions of Sovereign States should never be our leader. If one had any courage, one would call for the Axis of Evil to be indicted for War Crimes. People who support Mission Accomplished is equally Guilty in the thousands of Murders. The Decider and his Murderous Gang need to face Justice at the International Criminal Court. There is no Statue of Limitations on War Crimes.

Only a Coward would send others to do his dirty work. Why have these Born Again Killers not made any sacrifices with their huge public salaries to finance their Illegal Invasions.

WHAT WOULD JESUS KILL?

The Guns Owned Party of the National Right to Annihilate are all Cowards with Guns. They can only Kill Defenseless Creatures. They have Zero courage without their Guns.

All of these Religious Extremist Psychos are Frauds. Only Deluded Ignorant Idiots would believe any of them and their Delusional Religious Fairy Tales.

INDICT the Born Again, Faith Based, Pro Life Lying War Criminal Mass Murderer Coward Serial Killer in Chief and the VP of Torture and their Gang of Born Again Coward Killers!

http://www.un.org/law/icc/statute/99_corr/cstatute.htm
War Crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court
935 Iraq Falsehoods

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, January 23, 2008; 1:00 PM

A nonprofit group pursuing old-fashioned accountability journalism is out with a new report and database documenting 935 false statements by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and other top administration officials hyping the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq in the two years after Sept. 11, 2001.

The Center for Public Integrity reports that its "exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

The database also documents how Bush and others had reason to know, or at least suspect, what they were saying was not supported by the facts.

John H. Cushman Jr. writes in the New York Times: "There is no startling new information in the archive, because all the documents have been published previously. But the new computer tool is remarkable for its scope, and its replay of the crescendo of statements that led to the war. Muckrakers may find browsing the site reminiscent of what Richard M. Nixon used to dismissively call 'wallowing in Watergate.'"

And yet there are plenty of reasons why the deceitful run-up to war is not old news. For one, the war goes on. For another, government credibility remains severely damaged. And then there's the fact that the president has never really been held to account for his repeated falsehoods.

Bush famously told The Washington Post, upon embarking on his second term, that he saw the 2004 election as his "accountability moment." Yet neither before nor since has he admitted mistakes or poor judgment. The closest he came may have been in December 2005, when he acknowledged intelligence failures -- by others.

Study Puts Iraqi Death Toll at 151,000
By MARILYNN MARCHIONE - Jan 9, 2008

About 151,000 Iraqis died from violence in the three years after the United States invaded, concludes the best effort yet to count deaths -- one that still may not settle the fierce debate over the war's true toll on civilians and others.

The estimate comes from projections by the World Health Organization and the Iraqi government, based on door-to-door surveys of nearly 10,000 households. Experts called it the largest and most scientific study of the Iraqi death toll since the war began.

Exxon Mobil posts $40.6 billion profit, Oil giant breaks record for largest annual profit by a U.S. company
By RUSSELL GOLD
February 2, 2008

Exxon Mobil Corp. posted the largest annual profit in U.S. corporate history, reporting 2007 net income of $40.61 billion, fattened by soaring oil prices. The company beat its own record of $39.5 billion set in 2006.

Oil and natural-gas production declined for the year at the world's largest publicly traded oil company by market capitalization, and Exxon said its refinery output also fell slightly from a year earlier. However, its bottom line benefited from significantly higher global crude-oil prices, which briefly touched $100 a barrel earlier this year.

Chevron Corp., the No. 2 U.S. oil company, also reported Brobdingnagian profits. Its $18.69 billion annual profit was a record for the San Ramon, Calif., company.

Report: Iraq war costs could top $2 trillion
New study takes into account long-term costs of healthcare for wounded soldiers.

By Tom Regan | csmonitor.com

A new study by Columbia University economist Joseph E. Stiglitz, who won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2001, and Harvard lecturer Linda Bilmes concludes that the total costs of the Iraq war could top the $2 trillion mark. Reuters reports this total, which is far above the US administration's prewar projections, takes into account the long term healthcare costs for the 16,000 US soldiers injured in Iraq so far.
"Even taking a conservative approach, we have been surprised at how large they are," the study said, referring to total war costs. "We can state, with some degree of confidence, that they exceed a trillion dollars."
The higher $2 trillion amount takes a 'moderate' approach. Both figures are based on the projection that US troops will remain in Iraq until 2010, with steadily decreasing numbers each year. The economists also used government data from past wars, and included such costs as the rise in the price of oil, a larger US deficit and greater global insecurity caused by the war, the loss to the economy from injured veterans who cannot contribute as productively as they would have done if not injured, and the increased costs of recruiting to replenish a military drained by repeated tours of duty in Iraq. These are items which are almost never included by the US government when determining the cost of the war.

Before the war started, Mitch Daniels, then the White House budget director, had said the war would be an "affordable endeavor" and rejected an estimate by the chief White House economic adviser that the war would cost between $100 billion and $200 billion as "very, very high."


Budget Hits $3 Trillion As Debt Marks Bush Legacy
By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS and JOHN D. MCKINNON
February 1, 2008

WASHINGTON -- George W. Bush took office in 2001 with budget surpluses projected to stretch years into the future. But it's almost certain that when he returns to Texas next year, the president will leave behind a trail of deficits and debt that will sharply constrain his successor.

On Monday, the president will unveil a $3 trillion-plus budget request for his final year, which is likely to show a deficit of more than $400 billion. New details of the budget emerged yesterday, with officials saying the White House plans to keep a lid on nonsecurity discretionary spending. It wants to cut about $200 billion from the government's medical programs for seniors and the poor. (See related story.)

The longer-term picture is darker. Despite his efforts, Mr. Bush failed to work out a deal with Congress to tackle the spiraling costs of government health and retirement programs. The next president, if he or she serves two terms, could find the U.S. government so deeply in hock that it would face losing its Triple-A credit rating, something that has never happened since Moody's Investors Service began grading U.S. securities in 1917.

As a result, the ambitions of Mr. Bush's successor to cut taxes, institute universal health care or aid troubled homeowners might have to give way to the reality of soaring costs for Social Security, the Medicare program for the elderly and the Medicaid program for the poor.


A Trillion Dollars wasted by the Born Again, Faith Based, Pro Life Lying War Criminal Mass Murderer Serial Killer in Chief and the VP of Torture. Vote for more Born Again Religous Hypocrite Frauds and expect more of the same stupid policies Illegally Invading Sovereign States, Wasting Taxpayers Money and Generating More Terrorists. What has been Gained by this Trillion Dollars Wasted?

Indict the Killer in Chief and the VP of Torture for War Crimes.

Rising Cost Of Iraq War May Reignite Public Debate
By YOCHI J. DREAZEN and JOHN D. MCKINNON
February 4, 2008

WASHINGTON -- The cost of U.S. military operations in Iraq is rising rapidly, and could reignite the national debate about the war, which has taken a back seat to the economy as an issue for most voters this election year.

Today, the White House will propose a federal budget that for the first time tops $3 trillion. The plan is expected to include a record sum for the Pentagon and an additional $70 billion in funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, while essentially freezing discretionary spending in areas other than national security, including most domestic programs.

The sharp contrast between President Bush's defense and domestic-spending goals could give Democrats a potent political weapon as the economy continues to deteriorate. But with the Democratic-controlled Congress likely to scrap most of Mr. Bush's spending plans, his funding proposal for Iraq may be one of the budget's most enduring elements.

Mr. Bush's budget calls for about $515 billion to be allocated to the Defense Department for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, according to people familiar with the matter. If passed by Congress, that would be the largest military budget -- adjusted for inflation -- since World War II.

Pending Requests

The budget also includes a separate request of $70 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 alone. For this fiscal year, Congress has yet to approve additional spending of about $102 billion the White House has requested for the two conflicts.

Boosted in part by rising fuel prices and the expense of repairing or replacing vehicles worn down by the long war, U.S. spending on Iraq has doubled in the past three years.

Last year's buildup of U.S. troops -- known as the "surge" -- and the military's growing use of expensive heavy munitions to roust Iraqi insurgents also have contributed to the cost increase. According to a recent Congressional Research Service report, the average monthly cost of the conflict -- by CRS's measure -- hit $10.3 billion in the year ended Sept. 30, 2007, up from $4.4 billion in fiscal 2004.

$1 Trillion Mark

With Congress having already approved $691 billion in war spending since 2001, the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined could rise to just under $900 billion by next spring and could near the $1 trillion mark by the end of 2009.

Pentagon officials acknowledge that war costs have risen sharply, but they say the added spending is justified not only by higher fuel and food prices but also by the need to provide better protective gear and other equipment to U.S. troops. They also note that the U.S. has begun spending tens of millions of dollars a year on salaries for what the Pentagon calls "Concerned Local Citizens," the mainly Sunni fighters who now function as neighborhood-watch organizations in many parts of Iraq.

On the domestic front, the president's new budget is expected to keep a tight lid on costs that aren't security-related. One big target for savings would be Medicare, the health-care program for the elderly. But the budget for homeland security is expected to rise sharply again, with much of the money going to increasing immigration enforcement and border security.

Today's announcement is also expected to project deficits in the range of $400 billion for both 2008 and 2009, thanks to a big economic-stimulus plan Congress is expected to approve. If war costs were fully included, the 2009 deficit would be even higher.

Wars Cost $15 Billion a Month, GOP Senator Says


By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2007; A07

The latest estimate of the growing costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the worldwide battle against terrorism -- nearly $15 billion a month -- came last week from one of the Senate's leading proponents of a continued U.S. military presence in Iraq.

"This cost of this war is approaching $15 billion a month, with the Army spending $4.2 billion of that every month," Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Appropriations defense subcommittee, said in a little-noticed floor speech Dec. 18. His remarks came in support of adding $70 billion to the omnibus fiscal 2008 spending legislation to pay for the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, as well as counterterrorism activities, for the six months from Oct. 1, 2007, through March 31 of next year.

CIA says used waterboarding on three suspects
Tue Feb 5, 2008 6:59pm EST
By Randall Mikkelsen

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The CIA used a widely condemned interrogation technique known as waterboarding on three suspects captured after the Sept. 11 attacks, CIA Director Michael Hayden told Congress on Tuesday.

"Waterboarding has been used on only three detainees," Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee. It was the first time a U.S. official publicly specified the number of people subjected to waterboarding and named them.

Congress is considering banning the simulated drowning technique. A Democratic senator and a human rights advocacy group urged a criminal investigation after Hayden made his remarks.

"Waterboarding is torture, and torture is a crime," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.


CIA chief: Waterboarding probably not legal
His testimony to lawmakers comes as attorney general refuses inquiry
The Associated Press
updated 2:12 p.m. CT, Thurs., Feb. 7, 2008
WASHINGTON - CIA Director Michael Hayden cast doubt on the legality of waterboarding on Thursday, a day after the White House said the harsh interrogation tactic has saved American lives and could be used in the future.

Hayden told the House Intelligence Committee that he officially prohibited CIA operatives from using waterboarding in 2006 in the wake of a Supreme Court decision and new laws on the treatment of U.S. detainees.

He said the agency has not used waterboarding for "just a few weeks short" of five years.

"It is not included in the current program, and in my own view, the view of my lawyers and the Department of Justice, it is not certain that that technique would be considered to be lawful under current statute," Hayden said.

Though now legally questionable, Hayden said, waterboarding was legal in 2002 and 2003, a time when the technique was used to interrogate Al-Qaida detainees.

Posted by: mawt | February 7, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Main Stream Media MSM has won who is party to McCain & Huckabee conspiracy to oust Romney. Both of them do not realize that MSM had showed their Preference for a Democrat from day one of the forced early Presidential Campaign by Hillary Clinton. An intelligent, talented and smart businessman with high moral and ethical standards has been made to withdraw against those who can not spell economy and can not run the country the way it should be run. This what MSM, Obama & Clinton wanted a weak Republican with hardly any credentials other than a War Hero to capture White House.

Shame on MSM & Bloggers who have been criticizing Romney who loves his country enough that he never hesitated to spend his own $38 million and time in an effort to bring better governance in America. What about Obama & Clinton with all kind of shady money and McCain who gat absolutely free Media including for his 95 year old mother to endorse him. A man who dumped his first wife for a younger woman; how he can be trusted to be a good President?

This election has been reduced by MSM to Obama & Clinton fight. Democrats rather than caring for American public are more focused on having 1St ultra radical woman who lacks core conviction & character, experienced in selling Presidential Pardons only Hillary Clinton or first African American with vast inexperience, slum lord's money, present only record in Legislature rather than Yes or No vote, a born again Christian minted with crafty literary help Barrack Obama to be the President and Commander in Chief of America.

When the Voters will look back why they had to suffer for 4 years of incompetent Government; then only they will repent and stop taking the word of MSM as word from God.

Dave Makkar

Posted by: davemakkar | February 7, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Truth, the down ticket action in Austin is on the D side - all 4 candidates for DA, for example. So if I lived in a County where the down ticket action was on the R side, I would stay in the R Primary. Indies like me favor BHO over HRC so there will be, in counties with D action on the ballot - that is, all the major cities - a probable small, but measurable, boost for BHO, caused by McC's virtual lock.

No change in the small towns or the rural areas can be expected, because there is no D action on the ticket.

It is fair to guess that virtually no Rs or Ds will x-over. But a large fraction of Texans are Is, just like everywhere else.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

svreader - yesterday (whilst admittedly laying into obama) you were HRC's biggest supporter on one of the other threads. How can you possibly wish Romney well after he says that she is surrendering to terrorists?

Posted by: jimoneill50 | February 7, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

"I think I'll pop over and say hi. Maybe he can wrest Kerry's seat away from him next year."
Posted by: kingofzouk

Haha, hilarious stuff zouk. You really crack me up sometimes.

Posted by: jimoneill50 | February 7, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win," he said. "And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror"

Disgusting, pathetic, a complete lack of grace and class.

As someone living in the UK, this, my American friends, is a good example of why Europeans and the rest of the world do not like and do not understand republicans.

Posted by: jimoneill50 | February 7, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Romney deserves credit for dropping out. Leaving the race took a lot of ego control and must have been hard to do. I join with all Americans in wishing him and his family the best for the future.

Posted by: svreader | February 7, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Dollyq,
GW Bush took care of destroying America's stature in the world. Romney whispered sweet nothings in your ear -- "send them back, $20 billion for the Michingan auto industry, family values, cut taxes!!!" and you blushed. But he is nothing but a cad, a shallow, self-serving dissembler,the worst of the major candidates. ANYONE of the remainder will do more to burnish the sullied image of our great country. By the way, the weed-whacker he talked about in his speech today, her heard about from his illegal gardener. As a BayStater who was similarly wooed when he became our GINO (Governor in Name Only), I know of which I speak. Glad he's gone. Now he can spend more time with his family (by all reports he is the proud patriarch of a great family, and I give him great credit for that).

Posted by: Ford1998 | February 7, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, the Washington Post didn't include his comment about France in their article. I got it from the BBC.com website. Here it is: "I am convinced that unless America changes course, we will become the France of the 21st Century - still a great nation, but no longer the leader of the world." --Mitt Romney

Posted by: jbsouldern | February 7, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Mark in Austin.... You said in an earlier post that since McCain was a lock you would vote in the D primary.

Do you think many Repbs will do that in TX?... and if so, how much could it distort the results? Would it be a vote to keep Hillary out, or to give it to her as the easiest to beat since she would rally the GOP base.

BTW, congrats on McCain's successful comeback. I sure underestimated his true grit!

http://whathappenedtomycountry.blogspot.com

Posted by: Truth_Hunter | February 7, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain flip-flopped since he ran in 2000 and has become just another Bushbot. He used to have principles, but now he is just another traitor in Congress who is out to destroy the Constitution.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | February 7, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

proud: I'm a Rat too (as opposed to a rat).

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 7, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

How sad-
What a loss-
For who knows better the trials of the working class than a billionaire Mormon?

Posted by: kase | February 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The comment about France....what a prize this guy is. I heard it said once that in France the politicians are afraid of the citizens, it is the other way around here... we let self-serving politicians bully us around. I think this may finally be the year where we see the average Joe & Josephine take back their power-no matter your party affiliation. Now I guess Mitt can get back to the business of raping & pillaging corporations.

Posted by: jbsouldern | February 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, JD. Happy Year of the Rat to you, too. Having been born in a year of the rat, it's my favorite one! The rat being a sign of prosperity. :)

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Mark, Also, Fred's strong stand on immigration would satisfy many who distrust McC because of the compromise bill.

I can see it now.... the Straight Talk Express becomes.........

The Straight Talk Red Pick-Up truck!!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

In an effort to soften my sometimes-harsh tone, let me be the first to wish everyone here a Happy Chinese New Year.

Wow, the 'Year of the Rat' is already here. And here I am, still writing 'Year of the Pig' on all my checks.

Posted by: JD | February 7, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Now it is just a race to see which liberal
(dem or repub) will sell our sovereignity faster.

Posted by: dollyq | February 7, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

proud, FDT really cares about fixing SS/Medicaid/Medicare and so does McC. They both know that will have to be a bipartisan fix. McC could give FDT, as his first brief, the convening of the Bipartisan Commission on entitlement reforms.

FDT would be good at it.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I think McC has his stnger out for WMR, proud.

FDT is a much, much better choice.

Perhaps he can catnap while presiding over the Senate so that he is alert in Cabinet meetings. :-) But he would be a good solid VP choice, I think.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

oops.
That should've been 'stranger', not stnger.

It's 5:00 o'clock somewhere!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

mark, Stnger things have happened. After a bitter rivalry, Reagan and George HW Bush teamed up to unite the party back in the 80's.

A Time article said "The Reagan-Bush ticket is in some ways an unlikely alliance, one made not to satisfy the hearts of Republican conservatives but to suit their new sense of pragmatism and their determination to capture the White House."

How apropos.

One other person came to mind earlier...how about Fred Thompson as VP?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Romney was just another Republican presidential candidate who can't beat ANY Democratic presidential candidate.

Posted by: kevinschmidt | February 7, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Willard is taking his flip flops and going home.

Posted by: TomIII | February 7, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 05:02 PM

It goes to the matter of naivite. She's shooting for the major leagues and lost her work shoes, uniform and bat on a merry go ride in Iowa. And she lost Iowa, big time.

Will she be ready on day one? Today she looks like a complete fool.

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 7, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to one who pandered shamelessly for votes. Both McCain and Huckaby appear genuine, regardless of their stands, and are therefore likable, whereas Romney came off as slick and patently phony. Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and other foaming-at-the-mouth uncompromising conservative extremists might be surprised at how little traction they have among a large majority of the American electorate. They came to the aid of Romney, but it appears that most people simply ignored them. Perhaps (and I hope so) the electorate is as sick of ranting political partisanship and its proponents as I am.

Posted by: sclarke | February 7, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

mwk5v - proud may have a different view, but I think WMR never gets near the McC Admin in a position of trust. That was sealed when WMR said he would not discuss the possibility that waterboarding was torture, if not before.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"miraclestudies" says Clinton should drop out too. Umm, she won all the big states except Obama's home state. Obama picked up the low-hanging fruit in the red states, where there are no Democrats come November, and the south, where most Democratic voters are African American and they will not be in the majority in those states in november. Seems to me that by any objective analysis of how things really work in a general election, Clinton is far and away the more powerful candidate. Obama is still a niche candidate (college students and African Americans). Whatever you are studying, mr. miracle, you should ask for your tuition back.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | February 7, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned yet the possibility of Romney as a VP candidate to McCain. It seems quite obvious really: Romney may be able to rally some of his conservative support to McCain, and his business savvy would complement McCain's (admitted) weakness in economics. Further, it might alleviate some voters' concerns about McCain's age, since a young and apparently vibrant Romney would be next in line.

Then again, some of the bad blood between the two candidates during this campaign may have sullied this possibility. What do you all think?

Posted by: mwk5v | February 7, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

"I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."


Phony dooooshbag to the end. Go back to gutting companies and firing workers for Christmas, you pathetic weasel.

Sorry, Repubs, you're stuck with McInsane now.

Posted by: psyberdawg | February 7, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I am going to miss Gumby's flip flops.

Posted by: knjincvc | February 7, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win," he said. "And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."

All religion aside, how does anyone that delusional amass half a billion dollars net worth?

Posted by: dude_wheres_my_country | February 7, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

rfpiktor - Whoever woulda thunk that money did not grow on trees?
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Its really not an issue for me; not the sort of thing that would have turned me against her - if I had been for her.

At least RG got to waste his campaign funds wintering in FL.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

ChipShirley - If you are less than ten years of age, please keep wasting space here; that would be better for you than having you whupped by the kids in your neighborhood who despise you by now.

Otherwise, you may go interact with politics12 on your own MySpace pages.
Seriously, you have our permission.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 12:00 PM

Mark, here's the juice on Hillary's 2006 senate campaign. It has citations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_clinton#Reelection_campaign_of_2006

Reelection campaign of 2006

In November 2004, Clinton announced that she would seek a second term in the United States Senate. The early frontrunner for the Republican nomination, Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, withdrew from the contest after several months of poor campaign performance.[225] Clinton easily won the Democratic nomination over opposition from anti-war activist Jonathan Tasini.[226] Clinton's eventual opponents in the general election were Republican candidate John Spencer, a former mayor of Yonkers, along with several third-party candidates. Throughout the campaign, Clinton consistently led Spencer in the polls by wide margins. She won the election on 7 November with 67 percent of the vote to Spencer's 31 percent,[227] carrying all but four of New York's sixty-two counties.[228] Clinton spent $36 million towards her reelection, more than any other candidate for Senate in the 2006 elections. She was criticized by some Democrats for spending too much in a one-sided contest, while some supporters were concerned she did not leave more funds for a potential presidential bid in 2008.[229] In the following months she transferred $10 million of her Senate funds towards her now-official presidential campaign.[230]
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If she cain't manage her campaign's financial sputtering jalopy,which is merely a multi-million dollar proposition how is she going to manage/mismanage a three trillion budget?

On the other hand, the money machine that keeps on keeping on.

Obama on pace to raise $30 M in Feb.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8374.html

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 7, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Rush and Ann Coulter are sending a very clear message to HRC supporters: Hillary Clinton's completely ruthless campaign is EVERY BIT as bad for the Democrats (if not more so) than Mitt Romney's presidential bid was for the Republicans.

If Hillary could only read the writing on the wall (and had the same level of integrity as Mr. Romney), she'd see that she's on the back-side of the wave that is clearly indicating what Democratic voters want in their nominee AND DROP OUT, too.

Posted by: miraclestudies | February 7, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

JD: LOL

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 7, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I live in AZ. I've warned people that John McCain is so evil and so crooked that he managed in the last election for his Congressional seat, to have NO ONE running against him (no other Republican and no Democrat). Deja vu.
Now the question is, what threat did he make against the families of Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter and Mitt Romney. I think those men are too strong to quit due to a personal threat - so it had to be against the people they love. Romney has the money to keep going - you know that and so do I. This was the work of evil and vice!

Posted by: slmillage | February 7, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ChipShirley | February 7, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to guess tomorrow's headline?

"I quitt"

Posted by: JD | February 7, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Hey Willard, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

Posted by: leuchtman | February 7, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey politics12, please post a little longer posting next time. Yours was too short.

(Sorry blarg and bsimon, was that too mean of a comment?)

Posted by: JD | February 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the positions of any of the past or present GOP candidates.

I don't dislike any of them personally except Romney. He alone among the pack is a phoney, an opportunist, a demogouge and a liar.

Posted by: DROSE1 | February 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

According to a campaign spokesman, Romney decided to drop out as he was writing his CPAC speech yesterday. He repeatedly cited the Iraq war effort in his decision, saying he agrees with McCain in his approach to fighting terrorism.

Good job Mitt, old boy. Way to go out strong. I have a lot more respect for him now.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I am a Christian but HATED seeing Huckabee use his faith as a campaign poster. I like that Ron Paul is a Christian but what I like more is that he lives by his faith but performs his job in the House by the Constitution. He is honorable, loves the freedoms the Constitution gives and wants to give them to everyone whether or not he agrees with them. There were no WMD in Iraq, Al Qaida was not in Iraq, whey are we in Iraq? Shouldn't we rather have invaded Saudi Arabia? He is by far the smartest candidate on the economy and that is something we desperately need right now -- we're tanking. Why is integrity something to be laughed at in America? I'm sticking with Ron Paul. McCain will have us in a never-ending war, will have every 5th U.S. citizen a latino, and will have us drowning in taxes without a 1st amendment right to say anything about it. McCain may have served honorably in the war, but the wife who waited for him was crippled in an accident and he dumped her for some younger, richer one. For what price will be dump America?

Posted by: smccutch | February 7, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Not being a regular Rush listener, I found his radio program interesting today; he was saying that he's going to raise money for HRC, figuring she'd do more to unite the party than any GOP candidate.

I find it hilarious when people on this site continue to proclaim that she's the only one who can win in Nov. If anyone took 2 seconds to look at the polls, they'd see that McCain vs HRC is a reasonably easy victory for McCain (*especially* if conservatives rally to him), and McCain vs Obama is a toss up at best.

HRC's negatives are near 50%. There is no voter she doesn't have now that she's going to get in Nov. She'd have to run the near perfect campaign, and have McCain caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy, if she's to win.

Posted by: JD | February 7, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

What a graceless ass. He can't simply leave because he's toast, he has to make it sound like somee heroic action on his part. For good measure, he has to throw in some more hideous Rovean accusation that the Democrats want to "surrender to terror." Go count your money, loser.

Posted by: tquinn1 | February 7, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Did Governor Romney not know about Senator John McCain's dubious past, which if the Media, including the Washington Post, does its job in stead of giving him a free pass would make Senator McCain unelectable? Senator McCain's apparently close family links to organized crime? His apparent involvement in costing US tax payers of billions of dollars to help his good buddy Charles Keating as a member of the Keating Five? His appalling record in the treatment of veterans and veterans' families and the families of MIAs? The following appeared 11 years ago on a small veterans' website and has been ignored since. Why?

http://www.usvetdsp.com/story22.htm

Sen. McCain Wants To Be President
Check-out his unpresidential credentials

January-February 1997 Issue
By Ted Sampley
U.S. Veteran Dispatch


Citing his 5-1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, columnists and journalists freehandedly describe Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona as a war hero.

Washington Post columnist George Will wrote about McCain in 1988, "He was a prisoner for 5-1/2 years. Because he was properly obstinate, he was in solitary confinement most of that time . . . Every day for two years, one of his guards ordered him to bow, and then knocked him down."

Joseph Spear, an awestruck columnist who wanted presidential candidate Bob Dole to pick McCain for vice president wrote, "McCain is a war hero . . . He was tossed into the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison camp, where he was hung by his fractured arms for hours at a time." Many have written columns suggesting that McCain is presidential material and advocate his running for the nation's highest office.

McCain obviously agrees.
Reuter's News Service reported in January that the 60 year old McCain says he wants to be President of the United States.

McCain also thinks President Clinton, who dodged the draft rather than serve in Vietnam, is the perfect presidential role model. He recently told the press that Clinton "is the best politician I have ever seen."

McCain, however, does not think so highly of the POW/MIA families and activists who openly challenge the U.S. government's POW/MIA policy, many of whom walked the halls of Congress during the Vietnam War years demanding America's prisoners of war, including POW McCain, not be forgotten.

McCain, as a member of the 1992 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, took the lead in demanding a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the POW/MIA activists and their organizations. He accused the activists of fraud because in some of their fund-raising literature the activists claimed the U.S. government knowingly left U.S. POWs behind after the Vietnam War and that some remain alive today.

McCain openly attacked the activists telling the press, "The people who have done these things are not zealots in a good cause. They are the most craven, most cynical and most despicable human beings to ever run a scam." The Justice Department did investigate the POW/MIA activists and their organizations and found no reason to charge any POW/MIA activist.

McCain's use of the words craven, despicable and scam are mighty powerful and poisonous words from a man who admittedly traded "military information" to his communist captors in exchange for better medical treatment--or who divorced the wife that stood by him while he was a POW, after she became crippled in an accident.

Those words are hypocritical from a man whose younger and richer wife (she's an heir to Hensley & Co., the second largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributor in the United States) got caught after stealing drugs for two years from a charitable organization of which she was president.

Editor's note: The U.S. military Code of Conduct is the definitive code specifying the responsibilities of American military personnel while in combat or captivity.

Article V of the Code is very specific in ordering U.S. military personnel to avoid answering questions to the utmost of their ability and to make no oral or written statements disloyal to the United States and its allies or harmful to their cause. Any willful violation of the Code is considered collaborating with the enemy.

U.S. Navy pilot John McCain was shot down on his 23rd mission over North Vietnam, October 26, 1967. He was released March 1973 after being held captive by the North Vietnamese for 5-1/2 years.

Within days of his release, McCain wrote the following account of his captivity, which was published in U.S. News and World Report - May 14, 1973:
"I think it was on the fourth day [after being shot down] that two guards came in, instead of one. One of them pulled back the blanket to show the other guard my injury. I looked at my knee. It was about the size of a football . . . when I saw it, I said to the guard, 'O.K., get the officer' . . . an officer came in after a few minutes. It was the man that we came to know very well as 'The Bug.' He was a psychotic torturer, one of the worst fiends that we had to deal with. I said, 'O.K., I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital.'"

McCain now says it was only a coincidence that at the same time he was offering "military information" in exchange for special medical treatment, his captors discovered that his father was Adm. John S. McCain Jr., commander of all U.S. forces in Europe and soon-to-be commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific, including Vietnam.

Upon learning about McCain's father, the communists, in an unprecedented move, rushed McCain to one of their military hospitals where he received treatment not available for other U.S. prisoners of war.

Read following news excerpts that chronicle McCain and his associations:

"Nhan Dan today published answers to questions by one of its correspondents made by a U.S. air pirate detained in North Vietnam. "He is Lt. John Sidney McCain . . ." Hanoi VNA International Service in French - November 9, 1967

"To a question of the correspondent, McCain answered: 'My assignment to the Oriskany, I told myself, was due to serious losses in pilots which were sustained by this aircraft carrier due to its raids over North Vietnam territory and which necessitated replacements. From 10 to 12 pilots were transferred like me from the Forrestal to the Oriskany . . . upon arrival near the target, our formation, with six bombers, would mount the attack according to the following order: I would be number three, and the chief of the formation, number one. Each pilot would have to approach the target from a different direction, the choice of which would be left to him.'" A November 9, 1967 declassified Department of Defense document

"A meeting which will leave its mark on my life: My meeting with John Sidney McCain was certainly one of those meetings which will affect me most profoundly for the rest of my life. I had asked the North Vietnamese authorities to allow me to personally interrogate an American prisoner. They authorized me to do so. When night fell, they took me--without any precautions or mystery--to a hospital near the Gia Lam Airport reserved for the military. (Passage omitted) The officer who receives me begins: I ask you not to ask any questions of political nature. If this man replies in a way unfavorable to us, they will not hesitate to speak of "brainwashing" and conclude that we threatened him. (Passage omitted) "This John Sidney McCain is not an ordinary prisoner. His father is none other than Admiral Edmond John McCain, commander in chief of U.S. Naval forces in Europe." Written by "prominent" French television reporter Francois Chalais - January 1968

"Reds Say PW Songbird Is Pilot Son of Admiral
. . . Hanoi has aired a broadcast in which the pilot son of United States Commander in the Pacific, Adm. John McCain, purportedly admits to having bombed civilian targets in North Vietnam and praises medical treatment he has received since being taken prisoner." Saigon-UPI, June 4, 1969

"The English-Language broadcast beamed at South Vietnam was one of a series using American prisoners. It was in response to a plea by Defense Secretary Melvin S. Laird, May 19, that North Vietnam treat prisoners according to the humanitarian standards set forth by the Geneva Convention." The Washington Post - June 5, 1969

"Dr. Fernando Barral, a Spanish psychiatrist residing in Cuba, returned from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam . . . he brought back some journalistic news: an interview with a North American pilot captured in the DRV after bombing Hanoi on 26 October 1967. The meeting between him and the pilot took place in an office of the Committee for Foreign Cultural Relations in Hanoi. The pilot interviewed is Lt Cmdr John Sidney McCain, son and grandson of American Navy Admirals . . . "In the course of the interview, on various occasions he showed that knowledge of the language, saying some words, dates, and so forth in Spanish, or [using it] when he thought the interpreter was seeking the corresponding French word. "Naturally, from the beginning this established a more direct communication between us, and more than one question or my response was made directly in Spanish." Havana Granma - January 24, 1970

"Let me emphasize that there were many, many fine women who supported what they knew their husbands believed in. My wife, Carol, was one of those and I am proud of her." U.S. New and World Report - May 14, 1973

Editor's note: In 1980, McCain's personal life soured. He divorced Carol, who had been seriously injured and crippled in a motor vehicle accident, and married Cindy Hensley, whose father Jim is an Arizona "beer baron."

"Republican Sen. John McCain reported a net worth of at least $830,705 but possibly as much as $1.2 million or more, excluding personal residences . . . McCain listed his wife, Cindy, as the source of most of his assets. . . the bulk of McCain's assets consisted of stock in three Glendale firms - Hensley & Co., a beer distributorship headed by his father-in-law; Western Leasing Co., which leases trucks and equipment; and Eagle Enterprises, which invests in real estate and stock." The Phoenix Gazette - May 19, 1987

"So why has Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., gone to unprecedented lengths to block reform of the Senate campaign finance system? Why does he oppose letting this important matter even come to a vote? Perhaps it's because he is a prime beneficiary of the special interest funding of congressional elections. "McCain raised over $2.5 million for his 1986 election . . . more than $760,000 of his campaign funds came from political action committee (PACs) . . . especially disturbing are the contributions to McCain's campaign coffers from PACs outside of Arizona." The Phoenix Gazette - December 8, 1987

"While Sen. John McCain's wife and father-in-law were investing with Charles H. Keating, Jr. in a shopping center, McCain was helping Keating battle federal regulators who questioned his operation of Lincoln Savings and Loan . . . [photo caption] Documents show that Sen. John McCain's wife, Cindy, and father-in-law, James W. Hensley (second from right) are the largest investors in Fountain Square Shopping Center. Their partnership is managed by subsidiaries of American Continental Corp., run by Charles H. Keating, Jr. (right). But John McCain contends there was no conflict in his helping Keating battle federal regulators." The Arizona Republic - October 8, 1989

"Sen. John McCain had more than a constituent relationship with Charles H. Keating, Jr. prior to 1987 . . . the McCains - sometimes with their daughter and baby sitter - made at least nine trips at Keating's expense from August 1984 to August 1986 aboard either Keating's American Continental Corporation's jet or chartered planes and helicopters owned by Resorts International. Three of the trips were for vacations at Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas." The Arizona Republic - October 8, 1989

"McCain, in a radio talk-show appearance last week condemned disclosures of his family's ties to Keating as "irresponsible journalism." The Arizona Republic - October 17, 1989

" . . . both in telephone conversations with reporters and on a live radio talk show, the Republican senator was far from calm. He was agitated. Angry. And the way he dealt with unpleasant questions was to bully the questioners . . . 'You're a liar,' McCain snapped Sept. 29 when an Arizona Republic reporter asked him about business ties between his wife, Cindy McCain, and Keating . . . 'That's the spouse's involvement, you idiot,' McCain sneered later in the same conversation. 'You do understand English, don't you?' ". . . Not content with just bullying reporters, McCain tried belittling them: 'It's up to you to find that out, kids.' . . . McCain wasn't talking to liars. He wasn't talking to juveniles. The senator was talking to two reporters." The Arizona Republic - October 17, 1989

"Employees at Hensley & Co., a $100 million Anheuser-Busch distribution firm, also say that during McCain's first campaign for Congress, some workers were pressured into going door-to-door in neighborhoods to hand out McCain election pamphlets . . . Hensley employees say they must take the checks to work, where they are collected by supervisors. I asked one person if employees were assured that all contributions were voluntary . . . 'no way,' I was told. 'And my (spouse) and I aren't even registered (to vote). That's what makes us so mad." The Arizona Republic - November 1, 1989

"As a 100 percent, service-connected, disabled ex-prisoner of war, I sought help from John McCain when he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and I needed help in regard to a claim for back service-connected disability compensation. I did so because I thought that as an ex-POW himself he could relate to my problem. When I could not reach him via letters to his office, I wrote to his home address. That was a very enlightening experience . . . my letter, addressed to the congressman, was opened by his wife, Cindy. She didn't like what she read, so she wrote me a nasty letter. Apparently John McCain isn't even capable of communicating on a one-to-one basis with someone who was a POW and returned from his experience in far worse physical condition than John McCain returned from his experience . . . M. "Shane" Schoenborn." The Phoenix Gazette - November 4, 1989

"Reporters also 'discovered' that the senator's wife and father-in-law invested $359,100.00 in one of Mr. Keating's projects in 1986 . . ." The Phoenix Gazette - November 13, 1989

"The liquor case is particularly intriguing as it resulted in criminal charges against Marley's subordinates, James and Eugene Hensley. If the last name sounds familiar, it's because James is papa to Cindy McCain, who is wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is infamous lately as a member of the Keating Five . . . Marley also has been a shadow figure in the 1976 slaying of Republic reporter Don Bolles. Bolles wrote extensively about Marley's lucky past. And about how the Hensleys (Marley's managers) bought Ruidso Downs racing track in New Mexico. He wrote about Eugene Hensley spending five years in federal prison for a skimming scam. And about the Hensleys selling their track to a buyer linked with Emprise Corp. And about Marley's liquor ties with Emprise . . . one of Bolles' final dispatches appeared as Marley was about to become a member of the Arizona Racing Commission - the agency that regulates racetracks, including those run at the time by Emprise . . . the story dispatched Marley's appointment. Two months later, a car bomb killed Bolles." The Phoenix Gazette - January 4, 1990

"Bradley J. Funk, an antique dealer linked to the 13-year-old Don Bolles murder case through his family's former ownership of dog-racing tracks, has died of a heart attack, authorities said Jan. 2 . . . Bolles, 47, a former investigative reporter with the Arizona Republic, died June 13, 1976, about 11 days after a dynamite-based bomb blew up beneath his car . . . in his last statement before lapsing into unconsciousness, he mentioned the Mafia, John Adamson and Emprise Corp., a Buffalo, N.Y. company with a far-flung sports empire which once included ownership of the Boston Bruins hockey team and the former Cincinnati Royals basketball franchise . . . now known as Delaware North Cos., Emprise was convicted in 1972 of a federal charge of conspiring to hide Mafia interest in a Las Vegas, Nev., casino . . . Emprise and the Funk family were partners in six dog-racing tracks in the state and the Prescott Downs horse track, and Bolles had ripped their operations in print." Arizona Business Gazette - January 5, 1990

"McCain's involvement with Keating . . . when reporters called him with questions last year about previously unknown ties to Keating, an investment by wife Cindy McCain in a Keating shopping center and trips to Keating's Bahamas home, McCain went into a rage." The Arizona Republic - April 29, 1990

"Cars, homes and bank accounts of 18 people, including eight state legislators, were confiscated in a civil racketeering lawsuit that paints a portrait of lawmakers eager to sell their influence for as little as $660 and as much as $750,000 . . . Richard Scheffel, another lobbyist indicted but not targeted in the civil racketeering suit, is reputed to have been paid $20,000 to identify and approach lawmakers interested in trading votes for money . . . in a bid to establish his professional credentials with Stedino, Scheffel is reported to have boasted that '(U.S.) Sen. John McCain's father-in-law gives money to politicians through him' . . . Bauer, in his report, said Scheffel claimed that 'each January he receives $30,000 from the local Anheuser-Busch distributor, Jim Hensley,' adding that Hensley also supplied him with names of people to list as contributors." The Phoenix Gazette - February 6, 1991

". . . Bob Delgado, executive vice president for Hensley. He also pointed out that Scheffel was a lobbyist for Anheuser-Busch Inc. and not Hensley & Co . . . Hensley & Co. has a pattern, according to state campaign filings, of registering key executives as lobbyists." The Phoenix Gazette - February 9, 1991

"Hensley & Co., a Phoenix-based beer distributor, rewards its drivers and sales people with parties at Phoenix Greyhound Park . . . 'It's been an excellent motivator for us to use for incentive contests,' said Dave Daulton, assistant vice president at Hensley." The Arizona Republic - February 15, 1991

"Don't overlook that multifaceted beer distributor Jim Hensley, father-in-law to Republican Sen. John McCain of modest Keating fame. According to current AzScam records, Hensley is a financial godfather to hosts of lobbyists." The Phoenix Gazette - March 16, 1991

"McCain, meanwhile, reported assets of more than $5.4 million, much of it held jointly with his wife, Cindy. The couple reported holding at least $2 million in stock in Hensley & Co., a beer distributorship owned by Cindy McCain's father, Jim Hensley . . . John McCain, R-Ariz., also reported at least $500,000 in Anheuser-Busch debentures, with most of the rest of the assets primarily in land holdings that his wife has invested in with her family . . . last year, McCain's wealth was estimated by Roll Call at closer to $2.9 million." The Arizona Republic - May 16, 1991

"At the time, Devereux stumbled upon Bolles' notes concerning Charles C. Morgan, a Tucson escrow agent who took a bullet to the head in 1977 while wearing a bulletproof vest. According to Devereux, Morgan worked for organized crime figures . . . Devereux says, Danny Casolaro called 'out of the blue' to ask about laundering operations, a Tucson bank, the Bonanno family and Reagan administration officials . . . a few weeks after that conversation, Casolaro was found in a West Virginia motel room with his wrists slashed. The case, initially ruled a suicide . . . The Phoenix Gazette - March 28, 1992

"Miller blamed the car-bomb slaying on former greyhound owner John Harvey Adamson, who has confessed to murdering Bolles; Phoenix lawyer Neal Roberts; and the late Bradley Funk, whose family used to race greyhounds in Arizona . . . 'this is a case of two contracts, a contract to kill and a contract to cover up who ordered the killing,' he said . . . Granville contended that Dunlap plotted with Adamson to have Bolles killed in behalf of Kemper Marley Sr., a Phoenix land and liquor baron." The Arizona Republic - February 10, 1993

"An Oregon racing regulator who has been offered the top post in the Arizona Racing Department thwarted in 1990 a Portland newspaper's investigation of a possible link between an Oregon track and an alleged organized-crime figure . . . on Friday, Gov. Fife Symington offered Barham the position of director of the Arizona Racing Department. Barham also would become director of the State Gaming Agency, which regulates Indian gaming . . . the Oregonian was looking into a possible connection between Oregon Racing, Inc. and the Emprise Corp., which had been forced out of Oregon because of allegations involving organized crime . . . the Oregonian became curious about Oregon Racing after learning that one of its early investors shared an office in Kenner, La., with John G. Masoni, a longtime Emprise partner . . . the Oregonian said Florida officials consider Masoni an 'associate' of the Detroit Mafia . . . Emprise, now called Delaware North Cos., long has had an interest in Arizona racing. At one time, the company had a virtual monopoly on dog and horse racing in the state in partnership with the Funk family of Phoenix . . . in the mid- '70s, the state moved to break the monopoly in light of a 1972 felony conviction of the company. Emprise was convicted in U.S. District Court in California of conspiring with racketeers to hide an ownership interest in the Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas." The Arizona Republic - June 23, 1993

Photo caption: "Below, Charles Keating III and McCain, then a member of the U.S. House, celebrate their August birthdays at the Keating's beachside estate at Cat Cay in the Bahamas." The Phoenix Gazette - September 12, 1993

"Cindy McCain, the wife of U.S. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, admitted in a series of media interviews Monday that she became addicted to the painkillers Percocet and Vicodin. She said that she used the drugs from 1989 to 1992 and acknowledged that she had stolen some pills from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a charitable organization of which she is president . . . at one point, McCain, 40, was ingesting 15 to 20 pills a day . . . the normal dosage for seriously ill patients is 6 to 10 a day for a short period." The Arizona Republic - August 24, 1994

"Cindy McCain, who admitted to drug addiction this week, faces more problems, this time involving the adoption of a Bangladeshi baby two years ago.
"Sources confirmed Wednesday that a former employee of McCain's volunteer medical team has accused her of demanding that he commit perjury in adoption proceedings for her daughter, Bridget." The Phoenix Gazette - August 25, 1994

"Her husband is Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz."
"Cindy McCain was investigated recently by the Drug Enforcement Administration for stealing and using Percocet and Vicodin, both narcotic painkillers from her aid organization . . . the county attorney's report provides a window to drug dealings within Cindy McCain's nonprofit corporation . . . Gosinski also alleged that Cindy McCain abused her husband's office and diplomatic privileges by transporting illegal substances overseas. He also claimed, according to her lawyers, that Cindy McCain tried to prevent him from providing accurate information to the DEA." The Phoenix Gazette - August 25, 1994

"About 300 guests turned out Saturday night to celebrate the 90th birthday of Joseph 'Joe Bananas' Bonanno, retired boss of New York's Bonanno crime family. He retired to Tucson in 1968 . . . John McCain, R-Ariz., and Gov. Fife Symington sent their regards by telegram." The Arizona Republic - January 17, 1995

Posted by: politics12 | February 7, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"...what became of his: "Going all the way to the convention" promise just yesterday?"

Are you refering to John Edwards or Mitt Romney? Same old script, different day.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 04:01 PM

LOL. I put about as much faith in those remarks as when an owner gives a 'vote of confidence' to a manager or head coach. Heads are about to roll.

Posted by: JD | February 7, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank god. Having experience with the LDS church, their boy would be allowing Salt Lake to guide the country, and for those that aren't familiar-it would require joining and adapting, or else. Besides, our experience with the Bush dynasty shows that a corporate type in charge equates into record corporate profits, record CEO pay levels, taxes for the CEO that matches his receptionist, and outsourcing to India and China, in the name of improving the bottom line. So where is the rest of the country in that scenario?

Posted by: nubond | February 7, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

To Spectator2: Thanks. It's nice to know somebody's interested in doing some thinking along with their arguing.

I've pretty much ruled out every election back through 1904, but I don't know the backgrounds of a lot of the ninteteenth-century candidates. I see a trip to the library coming (and no, I'm not going to trust this to Google, Wikipedia, et al.).

Posted by: DavidJack | February 7, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

My deepest respect to Mitt Romney for his faith, fortitude, patience and grace which he displayed throughout his candidacy. He truly fit the mold for not only a conservative republican, but he actually LIVES his VALUES.

Mitt Romney would've made a great leader. He was the man for fixing the economy and cleaning up Washington. He made people feel uncomfortable because he is so successful.

2008 and for all the good America does in the world, it's been a shameful past year watching a wonderfully decent man and his church be the brunt of religious intolerance and persecution. Rarely, did any of us read a newspaper article or hear a television commentary where we didn't hear about 'the concerns within the evangelical community' concerning Mitt Romney's faith. Had this been any other religion, we would've heard plenty. I can only wonder why Americans didn't step up for tolerance and respect to those friends and neighbors they know as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hopefully now, the blog attacks will end. Hopefully, we all come to recognize that without tolerance, men do not live their values. No matter what amount of money the Romney campaign spent, no amount of money will ever be able to change the hearts and minds of those who have been poisoned.

No one will ever forget Super Tuesday's tragic forces of nature in certain southern states. Maybe it is time afterall, for remembering the values which this nation was founded on.


Posted by: beltwaysense | February 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, now it's time for the Democratic candidates to be realistic, put their egos aside and get together and seriously discuss which candidate, Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama, will be best suited to run against John McClain. This election is about what is best for our country, our economy, our safety, NOT about who is the bigger person. Senators' Clinton and Obama MUST think about the people of this country they will represent in Washington. Please do not divide this party any more than it already is. Either candidate will excel in the Oval Office, but it's time for one to step aside in order for the other to concentrate (and use their campaign contributions) on the upcoming fight against the REAL opposing candidate, Republican John McCain.

Posted by: txslatino2003 | February 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"...what became of his: "Going all the way to the convention" promise just yesterday?"

Are you refering to John Edwards or Mitt Romney? Same old script, different day.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

MissRed posted:

"As a member of the LDS church it was exciting to have Romney out there and showing the world that we do exist and that we work towards a better America. I'm looking forward to 2012 when he runs again."

All I can say is that the LDS has come a long way since Mitt's father, George, ran in '64. The "Prophet" had to receive a special revelation from God that Blacks were no longer an "accursed race" which had been Mormon doctrine since Joseph Smith. Like Mitt, his dad couldn't quite figure out where he stood and was desperate for the African-American vote. Duplicity didn't work any better in '64 than it did in '08.

Posted by: jovan66102 | February 7, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually I wish he would get the nomination, because he has zero chance to get elected. McCain actually has a good chance. In quiting, romney vocalized one of the many reasons I could NEVER vote for a repuglicon. This peice of rethuglicon scum basically says a vote for a democrat is surrendering to terror. I guess the dems are weak because they don't invade countries that are minding their own business based on a pack of lies. He also ignores the FACT that there have been numerous studies that have concluded that the neocon chickenhawk policies have made the world a more dangerous place and not less dangerous. If the American people are still stupid enough to vote for someone who runs on the "I'll save you from the boogeyman" platform, they deserve whatever they get. Then again, most of their followers are ignorant, uninformed, naive and embarrassingly easy to manipulate, so anything can happen.

Posted by: red2million | February 7, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Let me make this very clear to the pro-Amnesty Open Borders traitors in our nation.

Many of us will never vote for John McCain, under any circumstances.

The illegal immigration issue will not calm down, things are about to get louder and more intense than ever!

McCain won because the anti-illegal immigration vote was split three ways among Romney, Paul, and Huckabee. While we are aware that Huckabee is working in collusion with the McCain campaign, most voters believed he was going to make the illegal aliens leave America in 120 days! While we know that his 180 degree shift to present himself as against Amnesty and for immigration enforcement was a calculated farce, but the voters thought otherwise because the mainstream media refused to tell people the truth!

A McCain win will not stop the escalating problems from illegal immigration. Each day, more Americans will be murdered by illegal aliens. More atrocities will befall American citizens, more jobs and wages will be lost, more tax dollars will be stolen from us, and more illegal aliens will be in our face making demands of us, especially with the coming visit of Mexican President Calderon who comes to address his citizens on America soil.

While we did not win the battle this week, the McCain win results in a stalemate between our team and the Global aristocracy that has hijacked our nation. The elites may be able to hold their ground in the highest towers, but they are not gloating today, they are sighing in relief because they were terrified that the immigration issue could take them out of power in the Executive Branch, where they have accomplished most of their plans.

To date, Ron Paul is the ONLY remaining Presidential candidate that has promised 'NO AMNESTY' for illegal aliens, unless Lou Dobbs decides to get on board and defend American citizens.

Posted by: jude3 | February 7, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

That's amazing even for Romney...a 180 degree flip-flop in mid-air...what became of his: "Going all the way to the convention" promise just yesterday?

Posted by: Jerryvov | February 7, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

One Jesus-freak down, one to go...

Posted by: ictoan2 | February 7, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"Surrender to terror"?

That's an obscene new low for American politics.

Posted by: HillMan | February 7, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Thank you wilkins937, for an excellent post. John McCain has more integrity in his little finger than Obama and Clinton combined.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Romney is a good man. What if every million stopped vacationing on their yachts and fought to do good in this country. You can be critical of him all you want, but he has accomplished more in his life than you will ever dream of. If I had $250 million in the bank I would use it to fight the biased media too.Posted by: PiousPolly | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM

Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The only thing that makes Romney good is that he has $250M in the bank. NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

Romney is a CLASS ACT and he proved today that he is a TRUE PATRIOT. * * *Posted by: johnandsonia | February 7, 2008 03:07 PM

Crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He's a draft dodger and a coward, as well as a two-faced liar. He was on a total ego trip. He obviously had some red line, e.g. one half of his $250M fortune, beyond which he was not going to continue this ego trip. Thus his departure.

Posted by: mnjam | February 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

They're chanting his name at CPAC! John McCain! John McCain! United we stand.

Go GOP!!!!!!!! :)

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

If there is a god, mccain will not be president. He is way too old and way too much a warmonger. And for many other reasons, hrc should not be president. Anybody get the feeling that the United States of Arrogance is in very deep doo!!!!!

Posted by: kentigereyes | February 7, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Another one bites the dust!

This may allow Huckabee to unite the right-wing whacko faction of the Republican party, and give McCain a run. Bring on the primaries. Heehee.

Posted by: lartfromabove | February 7, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Geez, Romney was nasty down to his bitter end, which is probably why he couldn't get enough votes to stay in! Romney was ALWAYS attacking somebody! First it was Huckabee, then McCain, then Hillary, then Barack. Romney engaged in "Carl Rove" type pile-o-tricks and got tossed out on his ear. It's great day in politics when money can no longer buy nominations, which is exactly what Romney thought he could do! Yuck! Bitter grapes, sour loser!

Posted by: lindalovejones | February 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

to davidjack: Great question. I'm racking my brain and the answer, for over 100 years at least, is never. One of the candidates has always been the incumbent prez, the incumbent veep, or a governor.

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 7, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

By the way, for all those posters who want to skewer Romney for his conservatism, I'd like to point out that he won in Massachusetts -- easily the most liberal state on the East Coast, with a well-educated electorate.

I can't say that I agreed with all of his positions, but I thought he was the best of the lot.

None of the candidates who are left give a hoot about securing U.S. borders, even if they say they do.

Posted by: mclovin | February 7, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

proud

I also like your analysis of Romney's mistakes. I would add that he wasn't a good enough actor - George Burns once said that the secret of acting is the ability to fake sincerity. Mitt simply couldn't project sincerity and authenticity.

Posted by: jimd52 | February 7, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

We don't need Washington, Ohio or Texas to get to the White House. The Hillary campaign has run a hard race to the White House and we don't intend to let Ohio or Texas stand in our way reguardless of their vote. We have already won the big states and we intend to invoke hole heartedly the votes of Florida. We tried to win the supporters of John Edwards. Unfortunately we did not win the supporters of John Edwards, but as you can see we didn't need them to win the big states and we will not need them in the future to win the White House. The Clinton campaign started this race as winners, favored to be in the white house because we are not trying to change the face of america nor it's foundation our pass leaders worked so hard to establish. We know what our opponent is trying to do and we can not let this happen. America is not broken, just our leadership. Everyone in america has been treated fair for over two hundred years and if they are unhappy with their current status or the economy then I'm sure they can find pleasure in being in america. When Senator Clinton is elected president she will address all issues of concern.

Posted by: cmroots | February 7, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror" - Mitt Romney

Tasteless to the bitter end!!!

Posted by: Tirade1 | February 7, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh the irony. McCain seeking the presidency at 71 is considered old. Mittens will be named head of the Mormons when he's around 93.

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 7, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What a laugher! We're (GOP)stuck with John McCain (McClinton)? On second thought, HRC doesn't look so bad after all. Smart of Romney to get out and let McCain and followers shoulder the blame for what was to have been a Dem year, anyway. It will be fun to see how many states the Relic McClinton carries in the general against the younger and smarter Dems; shades of McGovern in '72.Time for us in the GOP to focus on the 2010 Congressionals. This baby's over with.

Posted by: jaybyrd1 | February 7, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

What's the alternative? McCain and Clinton are political twins - both advocates for illegal aliens. Obama wants to return to old-style liberalism, where people with money pay for benefits for people without money who then complain their benefits are too low. Huckabee questions evolution.

I'm sitting this one out until somebody with common sense shows up.

Posted by: mclovin | February 7, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

As much as I dislike Governor Romney, his departure does seem to sharply reduce the chances of a brokered Republican convention.

What a shame. Now we'll have to look to the Democrats to provide wholesome family entertainment.

Posted by: DavidJack | February 7, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said.

I know that politics is a dirty game, but surely there are limits.

This means that Obama and Clinton are being called traitors.

Presumably in his opinion those who support or vote Democrat are as well.

Posted by: bennettd3 | February 7, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Mitt Romney represents all that is wrong with the conservative way of thinking. To say that we are "surrendering to terror" as a country if a Democrat is elected president is to surpass all known levels of ignorance. Romney is a disturbing politician who deserves no such responsibility as a leader.

Posted by: yonas1 | February 7, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This is just ducky. Now we'll have to deal with that old geezer McPain. What a bunch of a-holes these repugnicans are.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | February 7, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

For a guy you pundits keep describing as a 'classy and savvy businessman' he sure proved you wrong. He has shown he is the most classless and distasteful panderer who ever walked across a stage since GW Bush did in 2000. Yes,he showed his humanity alright, but it was a spiteful and insecure man who said anything and did anything.
I am glad he was prosyletizing to the French during the years he could have served in Vietnam, as he saved himself from inevetible fragging by his men. Is this what the republican party is about? Dangerous panderers and salesmen?

Posted by: kirinbeer96701 | February 7, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"Surrender to Terror"? Romney is a comedian. So like McCain, Romney will let the terrorists (if there are any around) dictate what we do!

With McCain and Romney or others using terror leverage at every opportunity it sounds like the US is not even a tad prepared for an attack. Much less prepared to stop one before it happens.

Posted by: Maddogg | February 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What really bothers me is that the (MSM) mainstream media spent all the time at the debates allowing Romney to speak and banter back and forth almost exclusively with McCain in an obviously biased way. Excluding not only Ron Paul but Huckabee and basically wasted the voters time on an irrelevant candidate (Romney) when we could have heard more from the likes of Dr.Paul and others who were serious candidates also but were marginalized from the start.Now the question is,will you level the playing field and let the others speak in future coverage and debates? Or keep on playing your sophmoric games? And what with the blather about if the Democrats win the White House it will bring on more terroism? Didn't anyone point out to him that 9/11 occurred during a Republican administration.What a stupid excuse.The people who voted for this lunatic really need a reality check into where they got their values and concepts about good government, Hey wait a minute I bet they got them from the MSM.OOPS!!!

Posted by: earthtone2000 | February 7, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

What really bothers me is that the (MSM) mainstream media spent all the time at the debates allowing Romney to speak and banter back and forth almost exclusively with McCain in an obviously biased way. Excluding not only Ron Paul but Huckabee and basically wasted the voters time on an irrelevant candidate (Romney) when we could have heard more from the likes of Dr.Paul and others who were serious candidates also but were marginalized from the start.Now the question is,will you level the playing field and let the others speak in future coverage and debates? Or keep on playing your sophmoric games? And what with the blather about if the Democrats win the White House it will bring on more terroism? Didn't anyone point out to him that 9/11 occurred during a Republican administration.What a stupid excuse.The people who voted for this lunatic really need a reality check into where they got their values and concepts about good government, Hey wait a minute I bet they got them from the MSM.OOPS!!!

Posted by: earthtone2000 | February 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Romney is a CLASS ACT and he proved today that he is a TRUE PATRIOT.
He got over 4 million votes compared to McCon's 4.7 million; Romney won 10 states compared to McCain's 12.
Yet he was selfless enough to step aside, although he could EASILY divide the Republican Party.
If Huck was half the Republican and patriot that Mitt is he would have done the same thing weeks ago.

Posted by: johnandsonia | February 7, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Romney is a CLASS ACT and he proved today that he is a TRUE PATRIOT.
He got over 4 million votes compared to McCon's 4.7 million; Romney won 10 states compared to McCain's 12.
Yet he was selfless enough to step aside, although he could EASILY divide the Republican Party.
If Huck was half the Republican and patriot that Mitt is he would have done the same thing weeks ago.

Posted by: johnandsonia | February 7, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I know most of the folks who post in here are on the left side of the aisle and do not see this, so I'll post this for the middle to right people who have drank the Obama Kool-Aid.

What has the man actually done to promote bi-partisanship? Absolutely nothing.

Did he join the Gang of 14 to stop filibusters? No, he didn't...McCain formed it and offered him a chance to join, which he gracefully declined.

He has this wonderful platform of all these things he's going to do to help working class Americans. Did he ever introduce any of this while he was a Senator? No, he didn't...McCain is the only candidate in the race who has ACTUALLY introdduced bi-partisan legislation and worked across the aisle to pass it.

McCain backed the war and the surge. His 100 year comment reflects the REALITY of the situation that we can't leave Iraq the way it is, not that he WANTS to stay there. Who among the candidates has actually BEEN in a war? McCain, and I seriously doubt the man is going to reflexively use force. I'm afraid Obama or HRC would be more likely to do so just to prove they can stand up for themselves.

Remember a couple of other things about Obama. One, he didn't have a vote in 2003, so it is easy for him to say he wouldn't have voted for war...except for the fact that he once said there was no difference between him and George Bush on the subject. He also refused to vote on the Iran issue (which, by the way, does NOT authorize the President to go to war with Iran), but he criticizes HRC and McCain for doing so. Why did he not cast a vote? The man has never taken a stand on anything in his life that I can discern. Sure, he TALKS a good game, but when it is time to stand up and be counted he never does.

McCain and McCain alone has the ability to look all the hawks in the eye and tell them to sit down and shut up, and I believe that is exactly what he would do if the situation calls for it. Remember that neither HRC nor Obama has ever totally ruled out never using force, so if one candidate is hawk then they should ALL be branded hawks.

Obama is against torture? Bully for him, so is MCain...and who has more moral authority on the subject? The man who WAS tortured (when Obama was in grade school I might add), or the man who talkes about it?

The bottom line is that Obama is all about hope and uniting people, but Obama wants everyone to move to the left where he is. Many people in this country share his political views, which is great. They do not need encouragement to go with Obama. However, for those of us in the middle and center-right, please remember that only one of the candidates left in the race has ever ACTUALLY worked in a bi-partisan manner, and that would be McCain.

Posted by: wilkins937 | February 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

BobbyWC - Glad you are back and hope you are healthy.

I read your comment with interest and having someone who knows the Valley handy is exactly what two of your co-Texans need, right this red hot minute.

Please see RFowler2's post at 12:35P
and mine at 1:40P on the "What's Next?" thread, and comment!

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul may be a Christian -- his only flaw as far as I can tell -- but he is not the usual kind of hateful Christian like c.sitzes above.

Ron Paul doesn't display religious symbols in ads so that dim-witted people will like him.

Ron Paul does not abuse his religion to manipulate voters on matters of state.

Ron Paul is actually RIGHT about a good number of things!

Where do Romney's delegates go now...? Hopefully to Ron Paul!

Posted by: carolm62 | February 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Trivia question: It now seems likely that this year, both major-party nominees will be sitting U.S. senators. When did this last happen, if ever?

Posted by: DavidJack | February 7, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The GOP race will be over in a few days max. Huck will bow out and become VP when he runs out of money, and then we can all giggle while the neo-conservative party eats itself. And it will.

Let's be fair, though. No matter WHO wins now, GOP or DNC, we know who already lost. I'm not talking about Mittens here, I'm talking about the hateful sociopaths and empty mouthpieces that created him and this climate of fear, greed and bigotry. It was Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity, Coulter, Dobson and Robertson who lost because independent free-thinking conservatives said NO.

And that was a good thing.

Posted by: grimmix | February 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone thought that since McCain has to find a way to appeal to the conservative voters -- he may choose Romney for his running mate?

Posted by: mafox1 | February 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

From a Romney supporter to those who haven't voted yet: Vote Ron Paul. At least he is an honest man! So what if he is a bit of a kook? A smart kook is better than a dumb, evil person.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 7, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I heard a rumor that a Marriott Hotel lost Romney's underwear. Can this be true? Has anyone else heard it? Without his underwear he would have no chance defeating McCain. See Mormon ritual below which Romney would have been required to go through to become a Mormon.

Temple Rituals. A typical temple ceremony would take place as follows: "The ritual began in a small cubicle where we had to strip completely. We then put on 'the shield,' a poncho with a hole for the head, but open on the sides (similar to a hospital gown). We went through a series of 'washings and anointings,' as various parts of our bodies were touched by elderly temple workers who mumbled appropriate incantations over them. Our Mormon underwear, 'the garments,' are said to have powers to protect us from 'the evil one.'

Without their underwear, Mormons are powerless. IMO this is a chance we cannot afford to take with a man who would be President of the United States of America god bless you all.

Posted by: c.sitzes | February 7, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Rush doesn't need McCain. He can proceed happily along with his listeners that loathe McCain now and will continue to do so.

They are not going to be appeased by McCain, who sneers that they will get in line.... They will most likely be voting for Ron Paul next -- who IS an honorable man -- and then on to the Dems in November.

Rush probably did the best ratings of his life during the Clinton years. No, he doesn't need to cozy up to McCain.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 7, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Not as greasy as Giuliani, but greasy.

Posted by: walkerbert | February 7, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: ListenUpPeople | February 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

So Willard is out. I won't miss him. He flip flops more than a gymnastics team.

Let's see how long it takes Huckabee to alienate the country club Republicans. Those well heeled snobs don't much like dealing with regular working folks.

Posted by: crix | February 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I watched his "farewell" speech...and concluded this man was so far out of touch with reality am glad he is out. Anyone who knows where he got that 68% of African Americans born out of wedlock will know that's a lie. That's all the bell curve says? What a lie. And ignorance believes that lie, too.

Good riddance.

Posted by: jykmoy | February 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

How nice, he can save the latest 18 million he was planning to pump into the campaign and take a vacation to Zion (Utah) where the sycophantic Mormon legions can clamor, scrape and bow to touch the hem of his temple garment.

A former victim of Theocratic rule.

Posted by: elkofan | February 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Be glad Romney is going!

He was Governor of Massachusetts.
He's a Mormon and proud of it.
Now that he is running for President he made a big deal about it in Texas.
When he was in Massachusetts, however, it seemed not to be a polite topic of conversation.
Mitt is not his first name. That's the name he uses as a first name. If you detect a small amount of dishonesty in that you would not be alone.
His first name is Willard - Willard Mitt Romney.
Do you recall the movie 'Willard' with Ernest Borgnine?
It was about a social misfit named
'Willard' who had an attraction for rats.
He talked to the rats and fed them.
It's a horror story.
Sort of what I imagine having Willard 'Mitt' Romney in the White House.
His father had been Governor of Michigan.
His father was born in Colonia Dublán, Galeana, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
That didn't stop his father from trying to run for President in 1968. Obviously - he didn't win.
His mother, an ex-actress, was born in Utah and tried to become one of the United States Senators from Michigan. She lost.
Willard 'Mitt' Romney's great grandfather ran from the United States to live in Mexico because he was a polygamous Mormon and wanted to avoid the laws of the United States of America.
Well - the Romney's are back in a big way.
Willard 'Mitt' Romney is no stranger to spreading the word - he is related directly to Parley P. Pratt who was one of the original member of the 'Quorum of Twelve Apostles'.

When Willard 'Mitt' Romney says, "I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers -- I will be true to them and to my beliefs." don't you think you better listen?

Posted by: ehdane | February 7, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Conservative resentment over McCain seems the talk of sore losers, but it masks what really irks them about McCain, which is his desire to restore tax cuts geared toward the working class.

Conservatives say they want someone with good fiscal constraints which McCain obviously possesses, but what these extremists really want when they camoflauge their argument is tax cuts for the "well off" pure and simple, because being sole judge and jury, they feel better than the rest of America.

by David DiBello

Posted by: daviddibello32 | February 7, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Conservative resentment over McCain seems the talk of sore losers, but it masks what really irks them about McCain, which is his desire to restore tax cuts geared toward the working class.

Conservatives say they want someone with good fiscal constraints which McCain obviously possesses, but what these extremists really want when they camoflauge their argument is tax cuts for the "well off" pure and simple, because being sole judge and jury, they feel better than the rest of America.

by David DiBello

Posted by: daviddibello32 | February 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't about what was WRONG with Romney. It was about what was RIGHT with Romney.

They COULDN'T STAND to see someone living by standards they only preach, but never actually do.

It was painful for Americans to see a Mormon with a nice family -- when the Christian right has the HIGHEST divorce rate in the nation.

It was PAINFUL to admit that Mormons have the lowest abortion rates, and the highest education rates.

It was just painful to see someone they think is an evil cultist out-perform them on EVERY measure. Painful.

So America would rather have an lying adulterer who doesn't understand the economy, who is rude and uncivilized -- just like them.

It's not about what is wrong with Romney. It's about what is wrong with America.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

After spending the whole campaign trying to figure out how to brand himself, he finally decided. He is:

King of the Chickenhawks.

Hear him squawk!!!

Posted by: steveboyington | February 7, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

i commend mccain for walking into this pit of vipers...

'During registration last night at the Omni Shoreham a registrant was asking to upgrade his CPAC package and then proceeded to ask what time GOP front-runner John McCain was going to speak today. "Oh good," he said to the response -- answer: 3 p.m. today -- "I hope they boo him out of the room."

"No, no no no no" came the reply from the person registering him. "We've been instructed to tell participants not to boo McCain."

"Are you kidding me?" the shocked CPAC-goer asked.'

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said.

What a douchebag, talking-point spewing, typical GOP thing to say. Someone ask Mitt when it was that Osama surrendered to the almighty GOP. Last time I checked it was W and his crew who've done the most to benefit terrorists worldwide.

It's time the GOP faces the music. They ain't tough on terror. They ain't no good at conducting wars (only starting them. They ain't no good at running our economy. They ain't no good at securing our "homeland". They ain't no good at responding to natural disasters. They ain't no good at helping anybody but the very wealthy. They simply ain't no good.....

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | February 7, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

As and LDS member, I was somewhat excited to see Mitt Romney enter the race for the presidency. Not that I would necessarily vote for him because he's Mormon, but because I had always viewed him as a moderate like his father, George Romney. Needless to say, his pandering to the far right was a disappointment to me. Also, his divisive comments directed at Clinton (whom I don't care for), and Obama (whom I think is very capable) as "surrendering to terrorists" reveals an ungracious and politically nasty side I find to be distasteful. He has acted more like a typical politician who was seemingly willing to say anything if it might earn him some votes. Too bad he didn't learn from his father's example when he put America first (Not his Party!) by speaking out against the misguided war in Vietnam. His courage cost him his run for the presidency.

Posted by: tcall2 | February 7, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

WOW. I guess in retrospect it's not that much of a surprise, but I really didn't expect him to see the writing on the wall so soon.

So McCain and Huckabee can stop their love fest now that Romney is out. Let's see if Huckabee will stoop to the kind of negativism that marked the campaign between McCain and Romney

It will be interesting, at least to us locally, to see how this shakes out with Montana. Romney won the winner-take-all closed caucus in Montana. But he's out.

The only other serious campaign for the caucus vote was by Ron Paul who earned second place for his effort. McCain did little in Montana until the last week when Conrad Burns and some of the more pragmatic state party leadership went to bat for him. But too little too late, McCain finished two points behind Paul. Huckabee made no play at all for the Montana caucus and was way back in single digits. In the scheme of things it's only a handful of delegates, but still interesting to us.

One question is if the Montana GOP will suffer from pulling the presidential question out of the state's open primary on June 3. The party instead went to a very exclusive closed caucus where only actual party officials at the precinct, county and state level could vote.

Had all precinct slots been filled, that would still have meant just 2,800 votes. As it was only half of the vacant precinct spots were filled and only 1,800 voted in this primary.

The GOP of course hoped that moving to an early primary would put the state on the map and draw national attention, but in fact it drew the least attention of any of the Super Tuesday contests. Only Romney and a young energetic group of Ron Paul supporters paid any attention to Montana. Though he hade a stop way back in June, Romney did not personally campaign here and sent the usual family members that our state usually gets in presidential campaigns.

So while the state party people are trying to talk this up into a major sucess for the party, it appearsd to have little reward for the state Republicans and possible backlash problems from the disenfranchised Republicans and right-leaning independants in the state.

The Montana Democrats are already shedding crocodile tears for the "poor disenfranchised" Republican rank and file. Will they use that to draw the state's large group of independants to vote for the party that's more fair to its masses? It's going to be an interesting year.

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | February 7, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

McCain is in - Huckabee will not be his VP - he will have to choose Susan COllins or another female Republican who will draw the independents from Obama.

TEXAS - THE PUNDITS ARE ALL WRONG - AGAIN

Texas may very well decide who will be the next president. The Latino vote in Texas will make that decision. If the Democrats do their job they will ask that the Latinos line up behind Obama - yes I know everyone believes Hillary has the Latinos -Texas is not everywhere - it is TExas.

The Democrats will have several Latinos on the ballot for statewide office come November. One will be Rick Noriega (US Senate) Question - why would the blacks turn out for Noriega and the other Latinos in November if the Latinos voted against Obama in March?

This is very obvious to the Latino leadership in Texas. Work is underway to make it clear to the Latino voter - Obama is their only choice if they want to elect Latinos to Statewide office.

The perfect ticket for the Texas Democrats to take back the state of TExas and in fact to put it into play come November is Obama for President and Noriega for US Senate - blacks and Latinos will register in record numbers - and as they say - the Republican Party will become history in Texas.

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

Posted by: bobbywc | February 7, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

oh this is funny, no wonder the dittoheads are exploding. it improves my perception of McCain, in fact:

'More ominous still, for those of a conspiratorial bent, is the Reform Institute -- the think tank founded by McCain, where senior fellow Juan Hernandez (who once served in the Mexican government) has divided his time between promoting liberal immigration policies and organizing Hispanics for McCain's presidential campaign. As commentators in the right-wing blogosphere have noted with alarm, the Reform Institute has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from liberal foundations -- most prominently the Open Society Institute, whose founder and chief funder is none other than George Soros.

Aside from supporting the institute's substantive papers and conferences, that Soros money presumably helped to subsidize the high-level McCain campaign staffers and advisors who have turned up on its payroll since its establishment in 2001. Among those staffers are Rick Davis, the McCain 2008 campaign manager; Carla Eudy, a top fundraiser for both the campaign and the institute; and John Raidt, the senator's closest policy advisor since 2000. In 2005, for example, the institute gave Raidt $143,000 in consulting fees to develop policy on climate change and resource stewardship. He is now the policy coordinator for the 2008 campaign.'

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/2008/02/07/mccain_conservatives/

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'll send my vote now to Ron Paul. He's not going to get the nod unfortunately, so in November I'll be voting for the Dem -- or staying hoome.

I'm starting my research on Obama and Clinton from scratch, because I relaize many of my ideas about them may have been colored by the Christian right, who are liars and often quite evil.

I keep getting e-mails from Christians trying to say Obama is a Muslim. Such scummy people, really, but they were TAUGHT to be that way. By their pastors!

And now America has to suffer because of Christian pastors who don't want to lose money, and thus encite endless fear about Mormons.

It is the new Anti-semitism.

Posted by: carolm62 | February 7, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Romney somehow convinced some people that setting up leveraged buyouts funded by junk bonds in CDO's that were tax-sheltered in off shore dummy companies qualified him as an economist. His YouTube entry on the economy showed a pitiful lack of understanding of the basics.

There is now only one left who has any claim to being an economist. Ron Paul has written books and countless essays on the subject. (His latest book will go to the top of the best seller lists.) On the House Committee on Financial Services, he told Bernanke and Greenspan before him exactly what would happen if they continued their policies. Now that it is happening, will America listen?

Posted by: jdadson | February 7, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

His farewell speech stood solidly in the Republican tradition of lies, obfuscation, and hypocrisy. Like Bush, his comments require translation into English: "This isn't about me, it's about this country" means, "Even though I repeated the mantra 'conservative' over and over, the gullible sheep Republican voters actually used their brains long enough to realize that even though I look like a president, they don't want me to be their's, and I can't afford to spend any more of my personal fortune on vanity if there's no hope of recouping the loss at the nation's expense."

Posted by: aguy7 | February 7, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

McCain is the best man to unite the party and our country. He understands the threat of terrorism better than any other candidate. Also, his views are conservative, but he needs to do a better job in delivering that message. I believe that, if elected President, he will do a much better job working with Congressional members of both parties to get critical things done. I'm proud to support a true American hero for President.

Posted by: mdanderson4 | February 7, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha, good riddance, Willard! Go back to your pink house!

I love that they're already talking about 2012, knowing that Crazy Uncle John is going to lose in a landslide to either Hillary or Barack.

He doesn't have a prayer in 2012. After McCain leads the Republican party into a well-deserved and overdue political abyss, the party will turn to one of its young, Southern fascists like Coburn, Sanford, DeMint or another inbred lunatic that the Ol' Confederacy comes up with in the meantime...

Posted by: uckeleg | February 7, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul has and will have the financial backing he needs. Haven't you been watching Mr. Fix? He raised more money last quarter than any of the other Republican candidates.

It's now down to two pro-war socialists versus one Jeffersonian conservative.

Posted by: jdadson | February 7, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"If Hillary and Obama keep campaigning against one another until the primary, it will really hurt the democrats chances."

Depends. If the cheap shots & mudslinging resume, you could be right. If they compete on their relative merits, the Dems could come out plenty strong.

Posted by: bsimon | February 7, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Man, this is SO setting up for HRC selling out to Repubs. The well-heeled Romney backers can bail HRC out of her cash flow problems for a few "favors" -- maybe like making Lieberman her VP (they like each other and are ideologically similar), a couple of key Cabinet positions and an "understanding" on NAFTA and taxes. THAT would explain why Lieberman is resisting running with McCain; he's holding out for Hill!

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 7, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

This creates opportunity for Huckabee - he will not be the nominee - but he can gain enough power to influence the Republican platform.
Ohg
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/02/08/huckabees-hope-for-future/

Posted by: glclark4750 | February 7, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

If McCain sticks to his moderate base, picks the right VP (because of his age, his VP pick will be very important) he'll probably win. If he picked Colin Powell (just a thought, because they are very good friends), it would be a very hard ticket to beat. If he picks Huckabee, he might as well face the fact of defeat.

If Hillary and Obama keep campaigning against one another until the primary, it will really hurt the democrats chances.

Now it will be really interesting to see if Bloomberg decides to run.

Posted by: badger3 | February 7, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

""And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said."

What bile!
As Gen Patton once said, he knows as much about the truth as he does f(ornicat)ing.

Posted by: edlharris | February 7, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Could it be possible that people are finally starting to question the wisdom of Conservative Talk Radio? This isn't the first time they've promoted an alternative to McCain. Maybe after the Bush Legacy, their endorsement has lost some credibility.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | February 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

yyeeeeahhhhhh. wwwwhooooaaaa. we are saved.

does this make clinton the conservative candidate?

Posted by: JKrishnamurti | February 7, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse


"He is more liberal than we need but it has come down to a choice between getting screwed in taxes and getting distroied in taxing and social spending and surrending to terror. I will take the lessor of two evils." - DocWright

So how do you plan to pay for Crazy Grampa's 100 Year War in Iraq?

Rememeber, if you don't blindly follow Bush's idiotic and disastrous policies forever, the terrorists will KILL YOU.

What cowards!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse


That means Ron Paul is the ONLY remaining Presidential candidate that has listened to the voice of American citizens and has promised 'NO AMNESTY' for illegal aliens...

Posted by: jude3 | February 7, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

When Romney did not make a massive ad buy after Florida, this was clearly going to be the result. Now the party can unite while the dems are stuck in some tuck of war between fantasy worlds.


Posted by: Miata7 | February 7, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Fox News has annointed McCain as the new nominee even though McCain maxed out at 37 per cent of the vote in most states as the two conservatives split the remainder of the vote. Huckabee was Governor 10 1/2 years so he knows something about winning elections. Should be interesting.

Posted by: mascmen7 | February 7, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Unless John McCain is a total fool, he will reach out to Mitt and his conservative base. Alas, he is a fool, probably will pick Lieberman or Kennedy to be his VP and tell conservatives to kiss his shriveled *ss.

Posted by: vbhoomes | February 7, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The folks on here saying McCain will choose Romney or Huckabee for Veep are bad handicappers. Romney is a proven loser and McCain's utter disdain for him is well known. McCain likes Huckabee (and vice versa), but I doubt if he wants to go through the campaign being asked if he agrees with his Veep choce that the earth is 9000 years old and that Christianity ought to be our state religion.

People who know much more about this than I do say McCain will ask Haley Barbour--old Washington hand, impeccable conservative credentials and the guy who, as governor of Mississippi, has used his clout and connections to help the state quickly recover from Katrina. He's the perfect choice.

And by the way, I'm a liberal Democrat, but I talk to committed Republicans every day.

Posted by: purdyjack | February 7, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Rush, Coulter, Hannity, et al have a new lease on life.

Weather the next president is Obama, Hillary, or McCain their futures are secure for a few years.

Always enough ditto heads to tune in to their ranting.

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Posted by: ChipShirley | February 7, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Knowing his convictions and principles Mitt may just change his mind (again) and flip flop back.

Hang onto that delusion closet Bushies.

BWHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

So impotent
So irrelevent
So incompetent

Posted by: dan3 | February 7, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

For me, there is no one I like in this contest now ... but I will vote for McCain. He is more liberal than we need but it has come down to a choice between getting screwed in taxes and getting distroied in taxing and social spending and surrending to terror. I will take the lessor of two evils.

McCain over either Obama or for dang sure the Hildabeast.

Posted by: DocWright | February 7, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it cute how the Rape-Public-Can play along as if they had a prayer in the 08 election. You see hypocrites there is a price to pay for hooking your dingy to a dry drunk fake fiscal conservative who espouses torture, renditions, illegal spying, and disdain for the constitution.

Keep up your idealogue drivel you have been shown the door. Now shut your traps and get out of the way....you have left a terrible mess for us adults to clean up.

Posted by: dan3 | February 7, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

'Drindl, why do you keep responding to Zouk? He's a troll.'

you're right, blarg... he's just so pathetic. but sorry for tiring your scroll muscles.

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I find it amazing that Romney is so gung-ho on continuing the fighting in Iraq, yet his sons won't fight, and he won't pay higher taxes to fund the war effort -- better to borrow money from the Chinese, I guess. While no one can challenge McCain's commitment to the military, its obvious that fighting terrorism is not primarily a military problem, and that having 160,000 troops and who knows how many private contractors in Iraq, is a financial and man-power drain that prevents the US from focusing on Pakistan and Afghanistan. But hey, Republicans think we can do everything and lower taxes. I can't wait to see Grandpa John the warmonger get destroyed by a woman or a young Senator!

Posted by: vfazio | February 7, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

proud posted the best post-mortem I actually read, at 12:43P.
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The most sincere persons I ever cross-examined were in fact con artists, so I do not over-rate "authenticity". Still, in politics, it's useful to be able appear authentic.
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This means that I, like many indies in TX, am released to vote in the D primary [as I do not believe MDH can beat McC in a two-way in TX, and I think MDH may "suspend" his campaign too].
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Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 7, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

i don't know who's sadder, the righty whackjobs or me. it would have been a pleasure, running against a b.s. artist like romney. i notice where he is going to give a talk to the fruitcakes this afternoon and make the same old accusation that the democrats are the party of defeatism. what a hoot! this fraud took a pass during vietnam (missionary work), and now he's audie murphy and sgt. york, all rolled into one.

but, i'll give him this--his audience is appropriate (the ACU). i bet you couldn't find an honorable discharge among the bunch (they all had 'other priorities') oh well, now maybe mitt and dick and rush will have time to get together and swap some war stories.

Posted by: jimfilyaw | February 7, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse


"Who are voting against your other candidate. they will not unify behind the candidate. Just watch for the dirty tricks and the lingering hatred."
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Nope, nice try. 75% of Obama supporters would be happy with a Hillary nomination and 83% of Hillary supporters would be happy with a Obama nomination. Talk about hatred - watch as the Repugnants eat each other alive! Reading your posts that are exploding with rage and despertion as you talk about "hate" is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. You're not fooling anybody, but you are making us laugh at you!

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. A two-faced demagogue. The Hillary of the right.

Posted by: alarico | February 7, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The pertinent question would be who jinxed who. The Pats Romney or Romney's less than stellar performance jinx the Pats.

The independents are fueling all races and deciding winners and losers. It will be a blast to see McCaine wallop the Billarys.

Obama vs. Mac, who knows.

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 7, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

And we'll never get to know what might have been with a Romney presidency.... So now we're saddled with another Bob Dole who'll be fodder for the Dems in November. It's a sad day for America.

Hopefully Romney will see that running on his record, his convictions, values and beliefs pays great dividends. He is a Mormon, a moderate Republican and the heck with Evangelicals!

I'm voting for Hillary, but look forward to Romney '12!!

Posted by: ulangi | February 7, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

To Senator John McCain:
DO NOT PANDER TO THESE PEOPLE. DO NOT KISS THEIR BUTTS WITH RED MEAT PROMISES.

YOU DO NOT NEED THEM. THEY NEED YOU.

PLEASE SENATOR McCAIN DO NOT BLOW THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. JUST TELL TELL RUSH, HANNITY, COULTER, DOBSON, INGRHAM ET AL TO KISS YOUR BUTT AND WALK OUT OF THE ROOM!!!!

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | February 7, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

For me, the issue with Romney wasn't so much his stance with any particular issue (I'm not a one issue voter, and never will be), but rather having no idea what his *real* stance was on any issue. I faulted Clinton early in his campaign and presidency for being a "as the wind blows" president, Romney struck me as being from the same mold - a "What do I have to say in order to get you to go with me?" sort of politician, and I can't vote for that.

McCain I *was* a simply huge supporter of years ago, but he too has shuffled around in recent years trying to figure out what would get more of the party on his side. I hate his stance on immigration, but I love his anti-pork barrel activities and always have.

It will be interesting to see who emerges from the rubble of the Democrat side of things....

Posted by: robv | February 7, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe I am defending the guy, but here goes...

To all of the Democrats out there who trash Romney's Mormon religion--did you know your leader in the Senate belongs to the same faith?

So what if Romney's son's didn't decide to join the military? That is their choice, not his. Attack Romney for his crass comment about his son's serving America by getting him elected, but each of the Romney 'boys' is an adult free to do as they wish. Its not as if they were draft dodgers in Canada...

He was a shameless flip-flopper who probably didnt' believe half of what he said. Romney is a liar. He was either lying to the primary voters or lied to the people of Massachussetts when he ran for office. What Romney's religion or sons have to do with his many failings is not apparent to me...

Posted by: seannewengland | February 7, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Mitt.... you certainly were easy on the eyes, as were your wife and sons! How great your sons would have looked in uniform in the United States of America Military...... in Iraq or Afghanistan!

I'm happy however that they did serve their country by, "helping their Dad become President of the United States" as they said!

Since you didn't make it, do you think they might sign up now since all of you support the war?

Good luck Mitt, sorry you lost $37.5 million, but you have lots more stashed, I am sure.

It really would have been nice looking at all of your pretty faces in the White House after what we have seen there the past eight years.

I won't say good riddance, that's not making nice!

Posted by: cashmere1 | February 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Thank God - the last of the lunatic fringe has dropped out.

Posted by: avagabond | February 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

"And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said.

My, my, Mittens. I guess this means your five sons will be turning in their campaign bus and donning U.S. Army fatigues so they can head for the Iraq war that you so fervently believe in. Well, they WILL be going, won't they?

Posted by: 2by2 | February 7, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

BenLaGue Posted:

When was Romney ever in favor of Gay Marriage? Please show me a quote or legislation he either signed or supported.

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Below is the link to the 1994 letter Romney wrote to the Log Cabin Republicans thanking them for their support and how he will defend the Gay & Lesbian agenda.

Also, just do a search on Mitt Romney and the Gay issues and you'll find numerous video tape debates where Mitt explicitly declares he is more a defender of of Gay & Lesbian rights than Ted Kennedy. Also, you'll find all the principle positions Mitt took while running for Senator & Governor that he now claims to be heavily against.

I'm sure after viewing and reading just a little bit of this you'll come to the same conclusion so many of us have come to about Mitt and his damn flip-flopping. And why we are happy to see the demise of his campaign.

It really has nothing to do with being jealous of his financial success but rather that he is a liar that can't be trusted.

http://www.massresistance.org/docs/marriage/romney/record/RomneyLogCabinLetter.pdf

Posted by: SteelWheel1 | February 7, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse


LOL @ Romney.

He could barely muster up a third of Hillary's votes or half of Obama's votes in the state he was the governor of! That's pretty sad, but then again so are all the Republiduds this cycle.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I endured Laura Ingraham call Romney the 'Conservative's Conservative' as she introduced him. I endured Romney hitting all of the conservative talking points, whipping the partsan crowd into a frenzy. I thought Romney was actually going to talk himself out of announcing his departure from the Presidential Primary race, but he finally let the air out of the room, stating that he hates to lose. NONE of the Republican candidates for President raised the substantial amounts of money needed to continue their campaigns. McCain had to borrow off of his life insurance policy, Huckabee is running his campaign figuratively on spit and bubble gum, and Romney had to spend a significant amount of his fortune to place a distant second. Conservative MONEY has not backed any of the Republican candidates' campaigns, and this CPAC conference seems to be an exercise to see who can kiss up the most in order for funding to be disbursed. So, the guy who whips up the crowd, and according to Ingraham, is the clearest choice for conservatives to stand behind, has dropped out of the race? And the other two, a social conservative/populist (Huckabee) and a person who has betrayed conservative values by walking across the aisle (McCain), and voting against conservative interests, are the only choices left? Wow! You Republicans DO eat your young, and anyone else that do not hold your values. And if Romney, the one that conservative talk radio has hung their hats and hopes on, is forced to quit his run for President because Conservative MONEY was not used to back him, then you deserve what you get. And for that, I say Thank You. Old campaign tactics from you and from the Clintons have ensured that Obama will be the next President of the United States.

Posted by: jrev7620042000 | February 7, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This will help Obama in states with open primaries. With no GOP race, independents (and some Republicans) will vote for Obama (or against Hillary).

Posted by: cubsbear9 | February 7, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Prophet (didn't he just pass away?) must have called. Even so, too many white shirts, too much hollering like Placido Domingo, too many inexplicable rhetorical swings and real difficulty answering as an American instead of a Mormon (Joe Lieberman had no difficulty at all being 100% American AND 100% Orthodox Jewish at the same time) ... for those of you savvy enough to catch it. And in that California debate, Romney's "style" nullified McCain's snarkiness (as bad as Ol' Fisheye's in the 2000 debates with Mr. Smirk)as Hucky showed he (Hucky) knew much more about being a political chief executive than Romney.
Our federal government (unlike our states') is NOT a business and cannot be run or accounted for like one. It's more like a gigantic Ponzi scheme upon which the world, incl. our enemies, has come to depend.

Posted by: sawargos | February 7, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So...

What happens to all the self-proclaimed 'true conservatives' that were backing Romney? The talk-show set have decided to promote HRC, apparently to further their own careers, that thrive on conflict & promotion of hate for political leaders.

But what about the rank-and-file GOP voters? Will they reluctantly back McCain? Throw their support to Huckabee? Take up the torch for uber-retro-conservative Ron Paul? Or do they just stay home and hand victory to the dems?

Posted by: bsimon | February 7, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"We're bringing in twice as many voters"

who are voting against your other candidate. they will not unify behind the candidate. Just watch for the dirty tricks and the lingering hatred.

you Libs seem to have plenty of hatred to go around. It is what characterizes your base.

"turn off rush and come up out of mom's basement--get some fresh air, get some sun on your fat pimply face and bald head...

Posted by: claudialong | February 7, 2008 01:41 PM

that is the most original thought of the year drindl, I have only seen that on this board every day by one of your nitwit jackels. with those writing skills, it is no wonder you can't get a job.
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Hey CC, congrats on the Fix getting top billing on the WaPo website! Nice column.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 01:46 PM

so that's why the flood of moonbats.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk: Go away. You are a bore. Those who disagree with you are not "moonbats." They are partiotic, Constitution-loving Americans who will sit idly by while radical right-wingers attempt to turn this country into a fascist theocracy.
And why do I get the feeling that you and your ilk are only supporting McCain now because you know he will be the nominee?
Well, I'll credit you this much for not slagging him, in spite of the fact that eveyone's favorite thriced-divorced, pill-popping and sex toursim-loving radio show host is.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 7, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

"I must now stand aside, for our party and our country," Romney said. "If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win."

"And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said.

Oh yes Mitt. A vote for Clinton or Obama means that the terrorists win. Did it ever occur to you that starting wars in the middle east and destroying countries just creates more terrorists? The Generals on the ground that Bush is so fond of saying he supports said that for every terrorist they kill, they create three more.

Iraq was never a threat. Iran is not a threat. Afghanistan WAS a terrorist supporter and a threat and is now even more of a threat.

The first gulf war and our continued presence in Saudi Arabia led Al-Qaeda to attack us on 9/11. Our continued presence in Iraq will only create more hatred of the US and thus more terrorists.

Bye Mitt. You won't be missed.

Posted by: progressivebulldog | February 7, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could say that I'm sorry to see him go, but I can't. Not only couldn't his money buy an election, but it evidently can't buy class either. He has flip-flopped so many times on so many things that I have no idea what this guy stood for. At all. The supposed "slip of the tongue," in calling Barack Obama, "Osama," was a real "classy" moment I'll always remember. Don't even get me started on his patriotism. He supports the war on terror; yet, NONE of his strapping sons are serving. His disingenuous excuse? They were all serving the country by working on his campaign. Unbelievable.

Posted by: jrobinson3 | February 7, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Clinton has raised over 5 million in less than 24 hours eclipsing Obama and more importantly Obama is refusing to have any further debates! What a coward! Hillary has already accepted five invites for debates while obama hides behind Oprah's skirt! America wants substance not a blowhard coward like Obama who is afraid to debate a woman who is clearly smarter and more experienced, hence more prepared to lead. Obama is a loser and a coward! No wonder Obama has so much Republican support! The love battling cowards!

Posted by: rayacop | February 7, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, why do you keep responding to Zouk? He's a troll. He's just trying to annoy people. Stop rising to the bait every time he insults you. You're better off ignoring him. And we're all better off that way too, since we don't have to scroll through the billionth round of you two insulting each other.

Posted by: Blarg | February 7, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

It's a great day for America! This duplicitous, lying, plastic, programmed, "I'll say or do anything to get elected" Mormon boy is finished - for good. Keep the cult out of the White House! This clears the way for McCain, and gives America a good chance to keep Romney's alter-ego in a pants-suit out of the White House as well.

Posted by: Mike58 | February 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Now I can cross party lines and vote in the Democratic primary.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | February 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey CC, congrats on the Fix getting top billing on the WaPo website! Nice column.

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Its ironic that Romney's father lost his bid for the Republican nomination because of his authenticity (not singing the party line on Vietnam) while Romney may have lost due to his multitude of position changes. What to make of Romney the younger's campaign? I always found it curious that so many arch-conservatives looked past the man's center-left positions during his Senate and Governor bids to embrace his candidacy. His willingness to change, chameleon-like, even during the primaries struck me too. It says something that many primary voters preferred McCain on the economy rather than Romney. Maybe primary voters saw his endless position shifts as indicative of a lack of leadership. Either way, I think this is the last we'll hear of Romney. He inexplicably poisoned his relationship with Massachusetts by trashing the state every chance he got and its obvious McCain doesn't like him (no chance at Veep or a cabinet post). Romney--we hardly knew ye because ye kept changing on us!

Posted by: seannewengland | February 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Happens!

Posted by: NMModerate1 | February 7, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

'but thanks for being normal in a sea of moonbats.'

then why spend your whole life here? masochist?

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

And to Mitt Romney's supporters, whomever they were I have only this to say: Do you understand just how phony and hypocritical this man came off? And you thought J. Kerry was a flip-flopper? Hah! Romney makes Kerry look like Reagan!
And one more thing: When you have a candidate who is a warmonger (and whose 5 young sons cowardly decline to enlist and go to Iraq), that is a real turn-off to military families and civilians alike.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 7, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Who knows if Mr.Romney would have been much of a President,but I can tell you this:the campaigns for both parties all hinged on the New Hampshire primary and I swear to you that it was as flawed and fixed as was the investigation of President Kennedy's murder 45 years ago.This is not a government of the People.

Posted by: Ricardo1 | February 7, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually kingofzouk, I am a strong Hillary supporter and commented above on how disgusting I think many of these comments about Romney are, and I never supported the guy's policies.

Posted by: amadeus56 | February 7, 2008 01:38 PM

the exception that proves the rule. but thanks for being normal in a sea of moonbats.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

oh now, i'm al queda. you are truly hilarious, zouk.
jeezus, what a loser sack of sh*t.

turn off rush and come up out of mom's basement--get some fresh air, get some sun on your fat pimply face and bald head...

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Romney's scheduled to meet with the members who endorsed his run at the Capitol Hill Club, shortly after addressing the CPAC annual convention today.

Could it be the last supper?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 12:28 PM

I think I'll pop over and say hi. Maybe he can wrest Kerry's seat away from him next year.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 12:34 PM


Mitt couldn't get elected dog catcher in Massachussetts these days. He is wildly unpopular there. He spent half his undistinguished term as governor running around the country bad-mouthing the state in order to pander to right wingers. (I have a lot of family there, BTW).

Posted by: jimd52 | February 7, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

AngloAm said "I hope he's out - that person used an ancient law from 1930 something which was designed to prevent interracial marriage to prevent same-sex couples from getting married in Massachusetts. I've loathed him ever since."

That makes no sense since Romney abused his power as governor to unconstitutionally force city clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

I can't wait to listen to Sean "Go, Mitt, Go" Hannity this afternoon. Will he finaly admit Romney lost because the conservative base really didn't trust him?

Posted by: bdolack | February 7, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

so now the election is a war hero vs


A - draft dodging crook and his power hungry wife
or

B - high school king of the prom

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"I think I'll pop over and say hi. Maybe he can wrest Kerry's seat away from him next year."
Posted by: kingofzouk


Right kingofzouk, dream on. And BTW: No one cares if you "drop by and say hi." No one will notice you, but have fun with those pathetic,radical, mindless partisan hacks (or in other words, you own kind).

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 7, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

kingofzouk wrote: "Observing the entries on this blog, I would say most of you Libs are churlish, angry, adolescent misfits.
good luch with that attitude in the general election. I must assume you support hillary with those values."
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Actually, we're feeling GREAT and are quite happy with our choices. We're bringing in twice as many voters, raising a gazillion times as much funding and registering 2:1 to Republicans. You just follow the script and nominate your borderline senile octengenarian with an anger management problem and his 100 Year War since that's the best you can muster (and barely considering your anemic turnout). Ha Ha.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Please! Romney, a decent man? He leaves the race by attacking Clinton and Obama for wanting to exit the fiasco in Iraq. He said they are "surrending to terrorists".

Did he forget (or for that matter, McCain too) that the majority of the U.S. public wants to see an exit strategy? Are most American's surrendering to terrorists too? Or, do we all recognize a fiasco when we see it? Does he not see that most Americans don't want to hear negative attacks like these?

I suppose I shouldn't complain about these reactionary attitudes. Republicans should continue down this path. Come November, there won't be many left of these reactionaries in Congress.

Posted by: eacosta | February 7, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually kingofzouk, I am a strong Hillary supporter and commented above on how disgusting I think many of these comments about Romney are, and I never supported the guy's policies.

Posted by: amadeus56 | February 7, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

think of all the people out there, zouk, who read this blog and are embarrassed for you, displaying your obssession with me-a stranger- all day long, every day. think of how much pity they most feel for you that you are actually that much of a loser.

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

churlish, angry, adolescent misfits.


or if you just want a single word for it - the dem base or in Arabic Al queda

We simply call them drindl's pack of jackels here on the fix.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course Dems are happy that Romney is gone. That leaves McCain, the MSM's choice to run against the enlightened ones. With the Republicans now done with their nominating process (sorry, Huckabee)we now can sit back and watch how long it takes for Bill & Hillary to sink lower & lower to beat Barak Obama. Hopefully it will be enough to expose him for what he is - an eloquent man with little experience and judgement today - but with promise for the future. And their zeal to win will cost either Democrat the White House in the fall.

Posted by: ed3rd | February 7, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

He, like many conservatives, has done and will continue to do everything they can to win in Iraq and in the war on terror.

Well, except serve in the military, have any family members serve in the military, or pay for any of the war deficits with taxes.

Besides that, I guess, he is doing all he can.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 7, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

So, God can't get the Republican nomination for Huck, and money can't buy it for Mitt. I guess it is up to a semi-black or a woman to beat a POW geezer.

Mitt is so evil with this statement: "And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," he said.

Does he feel this Iraq war is somehow noble? If so, send his kids to fight it.

Posted by: straightboy | February 7, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

what a complete phony. says he's dropping out for the good of the country, then proceeds to equate the 2 remaining Dems as candidates who would surrender to terror. so much for the "true statesman" that shoveit wrote about.

Posted by: eomcmars | February 7, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, Ronald Reagan, -------------------------

OH, WAIT!!----- IT DIDN'T WORK!!! HAAAAAAAA!!!

Posted by: ListenUpPeople | February 7, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Again, long over due.

Good riddance Mitt.

Posted by: a_DC_denizen | February 7, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Ding-dong, the witch is dead!

Posted by: thrh | February 7, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

into the trashbin

Posted by: claudialong | February 7, 2008 01:31 PM

Which drindl happens to inhabit.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance Williard (Mitt's real first name)! What a scumbag who was born on third base and made his millions in a way not much worse than the Mafia would. Flip flopping whacko nutjob. Can't wait to see Obama destroy McCain in the debates and the election!

OBAMA all the way!

Posted by: bushisacrook | February 7, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican willing to call a vote for Democrat a vote for terror. the truth from my perspectives it was been the War in Iraq which has international islamic terror by creating victims of a preemptive war. I sure hoip Mccain disavows equating democrats with terroists but I doubt it since repubs wan to wave the bllody flag of 9/11 for 30 yeaers like they waved the bloody flag of Civil War from 1866-1896.

Posted by: djw3505 | February 7, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Where is poor Mary Matlin going to get a job now?

Posted by: Janice4 | February 7, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

He spent $40 million on himself in a single year. Forty million bucks! Imagine what an ordinary person, not self-absorbed with reaching the very top spot on the earthly political scene, could do with that. Often I'm amused by wealthy narcissists who waste ungodly fortunes on their own ambitions, but then I turn sad when I think of all could've been done in the alternative.

Posted by: terry1960 | February 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

'The king is back! Missed you old man. I got a little worried. By the way, Hannity called and he wants the foam from his mouth back.'

best post of the day.

"So he's quitting for patriotic reasons: "...cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."

gag me with a spoon. what a total scumbag. into the trashbin of history where you belong, Roboboy.

Posted by: drindl | February 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and just in case noone said it:

Good riddance.

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

As a member of the LDS church it was exciting to have Romney out there and showing the world that we do exist and that we work towards a better America. I'm looking forward to 2012 when he runs again.

Now my sights turn to Obama, the next President of the United States because there isn't another candidate who will be able to help this country out.

The saddest part about Romney dropping out is that a country going into this recession needs someone who can get us out, and Romney definitely would have been best at it.

Posted by: MissRed | February 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

As a resident of a state that doesn't have a primary for 3 more months, I'm just feeling disappointed that it feels like by the time my polls open the whole thing will be decided. Good thing I'm an independent and can turn my full attention to the Dems now. McCain's not my cup o'eccentric.

Posted by: auntiemare | February 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse


"i would like to give obama supporters something to think about why does obama have ties to someone like rezko why did obama accept money from him isnt rezko from syria a country that harbors terriost why was rezko donating money to obamas campaign are terriost trying to gain access to the white house through obama and rezko after all obama is muslim since rezko is in jail maybe they will find out what the connection betwween obama and rezko is why did rezko help obama get his house we need the truth before it is too late and why is the liberal media keeping this hid from the public wwhere did obama get all his money" dixieb
____________

Yeah, obviously Obama is a Muslim terrorist. Drink your Kool-Aid, Crackers.

Again with the "liberal media". You people are freaks.


Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

novamatt | February 7, 2008 01:22 PM

Oh, No! We won't have Ken Doll to kick around anymore; that is, until next time!!!

Can't wait for 2012!

The Unstoppable Mittmentum stops for now, to be unstopped next decade, tops.

Posted by: rfpiktor | February 7, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised he dropped out because he knew he didn't have a chance with Huckabee supporting McCain. Those two have been in together since the beginning. I am glad he is gone though, because soon it will be just McCain and when Obama is nominated, you will see Obama tear him up in the debates. This makes it all the easier for the Democrats to win in November if they all wise up and pick Obama over Clinton. Also, it would not surprise me if Romney shows his true colors and switches parties and tries to run as VP on the Democratic ticket. Obama won't take the bait. He is too smart for that. Clinton, who knows if she wins. But if Clinton does win the nomination, McCain will eat her up, even with Bid Daddy Bill behind her. The Clinton's are slobs and do not deserve another round in the White House. They are leeches. Hillary cries it is my turn to be president. Why?

Posted by: edeerfield | February 7, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Observing the entries on this blog, I would say most of you Libs are churlish, angry, adolescent misfits.

good luch with that attitude in the general election. I must assume you support hillary with those values.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Someone must have shown him the turnout numbers that show Dems are turning out twice as many people as the GOP even in Dark Red states.

At some point, you realize an investment is bad.

And right now the GOP Brand stands for hypocrisy, unpatriotic behavior, venality, greed, incompetence, and stupidity.

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 7, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

" McCain won't be around for '12, unless he gets elected and is long-lived."

His mother is alive 'n kickin' at 96.

Posted by: bsimon | February 7, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

To all you Romney haters. He is the most knowledgeable of the bunch on economics. If you want big governement, your taxes to double and prefer socialism then vote Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama. And you don't have to be rich to have the government decide they can spend your money for any liberal cause better then you can.

Posted by: svdbk | February 7, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

A true statesmen who would make a great president. God bless Mitt Romney.

Posted by: shoveit | February 7, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain is in a good position. I'm thinking that he actually wants to run against Obama. Hillary may be shy about using the Rezko affair against Obama out of fear of offending black people. But, trust me, the Republicans will eat Obama alive with this. The transaction between Obama and Resko amounts to an old fashion political payoff. Rezco pays more for the land than is worth, then sells it to Obama for less than is worth, all in the same day! Was the difference a gift? Did Obama file a gift return with the IRS? You know where I'm going girl...

Posted by: dcpsychic | February 7, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

KOZ - Romney missed his chance at taking out John Kerry in 1996. After his 1994 run v Ted, I think he actually was ahead of JK in polling. He waited, then Weld got in.

TomIII - Ann Coulter is actually a Sasha Baron Cohen character he made up during the Clinton impeachment. He/she keeps on pushing the envelope to show the right's real beliefs (sort of like Ali G and Borat). Only a few have caught on that she is a he. Congratulations.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | February 7, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

If Hillary's and Obama's supporters can refrain from alienating each other prior to the convention, and present a united face to the campaign no matter which one wins the nomination, McCain is going to face a tough battle. Ideally the loser will get the VP nod.

If OTOH either a sizeable percentage of black voters or women feel as if they'd been cheated out of the nomination, McCain could win. Just the fact that so many of the nutballs in the Republican Party have this totally irrational hatred towards him is enough to boost him in the eyes of independents and wavering Democrats.

I only wish Romney had stayed in and won the GOP nomination. He might have won Utah and Mississippi come November.

Posted by: andym108 | February 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Bye-bye, Flip Flopper. We hardly knew you -- or your sorry attempts to buy the Presidency!!

http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/02/breaking-news-mitt-romney-will-bow-out.html#links

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | February 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse


TomHRyan wrote: "christy.brown
You might want to check your facts before posting...I watched Romney's speech on the Post's Web site. Maybe an apology is in order?"
____________

Yeah, don't count on it. What on Earth would right-wingers *do* of they couldn't blame the imaginary "liberal media" for all their problems? That's the only way they can desperately justify their wacko views. Clearly, REALITY has a "liberal bias" to these morons.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance!! Mitt learns that not everyone can BUY ELECTIONS. Unfortunately, though, I fear he'll be back. He's got at least four years to convert to Southern Baptist and further obfuscate his moderate Massachusetts record. He might also try to boot-lick his way to the VP spot under McCain. Mitt Romney -- Dependably Shameless.

Posted by: roedel74 | February 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Romney never had a chance because of his religion, and more importantly his flip-flops on positions. I never liked him, never would have voted for him, but have to say I'm appalled at the disgusting comments leveled at him, and others, on these blogs.
Some people have no class. You can disagree with someone or their position without name-calling.

Posted by: amadeus56 | February 7, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Mittens, we hardly knew ye -- cos yer a flip-floppin' phony.

Mittens made Kerry look like the Rock of Gibraltar.

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 7, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney '08 may end today, but Mitt Romney '12 starts tomorrow.

Posted by: novamatt | February 7, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

So he's quitting for patriotic reasons: "...cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror." This is just heartbreaking; pass me that tissue box, please. He could have also added that he wants to spend more time with his family...

Posted by: ih82blog | February 7, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris:

PLEASE file this one away for future reference:

Romney isn't really dropping out, just dropping out for '08. He'll be around for '12, as will Huckabee, if all goes well.

Will be interesting. Keep your eyes on the distant horizon, as well.

One thing's pretty certain. McCain won't be around for '12, unless he gets elected and is long-lived.

Posted by: Spectator | February 7, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Williard,how about cleaning up the grease spot on the way out!

Posted by: lawzoo | February 7, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

What a bungholio muncher! Surrender to terror... Pah! he needs to get on with his mythical skivvies and cult membership!

Posted by: ctcjbw | February 7, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

i would like to give obama supporters something to think about why does obama have ties to someone like rezko why did obama accept money from him isnt rezko from syria a country that harbors terriost why was rezko donating money to obamas campaign are terriost trying to gain access to the white house through obama and rezko after all obama is muslim since rezko is in jail maybe they will find out what the connection betwween obama and rezko is why did rezko help obama get his house we need the truth before it is too late and why is the liberal media keeping this hid from the public wwhere did obama get all his money

Posted by: dixieb | February 7, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad that Gordon B. couldn't have lived a few more days to see his boy Mitt bite the dust. Once the Baptist minister calls it quits, only secularists will remain in the race--and we'll all be better off for it.

Posted by: DualAg | February 7, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

He actually suggested that electing a Democrat would be a "surrender to terror?" What a classless way to leave the race. You would think that he would have the sense to avoid becoming a demagogue his last day in the race.

Posted by: kcollier | February 7, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Now!I hope those Party hacks will see the writeing on the wall and sapport a winner ,instead of whinning ,That Mccains not conservitive enough ,It really sad to see these people ready to vote for a liberal, just because Mccain is not a party Kiss ass!I admire a man who follows his heart ,not what people think he should do ,Hurray! for the Republican party ,

Posted by: maxbear | February 7, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

But what will all those Kittens for Mittens do now? Will they become McGain
for McCain, or more Luck for Huck? Hummm, me waits with baited breath!

Posted by: brigittepj | February 7, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

christy.brown:
You might want to check your facts before posting...I watched Romney's speech on the Post's Web site. Maybe an apology is in order?

Posted by: TomHRyan | February 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The effort was cutting too deep into his pockets and we all know that the ONE thing that republicans love and will not abide messing with is their money!
Now we can concentrate on beating the snot out of the Baby-Burner!

Posted by: kase | February 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

as i stated above, i never liked the guy but i have to hand it to him

he went out with a lot of class

thanks, Mitt!

Posted by: nosubstituteforvictory | February 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"... I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror." Oh yes, Mitt, we all know that if a Democrat wins the election then the terrorists will soon take over the U.S. It sounds like Romney has listened to Bush propoganda just a little too much. I think he actually wants to stop spending his money on a losing case but wants to sound like he's doing out of a desire to do what's best for the country. I love politicians - I just wish they didn't run our government...

Posted by: dritchie57 | February 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The republican voters are absolute loonies. When you have the likes of McCain and Huckabee beating the likes of Giuliani or Romney to run anything, you know something has gone terribly wrong. I wouldn't trust McCain or Huckabee to manage my checking account let alone the free world. I guess I shouldn't expect republicans to place too much value on competence considering that they nominated Bush II twice, but wow. An old angry guy and a guy whose only qualifications seem to be believing in Jesus and not being mormon. Amazing!

Posted by: anjos | February 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the speech. Thank God that piece of plastic disguised as a human is gone. Sheesh.

Posted by: TomHRyan | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The mitt grew a few fingers and waved Bye Bye....

Posted by: dunstan | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Joe "I want a do-over" Loserman says he won't run for VP with Insane McCain.

Joe's reasoning? "I want to stay a Democrat".

Loserman, you lying sack of trash, you LEFT the Democratic Party in 2006 when you ran against their nominee in Connecticut.

Joe Loserman is NOT a Democrat anymore.

He's just another crooked lying Repuke.

Posted by: TomIII | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Liberman - hmmmmm. Might work.

Posted by: dorann | February 7, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

R0omney is a smart, talented, businessman who loves this country enough to step up to the plate. I am always disgusted by bloggers who spew nasty comments in anonymity. It is difficult to enter the public arena and Romney should be thanked for doing so and spending time, money and effort in the quest to bring better governing to America. He doesn't have to be in politics to secure his place in the world...he already has. It is sad that a fine, principled, intelligent man is dropping out of the race.

Posted by: pmorgan14 | February 7, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I look for him to be either Secretary of the Treasury or Commerce should the Republicans win. If Obama wins, I would hope he'd consider Romney for these roles. (Unfortunately, Romney's negative references today to Obama probably will preclude this.) Also, to complete his résumé, the still young Romney might consider getting an age waiver to join the US Armed Forces. This lacuna is what did him in against McCain.

Posted by: filoporquequilo | February 7, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope Huckster goes third party.

Ron Paul could easily go third party by getting the Libertarian nomination.

Split up the Repukes three ways and destroy that nest of criminals and traitors once and for all.

RICO the GOP!!

Posted by: TomIII | February 7, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

People seem to have forgotten something: Joe Lieberman. He dissed the right wing conservatives, became an Independent and subdued the Democrats.

The Republicans have to be thinking: McCain has the popularity and the votes, who are we kidding.

Posted by: jabailo | February 7, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance!

Posted by: ctmont | February 7, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Well,,, there you go again. Don't you pundits know that you can't end something that never started ? Romney was never in the race. He was just being a typical republican, wasting time and money.

Posted by: truthhurts | February 7, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Strange...maybe I just never noticed (or maybe I am watching this primary moreso than the ones before it) but do people seem to be dropping out any earlier? For some reason it just feels like more people have dropped out in a short period of time than previous primaries...

http://www.livingwithanerd.com

Posted by: pojut | February 7, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Romney won't be missed, the man flipped and flopped on every issue. He went from a moderate republican to an hard nosed right winger, even republicans want authenticity. That's why I believe the general election is going to be a match up between Obama and McCain. Hillary is just as un-authentic as Romney is.

Posted by: lumi21us | February 7, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"Now Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter can jump in and claim the GOP conservative mantle. Wouldn't they make a nice team for Pres and VP?"

Yeah, a fat, psychotic junkie and a psychotic self-hating closeted stealth transsexual.

They're the face of the Repuke party.

Posted by: TomIII | February 7, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Americans should examine their own conscience in choosing their candidate. Motivation to run for office is what you should seek from a candidate. Not because you are gay, religious or whatsoever you will vote for someone who is so close to the dictate of your own personal needs. It has to be what is good for all and for the country. Vote for someone who has the ability to unite all "Americans"; for someone who knows how to reach out and most of all someone who is honest and sincere in his words.

I feel sorry that Mr. Romney is quitting. I think he has good intentions for the country and very capable of making important decisions for the good of the country. He is a very decent man.

Posted by: leeevelyn | February 7, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Let's turn the Dems on each other in a bitter and spiteful run to a broken party.

whoppeee!!!!

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 12:50 PM
----------------------
The king is back! Missed you old man. I got a little worried. By the way, Hannity called and he wants the foam from his mouth back.

Posted by: hayden1 | February 7, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Mitt the Sh*t.

Go home and scrub the skidmarks out of your magic underpants, you flip-flopping cult whacko.

America does not want you.

Posted by: TomIII | February 7, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Now Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter can jump in and claim the GOP conservative mantle. Wouldn't they make a nice team for Pres and VP? Only problem would be they'd never stop fighting with each other over who would be Pres. Kinda' like Clinton and Obama, huh?

Posted by: lorddunsmore | February 7, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

How typical of a liberal newspaper like the Washington Post. I mean, what else would we expect to come out of Washington?

You broadcast a "live" video feed of the idiot senator, Edwards backing out of the presidential race, but only a little news blog of a republican backing out of the race!

Posted by: christy.brown | February 7, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Can Buchanan Brigade have time to run in Texas primary?

Posted by: kat7 | February 7, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Why can't a candidate simply step aside and not be a jerk in doing so. Mr. Romney has to slander Obama and Clinton, saying, in effect, they are sellout artists to terrorists, and that for the good of the country he is suspending everything. What a piece of work! The truth is, he has changed his position more times than a porn star and it makes me sick. I do not like McCain on the war. But this old Southern Democrat plans to vote for him because he is what he is. The GOP better be counting its blessings that Mitt did not get the nomination. If he had, the Republicans would find out what Democrats learned long ago -- be careful with nominees from the Bay State unless the nominee happens to be JFK.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | February 7, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I dislike all of these "leading" candidates because they are all for open borders, amnesty, why don't any republicans really nail McCain on this? He talks "I get it, protect the borders" but will he sign a "No Amnesty" pledge?, NOT FOOLS!!! Yeah Fools! Our country is in big trouble and none of these candidates have the resolve to solve these problems. Free Trade is a failure. Borrow and spend is a failure. Our constitution is in tatters and none of the "leading" candidates give a crap.

China looms large as well as Russia.

We must drastically change course or we are toast as a nation.

And the media BLACK OUT of Ron Paul speaks volumes about our current state of affairs.

Corrupt Corporatocracy

Again a FAILURE...

They have bankrupted us, stole from us, spyed on us, and have sold us out to COMMUNIST CHINA, they are FREE TRAITORS!

We need JUSTICE NOW.

God help us all.

Posted by: US-Citizen | February 7, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Good man yes, but absolutely wrong on virtually every single issue facing the country.
Cannot wait to watch McCain explode at the Democratic nominee in a debate, when he is challenged.
Frankly, Romney is a better candidate than McCain for the General Election. Us Dems welcome running against McCain.

Posted by: NCpolitics1 | February 7, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican suit-wearing plutocrat bites the dust.

Just what does the GOP think its chances are in November with a candidate who is willing to stay in Iraq for 100 years?

Posted by: reporter1 | February 7, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

aww! listen at the Mitten Kittens wine!
Thanks GOD! Authenticity over came the Great FAKE Romney!
THANK W. VIRGINIA for starting a DOMININO EFFECT FOR OUR HUCK-A-BOOM! I AM SO HAPPY I DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO...
ROMNEY MAY NOW WANT TO TAKE HIS OWN ADVICE AFTER HE GETS DEFEATED IN THE SOUTH BY HUCKABEE AND IN THE NORTH BY MCCAIN. A GOOD CEO KNOWS WHEN TO FOLD AND THAT WOULD BE A SURE SIGN THAT HE CAN NOT WIN, THEN YOU AN GET DOWN TO THE REAL DEAL....I TRULY HAVE CAUGHT THE HUCK-A-BUGGG!!!! AND NO RUSH FLIM-BAUGH LAURA, SEAN HANITY OR ANYONE ELSE WILL BE ABLE TO SHAPE MY VOTE. HUCKABEE WILL WIN AND WIN BIG. WHEN IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO TRUE CONSERVATISM, HUCK WILL DEFEAT MCCAIN AND IT LOOKS LIKE MCCAIN COULD BE LOOK AT A VP TICKET AND ROMNEY A POLITICAL COFFEN! OUT OF THEM ALL, ROMNEY HAS HANDLED HIS CAMPAIGN FINANCES THE WORST. SOME CEO!

GO HUCK GO! I'M VOTING FOR YOU ALL THE WAY. MY VOTE IS NOTE 4 SALE!

Posted by: in-God-I-Trust | February 7, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yeah, GayView is absolutely right about Mr. Mitt-for-Brains.

If the several well-qualified Democratic candidates for governor hadn't knocked one another off, leaving the nomination to the one candidate who couldn't win (Shannon O'Brien--who was actually a very good State Treasurer), Slick Mitt would never have been elected in the first place.

Even voters here in the People's Republic sometimes make mistakes. We're just TOO tolerant.

Posted by: JoeM1 | February 7, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

If he doesn't drop out soon, he won't be wealthy anymore and will have to go back to a real job.

Posted by: mortified469 | February 7, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Bye bye, Mitt. Maybe now you can use some of your cash for therapy to finally figure out what you believe in. See ya later.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | February 7, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the announcement on fox. I am so unhappy; you ran a wonderful campaign. I believe enough would support and vote for you if there should there be an interest in an honest conservative, with Zell Miller as an independent you would be a winner. Other wise since the RNC double-crossed both of us; I will and all I can influence will vote for dems across the ballot this cycle. McPain, Huckaphony and Der Terminator party can go to Hell.

Posted by: springco1 | February 7, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Now we're going to have to get another candidate who's both for and against gay marriage, gun control, and the Reagan legacy."

When was Romney ever in favor of Gay Marraige? Please show me a quote or legislation he either signed or supported.

Posted by: BenLaGuer | February 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Romney, for running. America needs your business world sense to solve the problems of health insurance, immigration, deficient spending etc. I'll be voting for you in 2012.

Posted by: md__sl | February 7, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I can see alll you short sighted Libs are excited. Only one problem - now the news is going to be Mccain is the nominee - no news there.

Let's talk about how hillary and Obama are trying to slit each other's throats for the next three months. Let's turn the Dems on each other in a bitter and spiteful run to a broken party.

whoppeee!!!!

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess we live in a country that is run by the media, telling us who to vote for, distorting records and breeding hatred.

Romney is a good man. What if every million stopped vacationing on their yachts and fought to do good in this country. You can be critical of him all you want, but he has accomplished more in his life than you will ever dream of.

If I had $250 million in the bank I would use it to fight the biased media too.

Posted by: PiousPolly | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Typical of Romney, First he says he's running for president, now he says he's not running...this guy just can't stop changing his Mine!!

Posted by: familynet | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain must make peace with conservatives--the sooner the better. Mark my words--McCain is asking Romney to serve as his veep if he quits the campaign.

Posted by: signof4 | February 7, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to see Mitt go. He may have been a private-equity robber baron, but at least he had an economic platform. That's more than you can say about McCain, who is so clueless that he now inexplicably favors extending the Bush tax cuts that he voted against.

Looks like Huckabee is getting the two-man race that he supposedly wanted. We'll see whether he'll finally go after somebody besides Romney now, or whether he was just a stalking horse for McCain all along.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | February 7, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

It looks like even millions can't hide total phoniness (although it worked in 2000 and 2004).

Romney's record in Massachusetts was abominable: First, he pledged not to take the GOP nomination from lame-duck acting governor Jane (not so) Swift--so, of course, he pushed her out of the race.

One of his campaign promises while running for governor was that he'd be a full-time governor with no ambitions beyond the State House--so, of course, he spent half of his term running all over the country, badmouthing Massachusetts and trying to build up his conservative creds for a run at the White House.

Mitt would do a great job as a game-show host, but I guess that doesn't pay well enough for him.

Good riddance!

Posted by: JoeM1 | February 7, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

******END GAME ALERT************

Romney is out. McCain is in. Its a tough one--but you better remember who we CANT vote for:

She voted for the war, 2 supplements, The Patriot Act, eavesdropping, data mining, and the surge, but she criticizes our approach. She is morally bankrupt.

I say that and more--12 tunes this police officer wrote and you can hear @

www.conservativemusiconline.com

Posted by: Truscott1 | February 7, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor Mittens.

Posted by: obrier2 | February 7, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show you: $$ can buy nice suits (and haircuts) but it can't fill the suit or the head.

Buh bye Mittens.

Posted by: Spectator2 | February 7, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

10 things Romney could've done different:

1. Could have run less as a social conservative and more as a can-do technocrat.

2. Could have delivered his religion and faith speech earlier in his campaign.

3. Could have run negative ads against McCain (backlash and ire be darned).

4. Could have recognized that his biggest problem was a perceived lack of humanity, and addressed it with humor, purpose, and authenticity.

5. Could have put his wife and sons more front and center in the campaign. (just kidding)

6. Could have taken a risk and separated himself more from President Bush.

7. Could have identified Huckabee as a genuine threat before it was too late to stop the Arkansan's momentum -- in Iowa and beyond.

8. Could have consistently presented his own personality--disciplined, ambitious, take-charge, impersonal, passionate about his family and his religion--rather than tried to fit himself into a series of established Republican templates.

9. Could have insisted his warring advisers either make peace with each other or quit the campaign.

10. Could have regularly addressed one or two policy issues and/or themes that he really believed in -- like change, anti-Washington, the economy.


http://thepage.time.com/2008/02/07/sources-romney-to-quit-race/

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Another Republifascist down,

2 to go!

Posted by: lichtme | February 7, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

please stop saying that romney's "homestate" is massachusetts. I"M from massachusetts and nobody there is like this freak or likes him. he is from utah or michigan, then came to massachusetts to go to one of our awesome universities, then unfortunately, wouldn't leave due to a job. his is an utter embarassment to the vast majority of my fellow massachusett's natives. also, unfortunately, he was able to become governor there, for one term only, as the woman he was running against at the time was from a corrupt political family there , he had massive amounts of money to buy the election, and his stated views were very moderate. he's just disgusting, as is his b**ch of a wife, and all of us wish he would just leave our state.

Posted by: gayview | February 7, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney: good guy, wrong year. He wanted to run as the moderate Republican he is, but McCain and Giuliani were there. Then he decided to run as the "conservative alternative," but Huckabee was there. Maybe someone smart told him to get out now, save face, and start saving up for 2012 to challenge, in theory, Vice President Mike Huckabee (or VP Jodi Rell or VP Don Carcieri) after President John McCain decides at 75 he's done.

Posted by: danrandom719 | February 7, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Let me say it too: good riddance.

Ugliest candidate in memory, "born on third base," as someone put it, dumping tens of millions of dollars of his own money, earned in the most disrespectful way you can earn it without committing felonies.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 7, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The Post needs to hire a proof reader. This is ridiculous.

Posted by: bobbell25 | February 7, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I never liked the guy, right from the start.

It didn't bother me that he had a liberal record, it bothered me that he was such a phony posing as a conservative to win the votes of the far right of the party.

I never had anything against Fred cos Fred wasn't a phony.

I never had anything against Rudy cos Rudy stayed clean and kept Reagan's 11th commandment.

I never had anything against Huck even though Huck has a liberal record cos he didn't try to remake his corporate image on Madison Ave like Romney did. Huck is real America.

I never had anything against Ron Paul until it turned out he published a racist newsletter under his name.


Mitt Romney??? A phony. Between him and HRC it would be best to vote for Pigasus.

Posted by: nosubstituteforvictory | February 7, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It's no surprise and it's the right thing for him to do, both for the party and his supporters.

Without his personal resources, he'd have had to drop out after Florida. Those kept him in until Super Tuesday. But it's not all money, you need volunteers and supporters. I've talked to many of them since Tuesday night and they've given their all. They just don't have the energy to start making phone calls to Ohio or wherever.

Posted by: anon99 | February 7, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse


It doesn't matter. The Republicans are basically screwed no matter what.

Posted by: sequoiaqueneaux | February 7, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Go for it, zouk. Way to represent!

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

There must be some kind of conservative that likes McCain, isn't there? How is he winning the republican nomination?

Romney claims to be the true conservative, Huckabee claims to be the true conservative, and McCain tells the self-described true conservatives to calm down.

Now NBC is announcing that Romney is planning to "suspend" his campaign. He's claiming that if he keeps running it would be "surrendering to terror"

She-it, Romney, you're more dangerous than I thought.

Posted by: khote14 | February 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's leaving to take a position in the Bloomberg campaign. Chief of hairstyling and doublespeaking.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | February 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Romney's scheduled to meet with the members who endorsed his run at the Capitol Hill Club, shortly after addressing the CPAC annual convention today.

Could it be the last supper?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 12:28 PM

I think I'll pop over and say hi. Maybe he can wrest Kerry's seat away from him next year.

Posted by: kingofzouk | February 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Now, when are Huckabee, McCain, Paul, and the rest of the GOP going to hang it up and start saving money for 2012?

Posted by: free-donny | February 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Now we're going to have to get another candidate who's both for and against gay marriage, gun control, and the Reagan legacy.

Posted by: dfc102 | February 7, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"...his Mullah Dobson problem"

Dobson hates MDH also. MDH is much more a prisoner of his principles while Dobson's Christianity is a cheap suit he takes off dozens of times a day if it brings him money or influence.

Posted by: judgeccrater | February 7, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Romney's scheduled to meet with the members who endorsed his run at the Capitol Hill Club, shortly after addressing the CPAC annual convention today.

Could it be the last supper?

Posted by: proudtobeGOP | February 7, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Enough of these candidates reeking of entitlement. This is a democracy. It is not yet a plutocracy, despite the relentless efforts of the Bushes and Romneys of this country to make it into one.

Ditto for Hillary Clinton. The constitution prohibits patents of nobility. We don't need de facto ones-- dynasties. It may be "unfair" but that's just too bad.

Maybe, if Romney withdraws, Hillary will think twice about squandering the smallish fortune, which she and Bill amassed by trading on their fame resulting from the Clinton Presidency,to feed her infinite sense of entitlement and self-importance. She doesn't have nearly as much as Romney, it could all be gone in a hurry, and she and he can only get seven-figures for their memoirs once.

Posted by: mnjam | February 7, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Good riddence.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | February 7, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Enough of these candidates reeking of entitlement. This is a democracy. It is not yet a plutocracy, despite the relentless efforts of the Bushes and Romneys of this country to make it into one.

Ditto for Hillary Clinton. The constitution prohibits patents of nobility. We don't need de facto ones-- dynasties. It may be "unfair" but that's just too bad.

Maybe, if Romney withdraws, Hillary will think twice about squandering the smallish fortune, which she and Bill amassed by trading on their fame resulting from the Clinton Presidency,to feed her infinite sense of entitlement and self-importance. She doesn't have nearly as much as Romney, it could all be gone in a hurry, and she and he can only get seven-figures for their memoirs once.

Posted by: mnjam | February 7, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance.

Enough of these candidates reeking of entitlement. This is a democracy. It is not yet a plutocracy, despite the relentless efforts of the Bushes and Romneys of this country to make it into one.

Ditto for Hillary Clinton. The constitution prohibits patents of nobility. We don't need de facto ones-- dynasties. It may be "unfair" but that's just too bad.

Maybe, if Romney withdraws, Hillary will think twice about squandering the smallish fortune, which she and Bill amassed by trading on their fame resulting from the Clinton Presidency,to feed her infinite sense of entitlement and self-importance. She doesn't have nearly as much as Romney, it could all be gone in a hurry, and she and he can only get seven-figures for their memoirs once.

Posted by: mnjam | February 7, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why he should drop out now. He should stay in the race until McCain actually has a majority of delegates. If Huckabee and Romney together have a majority, then they'll be important at the convention. Romney doesn't have a chance to win at this point, but if there's a brokered convention he'll have power.

Of course, the winner-take-all Republican primaries work against him. If Romney's presence takes more votes from Huckabee than it does from McCain, he's actually hurting himself by staying in the race. That's why the Democratic system of allocating delegates is much better, as imperfect as it is.

Posted by: Blarg | February 7, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Republican side is set:
McCain with Huck for VP - helps with his Mullah Dobson problem.

Posted by: spbaker90 | February 7, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, that would leave two liberals and Ron Paul. I would have to hold my nose and go for Paul--at least he has a conservative record.

Posted by: navymanusna | February 7, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

He's not really dropping out.

He's decided that he's a sensible moderate, and will seek to be the leading VP candidate for Obama or Clinton.

Posted by: NorwegianBlue | February 7, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

The surprise would be if he weren't considering dropping out.

Posted by: bsimon | February 7, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I hope he's out - that person used an ancient law from 1930 something which was designed to prevent interracial marriage to prevent same-sex couples from getting married in Massachusetts. I've loathed him ever since.

Posted by: AngloAm | February 7, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Romney's exit would be fortuitous for America...

Posted by: AdrickHenry | February 7, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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