Romney Roundup


Callimachus does an excellent point-by-point of Romney’s speech. I love this line: “Nothing makes me feel more like a liberal than listening to someone try to talk like a conservative built from a kit.”

Shaun Mullen is thinking along the same lines:

The former Massachusetts governor is the latest Republican wannabe to learn [the] hard way, as did Rudy Giuliani, that being a liberal or moderate in conservative drag not only is a bad fit but doesn’t fool anyone in the ideologically rare air of GOP politics.

Obviously, with Romney out, the road to the Republican nomination is paved with John McCain campaign posters. Jon Swift has some advice for conservatives who are looking for someone — anyone — to save them from McCain:

… If we are forced to make a choice between McCain and Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, what should conservatives do? John McCain’s mother has said that conservatives should just hold their noses and vote for McCain and one company has introduced John McCain noseplugs to make it a little easier. Michelle Malkin is trying to rally her troops to vote for conservatives farther down the ballot in the hopes that someday one of these conservatives can be groomed to run for President, but many conservatives will probably be too deflated to summon the energy to get out of the house on election day.

Instead of voting to make things not quite as bad as they could be, however, a better strategy for conservatives would be to make things as bad as they possibly could be. One of the things we learned in Vietnam is that sometimes you have to destroy the village in order to save it. And the only way to save this country and the Republican Party at this point may be to destroy them. Though John McCain would destroy this country, he might not destroy it enough. So some patriotic conservatives have decided to become “suicide voters,” pulling the lever for Clinton or Obama instead of McCain. I think this is a good plan and, taking a page from Malkin, conservatives should also vote for the most liberal candidates they can find in every contest in November. Let’s hand over the entire government to the liberals and then see how the American people like it. …

Jon, I think that’s called a sucker bet.

Dave Schuler parses “suspending”:

Although both Mitt Romney and John Edwards have announced that they have “suspended” their campaigns, the statement means different things in the Republican and Democratic parties.

In the Republican Party when a candidate suspends his or her campaign, the state parties decide how to allocate the delegates that have been pledged to the candidate as a result of the primary or caucus process.

In the Democratic Party when a candidate suspends his or her campaign, the candidate remains a candidate and the delegates pledged to him or her through the primary or caucus process remain pledged to the candidate.

Mark Kleiman has changed his mind about Romney’s inconsistency:

I’ve been saying all along that Mitt Romney would be my preferred Republican candidate not only because he would be most likely to lose but also because (against admittedly weak competition) he’s the most fit of the Republican candidates to actually be President. He’s clearly smart and a quick study, he’s run a substantial-sized organization successfully, and — best of all, I thought — he doesn’t actually believe anything.

That was my inference from the fact that everything he says he believes now contradicts everything he said he believed while running for Governor of Massachusetts.

But Romney’s concession statement gives me pause. He’s no longer running for President, unless he imagines that he could come back in 2012. And yet lots of what he says is no less batsh*t crazy than his campaign so far[.] …

The Straight Talk Express derailed at CPAC.

More from Maha on why we can’t all just get along.

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