Here’s his banner image.
Hmmm…there he is, in the clouds, asking people to “believe”.
Here’s his banner image.
Hmmm…there he is, in the clouds, asking people to “believe”.
Hitting the internets now. Mitt Romney might withdraw from the race for the Republican nomination today during a speech at CPAC today. We’ll know in a few minutes.
UPDATE: CNN reports that Romney will “suspend” his campaign. OK, so how is that different from quitting?
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will suspend his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, GOP sources tell CNN.
A candidate may “suspend” his or her campaign rather than dropping out, and technically remain a candidate. In this case, he or she is entitled to keep any statewide pledged delegates as well as their district-level delegates.
Candidates who officially drop out must forfeit statewide delegates.
BREAKING: 1:07 PM EST: Mitt’s out.
“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 (Barack) Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney planned to say in a speech to the conference, according to excerpts of his speech.
“This is not an easy decision for me. 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, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country.”
2008 Election, Mitt Romney
Mark Levin speaks for a lot of conservatives, including myself, with this thought.
I wonder how many of us believe that if John McCain is the nominee, which is looking more likely, whether he will win New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California. This was the Giuliani strategy. He’s losing the conservative vote in virtually every state other than New York and New Jersey. He had won South Carolina but last night lost all the southern states that were in play. He’s also losing some of the small but critical red states in places like the mountain states. Moreover, even though there are essentially three candidates in the primary race, McCain as the putative front-runner should be building enough strength within the Republican Party to win core Republican states (or at least more of them). If we look forward to the general election, it’s hard to see how he wins the popular vote and it will be very difficult to cobble together the right combination of electoral college votes.
While today’s narrative is mostly about the lack of true conservative belief within the heart of John McCain, the end of the day will be all about who can win. And winning is defined not by popularity (ask Algore), but by votes in the electoral college. Levin is correct to question the McCain strategy in this regard. As it stands today, it’s a losing strategy. The question is, could it be turned around if McCain picks a conservative running mate, like Fred Thompson, for example? It could if the veep nominee is positioned to replace the position Dick Cheney has held. Problem with this is, it’s not clear at all that McCain would want to share power, or the camera lens, with anyone.
It must be made clear to McCain that he can’t win with just moderate Republicans and independents. His strategy must include conservative Republicans, and while they won’t line up with him, they might if they knew a true conservative running mate also had a hand on the wheel.
2008 Election, Conservatives, Fred Thompson, John McCain, Republicans, Vice President, Dick Cheney
Sen. Harry Reid is a piece of work.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the possibility of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) becoming president “sends a cold chill down my spine.”
Reid made his remarks Tuesday outside the Senate chambers when a reporter asked him about McCain, who is running for the Republican Party nomination for president.
Pulling out his wallet and removing a white piece of paper, Reid told the reporter: “All I have to say about that is this. I have it right here, and you can put it in your little recording devices.”
Then, reading aloud, and quoting Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) from an interview last Friday, Reid said: “The thought of him [McCain] being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper, and he worries me.”
Reid then placed the piece of paper back in his wallet and continued taking reporter’s questions.
You don’t think he planned that, do you?
There’s nothing Reid would like more than to cause a riot among conservatives in the hope that we’d sit out of the 2008 cycle in protest against McCain. So, why not use one of our own as a tool to that end?
A Democrat playing offense is a dangerous thing. No matter who our nominee is, conservative Republicans need to ensure we’re not pawns of the Democratic party.
2008 Election, John McCain, Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives, Harry Reid
2008 Election, Super Tuesday
The media jumped on the Huckabee win in West Virginia as if it means something. It means nothing. By tonight, we’ll won’t be hearing about Mike Huckabee. It’ll be all about John McCain. For better or worse (I say worse), McCain will be the nominee. The media is driving him convoy style right to the Republican National Convention.
Now the debate going forward will be one concerning the lesser of two evils. Is it worth electing McCain to the White House just to have a Republican (in name only) occupying the oval office, or could McCain potentially screw things up so bad that he’d be worse than Hillary?
To be continued.
2008 Election, Hillary Clinton, Huckabee, John McCain, Oval Office
The Stepford Child is on the stump.
From shaking hands and taking photos on the rope line at California State University in Dominguez Hills to answering personal questions with steely resolve in a town-hall meeting at Santa Barbara City College, the Chelsea that emerged was one of contrasts, seamlessly appropriating well-known attributes from both President and Senator Clinton. In the end, there’s little doubt: Chelsea is definitely her parents’ child.
And that’s just the way she wants it.
“There’s no one that I love more, that I respect more,” a smiling Clinton said of her mother during the day’s second stop in Santa Barbara. “She makes the best applesauce. She reads to me still when I don’t feel well. I’ve never doubted that I’m the most important person in the world to her.”
I’m sorry, but I don’t see Hillary Clinton as the homemaker whipping up a great batch of applesauce. Nor do I see her reading, comfortingly to a 27-year old who’s feeling ill. Unless, of course, she’s reading from a policy speech she’s about to deliver.
2008 Election, Chelsea Clinton, Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton will do anything to win.
Sen. Hillary Clinton teared up this morning at an event at the Yale Child Study Center, where she worked while in law school in the early 1970s.
Penn Rhodeen, who was introducing Clinton, began to choke up, leading Clinton’s eyes to fill with tears, which she wiped out of her left eye. At the time, Rhodeen was saying how proud he was that sheepskin-coat, bell-bottom-wearing young woman he met in 1972 was now running for president.
“Well, I said I would not tear up; already we’re not exactly on the path,” Clinton said with emotion after the introduction.
Clinton is holding a roundtable discussion with Connecticut women to talk about childcare and healthcare.
When Clinton got misty-eyed at an event in New Hampshire on Jan. 7, politicos and pundits filled hours discussing if it helped her, and Clinton eventually pointed to the moment as when she “found her voice” and turned the corner in the Granite State.
I don’t care what anyone says. This lady is 100% scripted. Calculating. Driven. Her thinking is obvious…if the “tear” thing worked in New Hampshire, it might work in Connecticut, so…
What amazes me are the people (ahem, women) out there who are enthusiastically supporting Hillary exclusively because she has a chance to be the first woman president. People need to wake up and realize who they’re dealing with here.
2008 Election, Hillary Clinton, Polls
Just a couple of weeks ago I predicted a 31-17 Patriot win.
Patriots, Giants, Super Bowl
According to Blacks in South Central L.A., the former president needs to ‘splain himself.
The Clinton camp asked Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) to clarify remarks she made in an interview with The Sleuth on Friday evening in which she said Clinton needed to “renew his relationship with the South Central community” after turning off voters in her district with his racially tinged comments during the South Carolina primary campaign.
To achieve that, Watson said she had asked the former president to write a letter “explaining his commitment to civil rights and equal rights.”
“He knows what needs to be in it: He needs to renew his relationship with the South Central community,” Watson said Friday evening.
But on Saturday, things changed after the Clinton campaign called Watson who then told The Sleuth there will be no letter after all. She had mistakenly thought, she said, that Clinton would not be able to speak inside the churches on Sunday and, therefore, had asked him to put his thoughts in writing.
“I just learned he will be able to speak,” Watson said. “So there will be no need for any kind of letter.”
But what about mending fences with voters who felt Clinton had unfairly injected race into the campaign? “He can do that now in person in true Bill Clinton fashion — personally and verbally,” Watson said.
This is just what the country needs, days before Super Tuesday. Now, on Monday, we’ll hear story after story about how Bill Clinton “renewed his ties” to the African American community by an act of contrition only he can pull off. He’ll be crowned the first black president again, and Hillary will talk about how she and Bill are the real uniters-in-chief.
I think I just threw up in my mouth.
2008 Election, Bill Clinton, Black Vote, Hillary Clinton, President