I know RJ will be bummed (well, kind of), but Mitt is out.
Mind you - I'm not boo-hoo'ing over this turn of events. My friends and I concur that the man is a little creepy and scary (Mitt - not RJ). I cannot imagine any scenario where when Rush Limbaugh endorses you that it is going to turn out to be a good thing. It probably just started that countdown clock ticking.
Even in political-speak, Romney's "concession" speech was over the top in
"In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror. This is not an easy decision. I hate to lose.
If this were only about me, I'd go on. But it's never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, in this time of war I feel I have to now stand aside for our party and for our country."
He goes on to say, if he continued it would "forestall the launch of a national campaign and be making it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win."
I'm not quite understanding that statement.
Unless Huckabee won every remaining primary, there is no potential way for him to gain the nomination, which would have only leave Mitt and McCain. Does that mean if he continued in the race and somehow won the nomination that he knew he would lose against either potential democratic choice?
Marketplace had some interesting pieces on the Romney drop-out last night. They cite that Mitt spent about $10 of his own money on every vote that he got. That doesn't even take into consideration the donations he got from his supporters. But they go on to say that the $60 million was a wise investment for a 2012 run.
eeeeeeeeek. We have to go through this again............with him?
The second point was how the GOP loves to reward their 2nd place finishers with the nomination the next time around - even in my short-term memory here is how I remember it:
1976 Ford v Reagan (Reagan victorious in 1980)
1980 Reagan v Bush I (Bush in 1988)
2000 Bush II v McCain (McCain in 2008?)
...and though I do love Marketplace - aren't they wrong on this one? Mitt didn't lose the nomination like Reagan and Bush #1 did. He quit. Huckabee is the one who is going to come in 2nd at this point.
So that is what we have to look forward to in 2012. Fuck me!
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