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Thursday, February 07, 2008

It's Official: Our Next President Will be a Liberal, or Worse

Governor Mitt Romney has officially dropped out of the Presidential race.

As reported in a Breitbart.com article:
"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," Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

"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," Romney said.

It's hard to blame Governor Romney for bailing as the numbers are just not there to realistically continue the campaign. Governor Huckabee, however, by keeping his campaign going in spite of being out of it long ago, deserves a large measure of the blame for taking out any chance of a Conservative presidency at this critical time in our nation's history.

The only remaining question is which liberal or socialist, McCain, Clinton, or Obama, will end up in office.

Senator McCain had better start mending fences with Conservatives real fast and be real convincing if he doesn't want to be responsible for the damage a second Clinton Administration or an Obama Administration will do to the country.

It truly is a sad day for America.

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Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

I listened this afternoon to McCain's CPAC speech. The phrases that would ordinarily send a thrill up my spine - cut taxes and pork, market-based health care solution, secure the borders first, protecting life - left me cold coming out of McCain's mouth.

For those people who thought that Romney's conversion to conservatism was insincere, just wait till you get an earful of Johnny Come Lately McCain.

What's the saying? "Your lips are moving, but all I hear is blah, blah, blah..."

2/07/2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger Strolling Amok said...

Greeting from the Democratic side of the aisle.
I just put a post up about this at my own blog here:
(Entitled "Carter-Pyle '08") and I'm curious about what folks on here think about my take on todays events. Head on over and take a look if you like. And good luck with your new nominee.

2/07/2008 5:31 PM  
Blogger Frake said...

The only reason I will be voting at all, and for McCain, is because the alternative is just too grim to imagine.

I can't disagree with Thrifty Scot but McCain really is the lesser of 3 evils ... well, he can't be any worse than the Dem alternative.

2/07/2008 7:46 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

I will have to make a one-handed vote for McCain (the other hand will be holding my nose) for the sake of the war effort and the troops, but nonetheless I think the base needs to make Senator Sellout sweat profusely first.

I agree with Thrifty Scot in that the speech seemed very insincere and that the Senator never actually promised anything other than in regard to a few tax issues. He sort of promised that the Conservatives would be consulted on matters where he has disagreed in the past, but made no commitment to actually follow any of the advice.

He needs to prove his new found respect for Conservatives by actions. He at the very least needs to admit he was wrong on many of his past actions, sincerely apologise for it, and then take tangible action to correct it.

For instance, it may impress some of us in the base a whole lot if he led a genuine effort to repeal McCain-Feingold and energetically saw it through. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting.

I do think McCain has finally come to grips with the fact that he cannot win the general election without our support.

It's payback time, and I hope the good Senator really discovers that payback can be a real Hillary.

2/07/2008 9:28 PM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

McCain used the weasel word formulation on securing the border:

"I accept that, and have pledged that it would be among my highest priorities to secure our borders first, and only after we achieved widespread consensus that our borders are secure, would we address other aspects of the problem in a way that defends the rule of law and does not encourage another wave of illegal immigration."

Widespread amongst whom? The political class that tried to ram the amnesty atrocity through in the first place?

2/07/2008 9:46 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

It's not a happy day, but there's not a lot we can do. If I were McCain, I'd be working hard on finding a movement conservative for a running mate. The two people I've been thinking of today are Haley Barbour or Mark Sanford, who have some of the demographic advantages of Huckabee without being clueless about economic issues.

Meanwhile, clothespins for everybody in the voting booth!

Mr. D

2/07/2008 10:03 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

We can't stop a liberal of one degree or another from becoming the next president, but we need to keep in mind that our system of government was set up with the checks and balances.

The possibility of a McCain presidency must be viewed as hostile, albeit not as hostile as the alternatives, to the Conservative cause. We need to do all we can to make sure to elect as many Conservatives to Congress as possible to neutralize the many problems a McCain, or worse, administration will create.

2/07/2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

Does the Republican party survive when one branch of the party (Congressional conservatives) is at war with another(the McCain administration)?

And if it doesn't, where does that leave conservatives, who need the Republican party to exist as a political vehicle for their ideas?

It seems fanciful to imagine conservative Republicans such as Michelle Bachman strenuously opposing a President of their own party. It seems to me that doing so would lead to marginalization for her and others of her ideological bent.

Mark my words - when deals are struck, moderate to liberal Republicans like Norm Coleman (of which there are at least 6 to 10 in the Senate) will fall all over themselves to be included, regardless of the content of the deal. The mainstream Republican class in Washington will fall in line behind McCain - they don't know any other way to behave. They will eagerly provide cover for liberal policies that would never pass under a Hillary administration.

Conservatives such as Michelle Bachman will be portrayed much as Indiana Rep Dan Burton was portrayed during the Clinton years as he pursued their corruption - out of the mainstream, slightly nutty, and irrelevant to the discussion.

The end result - two classes of Republicans, one portrayed as mainstream and in line with their party leader, the other portrayed (by both the media and the above-referenced mainstream Republicans) as a fringe rump group consisting of disgruntled losers.

It is simply unavoidable that a President drives the agenda of his party, and you either get on board or find yourself outside the process. Conservatives will not be able to control a McCain administration from congress. It simply can't and won't happen.

2/08/2008 11:38 AM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

Hence Uncle Rush was right again when he warned that McCain as the GOP nominee or President would bring about the destruction of the party.

2/08/2008 11:48 AM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

Precisely, and the destruction of the Republican party will have serious negative consequences for conservatism as a political force.

At that point, we're really cooked.

2/08/2008 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Attn: Blog Author . . . Do You Have The Guts To Print This?
To all you in-denial whinie cry-baby right-wingnut republican clowns.

You're all losers . . . and your nominee boys are losers.

Prepare yourselves for a Democratic Presidency, a Democratic Senate and a Democratic Congress.

It's your own fault for being a 'me-first-and-damn-the-rest' society that doesn't care about rising poverty, foreign outsourcing, illegal immigration, illegal wiretapping, torture, habeus corpus and a myriad of other vital issues.

I hope all you slobs drown in your own tears . . . you've earned it.

2/15/2008 8:18 PM  
Blogger One Man said...

Its scary to know that we still have, unsophisticated, blind, sheeplike, and more than likely racist voters like you who would rather have people like Bush in office destroying our country, versus god forbid, a democrat who will at least attempt to take us in a different direction. Trying to awaken people like you is equivalent to throwing an alarm clock in the graveyard.

3/05/2008 1:27 PM  
Blogger One Man said...

Thrifty Scott.Its scary to know that we still have, unsophisticated, blind, sheeplike, and more than likely racist voters like you who would rather have people like Bush in office destroying our country, versus god forbid, a democrat who will at least attempt to take us in a different direction. Trying to awaken people like you is equivalent to throwing an alarm clock in the graveyard. The good ole boy network is coming to an end.

3/05/2008 1:30 PM  
Blogger Right Hook said...

One Man-

Just what has President Bush done to destroy our country? He as weakened us economically to some degree by pursuing some liberal spending policies that are right in line with the liberals running to replace him, but by no stretch of the imagination does "destroy" apply.

We haven't had a major terrorist attack in nearly seven years and have thwarted several of them. Many of said terrorists who would destroy this country if given the opportunity have been cooled to ambient temperature and sent to their rendevous with their 72 virgins courtesy of the US Military. Do you have a problem with this?

Why is opposing liberals who want to redistribute wealth from those to earn it to those with no legal or moral claim whatsoever to it a bad thing? In addition to the economic disaster they will initiate, their policies will weaken the defense of this country just like the Clinton do-nothing about terrorism policy opened the door to 9/11.

Enforcing our borders and throwing out people who have no legal right to be here putting a drain on our social services is not racist, it is prudent!

I'm not real happy with Bush on a number of things, but as far as "destroying" the country goes there is a much greater danger posed by the socialists that you seem to be advocating.

3/05/2008 1:57 PM  

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