February 1, 2008

Did You Hear? ‘Conservative’ Talkers and Pundits Love Mitt Romney. Now They’re Trying to Save Him.

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:48 am

Note: This post went up early this morning, but will stay at the top for the rest of the day.


Sean “How Dare Mike Huckabee Not Drop Out” Hannity endorsed Mitt Romney yesterday.

Who saw that coming? (/sarc)

Ann Coulter said she’ll campaign for Hillary if McCain is the nominee.

I’m sure Her Thighness will welcome Her Thinness with open arms. Allah at Hot Air, staying sane while others around the blogosphere go off the deep end, correctly calls it “madness.”

At least Allah’s boss is saying “It’s not too late” to John McCain.

Mark Levin apparently had a Romney endorsement up at National Review Online (“Conservatives need to act now, before it is too late”), but when I looked for it after midnight, it came back invalid. Update: At 7AM, it’s working. Mark, you can talk to me about things that are “irrefutable” when you, alleged constitutionalist that you are, break the silence and acknowledge the irrefutable chronology of Objectively Unfit Mitt Romney’s unilateral imposition of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts — and not one moment sooner.

Geez, guys and gals. Did it ever occur to you that if a guy can’t win against a less-than-stellar field, even after raising/spending/self-funding $90 m-m-m-million dollars (and that’s as of the end of December) — far more than all other GOP candidates combined — that maybe, just maybe, voters are seeing and learning what’s wrong with him (heh), and you’re not?

Start here, folks, and see what you’ve either missed or ignored. The Big Cahuna reason to reject Objectively Unfit Mitt has been out there for all to see for well over a year. The fact that he did what he did to keep a campaign promise (underlying NY Times story) has been known for almost five months.

Y’all just haven’t paid attention. Fortunately, others have.

Then go here and here for the latest supplements on how the working model for HillaryCare II, aka RomneyCare, is doing. If your time is too precious to look, the quick answer is “It’s blowing up.”

If anyone has betrayed conservatism in this election cycle, it’s the people who swooned over the pretty packaging without seeing the emptiness inside, and who failed to support the real deal when they had the chance.

Now the candidate, as we all knew he would, is carpetbombing the airwaves. Romniacs-all-along like Hannity and others have pulled back the curtain to mount one last desperate offensive on behalf of the person who has betrayed constitutional government, the rule of law, and conservatism as no other governor in my lifetime has.

Pray — pray hard — that they fail.


UPDATE: Rick at the FDH Lounge is pleased with where things stand — a little too pleased, in my view:

How about the sight of Rich Boy Romney going into the fetal position last night about McCain’s characterization of his Iraq position, as though Romney didn’t spend a ton of his inherited wealth to dump slime via TV ads on everyone in the race thus far.

Or, as Bob Novak revealed in early January, to propagate false rumors that Thompson would leave the race after Iowa.

Speaking of slime, Rick also points to a blood-boiling September Hugh Hewitt post that I missed. It went up at the time of Fred Thompson’s announcement of his candidacy. It’s tasteless, classless cancer-mongering, recycling a four month-old report from Bloomberg, now in the hands of hard-lefty Al Hunt, who at the time would have been in mortal fear of a Thompson presidency. How dare you, Hugh.

UPDATE 2: In a Wall Street Journal editorial

Mitt Romney has emerged as the last Republican with a chance to stop John McCain, and there’s no doubt he’s a candidate from central casting: successful in business and politics, a family man, and quicker and more articulate than most. The main doubt about him has been whether he believes in anything enough to stick to it if he did become President.

I have no doubt. He doesn’t.

The editorial is a definite read-the-whole-thinger, wrapping thusly, and accurately:

John McCain’s difficulties in selling himself to GOP voters reflect his many liberal lurches over the years — from taxes to free speech, prescription drugs and global warming cap and trade. Republicans have a pretty good sense of where he might betray them. Yet few doubt that on other issues — national security, spending — Mr. McCain will stick to his principles no matter the opinion polls. If Mr. Romney loses to Senator McCain, the cause will be his failure to persuade voters that he has any convictions at all.

UPDATE 3, 11AM: Well of course Hewitt weighs in, and with typical nonsense

….. (Romney endorsers/near-endorsers) Rush, Sean, and Laura, Beck, Levin and Hewitt are right, and Arnold, Rudy, and Rick Perry are wrong: Conservatives have to decide right now if they will fight for Romney and the party of Reagan against the MSM-generated McCain resurrection.

Hmm. I didn’t know that Arnold, Rudy, Perry (and Crist, and others) were part of the “MSM.” They are, or were, governors (one was the mayor of a city bigger than most states). They run, or ran, huge institutions — the three largest states in the Union, and the nation’s largest city. They’re smart enough not to let Old Media drive their thought processes, or to let a pretty face and a few clever sound bites fool them.



  1. Tom, I hope you don’t mind my self serving plug on this one. http://conservablogs.com/publiusforum/2008/01/27/breast-beating-by-the-conservatives/

    Comment by dscott — February 1, 2008 @ 9:24 am

  2. #1, not at all. Nice job, though I don’t quite share the optimism.

    Comment by TBlumer — February 1, 2008 @ 9:36 am

  3. [...] I read this, I can’t help but feel [...]

    Pingback by Plunderbund - » Schadenfreude Friday — February 1, 2008 @ 1:42 pm

  4. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=24726 Mr. Winterble has nicely framed the issue for us. $%!$%^#%&*@#

    Comment by dscott — February 1, 2008 @ 2:52 pm

  5. Get real about our options.we can not have a strong defense if we don’t have a strong economy..What Romney has not been consistant on in words he has been consistant on in action in his daily life. He obviously understands economics in a capitalistic society, look at his sucess in the private sector. Look how he turned around the failing olympics, so he understands big complicated projects with lots of moving parts, look how he has lived his personal life to see that he is a moral and good family man to see how he really feels on social issues, But most of all I think he, with a MBA and a law degree that he acheived simultanously is something will provide the republicans something that we have been missing for a long time,He is an incredibly articulate smart leader who can express to the american people why our approach to gov. works and why the democrats and Bush for that matter, feel good legislation only digs us deeper into the black hole of big gov.,big brother,more regulations,and ultimately less freedom.

    Comment by erin — February 1, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  6. #5, too bad he had a chance to do all of what you suggested he can do for the country in MA — and didn’t do it.

    So now he deserves a promotion?

    Comment by TBlumer — February 1, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

  7. #4, great column. Best suggested remedy I’ve seen.

    Comment by TBlumer — February 1, 2008 @ 3:26 pm

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