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Friday, February 8, 2008
posted by Mike | 12:38 AM | permalink
But the Conservative Movement gained a new leader!

Here is the deal. Rush Limbaugh has been saying for several years now that there has been no leader of the Conservative Movement. Sure, there have been two Republican Presidents and even Newt with his Contract with America that brought about a takeover of control of Congress, but conservatives have had no real leader to rally the troops.

Today that changed. Laura Ingraham said on the Bill O'Reilly show this evening that after the speech today she was in a short gathering of high level conservative leaders, all with long faces, who were talking with Mitt. The tone of the meeting seemed to be that conservative support should have coalesced earlier, and there seemed to be some embarrassment that it had not. The clear understanding, albeit unspoken, however, was that Mitt left that room today as the leader of that important group.

He spoke at CPAC 2007 as something of an outsider, and had a long road to travel to overcome all of the obstacles that lay before him, a change in a position or two, his religion, his wealth (I still can't believe that one!), his too-perfect image. In the end, getting elected this year was simply a bridge too far. If CPAC 2007 marked his launch as a conservative presidential candidate, CPAC 2008 clearly marks the beginning of a new era of leadership for conservatives, with a leader around whom thinking conservatives will be able to unite.

This development is confirmed by even the most casual analysis of exit polls. Thinking conservatives across the country voted for Mitt, and they will again.

Remember, that Ronald Reagan tried in 1968 and 1976 and was defeated each time, before being elected in 1980. Mitt maintains that he is no Ronald Reagan. That might be true, but I am convinced that Mitt is the next best possibility that we are likely to see for a long, long time.

Mike B.
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It's true, there will never be another Ronald Reagan. But Mitt Romney is as close as you could possibly get. I'm sure we'll be seeing him again.

I feel literally sad that Romney dropped out of the race today. I really don't know what I'm going to do in terms of voting because I really don't like any of the other candidates left. Mitt was my man, through and through.

Does anyone think that Romney will run in 2012? I just love Romney.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 8, 2008 at 4:20 AM  

I'm really having a hard time getting my head around what happened yesterday. I hate to say it but I'm wondering what the "real reason" Mitt dropped out.I think he was looking for a way to half heartedly support McCain although he didn't do it directly,he admitted the one strength McCain has, te support for the war and against terrorism.Even so it's not a rallying cry for me to support him. I'm not even motivated to support him because I don't want the Dems to win..I wanted Mitt to win because I thought he'd bring something different to DC. Now with McCain it will be just more of the same. The other thing that sticks on my crawl about McCain besides his numerous apostates is the swift boat attack he launched on Romney in Florida.I still have to wonder if Ann wasn't the one who called an end to the campaign. I don't want to think it was about the money but because she wanted him to maintain his personal integrity. Or maybe it was just the math.

I'm also wrestling with who I have more disdain for,McCain or Huck.Talk about hubris,Huck asked for Romney supporters to go with him while saying he's an authentic conservative which was a back handed swipe at Mitt.

Here's a funny irony that might come to light. The MSM will now start attacking McCain and guess what,they and talk radio will agree with each other. What a strange alliance this will be.

I agree 100% that it took way too long for the top conservatives of the party and talk radio to realize the strength of Mitt Romney. Instead of gathering around Romney early on they refused to take sides until the very end when they woke up to the fact that McCain would be the nominee. In short they got caught with their pants down. The only exceptions are Mark Levin and Hugh Hewitt who have been advocating Romney for a long time now. Even National Review realized a long time ago that Romney was the most conservative and electable candidate.

It also didn't help that talk radio took a two week vacation prior to the Iowa Caucus. Romney was all alone in his criticisms of Huckabee and he got creamed by the liberal media and Huckabee supporters for "going negative." It would have gone a long way to have talk radio around to back Romney up.

Don't "wait to long" to state the obvious my dear timid conservative friends: MITT IS WAY BETTER THAN REAGAN. Get used to saying and thinking that guys. Tally up a list of attributes sometime...and prove it to yourselves. Timidity destroyed Mitt's chances this year. Don't do it again.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 8, 2008 at 3:08 PM  

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