the enemy of my enemy is my friend
February 7, 2008 Leave a comment
Another one bites the dust.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney announced today that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. And no one is surprised, though it must be said no other candidate’s hair even comes close to looking as presidential…
Despite winning a handful of a relatively small caucus states on Super Tuesday, the big story was that despite the success of Romney’s message about John McCain ‘not being a true conservative,’ voters overwhelmingly went for Mike Huckabee. Which is something I admit I don’t understand from people who backed George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, both of whom spent money like drunken monkeys, with the main mouthpiece leading the charge a thrice-divorced drug addict for whom disrespect of a Republican President is treason while complete disrespect of a Democratic President is not only fair game, but bumper sticker fodder.
Maybe while Mormons share many of the same values as evangelical Christians, you gotta be a special kind of crazy – even for religious folk who believe the earth is 10,000 years old and that dinosaurs and man existed at the same time, a la the Flintstones – to buy into the whole Mormon thing.
But even beyond that, Romney was only still in the race because he is fabulously wealthy and, in pure Republican fashion, kept throwing good money after bad in an attempt to make a shitty choice (or policy or war) seem like a decent idea.
As of December 2007, Mitt Romney contributed $35.4 million of his own money to his campaign, which raised $88 million in total. That means aside from his own money, Romney raised $53 million. McCain only raised (through Dec.) $41 million while Huckabee has proven he can work on the cheap, collecting less than $9 million total.
As a contrast, Barack Obama raised $32 million in January. At the same time, Hillary Clinton had to loan herself $5 million.
In his speech, Romney made a point of saying he was getting out now “for the party and the country.”
It’s a very different tune than he was singing just two days ago when he said of McCain “But his positions on the keystone issues of his 25 years are positions that are more like Democrats than like those of Republicans.” Or a day before that when on ABC’s This Week he said: “…we’re going to have John McCain as a nominee, that’s the wrong way to go.”
Of course, he also said on Tuesday “One thing that’s clear is this campaign’s going on.”
But I thought his campaign was a battle for the soul of the party, so how can it be for the good of the party that he is getting in line behind a guy who is more like a Democrat?
That’s like the Democratic establishment being dumb enough to get behind the candidate whose policy position and votes are most like their Republican opponents. Oh, wait. They do. My bad.
In the end, however, today’s Romney speech – and the support of his campaign by scumsuckers like Rush Limbaugh, who I will bet dollars to doughnuts rallies around McCain as November nears, if not by this time tomorrow – once again reminds us that despite all their talk and bluster and finger-pointing, when it comes right down to it, the “flip-flop” is a move perfected at every level of the Republican party, even in defeat.