Mitt Romney has left the presidential race with these words:
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.
I will continue to stand for conservative principles; I will fight alongside you for all the things we believe in. And one of those things is that we cannot allow the next President of the United States to retreat in the face evil extremism!!
The GOP, whom some of us lovingly call God’s Own Party, won’t “retreat” in the face of extremism? I guess that’s why one of the front-runners is an extremist and the heir apparent is already being encouraged to suck up to the extremists within the GOP mere hours after Mitt’s resignation.
The Republicans may not run from an extremist, but they’ll damn straight vote for one, eh?
Huckabee’s won all 18 delegates for West Virginia with 52% of the vote.
Huckabee won with the support of 52 percent of the state’s GOP convention delegates on the second round of balloting.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney came in second with 47 percent of the vote, and Sen. John McCain of Arizona was backed by 1 percent of the delegates.
Romney was ahead in the first round of voting in Charleston but failed to get the majority needed to win.
It appeared supporters of McCain, who placed a distant third on the first ballot, moved over to Huckabee, helping him carry the day.
Mitt Romney, who only received 47 percent of the vote (the other 1 percent went to McCain) is furious over the loss. His campaign manager Beth Myers even released a statement accusing McCain of cutting a “deal” with Huckabee just to block Romney from winning:
“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change.
“Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today’s first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”
Maybe it’s just me, but I think they’re a just a wee bit sore about losing, eh?