Thursday, February 7, 2008

Breaking analysis from outside of the Beltway - Romney, Huckabee, and others

I ran across a Mark Daniels post that cited three reasons why Mitt Romney didn't win the Republican nomination.

First, Daniels cited "the incredible conservative shift" in which Romney either shifted from liberal to conservative after leaving the Massachusetts governorship, or had previously shifted from conservative to liberal to win the Massachusetts governorship. Either way, it's not pretty. (Although, to be fair, McCain has apparently shifted his position on illegal immigration, or at least is pretending to do so.)

Second, Daniels talked about "the Baptist Mormon," in which Romney tried to appear as a regular ole' evangelical Christian in order to win the religious right over.

Third, and finally, Daniels cited a non-flip-flop example: "I'm Bush, too." Frankly, it's sad when today's Republicans define "conservatism" as "what George W. Bush does." That's how Ron Pauls emerge.

Incidentally, Mike Huckabee's blog now contains a statement about Romney's withdrawal:

Today, Mitt Romney announced that he will no longer seek the Republican nomination for President. I wish Mitt and his family all the best.

Over the past year, Mitt and his entire family have sacrificed a lot during the course of his campaign and for that, we should all be appreciative of their service and dedication.

This is a two-man race for the nomination, and I am committed to marching on. I believe in the importance of a strong national defense -- which includes winning the war against Islamic extremists and the protection of American sovereignty.

I am redoubled in my resolve to carry on my campaign in a civil, dignified manner. The issues that got me into this campaign—protecting life and traditional marriage, enacting the Fair Tax, and border security are going to keep me in this campaign.

As a true authentic, consistent, conservative, I have a vision to bring hope, opportunity and prosperity to all Americans, and I’d like to ask for and welcome the support of those who had previously been committed to Mitt.

As far as I can tell, John Cox, Alan Keyes, and Ron Paul have not updated their websites to challenge Huckabee's claim of a two-man race.


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