Romney quits the race!

Romney drops his Presidential Campaign!It really is a two-man race.  Again, I ask, will movement conservatives rally to Huckabee?  I say “not a chance.”  But I’m curious what they will do.UPDATE:  McCain gives a stemwinder speech to conservatives at their big meeting, CPAC.  He seemed to get some good response from the crowd as he paraded his conservative achievements, making the case that cutting government spending and defending the country against Islamic terrorism are the major issues of our day, while insisting on his pro-life convictions, pledging to appoint strict constructionist judges, and expatiating on his love of liberty.So do you think the Republicans should now unify and rally behind him? 

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • The Jones

    Huckabee has been very nice to McCain for the entire primary. I don’t see that changing, so i don’t see Huckabee getting a huge rally of supporters. McCain will use this remaining opportunity to make himself more appealing to the rest of his party. Huckabee will try to get enough delegates to be VP.

  • The Jones

    Huckabee has been very nice to McCain for the entire primary. I don’t see that changing, so i don’t see Huckabee getting a huge rally of supporters. McCain will use this remaining opportunity to make himself more appealing to the rest of his party. Huckabee will try to get enough delegates to be VP.

  • Nancy

    I am a conservative voter. McCain is NOT a conservative. His policies according to his past record in the senate are no different than Clinton’s or Obama’s. Therefore it makes no difference who wins in November. When I finally get to vote on March 4, I will not touch the screen for president. I will only vote for my local and state representatives.

  • Nancy

    I am a conservative voter. McCain is NOT a conservative. His policies according to his past record in the senate are no different than Clinton’s or Obama’s. Therefore it makes no difference who wins in November. When I finally get to vote on March 4, I will not touch the screen for president. I will only vote for my local and state representatives.

  • Bill Scioli

    Nancy (#2), I hope you are not serious…. For I am certainly a right wing conservative (in fact, one would have to fight me for the right book end of the party, if you know what I mean), but to compare McCain to Clinton and/or Obama is a display of ignorance at best. McCain has a 92% life time conservative voting record during his long time in Congress, he is pro-life and he is a “conservative hawk” when it comes to the budget (all of which are true conservative values). McCain certainly was not my first choice, in fact he was my third, but you can bet I will be checking his box in November and encourage others to do the same. The facts are that the Presidency is about 100 different issues/things or so, and yes I am sure you and I differ with McCain on about the same 5 or 6 issue ( I will not take the time to name them here) as do many other Conservatives. However, one must consider the other 90-95 points/issues that we do agree with him on. In addition to those mentioned early, I will name an important 7 other issues to consider. #1) The war on terror-the fact is that he is by far the best in either party on understanding that we must prevail and he clearly understands what is going on, including the fact that his surge plan is working wonderfully…. #’s 2-6 are that there is going to up to possibly 6 Supreme Court Justices to be named by our next President. Let’s say Clinton or Obama get in, it is with great certainty that they will pick very Liberal Judges, affecting our lives and those of our Children for at least a generation (30 years). So I must ask; are we (Conservative’s) prepared to pay such a cost by sitting back and doing nothing by not going to the booth in November?

  • Bill Scioli

    Nancy (#2), I hope you are not serious…. For I am certainly a right wing conservative (in fact, one would have to fight me for the right book end of the party, if you know what I mean), but to compare McCain to Clinton and/or Obama is a display of ignorance at best. McCain has a 92% life time conservative voting record during his long time in Congress, he is pro-life and he is a “conservative hawk” when it comes to the budget (all of which are true conservative values). McCain certainly was not my first choice, in fact he was my third, but you can bet I will be checking his box in November and encourage others to do the same. The facts are that the Presidency is about 100 different issues/things or so, and yes I am sure you and I differ with McCain on about the same 5 or 6 issue ( I will not take the time to name them here) as do many other Conservatives. However, one must consider the other 90-95 points/issues that we do agree with him on. In addition to those mentioned early, I will name an important 7 other issues to consider. #1) The war on terror-the fact is that he is by far the best in either party on understanding that we must prevail and he clearly understands what is going on, including the fact that his surge plan is working wonderfully…. #’s 2-6 are that there is going to up to possibly 6 Supreme Court Justices to be named by our next President. Let’s say Clinton or Obama get in, it is with great certainty that they will pick very Liberal Judges, affecting our lives and those of our Children for at least a generation (30 years). So I must ask; are we (Conservative’s) prepared to pay such a cost by sitting back and doing nothing by not going to the booth in November?

  • Manxman

    I won’t vote for him.

  • Manxman

    I won’t vote for him.

  • Matt L

    I still echo that it’s not a two man race. Despite previous comments that Ron Paul is “out” the reality is that he is still on the ballot. Or do we just toss democracy down the toilet completely?

    The reason why I say this (even as one who did not support him in the primary) is that he actually does have a decent amount of support. Though very unscientific, here are the number of supporters by candidate on Facebook’s US Politics:

    John McCain – 50,140
    Mike Huckabee – 50,340
    Ron Paul – 83,068

    Barack Obama – 426,694
    Hillary Clinton – 101,341

    These numbers, though not all that accurate a picture of the national scene, are at least indicative that despite being almost completely blackballed by the media, Ron Paul has a very strong showing among those who are young (maybe because they think he will actually DO something, rather than make promises and then sit for 4 years).

    Also the Burkee/Walz combination has 155 supporters, which I have to say has been one of the more interesting campaigns to follow.

  • Matt L

    I still echo that it’s not a two man race. Despite previous comments that Ron Paul is “out” the reality is that he is still on the ballot. Or do we just toss democracy down the toilet completely?

    The reason why I say this (even as one who did not support him in the primary) is that he actually does have a decent amount of support. Though very unscientific, here are the number of supporters by candidate on Facebook’s US Politics:

    John McCain – 50,140
    Mike Huckabee – 50,340
    Ron Paul – 83,068

    Barack Obama – 426,694
    Hillary Clinton – 101,341

    These numbers, though not all that accurate a picture of the national scene, are at least indicative that despite being almost completely blackballed by the media, Ron Paul has a very strong showing among those who are young (maybe because they think he will actually DO something, rather than make promises and then sit for 4 years).

    Also the Burkee/Walz combination has 155 supporters, which I have to say has been one of the more interesting campaigns to follow.

  • Matt L

    Just found out that Walz did drop out of the co-campaign.

  • Matt L

    Just found out that Walz did drop out of the co-campaign.

  • http://viz.tumblr.com/ Tickletext

    I am open to voting for Paul, and if he were the G.O.P. nominee I would support him. But may I say that as a young person I maintain a due measure of skepticism for any candidate who is extremely popular with the youth but not with the rest of the electorate? This goes for Paul, Obama, whomever. Maybe it’s just my curmudgeonly disposition, but when one candidate earns disproportionate support from young people I am immediately suspicious, for reasons I’m not altogether sure about.

  • http://viz.tumblr.com/ Tickletext

    I am open to voting for Paul, and if he were the G.O.P. nominee I would support him. But may I say that as a young person I maintain a due measure of skepticism for any candidate who is extremely popular with the youth but not with the rest of the electorate? This goes for Paul, Obama, whomever. Maybe it’s just my curmudgeonly disposition, but when one candidate earns disproportionate support from young people I am immediately suspicious, for reasons I’m not altogether sure about.

  • Joe

    Look Paul has said that he will not run as a third party candidate (I have seen him said it in two different interviews more than a month a part). So he has to win the nomination. He has only 16 delegates. There 1,183 left to go and a candidate needs 1,191 to get the nomination. That means means that he needs to capture 1,175 (or 99.3%) of the remaining delegates. It is not going to happen. It just isn’t; he is over unless he wants to become a liar and run third party.

    Huckabee is also over. He has 181 delegates, 1002 shy of the nominations. Thus, he needs to capture 84.6% of the remaining delegates. It is over. McCain needs only 477 more delegates – just 40% of the remainder. Like it or not McCain is the nominee.

  • Joe

    Look Paul has said that he will not run as a third party candidate (I have seen him said it in two different interviews more than a month a part). So he has to win the nomination. He has only 16 delegates. There 1,183 left to go and a candidate needs 1,191 to get the nomination. That means means that he needs to capture 1,175 (or 99.3%) of the remaining delegates. It is not going to happen. It just isn’t; he is over unless he wants to become a liar and run third party.

    Huckabee is also over. He has 181 delegates, 1002 shy of the nominations. Thus, he needs to capture 84.6% of the remaining delegates. It is over. McCain needs only 477 more delegates – just 40% of the remainder. Like it or not McCain is the nominee.

  • http://www.ronpaul2008.com Greg Chudy

    Joe,

    When asked if he will run as an independent or with a third party, Dr. Paul always responds with something like “I’m not considering that right now”. He has never categorically ruled out such a run. It is not impossible, and Paul won’t be a “liar” if he chooses to do this.

    Yes, Paul is far behind in the delegates count and his chances of winning the GOP nomination are minuscule. Why? Because the GOP is no longer a conservative party. They are a party of globalist, interventionist, Wilsonians who care more about Empire than the Constitution or Middle America.

    You may have heard, however, that Ron Paul has more money than either of his rivals. That’s because middle class Americans are opening up their wallets to him in amounts of 20-100 dollars because they want a President who isn’t going to ship their sons to war to foment “Worldwide democratic revolution”, while trampling on the Constitution back home. Let me add that more of this money is coming to him from military personnel than to all the other candidates combined.

    I hope Dr. Paul will stay in this fight so I can have someone to vote for in November.
    -Greg

  • http://www.ronpaul2008.com Greg Chudy

    Joe,

    When asked if he will run as an independent or with a third party, Dr. Paul always responds with something like “I’m not considering that right now”. He has never categorically ruled out such a run. It is not impossible, and Paul won’t be a “liar” if he chooses to do this.

    Yes, Paul is far behind in the delegates count and his chances of winning the GOP nomination are minuscule. Why? Because the GOP is no longer a conservative party. They are a party of globalist, interventionist, Wilsonians who care more about Empire than the Constitution or Middle America.

    You may have heard, however, that Ron Paul has more money than either of his rivals. That’s because middle class Americans are opening up their wallets to him in amounts of 20-100 dollars because they want a President who isn’t going to ship their sons to war to foment “Worldwide democratic revolution”, while trampling on the Constitution back home. Let me add that more of this money is coming to him from military personnel than to all the other candidates combined.

    I hope Dr. Paul will stay in this fight so I can have someone to vote for in November.
    -Greg


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