Mike Huckabee won the vote at the West Virginia Republican Convention this afternoon, a has clinched all of that State's GOP delegates. The reaction of the Romney campaign is for Romney's people to whine like children:
Whiner Romney loses West Virginia to Huckabee
"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."
I have just lost a ton of respect for Mitt Romney, and I was almost willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt as the conservative standard-bearer this year. Romney's reaction to losing in West Virginia was not to congratulate Huckabee (like a real man would do), but to cry about some supposed backroom deal that neither he nor his supporters can actually prove took place.
Note to our country's new whiner-in-chief: This was a convention in West Virginia. Striking deals is a part of the process in a real party convention, and none of it was done in secret. You lost to Mike Huckabee, and this may be a signal that Huckabee could be in second place in the delegate count at the end of the night. One thing I have learned about politics over the years is that you take your victories in grace and your loses like a man or woman.
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