Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Mitt Whiner Romney loses West Virginia to Huckabee

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:

"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.



At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 4:11:00 PM, Blogger Martin said...

And if it comes out that a deal between John Mccain supporters and Huckabee did take place then what will you say?

There is more to this story, that we will soon learn, but it was clearly brokered and not pure democracy.

At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 4:37:00 PM, Blogger Rob Huddleston said...

Dave -

I have confirmation from both the McCain and the Paul camps that their operatives alligned with the Huckabee folks to beat back Romney. The cost was paid in delegates to Paul, and I suspect that will learn soon enough what was exchanged between McCain and Huckabee.



At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 5:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody likes Mitt Romney.

Who ya' got?


At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 8:30:00 PM, Blogger Matt Daley said...

Heh. If this was the other way around -- if the "good" (sic) Christian were to have gotten the shaft in favor of that evil Mormon Romney -- the talk here would be much different.

This may be "how the game is played", but that doesn't make it right.

And if I were a Romney supporter in West Virginia, I'd be rightly pissed off. This is exactly as Romney's people described it, and it's a move that reeks of the idea that McCain simply wants the power. He doesn't give a flying leap as to what the people really want.

And all Huckabee cares about is brown-nosing McCain enough to get the VP slot. If he's enough of a stooge for McCain, he's hoping he'll get thrown a bone.

As for Romney's reaction, I'll just say this. The problem for him likely isn't that the deal was done -- the problem is that the parties so boldly lied about such an alliance in public.

This is especially true for the supposedly holier-than-thou, "I never do anything wrong" Huckabee. If he's so pious, why couldn't he just be straight forward here and admit to what he's doing?

(Especially after he whined like a little girl post-South Carolina about how Fred Thompson stole his victory...)

By the way -- if Huck is the Reagan conservative he claims to be (sometimes) and if he's not the brown-nosing stooge that others say he is, then why doesn't he EVER call out McCain on any of the anti-conservative things that McCain does and says? Why doesn't he call out McCain on his temper and his flippant use of obscenities?

If Huck is such an upstanding Christian, he needs to start acting like it.

At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 1:31:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

Rob and Martin;
Deals happen at conventions-such is the nature of them.

At Wednesday, February 06, 2008 9:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, et. al.,
Look for this pattern to continue to play until Mitt drops out. Huckabee is clearly the spoiler for Mitt, as he was for Fred (tho, that part wasn't hard to do)and for all who oppose St. McCain! Go Huck! It's the will of God, after all. Just ask him.



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