Mitt Romney “Suspends” his Campaign
Mitt Romney, seeing the writing on the wall, has suspended his campaign according to CNN.
This essentially kills any chance of a brokered convention; John McCain, once written off as lacking the money needed to make it to Super Tuesday, will be the Republican nominee come the convention.
This is, of course, a disaster for the Ron Paul campaign. With the nomination uncontested, there will be no debates. there will be little media coverage. There will be no brokered convention to horse trade in. While I think Ron Paul should formally stay in the race until the convention, the educational phase of his campaign is at an end. The time has come for Ron Paul to look to converting the political movement that coalesced around him into a political faction that will field many more candidates and become major players within the Republican party. This movement must be one that will outlast his political career. He has done far better than I expected when he first announced his candidacy, and it is time to convert all that he has accomplished into something long-lasting.
On a personal note, though, I am enjoying the shadenfreude. As governor, Mitt Romney was a willing participant in many steps taken by the legislature to further wreck the state, most notably the budget busting mandated health care program. Had Mitt Romney won the nomination, he would have left Massachusetts like the Marines withdrawing from north Korea: “We’re not retreating; we’re advancing in another direction”. Now, when Romney finally does leave the state, there is a good chance it will be seen as a retreat from a state that he helped loot and wreck further. Why do I care? Because I live about half a mile from the Romney’s, and I am one of the guys being squeezed by his disastrous policies.
Fortunately all is not lost for the Republicans who liked Mitt Romney. The Democrats have a candidate who appears to share many of his views on government subsidies for big-business and socialized health care. And, I’m sure she would be very grateful for their votes.