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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Romney drops presidential bid

CNN is reporting that Mitt Romney is about to announce his withdrawal from the Republican presidential race. We don't find that particularly surprising given McCain's performance on Super Tuesday; Romney is just too far behind in the delegate count to justify continuing his campaign.

And, while McCain is probably the most electable of the Republican candidates (and therefore will pose the most serious challenge to our eventual nominee) there is a silver lining to Romney's announcement.

If the Republican contest is effectively over (it seems unlikely that Huckabee will be able to overtake McCain), it means that the press will be forced to cover the Democratic race from here until Obama or Clinton comes out ahead...or until the convention. If our candidates are front and center, that is actually beneficial to the party, so long as Clinton and Obama don't resort to sleazy campaign tactics.

UPDATE (Andrew): So Mike Huckabee was right when he declared to his supporters on Super Tuesday - - if there's a two person race, he's in it:
John McCain effectively sealed the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday as chief rival Mitt Romney suspended his faltering presidential campaign. "I must now stand aside, for our party and our country," Romney told conservatives.

"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror," Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
A surrender to terror, eh? Way to go out in the traditional right wing fearmongering style, Mitt. Flying the elephant above the Stars and Stripes as usual.


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