Mitt Romney has kicked off his 2012 run for President by recycling a 2004 Kerry/Edwards slogan.
Let’s go back to February 2008:
On February 5, 2008, Mitt Romney made a public promise to battle “all the way to the convention”.
Then, less than 24 hours later, Romney met behind closed doors with unnamed “prominent” people and sold out to the shadow government on February 6, 2008.
Then, on February 7, 2008, less than 48 hours after promising to battle “all the way to the convention”, Romney quit at CPAC with the lamest excuse I have ever heard for quitting a political race:
When I heard that, I knew in my spirit that something was wrong. Nothing had changed on the terror front between February 5th and February 7th. Something else had changed. I believe that the “behind closed doors” meeting with unnamed “prominent Republicans” on February 6th is what changed. I believe that these “prominent Republicans” promised to help get the VP slot for Romney, and make 2012 “his turn”, in return for Romney quitting the race.
That, not terrorism, is the logical explanation of why Romney quit.
Romney’s excuse of “I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror” was designed to paint Mike Huckabee into a corner. Because, according to Romney, if Mike Huckabee didn’t quit and hand the nomination to John McCain on a silver platter, then Mike Huckabee would be “letting his campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror”.
Huckabee responded to Romney’s withdrawl in his own CPAC speech on February 9th:
I know that there was some speculation that I might come here today to announce that I would be getting out of the race. But I want to make sure you understand. Am I quitting? Well, let’s get that settled right now. No, I’m not. (Cheers, applause.)
And the reason is simple — because I go back to that which helped crystallize in me a conservative viewpoint as a teenager when it wasn’t easy or popular to be a Republican or a conservative in my hometown, because I do believe that America is about making choices, not simply echoing that of others. Let others join the “Me, too” crowd.
But I didn’t get where I am today and I didn’t fight the battles in a state that, when I became its governor, was 90 percent Democrat, by simply echoing the voices of others. I did it by staking out a choice, stating that choice, making that choice and fighting for that choice, to believe that some things were right, some things were wrong, and it’s better to be right and even to not win than it is to be wrong and to be a part of the crowd. (Cheers, applause.)
Later that same day, Huckabee won another primary (Kansas) with 60% of the vote, and came very close to winning the caucuses in Washington state, where the race was prematurely called for McCain Saturday after only 87 percent of the vote had been counted! (Very fishy, and in a state that has a history of fishy elections!)
McCain was getting panicked… he was running out of public financing money, and if Huckabee won too many of the remaining primaries, McCain would not have reached 1191 pledged delegates to clinch the nomination… that would have resulted in a brokered convention, and McCain may not have emerged the nominee from that convention, especially if Huckabee had all of the momentum.
So, what happened next? Romney sold out even more…
On February 14, 2008, Romney “released” his delegates to McCain.
In my opinion, his words and actions, both at CPAC on February 7, 2008 and upon “releasing” his delegates to McCain on February 14, 2008, completely confirmed that he had sold out to the shadow government in return for the promise that it would be “his turn” next time. Romney did not keep his word. Romney sold out principles in return for promises of future power. Romney did everything in his power to hinder an honest competitor (Huckabee) who was still trying to defeat McCain.
Had Romney kept his word, and battled honestly all the way to the convention, I could have happily voted for a ticket with him on it. Now, however, I know that a vote for Romney is a vote for Soros. Now, I would vote for a third party Constitutionalist/Tea Party candidate over voting for the Republican Party should Romney win the 2012 nomination.