Yes, don’t leave us yet, guys — some of you are old friends and some of you we’re just getting to know. I appreciate all the wonderful e-mails you’ve sent me today, but let’s don’t end it this way. I haven’t figured anything out either, Charles, but I do know we’ve all been brought together on this blog since June of 2006 for a purpose.
Robert Stacy McCain — no relation to the Maverick — writes in The Conservative Voice today, an article about Gov. Romney’s withdrawal. Note that he interviews an “evangelical for Mitt” and a “Jew for Mitt:”
Supporters of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney were reduced to tears Thursday when he told a packed auditorium of conservative activists that he was suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
“I now have to stand aside for the good of our party and our country,” Romney said in a speech to the 35th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
“I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” he told thousands of supporters packed into the hotel’s Regency Ballroom.
Saying that continuing his campaign would prevent the party from uniting in opposition to Democrats — whom he said would “retreat” in Iraq and Afghanistan — Romney effectively delivered the Republican nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain. Yet Romney did not explicitly endorse Mr. McCain.
The announcement stunned many of Romney’s supporters, especially hundreds of college-age supporters who had been handing out Romney lapel stickers in the hotel lobby just minutes earliers.
“I am incredibly shocked … profoundly saddened,” said Ruth Malhotra, an activist with Evangelicals for Mitt. “I can’t support John McCain. He is not a conservative. … He’s stabbed his party in the back and he’s betrayed the conservative movement.”
Her sentiments were echoed by Orit Sklar of Jews for Mitt. “There’s no way I’m voting for John McCain,” she said.
Well, Charles and I have barely begun to sort this out in our heads, but I just wanted to let you all know that “Evangelicals for Mitt” is still getting some press. Actually, I’ll be on The Mancow Show at 8:30 eastern in the morning. Drop in if you’d like to hear.