Patterico's Pontifications


Run, Ralph, Run!

Filed under: 2008 Election — Patterico @ 9:43 pm

Could he be our only hope?

Only would Democrats really be stupid enough to vote for him again?

Mitt Flip-Flop on Reagan

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 9:30 pm

Here’s a fun little video of a younger Mitt saying he’s not trying to return to the Reagan/Bush era, as he was an independent at that time:

Here’s Mitt from tonight:

[W]e’re in the house that Reagan built. It’s important that we, as Republicans, stay in the house that Reagan built. If we want to take the White House again, social, economic and foreign policy conservatives have to come together.

. . . .

I would be with Ronald Reagan. And this party, it has a choice, what the heart and soul of this party is going to be, and it’s going to have to be in the house that Ronald Reagan built.

Now watch the video again.

It’s short, and perhaps it’s ripped out of context. It’s hard to imagine how context could help much — but you never know.

UPDATE: The same YouTube poster has an effective little video showing Mitt supporting a woman’s right to choose — time and time and time again:

Great ending.

How excited are Republicans about their candidates? This excited!

Beldar on the Debate

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 8:29 pm


John McCain is a grumpy, grumpy old man. He is mean. And he rambles.

. . . .

I became gloomy tonight trying to imagine John McCain debating [Barack] Obama in the general election.


Mitt Romney is improving dramatically as a debater, and tonight he was better, by far, than I’ve ever seen him.


Debate Open Thread

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 5:47 pm

McCain looks supercilious.

Romney is doing very well, I think. Too bad the rumor says he’s not advertising for Super Tuesday. Is the rumor a dirty trick, or is it real? Stay tuned.

P.S. A Patterico reader will be in Frank Luntz’s focus group on Fox News at 6:45 p.m. Pacific. He or she doesn’t want to be identified further, but you will know him or her, because Patterico readers are a cut above.

UPDATE: Romney just let McCain have it for misrepresenting his position on a date for withdrawal. McCain sat there with that arrogant little smirk on his face. I’m sorry, but McCain is doing very badly in this debate, in my estimation.

UPDATE x2: Here is Romney’s quote on the timetables and milestones:

I also think, though, that Romney is also not being entirely forthright about what he meant — he was asked about timetables for withdrawal. His distinction was between public and private timetables.

UPDATE x3: Huck’s whining about being left out of the debate. Not very impressive.

UPDATE x4: McCain’s little crack about people losing their jobs when Romney ran businesses was a low blow. But Romney’s little cackle in response was not very smart and did not come across well.

John Edwards Drops Out

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 11:35 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

John Edwards ended his bid for the White House today, leaving Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to contend for the Democratic nomination:

“He made the announcement with his wife and three children at his side. Then he was expected to work with Habitat for Humanity at the volunteer-fueled rebuilding project Musicians’ Village, an adviser said. With that, Edwards’ campaign will end the way it began 13 months ago — with the candidate pitching in to rebuild lives in a city still ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Edwards embraced New Orleans as a glaring symbol of what he described as a Washington that didn’t hear the cries of the downtrodden.

Edwards realized he had “no real path to the nomination and it was time to step aside,” spokesman Mark Kornblau said, adding that the decision was made within the last 48 hours.

He will not “endorse anyone at the moment,” aides told FOX News.”


The Train to Obamabillaryland

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 6:27 am

So: Rudy is almost certainly out of the race, and endorsing John McCain.

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country and support Mitt Romney — not because of who he is, but because of who he isn’t. Mitt Romney isn’t John McCain (and he isn’t Mike Huckabee). And that’s enough.

I’m reading comments from a lot of people who appear to be ready to help Professor Bainbridge elect a Democrat by not voting, or supporting any Republican in any way. I understand the thinking behind such pronouncements: none of our choices are particularly good, and nobody seems likely to hew to conservative principles in a satisfactory way.

But ultimately, we are all on a slow train headed towards Obamabillaryland — a land where the Supreme Court is radically shifted back towards Warren Court sensibilities, where Iraq is ignobly abandoned to the terrorists, and where Big Government is seen as the hammer for every nail. We’re approaching a place where the train just might be steered away from Obamabillaryland — but we need everyone’s help to accomplish the steering.

If you don’t help, because you don’t want to be responsible for steering the train to Mittland — or, worse, Maverickland or Jesusland — well, it’s your decision and I understand the thinking.

But we’ll still end up in Obamabillaryland.

And when we get there, I don’t want to hear a single word of complaint from anyone who wasn’t up there trying to help steer us away.

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