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Romney suspends campaign
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, February 07, 2008

Suspends!?

This reminds me of those announcements you see on restaurant signs saying "closed for remodeling" when in fact, the place is out of business.

Suspending a campaign at this stage is tantamount to saying "I quit". At this time of the campaign season, it is about momentum and sustaining it. Obviously Romney isn't gathering the victories he needs to take the nomination at this time, and part of that is a structural, winner-take-all problem with Republican primaries. But nothing can kill whatever momentum is left will go away later. So instead of suspending the campaign, why not just say, "I withdraw"? Is he expecting to move to bring some tidal wave of support begging him not to leave?

Ain't gonna happen.

He's on CNN right now: Romney is saying he's doing it for both the party and the country. In effect, he's saying he's done. So he can say "suspended" all he wants, in truth, it's a one man race and McCain is the presumptive nominee. I wonder if Huckabee will drop out now?

So, Republicans, get ready to say "all hail John McCain" and while you're at it, give Mike Huckabee a pat on the back too because he's as much to blame or a reason for McCain's success (depending how you look at it) that Romney is gone.

Oh, and how interesting does McCain's speech to CPAC become now?
 
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Edward did the "suspends" thing too. Suspending gives them time to level up on the campaign financing technicalities. And may do some other things as well.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Lot of reasons to suspend rather than withdraw. Think of a worst-case scenerio where McCain is seriously injured and is incapable of running in the general. Or waiting until Huckabee is totally gone from the picture.
 
Written By: bains
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How about that nod to Reagan’s defeat in 1976? Decoded: "So when McCain is defeated by a pumped-up, 21st century version of Carter, and you’re all waiting in lines that stretch around the block for gas while the Islamic extremists thumb their noses at us, rest assured I’ll be back to ride the landslide to victory in 2012."
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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The parallels to that are frightening especially with Obama in the roll of Jimmy Carter.
 
Written By: jpm100
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I need a drink
 
Written By: Joel C.
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Guess I don’t have to go vote next week after all!
 
Written By: kevin r
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there’s probably lots more important local primaries to vote for too kevin.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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I believe that the campaign finance angle is part of it, and I also fairly certain that it has something to do with the disposition of the delegates currently pledged to him.
 
Written By: Steven Taylor
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As far as I know, the presidential primaries are the only things happening here (northern Virginia) next week, and the website of the state board of elections seems to agree.

I could theoretically go vote in the Democrats’ primary if I wanted, though. I have a feeling that Hillary would be easier for McCain to beat (and yes, I’d rather have McCain than either Hillary or Obama), but I don’t think I have enough soap in my house if I cast a vote for her.
 
Written By: kevin r
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By suspending rather than quitting, the campaign can continue to use it’s matching funds to shut down the campaign, which can actually be quite expensive. It also allows Romney to retain control of his delegates, which usually won’t matter, but in some variations may give him some options and leverage he wouldn’t have otherwise.
 
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