Romney Quits, Says “Barack and Hillary…would retreat and declare defeat”.

by matttbastard

(video via Petulant @ Shakesville

Shorter Willard: “A victory for teh Defeatocrats is a victory for Bin Laden!”

Er, actually, that’s closer to a direct quote:

Even though we face an uphill fight, I know that many in this room are fully behind my campaign.” You are with me all the way to the convention. Fight on, just like Ronald Reagan did in 1976. But there is an important difference from 1976: today… we are a nation at war.

And Barack and Hillary have made their intentions clear regarding Iraq and the war on terror. They would retreat and declare defeat. And the consequence of that would be devastating. It would mean attacks on America, launched from safe havens that make Afghanistan under the Taliban look like child’s play. About this, I have no doubt.

I disagree with Senator McCain on a number of issues, as you know. But I agree with him on doing whatever it takes to be successful in Iraq, on finding and executing Osama bin Laden, and on eliminating Al Qaeda and terror. 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.

“We are a nation at war”–talk about the perfect hyperbolic endnote to a campaign in which the plastic Mormon heir-apparent to Saint Ronnie promised to “double Gitmo” after letting the dogs out (one assumes he was going to pull over the station wagon first).

Cernig calls bullshit:

Does anyone really believe this was Mitt’s conscience speaking? It looks pretty transparently organised by men in smoky backrooms in an attempt to re-unify a crumbling GOP coalition. The smell of BS coming from Romney as he implicitly backs the guy he was calling a liberal just the other day is overpowering.

More from Mark Halperin, Shaun Mullen, and the usual suspects @ Memeorandum.

Update: Stageleft has been singed by Mittens’ burning stupid:

I don’t think of myself as anti-American, regardless of what some denizens of the moronosphere think. But unless 95% of the US populace burst into spontaneous, incredulous guffaws at this piece of hysterical, histrionic hyperbole, and unless every media outlet laughs this demagogue off the stage, I’m going to have serious doubts about their collective sanity.

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Seriously, though – with statements that stupid on the table, how on earth can we trust these people with missiles and atomic reactors and Hollywood and the space shuttle?

Stage, we can’t trust “these people” to properly care for domestic animals, much less the security of the free world.

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