Is Romney bailing because his "say anything" campaign has generated nothing but the deep and well-earned distrust of the voters? Is it because--despite his barely-coded assurances to the Christian fundamentalists not to worry, since they both wanted to trample the rights of the same enemies--it was clear that the fundamentalists were going to not-vote for him in droves?
Is it because his five military-service aged sons convinced him not to squander every last dime of their inheritance on his vanity campaign?
No, no, and no. Romney's still a Republican, and that means there's really only one reason for doing anything:
"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," Romney will say at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.
As Governor Tarkin said to Princess Leia: Charming to the last.
Ironically, the election of McCain--who has basically staked out "Bush's third term" as his campaign rationale--would probably do more to recruit for bin Laden than anything the Democrats could do on their worst days, but of course, that's not what Romney means here. It's been quite a while since anyone floated that "Osama votes Democratic" smear outside of the fever swamps of right-wing radio and Dick Cheney's office. Congratulations to Governor Romney for bringing it to C-SPAN2.
And take this with you:
Romney made his announcement at C-PAC, where Cheney assured the rapturous throng that "you're damned right" he'd invade Iraq again if he had it to do over. And according to one account, the audience at C-PAC actually booed McCain when he spoke a little earlier.
Hard to believe a guy who promised to "double Guantanamo" couldn't find a home there, isn't it?