His often bizarre, ultra-far right views were too much for even most Republicans. With Gingrich on the financial ropes and Paul in it only to get his message across (or be a spoiler?), the stage is set for November. Since we’ve all already heard more than enough from both, how about we put Romney and Obama on a Survivor-type island and let them battle it out there?

Rick Santorum cleared the way for Mitt Romney to claim victory in the long and hard-fought battle for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, giving up his “against all odds” campaign as Romney’s tenacious conservative rival.

Santorum’s withdrawal sets up what is sure to be an acrimonious seven-month fight for the presidency between Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Democratic President Barack Obama, with the certain focus on the still-troubled economy.

  1. McCullough says:

    I’ll vote for the spoiler. Between Romney and Obama…I couldn’t care less.

  2. NobodySpecial says:

    Interesting theological experiment.

    Since most of the candidates claim to have been chosen personally by God and presumably God is capable in his omnipotency of arranging a Republican primary we should soon have definite proof of which branch of southern baptist presbyterianism Yahweh actually follows.

    Of course there may be some upset if a spaghetti monster is suddenly chosen

    • msbpodcast says:

      The Flying Spaghetti Monster is personally backing my candidate and scheduled to make appearances at craters around the country, some volcanic, some impact and some detonation.

      We’re living in such boring, predictable times.

      The 12,400 rich are getting richer, the 1%er bosses are getting greedier and more controlling and we 99%er poor are getting poorer paying for it all.

      We’ll be living in interesting times when we 99%ers can’t pay for the 1%ers anymore.* Then the 1%ers’ll call out the troops and drone our heavily surveilled 99%er asses.

      *) The 12,400 really rich are so rich that the really have entirely different concerns, about their legacy to 30 generations worth of heirs and shit like that.

      The 1%ers might worry about not frittering away in one or two generations, but it is nothing of the wealth duration scale of the really rich. (It amounts to one tenth of one percent of the really rich. [Its is what makes baronies so fucking expensive in greed, in gelt and in guilt.])

      The 99%ers aren’t worried about leaving anything because its mostly junk and destined for the trash heap. If they are lucky, they pass on something for their kith and kin to remember them by without spitting on the ground.

      • ugly, constipated, and mean says:

        saddlemaker to his son: “One day my son this awl will be yours”

  3. Scotty trickyski says:

    Ah, he spent all his money and more and couldn’t raise more. Always boils down to money. The rest is political BS.

  4. roastedpeanuts says:

    He was pushed out so that there won’t be a real election between the Republican candidates, i.e. Ron Paul fear. Now Romney can win by default.

  5. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Romney is running simply to line his own nest. He will personally gain 10’s of Millions if he can get his tax “plan” approved. Why buy a congress if you can “be” the Presnedent and leader of a Party?

    Follow the Money—-and don’t let anyone tell you its not what controls. For Romney ((stoopidly also believing he needs to tithe away a bit of his fortune to rule in Heaven)) as well as Obama.

    Obama is better than Romney.

    If a few crumbs fall from his table, Obama will let us fight over them. Romney will put us in jail for doing so. We should all wait politely for his charitable good will to notice us.

    RICH = CRIMINAL. They should be in JAIL, not in OFFICE.

    Vote for bobbo–and I’ll put Obama and Holder in Jail for failing to prosecute the Wall Street Fraud thereby becoming consipirators after the fact. I’ll put Romney in Jail along with the RNC for conspiracy to defraud.

    Easy Peasy. Can’t you tell shit from shinola? Those fingers in your back pocket?

    Silly Hoomans. Voting as if the party’s don’t make a difference or that the Pukes are anything but thieves and liars.

    • McCullough says:

      So you’re willing to vote for Obama for the privilege of fighting over a few crumbs.

      Pathetic statement at best.

      You can have mine.

      • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

        Whether literal or metaphorical, when crumbs is all there is, everyone will fight for them, or not. Those who don’t, die–either in the corner quietly as they said “take mine” or noisily fighting the oppressors for his share of the food on the table (before it hits the floor). In this metaphor, “you” don’t have any crumbs to fight for. You simply are illegally hiding on someone else’s land.

        Fantasy to think otherwise.

        The choice is not one I prefer either–but of having one or two nails driven into my head, I would choose 1. “You can keep your nails” isn’t an option.

        such a rugged individualist you are McCullough. I don’t believe it. Just a fantacist. Like Pedro, thinking he had something to offer.

        The Dumbos are bad, including Obama. Pukes are even worse, including Romney.

        Plain to see if you are twisted.

        • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

          Ha, ha: “Plain to see if you ARE NOT twisted.”

          I guess its like global warming? I like to think I’m not the cause of it because I’m a real man. I can burn gas and oil and coal and it has no effect in the atmosphere because….. because….because I’m a real “He-Man” like McCullough: as a colossus I stride the world. Fear me, for my name is Ozymandias.

          Cartoon ideas, for cartoon people.

          • McCullough says:

            Strike a nerve???..well it’s good to see you still have one.

            There might be a 3rd or even a 4th and 5th choice if she-men like yourself would just support a 3rd option. But instead, you settle….for crumbs. Well isn’t that the plan?

            Again, Pathetic.

    • msbpodcast says:

      Voting is the problem, not which party platform you’re voting for.

      If some self-selected self-serving member of the millionaires club just had to run he’s already going to be so compromised trying to raise money to get onto the ballot that you’d get a more representative government picking names out of a hat.

      If you believed the politicians, they’re all delusional nut-bags who believe in hallucinations (They were all told by the same <insert name of deity> to run or office. [If I was cynical I’d say they were pulling your leg, if I was a doctor I’d call the padded cell ward and tell them to expect another patient.])

  6. Dallas says:

    Bummer…wanted to see more comedy to win over the 15% lunatic right fringe :-(. Sad…

    Now Mitt has to change lipstick and head towards the more moderate center. I’m hoping Noob and Ron Paul hang on to make things interesting for a while longer.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      What will be more fun, and fun enough, will be Romney’s Greatest NEMESIS: Romneys track record while Govenor of Massatwoshits. Ain’t nuthing better than to be smacked down by your own pandering: I got your video tape right here.

      Ha, ha. Jon Stewart has only grazed the easy stuff. I’ll make the popcorn.

      • Dallas says:

        and…the Obama campaign has enough Teapublican foot in mouth video tapes to last well into Hillary’s 2016 campaign.

        Sanitorium quit to avoid the humiliation of a home town smackdown in Pennsylvania.

  7. BigBoyBC says:

    Come on guys, the Republicans don’t really want to win the 2012 election. This is all smoke and mirrors to make it look like they’re serious, but in reality they want Obama to win. So when the economy crashes, again, he’s left holding the bag. The Democrats will be voted out of office by the truckload. Ha, ha, I can’t wait…

    • Glenn E. says:

      You’re at least 90% right, in what you say. Congratulations!

    • What? says:

      I agree.

      Look at all the nonsense candidates over the years, and tell me which ones “should” have been President (I would have voted for Perot if I hadn’t gone to see him speak):

      Adlai E. Stevenson

      Richard M. Nixon

      Barry M. Goldwater

      Hubert H. Humphrey
      George C. Wallace

      George S. McGovern

      Gerald R. Ford

      John Anderson
      Jimmy Carter

      Walter F. Mondale

      Michael Dukakis

      George Bush
      H. Ross Perot

      Robert J. Dole
      H. Ross Perot

      Al Gore
      Ralph Nader

      John Kerry
      Ralph Nader

      John McCain
      Ralph Nader

  8. Glenn E. says:

    Though I wouldn’t have voted for him, myself. Santorum was the least objectionable of the top three Republican candidates. And I’ll bet many voted for him, because they felt Ron Paul just didn’t have a chance of winning. But couldn’t stand Romney or Gingrich, at all!

    Now that Santorum has pulled out, it should be painfully clear that Gingrich remains in the race, only to protect Romney from having to battle Ron Paul alone. And giving the media someone else to quote, as Romney’s rival, other than Paul. Even at third place, they’re not likely to say much about Paul, if they can avoid it. So you can be sure Gingrich will shoot his mouth off, as much as possible, to keep the media from having to report what Ron Paul says, and still appear fair and balanced.

    Gingrich is the Red Herring of the GOP. Sidetracking the media hounds, from Romney’s trail, part of the time, and Ron Paul’s trail, all of the time. Gingrich would never be successful against Obama, if picked by the RNC. And not only do they know this, they probably believe the voters all do as well. So they’ll just keep him around long enough as a placeholder, so Ron Paul can’t be in second place.

    Maybe the RNC will hand Gingrich the VP slot, with Romney. To make sure Obama wins. He’ll be the Palin poison pill of the 2012 Republican ticket.

    • Thomas says:

      Santorum is a zealot loon that tried to pass legislation having intelligent design taught in schools as science. He is as objectionable for different reasons as Romney and Gingrich. In short, he’s Huckabee 2.0.

      • LibertyLover says:

        AND he’s about as Constitution Illiterate as you can get.

        “Tell me where in the Constitution privacy is guaranteed.” The man is a moran.

  9. Cursor_ says:

    He is only doing this to ensure he will run with Romney in November.

    He will be the one that pulls the evangelicals back to the republican cause then.


  10. orchidcup says:

    No one pre­tends that democ­racy is per­fect or all-wise.

    Indeed it has been said that democ­racy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…

    — Winston Churchill

  11. orchidcup says:

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    — Winston Churchill

  12. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    Judging from his picture my Gaydar ™ says Ricky has been in the closet for some while. Come on Ricky, admit it already and let’s get it all out there. You’ll feel better and your constituents will understand. Newt may finally invite you over for that threesome you’ve been dreaming on. Ahh, hot tub, Newt, Callista and you. Republican stew.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      Monster–little Ricky is already burdened with being born again, and then with being evangelical, and then with getting all up in women’s va-jay-jays. Now you want to say he’s gay AFTER he quits running this cycle?

      Under the normal rules–he would be the Pukes Pick for 2016==but he so crazy, don’t think he’ll be picked if he did decide to quit Fox News and run. Hucklebee indeed, but probably without the musical talent?? That and cant control his impluse to share what he knows is a minority view===unless he does truly believe we are a country founded on Christian Values??>>>Unless Christian Values is code for whatever he/Santorum personally believes?

      Thats usually the way things work: “Me and the Lord are like this xx.”

      Religious Retards: always the best.

  13. MartinJJ says:

    In many countries around the globe they have multiple parties. Even in small countries with only a few million people they often manage to have 10, 15 or even 20 different parties and numerous different people within those parties to vote for. The USA has about 310 million people and all it can procude is a lying wallstreet dictator like an Obama and a lying corporate crook like a Romney to vote for? Only two parties? Isn’t it high time to wake up and take back the country?

    Vote Ron Paul. The only realistic candidate out there that actually really may change the whole totally corrupt system.

    • Cursor_ says:

      Ron Paul will only make the system more corrupt.

      His policies will only add to The Union becoming more splintered than it already is.


  14. sargasso_c says:

    Probably a nice guy. With a bad constituency. I hope he finds time over the next 3 years to find America.

    • bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

      What you talkin bout Willis?

      His constituency voted him OUT OF OFFICE by a large margin.


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