April 1, 2012

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson endorses Mitt Romney.

On this morning's "Meet the Press."
... Johnson says Romney is the only candidate with a realistic chance of getting the necessary number of delegates to win the nomination.

Johnson also says the candidates have had “a spirited debate” but he thinks it’s time “to end this” and prepare for the campaign against Obama.
I like the way everything is climaxing in Wisconsin.

ADDED: Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker is not doing an endorsement.
Walker’s campaign spokeswoman said he’s not picking a favorite because his full attention is on defending himself against a recall election scheduled for June. But some political scientists say that’s only part of the story.

Polls show that the recall will be so close that Walker can’t risk alienating even a few Republican voters by endorsing one presidential hopeful over the others, said Mordecai Lee, a UW-Milwaukee professor of government affairs and former Democratic state lawmaker.

“Walker has no margin of error,” said Lee, pointing to polls that indicate the recall may be as close as the April 2011 state Supreme Court race that was decided by about 7,000 votes out of 1.5 million. “For Walker there is absolutely no self-benefit to endorsing anyone. He’s already a hero to every Republican. Walker hurts himself if he endorses any individual candidate.”

15 comments:

garage mahal said...

No endorsement from Walker it looks like. Can't afford to alienate any Santorum voters. That's bold leadership.

Meade said...

Careful with all those premature climaxes, garage.

cubanbob said...

Meade said...
Careful with all those premature climaxes, garage.

Have pity on poor Garage, he suffers from a terminal case of premature oraculations.

It's beautiful day, take the Mrs. to a nice brunch and not waste time on that fool.

Meade said...

"It's beautiful day, take the Mrs. to a nice brunch and not waste time on that fool."

True. And we should shake a leg or it will soon be lunch.

garage mahal said...

Careful with all those premature climaxes, garage

Since we're only left to guess, maybe you have a theory. I think Walker has zero margin for error, and needs every tri-corner hat vote he can get.

Andy R. said...

At this point, endorsing Romney over Santorum is like saying you would rather have pasta for lunch instead of a bowl of egg shells and coffee grounds.

The real story is all the people who haven't endorsed Romney yet. Or those whose endorsement is to say that people need to vote for Romney because he is going to win because he has a lead in delegates and we should end this primary without saying a single nice thing about Romney.

Chip Ahoy said...

With each endorsement I think a single thought.

When I review a shoot to choose a photo sometimes it goes one photo compared with the next win or lose save or cull (cull is really another save but in file out of the way so not showing to confuse me) save or cull save or cull save or cull there can be only one. One. Harsh. This is like that. The one single thought pops up first, gets challenged, and wins every time.

And that thought of course is "I don't care."

And the next thought that happens each and every time when the endorser follows by saying now is the time to knock it all off, further discussion is damaging to the Party, the all important knocking off time coinciding with the occurrence of their own endorsement, and that timing being not at all narcissistic, and then that same single thought pops up again automatically and remains champion with very lame challenges.

Quaestor said...

askewhatguy wrote:
The real story is all the people who haven't endorsed Romney yet.

Perhaps. Part of that story is reluctance born out of simple courtesy. Most states have not held their primaries or caucuses yet. The Republican voters in those states would like to their votes count as something more than a exercise in formality. Some political figures are sensitive to these concerns, and others evidently less so.

Quaestor said...
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Quaestor said...

I suspect many Santorum voters have no realistic hopes of seeing their guy nominated. At this stage their motivation boils down to one or both of two things:

Firstly, a desire to express their concerns vis-à-vis social conservative issues in an election that is likely to be dominated by fiscal and economic matters, not to mention a growing segment of small-l libertarians with social views not far out of sync with traditional Liberals. Second and less likely, a desire to influence the Party Platform. Romney would like to go out with a first round ballot win by general proclamation with the attendant show of unity. Some Santorum voters are hoping that their man can wrest a plank or two from the platform committee to fill in with some social conservative shibboleths like late-term abortion or gay marriage and such would be the price of Santorum giving an endorsement speech to the convention. I see little chance of that.

cubanbob said...

Andy R. said...
At this point, endorsing Romney over Santorum is like saying you would rather have pasta for lunch instead of a bowl of egg shells and coffee grounds.

Which is till far better than what is on the democrat menu: broken glass spiced with cyanide.

edutcher said...

Wait until the Demo is chosen to face Walker.

At that point, Walker will start pulling away.

Andy R. said...

The real story is all the people who haven't endorsed Romney yet. Or those whose endorsement is to say that people need to vote for Romney because he is going to win because he has a lead in delegates and we should end this primary without saying a single nice thing about Romney.

Since Hatman took all those shots to the head when he was Occupting Hotlanta, he clearly missed a lot.

PS Nothing like a good climax to brighten one's outlook.

I assume it's wondrously sunny at Meadhouse.

MadisonMan said...

Ron Paul endorses Romney!

Well, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan.

Beldar said...

Regarding our host's assertion that she likes "the way everything is climaxing in Wisconsin."

This seems to me one of those occasions on which there is a large difference between "everything" and "everyone."

Peter said...

Seems like this primary has gone on forever yet many of us haven't voted yet. Texas, for instance. I'm flat-assed tired of the race always having been decided before I even get to vote. Who set this up where each damnyankee vote is worth more than each Texican vote?