Originally Posted April 13, 2012, on Livejournal
Rick Santorum drops out. Social conservatives fly their sweater vests at half-mast.
~ J. D. Crowe on Twitter
The Tea Party is not going to coalesce around Romney. Most of us will vote for Romney, but we will not be out there with signs for him or in his campaign.
~ Judson Phillips, Leader of Tea Party Nation, in a statement to The Daily Caller
GOP deserves some stupid voters, too!
~ Tweet from Ann Coulter, right-wing pundit and Romney supporter, on the Tea Party members refusing to campaign for Mitt Romney
No more crap from the GOP-e(lite)!! They've screwed us for the last time!! Karl Rove and Mitt Romney, et al, loathe conservatism and loathe the tea party and took it upon themselves to use their money and connections to destroy nearly every one of our conservative tea party candidates while pushing their big government RINOS. That makes them the enemy. I will not reward that betrayal by giving them my support or my vote. ...I'd rather fight and die like a man than bend over and be screwed by a RINO!! I refuse to kiss Karl Rove or Mitt Romney's rings!! They can kiss my rosy red ass instead!! FUMR!! FUGOP!! Long live the rebellion!! Hope my message is clear.
~ Jim Robinson, founder of the conservative forum Free Republic whose followers are known as "Freepers."
I have yet to meet a single person in the Republican establishment that thinks Mitt Romney is going to win the general election this year.
~ Joe Scarborough, conservative pundit, on MSNBC's Morning Joe, via BusinessWeek
Santorum’s withdrawal exactly serves the purposes of the GOP elites he has dutifully served in the past. The GOP’s RINO, crypto-socialist elites can now proceed with the coronation of their pre-selected champion.
~ Conservative Alan Keyes in an article called Santorum Supporters Played for Fools
It is ... likely that Santorum’s supporters will be hard at work pressing party power poobahs to keep in mind they are hardly passionate about a Romney nomination, as much as they detest the President.
~ From a Huntington, Kentucky, op-ed entitled Santorum Gone?
On the Monday before the Wisconsin and Maryland primaries, Mitt Romney already had been anointed as the GOP nominee. In contrast, Rick Santorum was often as invisible as a purged Soviet general airbrushed out of history by Stalin.
~ The Columbia Journalism Review
There's no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox.
~ Newt Gingrich, blaming Fox News for his Primary Losses, quoted on Media Matters
In Iowa, Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes said he has a ‘‘really good clothespin.’’ That would be for his nose, he said, when he votes for Mitt Romney in November.
~ From Boston.com
I will support our nominee. We are moving to having that presumptive nominee, and it’s going to be Gov. Romney from what it appears, and I look forward to supporting the nominee.
~ Tepid support for "that nominee" from Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) via MSNBC's First Read: Thoughts on the Silly Season
"Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that he is supporting Mitt Romney for president. Jindal said he couldn’t think of a better way to show his support than waiting until Romney was the only guy left.
~ Jimmy Fallon quoted Here