Letter from Bill Bolling explains why he’s suspending campaign for Governor


When I was growing up my dad was a coal miner and my mom waited tables. We didn’t have much, but my parents instilled in me a love of Virginia. I never dreamed that I would one day have a chance to help lead this wonderful state, but thanks to you, that has been my privilege.

Throughout my 21 years in public service I have done my best to stand strong for our shared conservative values, while at the same time working with Republicans and Democrats to get things done in state government. I think that effort has been successful, and I hope you agree.

For the past seven years I have had the honor of serving as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, and it had been my intention to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor in 2013. However, not everything we want in life is meant to be.

I am writing to advise you that after a great deal of consideration I have decided to suspend my campaign for the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor of Virginia. Needless to say, this was a very difficult decision for me, and I know it will come as a surprise and disappointment to you, but I am confident it is the right decision.

Four years ago I decided to set my personal ambition to be Governor aside and join with Bob McDonnell to create a united Republican ticket. Time has proven the wisdom of that decision. Governor McDonnell and I were elected in 2009 by historic margins, and for the past three years we have successfully worked together to get Virginia back on the right track.

I had hoped that Attorney General Cuccinelli and I would be able to form that same kind of united Republican ticket in 2013. However, late last year Mr. Cuccinelli unexpectedly announced that he intended to challenge me for the Republican Party’s nomination for Governor.

While I was surprised and disappointed by Mr. Cuccinelli’s decision, I was confident in my ability to win our party’s nomination for Governor in a statewide primary election, which was the method of nomination that had previously been adopted by the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.

However, in June of this year the newly constituted State Central Committee voted to change the manner in which we will nominate our candidates in 2013 from a statewide primary to a closed party convention. While I did not support that decision, it had a dramatic impact on the 2013 campaign.

For the past several months my campaign team has worked hard to restructure our campaign to effectively compete in the convention process. While we have made a great deal of progress, I reluctantly concluded that the decision to change the method of nomination from a primary to a convention created too many obstacles for us to overcome.

In addition, I know how divisive conventions can be, and I was concerned that a prolonged campaign between Mr. Cuccinelli and me could create deep divisions within our party. The convention process would have forced Republican activists to take sides against their friends in local committees all across our state. The wounds that can develop from that type of process are often difficult to heal.

Conventions are by their very nature exclusive, and at a time when we need to be projecting a positive image and reaching out to involve more Virginians in the Republican Party, I am unwilling to be part of a process that could seriously damage our image and appeal.

While it may have been in my self-interest to have continued the campaign and done my best to win without regard to the consequences of those actions, I have never chosen to place my self-interest ahead of our Party’s best interest, and I will not do so now.

I know that my decision will surprise most people and disappoint many people, but I’m confident it is the right decision. I hope that my friends and supporters, as well as those who have chosen to support Mr. Cuccinelli, will respect and appreciate the reasons for my decision.

It has been a great honor to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Virginia for the past seven years, and I wouldn’t trade the experiences and opportunities we have had for anything in the world. You helped make that possible, and for that I will always be grateful.

I look forward to serving the remainder of my term as Lieutenant Governor and as Virginia’s Chief Jobs Creation Officer, and working with Governor McDonnell and the rest of our great team to build a better Virginia.

I want to personally thank everyone who has done so much to support Jean Ann and me over the years, and I especially want to thank the thousands of people who had already pledged their support to my campaign for Governor. Your support means more to us than words can express. My greatest regret in suspending my campaign is the thought that I have let you down.

In the coming days Jean Ann and I will be evaluating our future political options. I love Virginia and I value public service a great deal. I assure you that I will continue to look for ways to make a contribution to the public life of our Commonwealth.

I can tell you this, I intend to remain actively involved in the 2013 campaigns – perhaps not as the Republican nominee for Governor, but as a more independent voice, making certain that the candidates keep their focus on the important issues facing our state and offer a positive and realistic vision for effectively and responsibly leading Virginia.

Thanks again for your friendship, confidence and support. It is a privilege to serve you, and I look forward to seeing you soon in our travels across Virginia.


Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling

  • Jean Gannon

    Bill Bolling, a real Virginia Gentleman….

  • NormLeahy

    This action could clear the decks for him to run against Warner in 2014. Cuccinelli will owe Bolling BIG, and what better way to collect than to see that a Gov. Cuccinelli uses his sway to ensure the nomination path is clear.

    Assuming Bolling wants to make such a run, of course.

    • But that means Cuccinelli clearing McDonnell out of the field if McDonnell decides the presidency is too hard. I also doubt Ken would given his propensity for not clearing fields, and being careful about endorsing in primaries in the past. (Look at the race to replace him in the state senate as an example.)

      • McDonnell, President? Bwahahahahahahahaha.

        McDonnell or Bolling, US Senator? Bwahahahahahahahaha.

    • pinecone321

      Why would Cuccinelli owe Bolling BIG for any reason? Cuccinelli decided to run for the Governor’s seat, and said he was unaware of the backroom deal made between McDonnell and Bolling, and he never agreed to “get in line.” Cuccinelli never demanded or even asked Bolling to drop out of the race, and was in fact prepared to challenge him for the nom. Cuccinelli did not make the choice between a convention and a primary. Bolling has made it pretty clear from the time that Cuccinelli announced his intentions that he was more than a little peeved at Cooch’s decision to challenge him, how dare he.

      Quite honestly I am thrilled that the “get in line” deals are coming to an end. I would bet the conservative VA voters are equally as happy to see a process working as it was intended to, rather than having their nominee chosen for them. I also expect that we may now see the same phenomenon taking place with the presidential elections for 2016, where the next in line candidate is rejected soundly. Hopefully Jeb Bush is paying attention, and will heed the increasingly louder voices of the conservative voters. Jeb’s bloggy horse seems to be education, and I understand Princeton University will be searching for a new President as the current one is retiring at the end of the school year.

      • NormLeahy

        Now that Bolling is playing footsie with the idea of an independent bid for governor, his chances of getting clearance from anyone for anything have gone sub-zero.

        • pinecone321

          Aside from Bollings possible third party bid, he is also proving all those that have claimed him to be such an “honorable man,” to have not really known him at all. With his public comments about Cuccinelli not being qualified to Govern VA, and that he can’t in good conscience endorse him, he is proving that whatever class he may have displayed in the past to be a lie and a sham. As I’ve said elsewhere, he is behaving like an entitled liberal, who just shouts and stamps his feet when things didn’t go his way. It’s a darn good thing that his public meltdown is happening now rather than latter. Even if he doesn’t decide to go third party, his behavior over the last day or so has all but made him temperamentally unqualified for most if not all elective positions. This is actually an embarrassment to watch unfolding.

  • I hope the Tea Party crowd is happy now. They get the nominee they want and get to watch us hand over the state to the Democrats, so they can sit back and complain about the state of things.

    • EricMcGrane

      I love when people say “tea party crowd” with dripping disdain. Yes, following Constitutional ideas/governance and demanding sound fiscal/monetary policy/economy is just SOO awful.

      I remember when the GOP was for these things too. That was a LONG time ago.

      REALLY long ago.

      And PS: it was the establishment that just handed over the state to the democrats, in case you didnt notice. The establishment got the candidates it wanted. Perhaps you somehow missed this. It was in the news and stuff.

      • Pretty sure this is what Bolling was trying to avoid with his dropping out today. Pitting one group against another is not going to build the coalition necessary to win elections. Cuccinelli’s statement hit exactly the right tone for the campaign ahead and McDonnell announcing his support for Cuccinelli is also the right approach.

        As supporters, activists, conservatives all – we should look to the example and move forward. Too much is at stake — especially, as Eric says, when we have endured such a wide left turn from the Constitution and limited government.

  • Loudoun GOPer

    “Four years ago, I realized I couldn’t win a primary against Bob McDonnell, so I stepped aside for a promise that Bob would support me this time. Then Bob and I tried to usurp RPV procedures and pull an end run around the current State Central Committe by choosing a statewide primary a full year before we were supposed to.
    Now the current State Central Committee has exerted their right to choose the method of nomination for Governor and have chosen a convention. Also, Ken Cuccinelli, who was never part of my deal with Bob McDonnell in the first place, is not geting out of my way. Because of these factors, I have realized once again that I can’t win the nomination, so I am going to get out of the race now and try to salvage my political career so I can maybe run for Senate.”

    • You stay classy, Loudoun.

      • Chirs

        Classy or not, he’s right

        • No, he isn’t. Especially when he’s in other comments lamenting how we have a choice on whether to continue the infighting or rally around the AG. This isn’t infighting?

          • Loudoun GOPer

            Brian, I took Bill Bolling’s statement and translated it into the facts of what happened. I didn’t call Bolling names. I didn’t talk about what a horrible candidate for Governor he would be. I didn’t beat up on him.

            On the other hand, I can look up and down this thread and others on this site and see a slew of invectives and insults being hurled at Cuccinelli, his supporters, the new State Central Committee members, as well as declarations that Cucinnelli has no chance at becoming Governor. So you tell me who’s being “classy.”

          • Loudoun GOPer

            Just saw this online at RTD. Want to talk keep talking about class, Brian?

            “I have serious reservations about his ability to effectively and responsibly lead the state,” he said of Cuccinelli. “And given those reservations, I could not in good conscience endorse his candidacy for governor.” – Bill Bolling


          • I can cut the man a little slack.

          • Loudoun GOPer

            Will you still be cutting him slack when these exact words are quoted in a McAuliffe mailer in October next year?
            This just proves that Bolling dropping out had nothing to do with the good of the party. It was all about himself and his ego. I know Bill Bolling. I used to respect him. I don’t anymore.

          • Come on. Bolling is a human being. He doesn’t like Ken. He has been wanting to run for govenor for almost eight years now, and he’s just seen that dream dashed and he may never get a chance now. Other than Jesus Christ, I can’t imagine anybody who wouldn’t be a bitter.

            As for quotes in McAullife or Periello lit, that’s nothing compared to what they could have had after a bloody convention battle if Bill had stayed in. Again, cut the man some slack. You got what you wanted. He’s out. Be a little magnanimous and stop kicking him while he’s down.

          • EricMcGrane

            lol….you see Bolling’s caustic PUBLIC comments like he released and then you criticize LGP for noticing. Bolling just embarrassed himself.

          • Loudoun GOPer

            Brian, one of the responsibilities of being a leader is that you don’t get to have your little temper tantrums in public. When you hold a position of leadership like Bolling does, you don’t get to publicly slam your party and your opponent when things don’t go your way.
            You want to be mad, be mad. Just keep it to yourself. Bill’s little temper tantrum just shows he doesn’t have the qualities of a real leader.

          • Like I said, LGOP, you’re the one saying we have to stop the infighting. Did what you write really contribute to that? You can’t have it both ways. If you want to stop the infighting, don’t kick Bolling after he did what you wanted him to do.

  • rtwingtroll

    No conservative owes Bolling a dinged thing. He and his Allenista consultants lost control of State Central (after 20+ years of it being their private playground, one year pushing conventions, the next primaries, whatever suited — see Mike Thomas’ Ronmeying over it), and now a grass-roots, rather big money, process will be used. AG Cuccinelli will win, political hack Macauliffe will lose.

    Bolling quit because he knew he’d lose the nomination, and then took snotty shots at the process. Not honorable, not classy, just typical politico-ing.

    He is done. And I ain’t no big fan of no-change Bob McDonnell neither.


  • Chad Parker

    The problem with Bolling is he’s lazy and weak. Don’t get me wrong–he’s a nice guy. But nice guy’s don’t get far without riding on someone else’s coattails, be it McDonnell or the party in general. He refuses to stir the pot, even when it is the right thing to do. Someone made a comment on a previous story about Bolling being an “honorable man.” Honorable men don’t turn on candidates because the party doesn’t like them anymore (see Henrico CA race). Good, honorable men don’t forsake loyalty because going against the Cantor establishment hurts their own ambitions.

    Bolling was the lesser of three evils. Now we have to choose between a douche and a turd sandwich. I can only hope that a third party, McDonnell-esque pragmatist enters the race.

  • And, BAM! One less country clubber running for elected office.

    • Wow. If other country clubbers were as conservative as Bolling, we’d be in high cotton.

  • Jean Gannon

    Loudoun GOPer, sounds more like you are Loudoun TeaParty-er

    • Loudoun GOPer

      Was that supposed to be an insult?

  • sparkyva

    We have all seen the article where the Russian President declares American voters ignorant and uninformed. A convention is a different test of a politician that a primary is. Primary’s are about name recognition. Conventions are about passion for a candidate’s positions taken. Bowling is simply admitting there isn’t much to be passionate about in his campaign. Bowling has done himself and his friends a big favor and saved them a lot of campaign money.

  • Chris Frashure

    This is scapegoating 101. Bolling would have lost either way, the convention just gives him and his supporters something to blame besides the voters.

    • pinecone321

      A convention also insures that cross over Democrat voters can’t vote for our weakest candidate so their candidate strolls to the win. For the fiscal conservatives it also saves the state taxpayers a ton of money, and time.

      • Exactly. That influences Virginia primaries 00% of the time.

      • Nor can members of the military. Proud of that?

  • Susan Sili

    again, a man I have admired for many years has stepped aside and put
    the “people” ahead of politics. I wonder if Virginians will ever
    really understand how fortunate they are to be represented by someone
    with the integrity of Bill Bolling. In the political arena it comes
    along once in a lifetime and in Virginia it applies to a handful. I
    don’t know what twist of fate came together to give us a leader who
    remembers whats important but I am grateful and never more so than
    today. Maybe its because he and Jean Ann are the real thing, making
    their way in life just like the rest of us or maybe it is his
    background at the bottom rung of the ladder in “local” government
    that kept him remembering……

    ago when I was a young businesswoman and free lance writer, I heard
    Bill Bolling speak in Caroline County for the first time when he ran
    for the Virginia Senate. The venue was a rambling country restaurant
    with “home cooking”. What struck my neophyte mind first was how
    comfortable he was with people. There was nothing of the “tailored
    suit” about Bill Bolling but recall thinking and writing later for
    the local paper, that he was very professional, well spoken and
    seemed to actually have a message. The message was this, the
    problems of government from the local level up are indeed many, but
    you don’t throw money at a problem to solve it. Anyone can do that.
    Elected officials have an obligation to be problem solvers with
    public money and are obligated to find the right solutions
    remembering why they were elected and who they work for.

    few years later, I was on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
    and was asked to put a candidates forum together. Bolling was running
    for re-election to the Senate. That night Senator Bolling commanded
    that room, and the message was the same, the job of an elected
    official is to solve problems and to always look to the future. This
    time as a sitting Senator he offered examples of issues facing the
    General Assembly and then provided specific solutions which did not
    involve raising taxes. I became a conservative that night and
    attended anything I could where the Senator was speaking. The
    message was always the same. We don’t kick the problem or the “money
    can” down the road. Later, when I was elected to Town Council, I
    used everything Bolling taught me to represent our town to the best
    of my ability. When I left office, our small town had over a million
    dollars in its rainy day fund. A small amount, I’ll admit but I can
    tell you, I didn’t kick the can down the road and Bill Bolling
    carried this message forward long before the crisis with the present
    administration in D.C.

    2003, Jeff and I gave the very first fundraiser at historic Mulberry
    Place for the candidacy of Senator Bill Bolling for the position of
    Lt Governor and Jeff ran for supervisor for the first time with the
    Bill Bolling message. Bill was there for us, coming to campaign kick
    offs and salt fish breakfasts and Sunday School picnics. He
    understood how important it was to have the first ever Republican
    elected to the Caroline Board of Supervisors. Over the years, he and
    Jean Ann are always the same, sitting by them at an event, you could
    be sitting next to your neighbor or Sunday School teacher. My
    favorite picture of him is in the familiar “blue fleece” vest
    talking with people around the Brunswick Stew pot in my back yard.
    Even more importantly the message has never wavered, elected
    officials are stewards of the public trust and public money. It is
    an awesome responsibility and if you chose to be an elected official
    you remember……….

    the Senate caucuses with Jeff during General Assembly time, I watched
    in awe as he ran the Virginia Senate with a masterful yet always
    gentlemanly demeanor. Before he leaves the office of Lt. Governor, I
    urge you to visit and see this just once. Bill Bolling defines the
    word statesmanship

    often than not in explaining to people why I support him, I have
    talked about his connection to real people. Therein lies the genius
    of Bill Bolling, his ability to listen and understand “folks.”
    and remember…… And it is for this reason that I shed more than a
    few tears this morning when I read his letter and came to the part
    about the local committees. Bill understands the turmoil that took
    place in communities all over Virginia this year with the “take
    over.” I need not elaborate and Cuccinelli people need not deny.
    We all know what I am talking bout. Long time loyal volunteers were
    no longer welcome in their local committees. While most thinking
    people agree that such foolishness is the stuff that takes the
    Republican party apart at the seams, so many feelings were hurt and
    so many people walked away disenfranchised after years of service.

    Bill’s decision today the good news is by the end of 2013, there will
    be a foundation upon which to rebuild after they burn it all down.
    The supreme irony is that all the “takeovers” net 0 growth for
    the Republican Party. Those that took over districts and committees
    are simply meeting with themselves. While they get very excited like
    snake charmers in feverish religious services during conventions,
    those numbers are finite and are no where near enough to elect a
    Republican Governor. In the bible there were two women who claimed
    to be the mother of a child and appeared before King Solomon, he
    solved the problem by suggesting that the baby be cut in half and
    divided. The woman who was not the mother was perfectly willing to
    sacrifice the child, but the woman who was the mother was willing to
    give it up to save its life. Today Bill Bolling has taken steps to
    allow us to heal much earlier than the end of 2013. He has been and
    will be a great leader in the history of the state of Virginia. But
    Virginians will need lots of prayers in the coming year, caught with
    no cushion, caught in the ambitious vision of one Kenneth T.

    • Excellent ,Susan, I hope you stick around to help rebuild the party once these folks have destroyed it.

    • Loudoun GOPer

      As someone who knows both Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli, I take offense at your remarks. You say very nice things about Bill, and you should have left it at that. Instead you decide to take shots at Cuccinelli supporters and call them names. You belittle people that stand up for Conservative values, as if they are not worthy of you, and proclaim that they will “burn down the party.”
      Too often I have watched people like you, Susan, decide that they would rather see a Democrat win than a Republican you don’t like. I have had to watch too many good Republicans lose elections to radical Democrats because the establishent Republicans would sit on their hands, or even vote Democrat, just to make sure a Republican candidate they oppose does not win. The establishment has been more concerned with maintaining their control of the party and its organization than actually electing Republicans and achieving real reforms.
      Ken Cuccinelli has never been an “establishment” Republican, overcoming tremendous odds in every race he has run. In standing up proudly for what he believes in, he has energized people in ways you probably can’t understand.
      It is attitudes like yours, Susan, that hurts our party. Just because Ken has not “waited his turn” like you think he should, you call him ambitious. But it is this, “it’s my turn,” attitude that gave us candidates like Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. All of these candidates lost because there was nothing about them that was inspiring. When the most you can say about why you are running is, “well, it was my turn,” then you are going to lose.
      Our party has a choice. We can work together to improve our voter identification and outreach efforts, and improve the delivery of our message to a broader audience, or we can continue the infighting and allow more Democrats to get elected. Which is it going to be?

      • It’s ironic that you say you’ve watched people like Susan decide they would rather see a Democrat win than a Republican you don’t like, because that’s how most moderates view the folks on the far right.

        Candidates win or lose based on a variety of factors, but rarely is it the result of the base of the party not turning out. The base shows up every election. It’s getting folks not in the base to be excited about you and convincing them to show up that is the problem.

        Ken is, by definition, an establishment Republican. He has won tough races, but he’s rarely had a Republican challenger. The race for AG was the one of the only times he’s faced opposition in that regard and he won handily. He served in the state Senate for 8 years and as AG now for three. He’s not a political neophyte anymore and his supporters control the State Central Committee. He is, by definition, establishment.

        Nobody gets nominated because it’s their turn. If there is an “it’s my turn” mentality, it’s based on who chooses to run and who decides to step aside. Nobody handed Dole, McCain or Romney the nomination. And there was plenty about all three that was inspiring. Two of them lost because they ran against incumbents, and one lost because we just came off of eight years of control of the White House and the electorate was tired of Republicans.

        The party has a choice now, at least in the LG and AG races, but it doesn’t at the top of the ticket. Working together to get these guys elected isn’t a choice – it’s our job. As for the infighting, it goes both ways.

        • Brian, you seem to be implying that Bolling is the “moderate” and Cuccinelli the “far right.” I reject both of those premises. There’s nothing politically moderate about Bill Bolling…he’s a solid conservative, as Susan pointed out. In fact, I’d wager he’s in near perfect alignment with Cuccinelli on the issues.

          I think Cuccinelli unfairly gets painted as a “far right” guy because he’s demonstrated he isn’t particularly inclined toward compromise or toward “moderating” his message for general consumption. But ideologically, both of these guys are squarely in the Republican mainstream.

          It’s unfortunate that so many people internalize this nonsense about an ideological divide in the Virginia GOP that really does not exist. I think it damages all of us, as it makes it that much easier for mainstream Republican viewpoints to be pilloried as extremist.

          • I’m not implying that at all. Other than the Triggerman rule issue, I don’t see any daylight between the LG and the AG’s ideology. They’re both social and fiscal conservatives.

            The AG gets painted as far right most often by Democrats, but primarily he gets painted that way because he was quick to embrace the Tea Party in 2009, and because he has never shied away from getting into fights about abortion, gay marriage or other social issues. One of his first big fights after he was elected was about whether Virginia institutions of higher education could adopt personnel policies barring sexual orientation discrimination. While I agree he’s within the Republican mainstream, that mainstream has been trending to the right, not towards the center.

            There is an ideological divide in the Virginia GOP – it’s certainly apparent in Northern Virginia. It was apparent in my race, where I was attacked because I refused to talk about social issues on the campaign trail, focusing on fiscal conservatism and local issues. There are some in the party for whom social issues will always be a litmus test, and it does not good ignoring that fact. I think social conservatives have a place in the party, along with libertarians and every other flavor of center-right thinking, but not everyone is willing to tolerate others with views that may be outside their definition of Republican.

          • Brian, there is, of course, a wide variety of ideology in the party, as you mention. But the vast majority of Republicans are right there with Bolling and Cuccinelli. Rather than some vast and persistent moderate/far-right schism, I think we’re chiefly talking about different styles and degrees of stridency.

            That said, the wisdom and electoral viability of mainstream GOP thought is a debate worth having. I just think we should be careful not to set up false distinctions between “moderate” and “extreme” within our own party. This goes toward the intolerance you describe above, which works in both directions.

          • Amen, Brian!

          • This times 1000.

  • Susan Sili

    Blaming “establishment” Republicans is the oldest lamest trick in the book and the real shame is that it seems to work every time, This is semantics and political jargon at its most juvenile level. Most voters wouldn’t know establishment vs real maverick if it bit them in the you know what. Funny just a few years ago, Chichester (now that was the real establishment) was being taken on by “mavericks” like Bill Bolling who fought tooth and nail to hold his RHINO feet to the fire. Now suddenly Bolling who has made more than his share of enemies for actually taking a hard line against both Mark Warner (when the best of the GOP caved) and his fellow Republicans for insisting that the GOP stand strong on the platform is now the establishment? Not hardly. Do some homework folks, Virginia politics wasn’t born as a backlash to Barack Obama with Ken Cuccinelli as the standard bearer. If Ken ever gets elected to anything else and no doubt when he loses the governorship his eye will turn on the U.S. Senate, he will suddenly miraculously become the elder statesman and it might just serve him right if the newbies coming along want to paint him as establishment. Stranger things have happened especially if he has a revelation that the majority of the electorate will not vote for him unless he changes. To legislate you must get elected, There is no second place. As for my Loudon detractor, be careful how you throw stones at this country girl, you guys didn’t do such a great job VOTING for Republicans this past election. My precinct went 55 per cent Republican so you might want to look at your own voting record. Some of you yahoos voted for Dems!.

  • When Virginia had a chance to stop Romney from leading the GOP to an epic disaster, Bill Bolling was Romney’s campaign manager, pushing that turd onto a very reluctant grassroots. Delegates like me, who remember such things, are why Bolling knows he has zero chance at a convention.

    Conventions are already proving to be an excellent idea.

    • Yeah, it’s all Bolling’s fault. My eyes, they roll. If Virginia hadn’t supported Romney, Romney would have still been the nominee. With delegates like you, conventions are even more idiotic.

      • If Virginia had given its delegates to Ron Paul, it would have sent an enormous message that no, we do not want a Massachusetts limousine liberal as our nominee, and would have inspired other states to do the same. It could have thrown the convention open and given the party a chance to choose a serious nominee, one who actually represented the ideals of the party, instead of an Obama clone in a Mormon suit.

        Clearly, you wanted Romney, or you would have been aware of this – supporters of all other candidates certainly were.

        Congratulations, you own a healthy share of the blame for the catastrophe for the GOP that was the 2012 election cycle.

        • Gotcha. Going forward, there shall be a rule where the delegates shall be awarded to whoever doesn’t win the primary.

          Your alternative history timeline is quite bizarre. It “could have” done lots of things, including breaking the space-time continuum and resurrecting Genghis Khan. Here’s a reality sandwich for your midnight snack… Ron Paul would have been deader on arrival to the general election than Monty Python’s parrot.

        • I love the old canard that Romney was foisted upon the Party. If anyone besides the Not Ready for Prime Time Players had run, he may have had a chance at the nomination. Heck, by the Virginia primary, my two favorites, Cain and Perry, had dropped out, and Newt had been too inept to get on the ballot. Santorum didn’t even try. Stop pretending that some cabal “fixed” it for Romney.

        • If Virginia had given Ron Paul its vote he would have gotten its delegates.

    • Except for those in the military who become disenfranchised …

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