Gingrich Wins SC Primary, Just As McDonnell Jumps On Board The Romney Bandwagon

By Loudoun Insider

Of course the collapse of Mitt Romney in the South Carolina polls had little to do with Bob McDonnell, but it certainly does not help McDonnell’s VP campaign to endorse and campaign for Romney there just as Romney collapses and loses pretty significantly.

Florida is next and will most likely go for Romney, but that’s going to put Rubio back in the spotlight as a much more desirable VP candidate for Romney.  Especially if the anti-Romney opposition in McDonnell’s home state of Virginia coalesces around the only non-Romney candidate on the ballot, Ron Paul.  If the Virginia Republican establishment’s fixing of things for Romney backfires and he loses Virginia, McDonnell’s hopes of being VP are toast, and he is perhaps permanently wounded politically.


  • NoVA Scout says:

    I don’t think it does him any harm, LI. I’m not even sure that it’s accurate to say that there is a Bob McDonnell “VP campaign”. Romney remains the candidate who has the best chance of defeating Obama. Whoever we pick, it will be a tough, uphill struggle, particularly if the economy continues to improve.

  • RichmondDem says:


    Really? Really GOP? The guy that was so toxic Clinton won in ’96 by making him look like Dole’s running mate?


  • Chris says:

    LI . . . I’ve been thinking the same thing. If the anti-Romney forces out there truly harden, could Ron Paul beat him here? its possible.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Scout, I think there is absolutely a McDonnell VP campaign underway.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Here’s the SC Election Board website for official results:

    Gingrich clobbered Romney by 12 points, 40-28. Ron Paul can absolutely beat Romney in Virginia, which of course just happens to be Gingrich’s current home state, where he didn’t get on the ballot.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Mason Conservative has an exceptional post up about tonight’s results and what they mean going forward:

  • NoVA Scout says:

    It would be smart to take McDonnell as a VP, but I don’t think that was the motivation of the endorsement.

  • NotJohnSMosby says:

    And President Obama sleeps well tonight, with a slight smile, as he knows his re-election odds continue to improve. There’s no winning Republican currently in the race.

    Romney is possibly electable, but the evangelicals will never vote for him in large numbers. He only got 22% of the evangelical vote in South Carolina. Pathetic, for the “leading” Republican candidate.

    Paul is the 20% guy, much like Ross Perot, except he’s only pulling Republicans in. Crazy, and completely unelectable. Santorum is also unelectable but is the evangelicals’ choice, even though he’s catholic. And Newt, well, he’ll burn Romney down to the ground along with himself if he wants too, and it looks like he does.

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:


    Do you want to defend the idea that Ron Paul is crazy? What exactly has he said that is CRAZY?

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:

    If Gingrich continues strongly, we will likely see a third party run. Paul.has a better chance of beating obama than Gingrich does.

  • It’s all just a blip, a death quake if you will.

    Romney will regroup and roll. Give this thing a couple more weeks and Romney will have it locked up.

  • hirons says:

    If Gingrich wins the nomination it would be smart for McD to run as far away as possible from him. With Newt as GOP nominee Obama wins re-election to include winning Virginia yet again.

  • Fascinating detail from the CNN exit polls: Gingrich captured 44% of the “Born Again or Evangelical Christian” vote…and 6% of voters who say that “Strong Moral Character” is the “Most Important Candidate Quality.”

    Words fail me.

  • NotJohnSMosby says:

    Muslim Republican,

    Cutting a trillion dollars in spending immediately? Going back to the gold standard? Eliminating environmental regulations so that landowners can sue polluters instead? The list goes on and on.

  • Leej says:

    Again the Mormon thing is a huge problem for Romney as well as his corporate raider business. What idiot would say they love to fire people in this economy.

    Most people will not say being a Mormon is a problem but in private many think Mormon is a cult NOT a religion. started by a criminal. Besides Romney has done strange things like putting his dog on top of his car.

    Republicans need a dark horse to even have the slightest chance to beat Obama. And believe me Obama will destroy this current group of republicans.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    As much as I disagree with the thought of pigeonholing due to a candidate’s religion, the Mormon issue will absolutely remain a huge hurdle for Romney with the Evangelicals that make up a huge portion of today’s GOP primary voter population. But why they would go towards Newt over Santorum is beyond me. All the talk about “the sanctity of marriage” and all, you know.

  • BlackOut says:

    Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

    What to chose the Mormon or the wanabee polygamist?

    What in the world has happened to the GOP candidate gene pool.

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:

    “Cutting a trillion dollars in spending immediately? ”


    FIrst of all that is not his position in the details. Those cuts would phase in over time, but they would be REAL. Let’s dive into an example. He wants to eliminate the education department within his first term. What would be the impact of that? How would my child in Loudoun County be impacted by no federal education department?

    Please explain how crazy that is? I can go through the whole budget with you this way. Let’s start there. How will no education department affect my 6th grader?

  • NotJohnSMosby says:

    I don’t know, how would it impact other people’s children? You just highlighted the problem with Republicans these days. If I don’t use it or benefit from it, then cut it. Fuck everyone who may use it or benefit from it.

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:

    So you are agreeing it would not affect my children. Whose children would it affect and how?

  • Liberal Anthropologist says:


    Cutting the education department in its entirety would not hurt education in the US one bit. Describe how I am wrong.

  • NotJohnSMosby says:

    Well, do you mean cutting the functions of the Dept. of Education – like federal student aid, student loans, keeping stats on the Republican No Child Left Behind Act – or just moving those pieces to other agencies and eliminating the headquarters?

    If you’re talking about the former, then it affects every child in school, from K through doctoral studies. If you want to eliminate the Republican No Child Left Behind Act, I’m all for it. If you’re for eliminating Pell grants and student loan guarantees, then I’m not, since those are critical programs for many to afford college.

    If you’re talking about the latter, how much money does that save?

    Republicans have been screaming about abolishing the Dept. of Education since it was created. However, Saint Ronnie, Bush I and Bush II never seemed to get around to doing it, and in fact, Bush II massively expanded the scope and reach of the Department of Education.

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