Word on the street is that Mitt Romney will be departing the GOP race today in a speech at CPAC. It would make sense for him to do so—he’s earned a lot of respect with conservatives, he’s young and he still has plenty of opportunity to have a bright political future. What he doesn’t have is an opportunity to get the nomination this year.
I think that if Romney remains the consistent conservative that he claims to be, he’ll get another shot at the nomination sometime down the line. A gracious exit and a promise to work with conservatives on making the GOP a party of conservative principles would do him well.
We’ll see what happens at CPAC later today.
UPDATE: Ed Morrissey is liveblogging Romney’s speech at CPAC, so if anything breaks, he’ll be the first to have it.
UPDATE: “Out of love for America, I must stand aside.”
Romney is pure class, and from what I hear he’s giving a wonderful speech on why conservative values are important for the future of this country. This has to be a difficult moment for him, but he’s handling it with the sort of grace and principle that will ensure he will have a future in politics should he want it.
Secretary of the Treasury Romney? Vice President Romney? McCain needs the conservative support, and when it comes to fiscal matters Romney would be a strong choice.