Mitt Gives Up?

Jonathan Garthwaite
|
Posted: Jan 30, 2008 8:23 AM
Last night, I remarked that Romney's concession speech had no fight in it -- that he could have given the same speech whether he was in 2nd or last.  I wasn't sure last night but after seeing the speech again this morning and reading the transcript, I can't help but get the sense that Mitt Romney is "beat."  It was a strong principled speech but not a "I'm in it to win it" speech.   The Florida loss must sting terribly bad and seemed to have taken a fine man's political spirit right out of him.  

We'll see tonight.   If he has any chance at the nomination, he must make his move tonight at the CNN debate. He's going to have to take advantage of being on the same stage with Mike Huckabee and convince Huckabee supporters that the race is between Romney and McCain and that a vote for Huckabee is a vote for McCain. 

It's certainly a risk and could turn off voters quickly -- but he just doesn't have many options.   If he doesn't make a strong, direct appeal to Huckabee voters tonight, we'll know he's beat and coasting in for a gracious second place on Super Tuesday.