Mitt Romney Will Never Surrender, But He Will Suspend

It's somehow fitting that the last people to know Mitt Romney was dropping his bid for the presidency were his supporters in the room. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Romnites were still handing out buttons and wildly waving posters when Mitt took the stage for a stump speech that GOP insiders had warned would be his last at least a half-hour beforehand. Some claimed that bad cell phone reception kept those in the assembly hall in the dark.Others suggested that working cell phones wouldn’t have turned on the light. Romney took the stage to wild applause and continued cheers during his speech, with only slight hints of what was to come—speaking of the support he had received from his family and voters in the past tense. Suddenly, it came. “I feel I now have to stand aside.”

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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