This, I'm sure, will come as a crushing blow to all of you as soon as I remind you that Buddy Roemer is a person who, until extremely recently, was running for president…
Former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer announced in a statement this morning that his quixotic independent campaign for president has come to an end.
After failing to get access to the GOP primary debates last year, Roemer had decided to run as an independent and seek the Reform Party and Americans Elect nominations. Then, Americans Elect folded earlier this month, while Roemer continued to struggle to draw attention and interest to his campaign.
First Rick, then Newt, and now Bucky. Or, Buddy, I mean. (It's Buddy, right?) It never gets any easier, does it?
I'm just glad that this will give Mr. Roemer more time to be vie for the slightest little bit of attention from his friends and family.
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Just when you thought the Republican primary couldn't get any more exciting, Buddy Roemer has decided to run for president as an independent. So many questions come to mind. Like, who on earth is Buddy Roemer?
He's the former one-term Louisiana governor whose quixotic bid to get invited to the GOP debates made him a political punch line. Well he's fed up being ignored as a Republican and is now determined to be ignored as an independent.
Roemer made his big announcement in a statement released today…
As the GOP and the networks host debate number twenty-something this evening, they have once again turned their backs on the democratic process by choosing to exclude a former Governor and Congressman. I have decided to take my campaign directly to the American people by declaring my candidacy for Americans Elect.
Also, after many discussions with The Reform Party, I am excited to announce my intentions of seeking their nomination. It is time to heal our nation and build a coalition of Americans who are fed up with the status quo and the partisan gridlock that infects Washington. Together, we will take on the special-interests that control our leaders and end the corruptive influence of money in politics so we can focus on America’s top priority — jobs.
Unlike the other candidates, Buddy Roemer just wants to focus on jobs. Specifically, how he can get one. Because he really, really needs a job, or a hobby. Or just anything to distract him from this hopeless presidential bid.
With his Republican credentials and support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's hard to predict whether Roemer will draw more votes from the right or left. But he's definitely got the support of that one annoying college friend who fills your Facebook feed with incoherent political rants and Bukowski quotes.
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As expected, Mitt Romney accomplished the electoral equivalent of strapping his Republican opponents to the roof of his station wagon and taking a twelve hour drive through the woods of New England.
He won 39.4% of the vote New Hampshire primary vote, besting Ron Paul's 22.8%, Jon Huntsman with 16.8%, Newt Gingrich with 9.4%, Rick Santorum with 9.3%, and Rick Perry, who exceeded expectations by beating Buddy Roemer with .7% of the vote. Soon it will be over and we can all go back to writing about policy (read: congressional sex scandals).
But with so much time to kill before the Romney coronation becomes official, let's look at the exit polls to discover what percentage of Republican voters are going to die a little on the inside as they settle for Willard…
* Romney is doing exceedingly well with his friends, the corporations. Or at least people who have incorporated for shady tax purposes — winning 47% of voters with incomes over $100,000 and 51% of voters with incomes over $200,000.
* The following is a one scene play about the Ron Paul campaign. Paul: "Let's phase out federal student loans…The responsibility is on the individual and the family to take care of their needs, not the federal bureaucracy." Student with thousands in federally-subsidized student loan debt: "LEGALIZE IT, WOOOOO!" Paul won 47% of voters under age 30, the end.
* Mitt Romney won a plurality among those who believe politicians should "compromise to get things done" and also a plurality among those who believe their leaders should "stick to principles." Luckily for both groups, Romney believes in whatever they want him to believe.
Okay, so Romney's remarkably acceptable to the New Hampshire base. Only South Carolina, the origin of every Snopes-debunked e-mail forward you've received your from aunt, can save the rest of the Republican field now.
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Here's an excellent rule of thumb when considering anything in your life: If Karl Rove is in favor it it, it's probably the best idea ever!
Coverage continues with Stephen's personal attorney Trevor Potter and a Colbert Super PAC issue ad featuring GOP primary nominee Buddy Roemer after the jump.
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As a great American once said, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to suggest electrocuting Mexican immigrants. Join us here and @TheInDecider tonight at 8/7c for live coverage of the GOP #CNNDebate in Las Vegas.
In the lineup: Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, the ghost of Ronald Reagan.
Not in the lineup: Jon Huntsman (boycotting), Gary Johnson (against the rules), Buddy Roemer (what's he up to, anyway?), Fred Karger (probably also against the rules), rational explanations of workable policies.
See you tonight!
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