GO AWAY, MITT
Some of Ronald Reagan’s biggest fans are calling for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to drop out of the race, an edict usually reserved for his three main rivals. After Mr. Romney emerged in third place following the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, the climate has changed, they say.
“Talk of Romney’s inevitable nomination has been silenced. In 15 primary contests, Romney has averaged 38.4 percent. He is in no way a unifying candidate. Rather, he is divisive and outside the mainstream,” says Diana Banister of Citizens for the Republic, a grass-roots group founded by “Reagan stalwarts,” including Edwin Meese III, Peter Hannaford and Craig Shirley.
“For the sake of the party of Reagan, Romney should allow the remaining conservative candidates to campaign for the nomination,” Ms. Banister continues, noting that Mr. Romney’s so-so showing in the South proves “he is distrusted by the heart and soul of the party” and that’s he’s failed to persuade conservatives that he’s “one of us,” she adds.