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Exclusive: Joseph Farah contrasts the endorsements of Newt with those of Mitt

I believe you can tell a lot about people by the company they keep.

This is especially true of politicians. Whom they solicit and receive support from really tell the story of who they are in most cases.

With that theory in mind, let’s look at who is supporting the two leading candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. I can do this as an impartial observer – not a supporter of either candidate.

Here are a few of the folks supporting Newt Gingrich:

  • J.C. Watts
  • Fred Thompson
  • Dan Burton
  • Mark Levin
  • Michael Reagan
  • Sarah Palin
  • Chuck Norris
  • Art Laffer
  • Nancy Reagan
  • Herman Cain
  • Hundreds of tea-party organizations across the country

Now let’s look at the list of notables endorsing Mitt Romney:

  • Karl Rove
  • John McCain
  • Bob Dole
  • Chris Christie
  • Ann Coulter of GOProud

I have to tell you, this is a very stark contrast. It tells you about all you need to know, as far as I’m concerned, about who the lesser of two evils is. I have my problems with Newt Gingrich, and they are legion. But Mitt Romney is simply not an acceptable choice for Republicans in 2012. And these lists illustrate why.

Romney is the establishment Republican candidate in the race. He’s there representing what we once called the “Rockefeller wing” of the party. Nothing has changed much from those days. His Dad was part of that crowd, and Mitt has fit right in – continuing the tradition for another generation.

I would think having the endorsement of Karl Rove and John McCain would be like having an albatross around your neck as a Republican candidate for president. Yet Romney seems perfectly comfortable with both of them. If I were Mitt Romney, and Ann Coulter were carrying on about me like a schoolgirl with a crush, I’d ask her to pipe down. Instead, Coulter, who now represents the GOProud wing of the party, is actually used by Romney to bolster his conservative credentials. Amazing! Conservatives are running from Ann Coulter like liberals once did.

I don’t understand grass-roots Republicans who are supporting Romney. Don’t they understand that nominating him ensures a rerun of the 2008 campaign, except Romney was not a war hero? Both McCain and Romney are known for despising conservatives. Do grass-roots conservatives not understand this?

Romney is not the antidote we need to save us from a lethal dose of four years of Barack Obama. Would he be better? Sure! Who wouldn’t be? But he will not stop American from going off a cliff – not with his business-as-usual support for Big Bank bailouts and TARP-like agreements.

Have the grass roots heard what Rush Limbaugh has to say about Romney? He said this week – accurately, I might add – that Romneycare and Obamacare are “identical.” He said it repeatedly. Do Republicans really want to march into November with a nominee who gave Obama the idea for his signature piece of legislation that violates the Constitution – the No. 1 issue to get Republicans to the polls on Election Day?

Rush is the modern-day living voice of the conservative movement. He’s the Big Kahuna. The party better not make the same mistake it made in 2008 – nominating a Republican presidential candidate that sickens Rush Limbaugh. It would be a tragic mistake. Rush’s audience is the biggest audience of conservatives found anywhere.

Perhaps our best hope now is a brokered convention.

Ron Paul will stay in it until the end. And I think Newt understands this is his last chance for the presidency. I hope Rick Santorum doesn’t sell out early for a deal to get a vice presidential spot as rumored. I only realized recently he actually supported Romney in 2008! Unbelievable.

Maybe it’s time for an ABR, or Anybody-But-Romney, coalition.

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