A Washington Post headline this morning read, “Despite GOP’s Push for McCain, Huckabee Won’t Pull Out of Race.”

Good for him!

And good for Ron Paul, too, who, despite media reports to the contrary, is not “dropping out,” “suspending,” or otherwise ending his campaign for president.

First of all, many states haven’t voted yet. Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are voting today. Texas will vote next month. Indiana in May. Montana in June. How dare the GOP be so presumptuous to take away those citizens’ right to vote for whomever they see fit to be president!

Representative Patrick McHenry (who, until yesterday, thought a McCain presidency would make him physically ill), indicated that Huckabee is staying in the race because he’s  “in it for himself.” No, Rep. McHenry, he’s in it for us. He’s in it for those of us who will pledge never to vote again before voting for John McCain (and unlike many of the party elite, I mean it when I say I won’t support McCain. Don’t expect me to change my position in the name of “unifying the party.” Screw the party.) He’s in it because it is terribly unfair for people like McHenry to decide who our nominee is going to be. He’s in it ’cause it ain’t over.

The same goes for Ron Paul. Despite reports that Paul is “facing reality,” he, too, is staying in the race. Although his focus will now be on his Congressional bid, he is still giving all Americans the opportunity to vote for him. Rather than dropping out and bowing to the party, he is staying on the ticket in order to further the spread of his ideas. You see, with fewer people in the race, the media can’t help but talk about Ron Paul…and his ideas.

Sometimes it’s not about winning. Even if John McCain ends up with the delegates needed to get the nomination, people should have the chance to vote for someone else. When the rest of the field drops out, they take away our chance to vote for whomever we really want to be president (well, and actually have it count. I’ll vote for Paul in November regardless, even though I know it won’t really make a difference).

Thanks a lot, New Hampshire.

I hate our primary system. It allows a few little states to decide who our nominee is going to be. It’s not so much the fact that we don’t all hold our primaries on the same day; rather, it’s the fact that the “momentum” coming out of those early states leads decent (or, halfway decent) candidates to bow out before any of the rest of us have a say.

So, I’m proud of Huckabee and Paul for sticking it out, and I hope they continue to do so. If McCain and his ilk are so sure that he’s going to be the nominee, then he need not waste his time and money “battling” the other Republican candidates and can go right ahead attacking the Democrats.

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