Mitt Romney announced on Thursday that he is backing John McCain and will encourage his delegates to switch their support as well. However, many conservatives remain extremely dissatisfied with McCain as the presumptive Republican nominee.
Fox News turned to a frequent guest, conservative radio talk show host Mike Gallagher, to ask about the discontent.
"This is a painful chapter for me," Gallagher replied. "Sean Hannity is one of my closest friends in the world, and Sean has had real struggles with Senator McCain, I believe. I don't like to disagree with Sean about anything, but the fact is, Mitt Romney's endorsement yesterday kind of slams the lid on any of the temper tantrums that have been going on."
Gallagher's fellow radio host, Rush Limbaugh, has been perhaps the most outspoken of the anti-McCain pundits. On Wednesday, he even said jokingly, "I would like today to announce a tentative decision -- Iím still thinking about it -- to endorse Barack Obama."
Fox News asked Gallagher about Limbaugh's suggestion that Obama "stands for everything to everybody."
"Including, I guess, to some Muslims," Gallagher replied, "because, remember, his middle name is Hussein. So everybody's happy!" More seriously, though, Gallagher emphasized again that "you can't keep the temper tantrums up."
"There's a pesky little part of the process, that we radio hosts don't always like to acknowledge, that's called the voters," Gallagher stated.
"They go to the polls, they decide who they want. Republicans have decided it's John McCain.
"You're being a little modest," Fox host Alisyn Camerota insisted. "Talk radio hosts are so influential. ... Now that Mitt Romney has endorsed John McCain, do you think that talk radio hosts ... will now get behind him?"
"We're not king-makers," retorted Gallagher. "Rush and the rest of us threw everything we had and the kitchen sink at Bill Clinton in 1996. And boy, that worked out real well for us."
"Now it's time to act like big boys and big girls again," Gallagher concluded. "We're at the big boy table. Stop the pouting, stop the temper tantrums, and support John McCain."
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast February 15, 2008.
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