First, I would like to invoke my plugging privilege and recommend a blog.
If you have any interest at all in the Presidential race this year, your one-stop shop for information and insightful analysis should be White House 2012. I know the guys who contribute to this site and they are all first-rate thinkers.
For example, there is some great commentary (that comes to slightly different conclusions) offered up by MDuminiak and Kempite regarding the state of the GOP nominee race post-NH. I would encourage you to read those posts (as well as all the posts on that site).
Now then –
I wanted to go a little more in depth as to why I have decided to
shill for support Mitt Romney.
There is substantive difference between Romney and each of the other GOP potential candidates. And, despite assertion to the contrary (mainly from people who don’t like Mitt for one reason or another), there is significant difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Romney’s opponents are playing the Equation Conflation game by trying to say that Romney will just continue the disastrous economic policies of President Obama. Where they get that idea from, I have no clue.
Call me naive, but when a candidate puts out specific plans and proposals (usually a Republican-only trait), I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and believe they will seek to implement these plans if elected. After all, they put a lot of time and effort into crafting these ideas into specific proposals. In Romney’s case, it’s a bit of overkill but if one takes the time to read through it, they will find a balanced Center-Right approach to governance. Which is exactly what I would expect from Romney.
Romney’s stated plans and proposals qualify him to be President, in my book.
(On a side note, John Bolton endorsed Romney the other day… so that pretty much seals the deal for me. Hehe.)
There is a narrative being pushed by the (dare I say it) “Conservative Establishment” that Mitt Romney is not a Conservative and will not govern like one. As part of this silliness comes the paranoid idea that the evil GOP Establishment is forcing a moderate Romney down our throats. The fix is in, they say. These people fail to understand that Romney’s success in the primiaries thus far isn’t because he is being forced on us by some imaginary vast center-wing conspiracy. The most logical reason Romney is doing well eludes them: Maybe, just maybe, voters have looked at all the GOP hopefuls and decided that Romney is their choice.
Romney makes the Conservative case for his candidacy in the Believe in America plan I linked to above. That’s my main reason for supporting him. I also see no reason to abandon him now, since I supported him 4 years ago (after Fred Thompson ran a horrible campaign and imploded). Romney won the CPAC Straw Poll in 2007, 2008, and 2009. So the idea that Romney is no Conservative is laughable at best.
Mitt Romney is not a firebrand. He is not a populist manipulator. He might not electrify a crowd and be a Rock Star… but if people want a Rock Star for president, we’ve already got one. (How’s that turnin’ out for us?)
One more thing to consider:
* The country’s governance has been progressively progressive for a while. You don’t un-do in a minute what took decades for the Left to accomplish.
Gutting Executive Federal Government departments is an attractive idea on paper. It makes fiscal conservatives (like myself) drool with glee. But, back to reality, one must concede that change is best that which comes gradually. There, admittedly, need to be some stop-gap measures taken… but it’s more important to look and plan long-term.
I believe that Romney will do that. He will help push the Center back towards the Right and we Conservatives will be able to win more and more battles as time goes on.
At the end of the day, we will have to choose between President Obama and someone else. I will proudly vote for whoever that “someone else” ends up being. In the meantime, it is my belief that Mitt Romney is not only the best man for the job, but that he stands the best chance of beating Obama.
That is why I heartily endorse Mitt Romney to be the next President of the United States.
Mitt is Running to Win… not just an election, but America’s Future as well.