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Endorsement for Gov. Mitt Romney

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While my political influence is miniscule, I still want to formally announce my endorsement of former Governor Mitt Romney as the Republican Nominee for President.  My reasons are simple:

1) America needs the LEADERSHIP which Gov. Romney clearly exhibits. His success in turning around Bain & Co., creating successful companies like Staples with Bain Capital, the turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and his success in governing a blue state like Massachusetts

2) America needs OUTSIDERS in Washington.  Albert Enstein once noted that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.”  Solving the problems of entitlements, the economic malaise, and America’s standing among the nations requires something different than simple insanity.

3) America needs leaders who exhibit INTEGRITY.  I want leaders who tell the truth, who don’t cheat on their wives, and who simply don’t have skeletons in their closet.  Mitt Romney is that kind of man.  By the way, I simply don’t buy the nonsense about “flip-flops.”  In fact, I want leaders who will change their mind in the face of new information.  That’s not dishonest, it’s intelligent.  The most telling recent example was the ruckus made about Romney “not endorsing” the fight against public unions in Ohio.  He clearly supported the principle but hadn’t read the actual proposal, so he declined to comment on it specifically.  The press jumped all over Romney for flip-flopping.  The following day (after reading the proposal), he endorsed it.

Notes on other Candidates:

Rick Perry – Perry doesn’t look ready to be Governor of Texas, let alone President of the United States.  His debate performances have been abysmal and he doesn’t strike me as being very likeable.  I just hope he survives the next election for Governor.  Bill White would have been even worse.

Herman Cain – Cain has some interesting ideas (I clearly support a principled flat tax), but he’s stuck in the conservative radio host mindset.  Winning the Republican primary isn’t nearly as important as winning the general election.  Cain would make an excellent Commerce Secretary.

Ron Paul – Paul has more simplistic, irrational ideas than a year has seconds.  In my opinion, he takes every good idea WAY too far.  Fix our financial system?  Sure.  Back to the gold standard?  Nope.  That’s idiotic.

Newt Gingrich – Newt has some good ideas, but he’s the Republican epitome of a Washington insider.  He also cheated on his wife… while decrying the immorality of President Clinton for doing the same thing.  Even still, he’d be an excellent Cabinet-level Secretary or Congressional liason.

Rick Santorum – Seems pretty sharp, but I still don’t know much about him.  Santorum has spent most of the debates attacking others rather than sharing his own beliefs.  However, since he’s smart and articulate, he might make a solid Cabinet member.

Michelle Bachmann – I still don’t know what to make of Michelle Bachmann.  Fortunately for her, she now has a national profile in case she wants to be the second coming of Sarah Palin.

Jon Huntsman – He did a decent job as the Governor of Utah, but that’s not saying much in one of the reddest states in America.  The legislature deserves more credit than the chief executive when they’re from the same party.

[Please Note:  I disagree with the common saying that “America can’t survive another four years of President Obama.”  While his tenure has been an economic and diplomatic failure that shares similarities with a train wreck, it’s still possible to survive a train wreck.  The issue is not whether America can withstand another train wreck but whether the American people want to.  I personally don’t.]


Written by floridaconservative

October 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM

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  1. Agree, Like, +1, etc. The primaries are such a strange thing. The candidates have to be ultra-conservative to get the nomination, but they also have to be mainstream enough to win the election if nominated. They have boil down their platforms to one or two simple ideas, but they can’t be too simple (or simplistic), like 9-9-9. They have to not upset anyone so they can get as many votes as possible, but they have to side with certain groups in order to get those votes, which means they’ll upset other groups. And then especially in the Republican primary, the candidates have to be religious enough to please the evangelicals, but it hurts if they’re too Catholic, or Mormon, etc.

    On top of all that, they have to have enough “personality” to be likable, but they can’t have too much that no one takes them seriously. I think Romney has a good mix of all of these characteristics, which is what’s needed to get him elected. Then, more importantly, I think he’ll actually make a good president. As we’ve seen with Pres. Obama, a good candidate and campaigner doesn’t necessarily make a good president.


    October 30, 2011 at 1:44 PM

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