Congratulations to Governor Mitt Romney
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You know, it may be that Romney is outsmarting everyone. As it stands, he is winning his third state today, bringing the medal count to 3 golds and 2 silvers. He may pick up a bronze in South Carolina, but he will win more delegates today then any other candidate. Furthermore, a Jeb Bush endorsement may be coming in the run up to the Florida Primary, and I got to beleive that means more than Senator Martinez or Governor Crist.
Mitt Romney is not my preference, and I have been very adamant about that at times, maybe too much so on occasion. However, that doesn't change the fact that the Governor would make an exceptional President of the United States. Mitt may be one of the most accomplished individuals to seek the White House in the history of this country. I think those of us that have at times focused on his personality traits miss the point... this man is an accomplished executive.
When Mitt Romney took over the Utah Olympics they were headed down the gutter. Corruption, mismanagement, and a lack of leadership had doomed the Olympic Games in Utah which would have been a major embarrassment for this country and a hit on our reputation around the world. Whether he deserves all of the credit or not, things got turned around after Mitt took the reins and the Utah Olympics turned into one most rememorable Olympic experiences in recent history. Although that may have to do a lot with the fact that the USA ran away with the medal count, I also specifically remember a well organized opening ceremony with Romney, a beaming and proud general, giving an exceptional speech over the games he saved.
When some said Romney should run for Governor of Utah after the Olympics, because he could win there, he went home to the blue-est state in the union and prevailed. He was a Republican in a Democratic state. Yes, he raised a lot of fees, but I would agree with Mitt that fees and taxes are not the same thing. When you receive a service from the public you should pay a user fee, especially if you can afford it, rather than pass the burden on to all tax payers. I agree with Mitt that user fees are an appropriate way to gather revenue.
Furthermore, as Governor, Romney can claim what no other Republican can with the health care package he helped mold and then signed into law... with the right message he can take this issue away from the Democrats. He has taken the right approach so far as a candidate for President by proposing that the Federal government give states the opportunity to do what he did as Governor, instead of a blanket national mandate that would lead to lower quality and the death of the healthcare market which is responsible for the greatest system of care in the world.
Mitt has changed his mind several times, there is no doubt, and I think he has got to address this in a more effective manner if he is going to win the general election. Those who have suggested that he fire the consultants and be himself are on the right path. However, I got to defend the Governor on abortion just a little bit. Yes, his switch to the pro-life position was politically convenient for him; however, I was adamantly pro-choice until I saw my son's ultra-sound at thirteen weeks. Let's just say I can understand that some may change their view points on this issue as they gather more experience in life; furthermore, it is hard to watch Mitt's five son's campaign their butts off for him and then question his politics when it comes to family values.
The Governor has been knocked around a bit for losing New Hampshire and Iowa, but I think what has got lost in the hype is the fact that his strategy was one of the smartest to begin with. Unlike other candidates who in some way have relied on a one state or nothing approach, the Romney campaign had not one, not two, but three opportunities to win, and they did so in Michigan while still getting a major portion of the delegates in Iowa and New Hampshire.
This isn't an endorsement. I will not be voting for Mitt in the Washington State primary if John McCain or Mike Huckabee are still around, and I believe the former is going to be the nominee. That been said, Mitt Romney is a capable and accomplished man, a good man who loves his family, and who is more than ready to be the President of the United States. If he is the nominee, I will look forward to standing by the side of his supporters.