It seems Mitt Romney’s speech last night had echoes throughout the conservative community. Mitt did what Rush predicted he would do: He didn’t abandon his original decision to work across party lines in Massachusetts and put together a health care plan that included an Obamacare-like individual mandate. He did, however, lay out conservative principles for federalism, advocating that the federal government abandon Obamacare and embrace the free market.
The Massachusetts health care plan that exists today isn’t the same plan that Mitt Romney signed many years ago. Many things have changed since then, and today’s failures are due, in part, to democrats abandoning some of the controls that Mitt Romney put in place. As predicted, the cost of health care is skyrocketing and Massachusetts is left with a decision: Abandon the plan and return to free market principles, or impose price controls and deprive the people of health care. It’s very obvious what Mitt Romney would support today, if he were running for Massachusetts governor.
Among all the complaints against Mitt Romney, there are only three that ring true at all with the voting population.
One is that he isn’t a movie star type person. He simply doesn’t appear on TV and instantly connect with viewers. In today’s presidential campaigns, that’s a major minus, because most people vote for the candidate they like the most, even if they don’t align with their political preferences.
However, and this is a big however, President Obama has a huge negative reaction from the people. He used to be a rock star, but now he is seen by very nearly a majority as bad for our country. I can’t watch his speeches, and whenever he appears I do what I can to avoid his image.
After a year and a half of campaigning, attack ads and image control, I believe that if you put Mitt Romney next to Barack Obama, the people will chose Mitt Romney.
Two is that he worked on a health care plan in Massachusetts. Polling data doesn’t suggest that this will sink his campaign.
Three, and finally, is that Mitt Romney is a Mormon, and proud of it. This was likely the issue that sank him in the 2008 primaries. However, we don’t have an evangelical candidate that will whip up anti-Mormonism this time around, and if they tried, I doubt they would have nearly as much success as Huckabee had. And if anyone wants to see Huntsman (liberal republicans do), they’ll have to avoid the Mormon issue altogether, or explain why Mitt Romney is the “bad” Mormon and Hunstman is the “good” Mormon. Good luck with that.
Otherwise, everything about Mitt Romney is perfect. He is an experienced conservative who can work with congress, he stands for individual liberty and personal righteousness, his personal life is completely flawless, and as people get to know him, they grow to like him. He has campaign endurance, he doesn’t make mistakes on camera or off, and he’ll be the one that can run the full distance without pooping out before the elections..
When you take Mitt Romney as a whole and line him up against every other candidate for the presidency, he is heads and shoulders above the rest. I believe that nothing the other candidates can do will ever change that.
I think the other candidates know this. They may have hopes to win the 2012 nomination, but they most likely are thinking of 2016 or 2020 for their actual run. This primary time is a great time to get known by America and republican voters.
With that in mind, I think we have a tremendous field. I can’t wait until 2016 and 2020 when these also-runs are front runners and spokespeople for the party. I can’t wait to see what they will be able to do with full war chests and positive approval ratings nationwide. My eyes are on Herman Cain for 2016 or 2020.