Republicans yearn for another Reagan. Alas, there will never be another Reagan any more than there will be another John Wayne, Babe Ruth or Marilyn Monroe. But Romney provides something that no other Republican candidate can deliver. He can dismantle Obama without offending voters. He reeks of nice. When Reagan destroyed Carter, he reeked of nice. There was no nasty side to Reagan and there’s no nasty side to Romney. Swing voters like that -- a lot, and, while he may not be as funny or charismatic as Reagan, when he’s put on stage with Obama he will appear Presidential to the vast majority of Americans. Likeability is important in a President; and, in that aspect, Romney beats Obama hands down.
Some pundits are overlooking the importance of Romney’s fundraising ability. Certainly we’ve seen presidential candidates who have raised a ton of money only to crash with the voters – Governor John Connally being the most famous example. But Connally ran into a buzz saw in 1980 against Reagan. Romney, on the other hand, has built a loyal group of supporters far beyond his personal and professional circle for a very good reason – people believe not only that he’s the best candidate, but that he can unseat Obama. Political donations are more than the mother’s milk of politics; they are an affirmation of the strength of the candidate. Obama was only taken seriously in 2007 when he was able to raise large amounts of money.
You may not agree with everything he says or stands for, but think of a person with whom you do. Romney will be fiscally responsible and restore the integrity of the United States around the world. He will honor our friends, not our enemies. Other candidates might be able to do these things, but few have both the Reaganesque smile and the steely spine to back it up.
Whether or not Mitt Romney is your favorite candidate he would make a wonderful President. So stop picking on him.