The debates are over and the task of nominating someone to replace our current President now becomes a reality. The need to choose wisely could not be more important. The full impact of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank was deliberately deferred until after the 2012 election to disguise their disastrous effects. These policies will need to be dramatically altered in 2013. After months of campaigning, it’s clear that Mitt Romney is the best choice to do this and to be the nominee of the Republican Party.
Yes, Romney has faults as do all the candidates. We can debate that forever. But more importantly, he is the only candidate who will beat Barack Obama. After seeing Marco Rubio speak recently at the Reagan library, I told my wife as we walked by a statue of Reagan that the interesting thing about Mitt is that he is more conservative than Mr. Reagan was in his time. The sage advice of the late William F. Buckley was never more pertinent: “Nominate the most conservative candidate who is electable.”
The great Thomas Sowell questioned last week whether Mitt would win by default and be a mushy middle candidate like John McCain. In all deference to Mr. Sowell, Mitt and his campaign could not be further from the McCain circus. McCain’s campaign fell apart and never quite recovered. I personally experienced its ineptitude. He had to pick someone who was a reach as his Vice-Presidential nominee, and she ended up outshining him. McCain was plainly a pretty weak candidate. But with all that he still would have won had the financial meltdown not happened. Romney has an outstanding machine that will match the Obama bunch toe-to-toe in every facet of the campaign throughout the entire country. He has recruited the best of the best in every aspect of the campaign.
The mainstream media, which regurgitates Democratic talking points, endlessly drones that Mitt is running as a “technocrat.” Nothing could be further from the truth; Mitt is running as a leader. Mitt grew up watching his father demonstrate leadership in action and then set out to test his own ability. Just as Tony Gwynn was never a “natural hitter,” there is no such thing as a natural leader. You learn from experience, from mistakes, and from the counsel of others.