Hugh Hewitt

Except Apple. Romney is the one preaching that America can have scores and scores of Apples and hundreds of thousands of successful businesses if we just put government back into its appropriately circumscribed role. Romney believes in a growth rate that repairs the damage done by Obama, not a sharing out of a permanent stagnation. That is a fine position to begin from, and the map is already stretched in Romney's favor into every living room where a would be employee sits wondering if the opportunities he or she needs will ever come back. They can, but we have to do what must be done. We have to create for every business the circumstances that allowed Apple to innovate and grow explosively.

Quick, what role did government have in launching Apple skyward? Answer: None. But it did no harm.

Bill Kristol and I discussed the Romney way forward last night, including the intriguing prospect of an early selection of the Veep. The transcript is here. Once Romney decides --in a methodical, thorough, dignified fashion-- I expect he will announce his choice in order to put a productive asset to work in key battleground states as well as raising money and issues as needed. The bench is deep, and if there are "surprises" needed down the road, tip the hand on State, DoD, and especially Justice where so much rot has set in. The old rules said "wait" and don't name the candidate. Romney's not much of an "old rules" guy.

I suppose I should be pumping my 2007 book on Romney --A Mormon in the White House? since it remains in my humble estimate by far the best book about the candidate. But the really smart reporter will quickly get and read Romney's own books, the one he used to carefully sort through his positions in preparation for the campaign, No Apology, and the very interesting, very revealing Turnaround, about Romney's tenure at the head of the Salt Lake Games, which he took over when they were broke, beset by scandal, and in danger of failing. No reporter ought to be working on the campaign who hasn't got Romney's books under his or her arm and mine on the Kindle, but of course they are out there, busy chasing the "war on women" or whatever goof-ball narrative Chicago has cooked up this week. ("Can I hear an amen?")

Romney is now loose on the campaign trail, able to go in any direction he wants, inventing and implementing any new strategy he prefers. His job now is to persuade independents and many Democrats that if they want real growth to return to the country so it can accomplish real things of value, they must make a change. There is no shame in having bought the Obama message in 2008, but there would be real tragedy in doing so a second time.

And if you are a Romney supporter there is real shame in sitting on the sidelines as opposed to signing up for the virtual campaign and making a contribution, whether of $10 or $2500. You can contribute here, and perhaps to some other crucial races in 2012. But do get off the coach. Romney has to win, or the hole will be so deep as to defy all known answers.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.