I understand the concern that true conservatives have over Mitt Romney and whether he is really devoted to their cause. But nothing makes a candidate more devoted to a cause than to be forced to pledge himself to it over and over again. In my years of experience, I have found "converts" more dedicated to a cause than those who have lived and breathed it all of their lives. That does not mean that I somehow judge Romney as a convert to the conservative cause. But it was clear from the start of his campaign that many a longstanding conservative had issues with his past positions, and moreover, his passion for a conservative future.
I actually feel sorry for the Romney strategist who used the so called "Etch A Sketch" to describe how the campaign might change its image should Romney win the nomination. The man did not say that Romney would abandon the positions he has taken during the campaign season. Instead, he was talking about reaching out to critical independent voters who may not have been engrossed in the details of a GOP contest that is overexposed and seemingly never ending. If the Republican nominee does not, then Barack Obama is assured re-election, something I believe to be more likely than most.
Let me make it clear that I remain a devotee of Newt Gingrich. Should Romney win the presidency and fail to call on Gingrich's unequalled knowledge and ability to serve in Cabinet posts such as the Department of Defense or Health and Human Services (no one could destroy "Obamacare" like Newt), then Romney would prove to be an unforgiving and unfortunate fool.
But I do not view Mitt Romney as one who would let the past stand in the way of a successful future. And for Gingrich, who clearly still has much vigor left, Romney is not his only choice in serving his nation. Georgia still clearly loves its former "speaker." In two years, a United States Senate seat occupied by a man who has a few potential problems with conservatives in Georgia comes up for grabs. But that brings up another star of Georgia politics, Herman Cain. I'll have more to say about that down the road.
For the moment, my view is that Newt Gingrich is the smartest and most experienced man in the presidential field. If I were trying to win the nomination, and moreover, the presidency, I would be reaching out to him -- like, now!