Hell has frozen over. I was a McCain supporter at the beginning of the primary process, then a Huckabee supporter, and then finally a McCain supporter again. My point you ask? I was not a fan of Governor Romney.
Mitt’s an accomplished guy, but I thought his sudden change of heart on the social issues was really convenient. He went from moderate northeastern Governor to conservative flag bearer over night. He seemed to endlessly get caught up in the differences between the positions he held as a candidate for President versus those he held as a candidate for Governor.
That been said, I have changed my mind to a degree. I still don’t believe Mitt Romney is the darling of the conservative movement that he is portraying himself to be, but I do think he is somewhere between that and what I originally thought. I too was once pro-choice and became pro-life when I saw my son’s 13 week ultrasound… hearts can change, maybe I can cut the Governor some slack.
Now that I am over my problems with Romney, I have thought about it long and hard, and am even willing to take it one step further. If John McCain hopes to win in November, Mitt Romney should be his pick for Vice President.
Here is why:*Party unity: *
Mitt earned the respect of the conservative movement, John McCain has not fully accomplished that. If McCain is to win, conservatives have to come out in droves. Putting their candidate in the primary on the ticket, wouldn’t be a bad start.
Mitt’s ability to help out geographically is the farthest reaching of all the possible candidates. The Mormon Factor helps in Colorado and Nevada, two red states that are a horse race, and Mitt is the son of former Michigan Governor George Romney where poll numbers are closer than they have been in the recent past. If McCain can get over the top in those three states, it gives him some breathing room when it comes to to Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio.
There is too much of the U.S. Senate running for President. Romney has placed his flag in the earth as a business executive, savior of the Utah Olympic games, and Republican Governor of the bluest state of them all. Helping McCain look a little less like an insider, considering the opposition is the candidate of “change and hope,” is not a bad idea.
Ready to lead from day one:
Some of the other possibilities expose Senator McCain’s weaknesses. Those that are too young make him look old. Those that are less experienced make him look desperate for energy and enthusiasm. Governors Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin are outstanding Republicans… one or both may and probably should be on the ticket in 2016, but what they provide in youth they lack in experience. Picking them would make McCain look like he is filling a void.
Mitt Romney doesn’t have that problem… he is more than adequately prepared to be President and can provide charisma and energy to a national ticket while at the same time bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience.
This one is simple. Romney adds validity to the ticket when it comes to economic issues, based upon his past experience, that McCain doesn’t have.
No single issue focus:
Another possibility that I like for Vice President is former Pennsyvlania Governor Tom Ridge. However, there are some political realities with Ridge’s pro-choice stance, most importantly that it will expose a divide between some Republicans and give the media something to talk about. Mark my word, if McCain picks a pro-choice candidate the abortion issue will get press for weeks. Not good for Republicans.
We need more like him:
I think one of the reasons that conservatives have not been winning elections lately is becuase the best of us are earning our keep in the private sector. Mitt Romney, and Washington gubenatorial candidate Dino Rossi for that matter, have admirable qualities in that they are giving back to the state or country that has given so much to them.
A cynic would say that this is all about power, but I don’t think so. I don’t believe guys like Mitt Romney, Mike Bloomberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jon Corzine, and Dino Rossi run for office for the rush. Call me an idealist, but I think there is a sense of service there that is something we could use a little bit more of. I like the idea of Mitt being on the ticker because, among other reasons, he is a good example to other Republicans who could and should leave the board room and run for office in service to the community that has in large part made them who they are.
A good man:
Mitt is without a doubt. I know it my heart of hearts. I have disagreed with him, but this is a family man, a man of faith, a man with core values that has lead to him putting “a greater cause above his own self interest” time and time again. I have great admiration for the Governor’s faith, and the way they watch out for their own. Furthermore, you could not watch Mitt’s five sons campaign on his behalf and be anything but in awe of the clear bond they have with dad, who has obviously put them above all else.
There are serious problems that the next administration is going to have to deal with, real struggles between good and evil… Mitt Romney has the integrity and the character to see us through the storm without wavering, without compromising what is great about America, never flinching, and never giving in.
Cross-posted at Suburban Conservative.