I just read a Human Events article in which the reporter asked Gov. Romney about the challenges he’s faced in Massachusetts. He responded,
My career has had a long string of turnarounds and there are three things to remember when dealing with a crisis. First, sunshine is the best disinfectant. Bring some transparency, let people know what’s going on and stop hiding. Second, I believe in bringing in people smarter than me to help deal with some of the situations we have to face. No. 3 is to take personal responsibility. By that I mean I don’t just delegate a job to others and hope they do a good job, I remain actively involved in directing our efforts.
You know, Gov. Romney’s like a drink of cold water to me. Maybe it’s because the Bush administration is notoriously so opaque. Maybe it’s because Gov. Romney’s executive competence has been on magnificent display this week. Or maybe his straight teeth and perfectly coiffured hair give me a sense of patriotic well-being.
At any rate, his statement from the article made me think of an e-mail conversation I had this week. A friend and I were debating the responsibilities of Christian voters. While I can’t speak for everyone who rolls out of bed for Sunday School every week, even my partial list is pretty ambitious–to elect a candidate who will win the war, solve the immigration crisis, solidify the definition of marriage, and defend unborn children. (Oh, and I may have mentioned a little something about the neccessity of electorally annihilating Hillary Clinton.)
When I see Gov. Romney tackling the Big Dig, talking frankly about airport security, and practically throwing his body between Massachusetts’s radical judges and the rest of America… it creates in me a sense of hope–there actually is a candidate who articulates conservative positions effectively and has enough moral courage and political savvy to do something about them.
In other words, Gov. Romney fits the bill. And that, to me, is refreshing.