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My darling wife often proclaims that I am the only one around our house who knows anything about politics. However, she is wrong.
I was just making some copy edits to David’s second post on Steve Baldwin (hey, I am the editor), at which point she inquired, “Who’s this Steve Baldwin guy?” I told her, and the following conversation ensued:

CHARISSA: “I thought you said he was right-wing*!”
CHARLES: “He is. He doesn’t think Governor Romney is right-wing enough.”
CHARISSA: “Well then who’s he gonna vote for? Jim Webb?”

Jim Webb, of course, is our new senator here in Virginia, with whose views on economic policy my dear WSJ-reading wife emphatically disagrees. And while her comment was made partially in jest, I think she gets at an important truth–in (sorry, dude) less words than David took.
The reality of this world–and the 2008 presidential race–is that there are no perfect people or perfect options. Sure, Mr. Baldwin–Governor Romney is imperfect. So am I. So are you. So (loath as I am to admit it) is my wife. But he’s emphatically better than any of the other options. Would you rather vote for Senator McCain, who spent the early part of President Bush’s term inveighing against the tax cuts? (Paging Senator Webb!) How about Mayor Giuliani, who would probably have joined the Gay Rights Commission that concerns you so? And the list goes on–don’t even get me started on the Democrats. As we’ve said of Governor Romney before:

He’s not just a candidate evangelicals can support—he is the best choice for people of faith. It’s not even close.

Indeed. Thanks to my bride for pointing this out yet again.
*In our house, the term “right-wing” is a compliment.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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