After reading your 9/24 essay, I spent about eight hours working with and observing Mitt Romney during his visit to Northern California. I saw how he won over even serious skeptics.
First and foremost is that he is obviously an ethical person, and you could tell it in the little details. Someone observed that Mitt is, above all, the most ethical person in this race for the Presidency, and that is saying something, because there are others who might assert they are entitled to claim the title. He’s the best you’ll find, if you are looking for a person who lives the Christian Ideal.
Second, he “gets it.” He actually has very well thought-out, nuanced and sensible approaches on issues–domestic, moral, international, role of government, etc.–something that news reports and sound bites don’t capture.
Third, in a marvelous ninety minute exchange with open and sometimes skeptical questioners, he was able to address questions, get feedback and expand on his thoughts, talking at full speed in articulate paragraphs and obviously thinking on his feet, well ahead of what he was saying. To say he is the smartest person in the room in Silicon Valley is no small accomplishment.
Fourth, he doesn’t have to do this. He could enjoy the Good Life and insulate himself from the cares of this world. But he cares. He has the wherewithal to fund his whole campaign and is willing to do so. He won’t let on when he is tired, or ill, or frustrated. He just stays the course without getting discouraged, particularly by the totally unfair and unwarranted comments and allegations. Were it so that the rest of us were so willing to sacrifice.
To those waiting out the flood for God himself to appear and save us, or for a white knight who matches all our personal criteria of the savior of our nation and of our planet, good luck, but don’t hold your breath. God will only send out so many rescuers and disguised messengers, with all their flaws and imperfections, before He loses patience.
Mitt is the real deal.