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Hope you all had a nice Mother’s Day weekend! My daughter was sick, so we stayed home from church and had a quiet day… perfectly epitomizing what it’s like to be a mom. We had a sweet time together.
Anyway, not sure if you saw this or not but Robert Costa evaluates Gov. Romney’s decision to endorse Sen. Bob Bennett, Utah’s three-term incumbent who ended up losing in the primary notwithstanding Gov. Romney’s endorsement:

There he stood, a Harvard MBA man, a man of numbers, backing a collapsing equity. Mitt Romney took to the podium in Salt Lake City, the place where he rose to prominence in 2002 as Olympic chief, and urged the GOP delegates to back Sen. Bob Bennett, Utah’s three-term incumbent. Despite Romney’s pleas, Bennett ended the day with a worthless bronze, dumped from the primary. For Romney, however, the moment was a silver — not a victory, but an impressive showing.
When he ran for president, Romney was considered a little too calculating, a little too cool. Since then, he’s been busy as an endorser and a booster, but that rap hasn’t worn. As he travels around the country aiding candidates through his PAC and peddling his bestseller, voters still wonder: What does Mitt really believe in? What will he stick his neck out for?
Understandably, who Romney endorses, when, and why is a big part of answering that question. Sometimes, the Mitt approval comes a bit late, like with Marco Rubio in Florida. Other times it goes to old foes like John McCain, whose support he’d like in 2012. And sometimes he picks a real winner, early, like Scott Brown, whose outta-nowhere campaign reflected well on his old Bay State ally. Usually with contested primaries, he stays out entirely. With Bennett, the stakes were a bit different. He cut an ad for the Utah senator, an old friend, months ago, and that could have been the end. But to come to Salt Lake to challenge Bennett’s tea-party opponents to their face? That kind of confrontation is not exactly the work of a man scheming to gently rope the tea-party crowd and avoid controversy on the way to ’12.

Read the whole thing here, but here’s the money quote:

Seeing Romney out on a limb, daring to debate the tea party about the future of the GOP, is refreshing. Right or wrong, he’s at least showing that he can lead.


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