Thank you, loyal readers for sending me some of the good press that Governor Romney has been getting! Pull up a chair, pour some wine, and enjoy these two articles. (Hey, we are evangelicals for Mitt, after all, not Mormons for Mitt! Okay, the rest of you can pour some… Caffeine Free Diet Coke? Milk?)
1. This Hot Air article by Tina Korbe is worth a whole read, but here’s the concluding paragraph:
So far, Romney’s relentless focus on his own strengths has impressed me. He never spends too much time mitigating his own weaknesses. Originally, that was a problem for me: I wanted to hear him cleanly and convincingly disavow his every past mistake. But I recognize it now as a kind of quintessentially conservative optimism that aims to focus on what can be done instead of obstacles. He knows every mention of Romneycare, every mention of Race to the Flop, every mention of his quiet on social issues does nothing to woo voters. So, he touches those topics lightly and moves on to what matters most in this particular election — jobs and the economy. It’s the right approach because, as Perry has repeatedly proved, disavowal doesn’t reassure and defensiveness doesn’t convince. Romney is not a more conservative candidate than Perry — but he’s certainly a more practiced campaigner. And while Obama has taught us that a brilliant campaigner doesn’t always translate into a brilliant president, Romney’s evident comfort level on the trail suggests he would bear up under the pressures of the presidency to pursue the priorities he, at least, deems important. Let’s hope, if he does become the nominee and goes on to win the presidency, he’ll also have a conservative Congress to ensure he picks those priorities with the maximum conservative input.
Also, John Hinderaker discussed the Washington Post Fact Checker story and had this to say:
Unfortunately, Perry’s misfire is not an isolated event. Every day, his campaign sends out emails attacking Mitt Romney, often, in my view, unfairly. I think Perry misapprehends what Republican voters are looking for this year. We want to defeat Barack Obama and elect a Republican Congress. Candidates for the presidential nomination are competitors, not enemies, and needlessly harsh attacks, let alone false ones, should be out of bounds.
Which highlights, I think, one of Mitt Romney’s real strengths. We live in a time of bitter political division, but Romney, whatever you think of his policy positions, completely lacks a mean streak. In this respect, he matches up very well against the divisive Barack Obama, who only knows how to campaign by stirring up hate against his opponents. In my view, Romney’s unwillingness to launch false or unfair attacks is a significant asset.
3. And yet another reader writes in:
I thought you might find this of interest:
Perry now garners 19 percent, a drop of 10 percentage points from a month ago. That puts Romney back in the top spot with the support of 23 percent. Last month Romney was at 22 percent.
Among all registered voters Obama tops Romney by 3 points, which is within the poll’s margin of sampling error. In July, Obama had a 6-point edge and a year ago it was 1-point. The strength of party support is similar for each, as 85 percent of Democrats back Obama and 83 percent of Republicans support Romney.
Romney tops Obama among independents by a slim 2 points.
In a head-to-head matchup with Perry, Obama bests him by 8 points among all voters, and by 6 points among independents.
Thanks to all of our readers — new and old! We appreciate you.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Okay, the LDS folks are already writing in to tell me what they are drinking tonight as they enjoy the above articles.
So far, V-8 (the grossest drink ever made, in my opinion) is in the lead. But what about Postum? Apparently it has been discontinued since we talked about this topic during the last election. As you grieve over this, what else are you drinking? Leave a comment below.