Dear friends, I got off the plane today and saw the above sign.
As a Romney delegate for the 4th Congressional district in the beautiful state of Tennessee, I’ve been more than a little depressed by the past few days. South Carolina evangelicals made the wrong choice. People in the audience who stood and cheered for Newt during the South Carolina debate are completely misguided. (Yes, you caught me. I just wrote something more harsh and edited myself to look nicer than I am. Here are my true thoughts on Newt’s answer in that debate: “Why Newt’s Answer Was Wrong.”) Then, Newt’s surge in Florida just stung. The GOP, the “family values” party, was rallying around the thrice married, ethically-dubious, dishonest guy who speaks bombastically and carries a small stick? It was enough to put someone into a political depression.
But today is a new day. Gov. Romney did very well in the debate last night, when given the chance to actually speak uninterrupted by boos and poorly placed cheers. Relentlessly, he truthfully pointed out Newt’s record as speaker. He said “resign in disgrace” three times in the opening minutes, and made Newt once again try to sell that Freddie Mac had given him $1.6 million for… history lessons?
So today, I am traveling for work related business. (I actually have a job, believe it or not, that doesn’t deal with politics. Check out my little “faith and family” portal at Patheos.) Though I hear Gov. Romney will be here in Tampa today, I’m on my way to West Palm Beach. However, I’m happy that this airport has a nice work station with outlets for my laptop, I’m happy to drink my brewed Starbucks and eat a (mostly) fresh banana, and I’m happy I saw that sign.
Will it be our destiny to travel back to this very place in August to cast a vote for Gov. Romney on behalf of his Tennessee voters?
I’m going to go ahead and reserve my hotel rooms while I’m here.