Assigned Reading: Mitt Romney’s Team Awaits 2012
Before going any further, let me say that I’m not certain I’d like a president who has made it his life’s work to get to the office. That’s what has bothered me slightly about Newt Gingrich, who constantly looks as though he is preening for the cameras and giving stump speeches at every opportunity. That’s what has turned me off slightly to Mike Huckabee, who seems as though he is crossing off days on his desk calendar until he can hit the campaign trail again for the 2012 election. And that’s what has irked me about Mitt Romney who, while he certainly has the fortune to spend, seemed to be doing everything he could to buy his own nomination a little more than a year ago.
That’s not to say that I don’t like any of those guys. I do. (Though, admittedly, I’d rather see Speaker Gingrich in a more behind-the-scenes, Axelrod- or Rove-type role.) I really like Mike Huckabee for the way he relates to the American people, and I really like Mitt Romney for his pedigree in terms of making a successful life of turning around troubled economies on the business and industry level.
In fact, as an aside, I’ve said for a while now that a Romney/Huckabee ticket would be nearly unstoppable — the two just compliment each other beautifully, each filling in the other’s weaknesses. The supporters, however, would never go for it. Unfortunately, they seem more intent upon tearing each other’s guy down than building up a force to dismantle all that has been done by this president.
“Tanned, rested and ready” is how one former Romney campaign aide described the former governor. And I hope he is. If there is any candidate poised to rip apart an incumbent Barack Obama for every economic misstep in a debate setting, it’s Mitt Romney. On the economy, the man just oozes competence, and after three years of allowing a rank amateur to take the United States to the brink of collapse, I believe the American people will be clamoring for someone who has been there, done that, and obtained great results.
Yes, Mitt Romney has had problems in the past with his conservative bona fides. But, you know what? So have I. Heck, a decade ago I was a liberal Democrat. I’ve obviously gone right since then, and the happenings of the past six months have developed in me a mean Libertarian streak. In fact, I would venture to say that Barack Obama’s presidency, even in its relative infancy, has made me a stronger, better, more vocal conservative, more in touch with the core tenets and values of conservatism than I ever have been before. And I can guarantee you that the same thing is happening to Mitt Romney. Probably even more so, as it must not be easy for a man who has made a fortune turning around faltering businesses to watch his beloved country going in the wrong direction.
Romney will be game. And while he may be overzealous in his planning, at this point I think we need all the help we can get.