Tuesday, January 31, 2012

- The Army We Have

Mitt Romney is by no means my favorite potential Presidential candidate. But as the man said, you fight the war with the army you have, not the army you want. And I now believe that Mitt Romney, for better or worse, is going to be the Republican candidate for President. Since that’s so, I thought I’d scratch out some of my thoughts on the Army it seems we now have.

The Mormon Thing

I don’t know too terribly much about Mormonism, but I know a few Mormons. They have been to a man some of the most forthright, and respectable people I’ve ever met. They have a practical streak, and are extremely family focused. So if America wound up being more like the Mormons for having had one as President, I’d say that’s a good thing. Their religion may be nuts, but Global Warming is nuts too and lots of people believe that. At least when people believe in Mormonism, good things seem to come out of it.

I believe that although he has watered down his politics to get elected in a deep blue state, he still probably possesses a moral compass that points to something close true north. So I believe it will be his character to drift to the right of his past positions, not the other way around. Truth is though, that’s really anyone’s guess.

The Wall Street Thing

The issue of Romney’s history on Wall Street will really be a double edged sword. He will in fact understand economics and modern finance. After at least one (probably 2) presidents who didn’t understand it, I think that will be a relief. It’s important now too because if we don’t get some rapid economic growth, we’re in a heap of trouble. But on that front I think Romney is as good a candidate as is available. He knows what to do.

There is some question however if he’ll actually be able to do it. Both the populist right and the left have declared war on modern banking and the people who work there. So any move Romney makes that’s seen to be benefiting anyone in finance, and the media will be bludgeoning him as if he were piƱata full of Chivas Regal minis. That will mean considerable pressure on him to stay clear of anything that helps Wall Street, even indirectly.

The ‘Rich Guy’ Thing

I wish he wasn’t quite so wooden about his defense of his success, but all in, I think this is the battle we should be having. If Obama wants to demonize him for being rich, I say “have at him”. This isn’t France, its America. We don’t hate the rich here; we want to BE the rich here. And the voters will see this as Obama showing his true socialist redistributive colors. I don't think that will win him any fans outside the union halls and deep blue districts, and they already love him because he's black.

The “Not A Real Conservative” Thing

Chris Christy is no conservative. He’s an unapologetically anti-gun, pro amnesty, pro gay marriage, northeastern governor of a deep blue state. But the same people who call Romney a liberal think Christy is a conservative. There may be substance to the complaint that Romney isn’t conservative enough, but the people making that complaint at the moment are talking out of their.... hats.

Besides, whatever his past sins, Romney is a lot more conservative than Obama, and in the end that’s the only real litmus test.

The “Wooden Debater” Thing

Newt Gingrich is a big puncher who is looking for an opportunity to land a haymaker and win the fight by knockout. But to do that, he’s going to have to take enormous chances. Those chances will lose the primary for him, and the fact that he would take those chances would make him a bad president even if he got lucky. I’m sorry, but I just don’t believe he has the right temperament for the job. Besdie that, he’s making arguments like a liberal – telling one side of things and hoping that the public are too stupid to understand the whole story.

Romney may not be the fiery orator that Newt is, but I think that speaks for him not against him. And the arguments he makes rely on the people being smart enough to understand the bigger picture. That’s a conservative argument to make if you ask me.

Look. I’m not a huge fan of the guy, but given my choices, he’s looking better and better. And he looks WAY better to me than 4 more years of Obama.

That’s all I’m saying.

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