One Year After the Election, Has Time Proven Romney Right?

It has now been a year since the presidential election – lets take a minute to recount some of the key events that have occurred since that fateful day. It is really amazing how accurate many of Romney’s forecasts have proven to be. Buzzfeed.com started the conversation with a provocative article titled “Was Romney Right About Everything?” and the news about Romney’s accurate predictions just seem to keep coming. With President Obama’s approval ratings at all time lows, I can’t help but wonder how different things might have been with a different president.

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1) Obamacare – Democrats as well as Republicans agree that the roll-out of Obamacare has been an embarrassment. The new website that people were to use to sign up for health insurance has been basically unusable and not functional since day one. Tech gurus find it humorous that the federal government, with all its vast resources, can’t produce a website capable of handling the amount of traffic seen by the Drudge Report. Lets remember that Romney ran against Obamacare from the beginning citing numerous difficulties and contradictions inherent it its laws.

But the website is only part of the problem. A bigger problem is how it was discovered that Obama willfully lied to America time and again by saying “If you like your health care plan, you can keep it. period.” It is now widely known that Obama knew since early 2010 that millions of Americans would not be able to keep their health plans. Already 3.5 million Americans have had their healthcare plans cancelled, according to the Associated Press. Conservative estimates say that 14 million people will have their insurance plans cancelled. Obama apologized recently for misleading Americans, and is currently scrambling to try to fix his healthcare woes.

It is my opinion that the biggest bombshells with Obamacare could still be coming. For example, the media hasn’t really begun to discuss the skyrocketing costs of health care premiums Americans will have to pay to purchase new, more comprehensive health plans. Also, for those Americans who are forced to switch health plans, many of those individuals will not be able to keep their doctor because their doctor may not accept their new health insurance plan. Remember, Obama promised repeatedly that Americans would be able to “keep their doctor.” Obama should have followed the RomneyCare model by letting each state have more control over their own healthcare plans and by rolling out the healthcare reform in phases.

2) Russia – We all remember how the Obama administration mocked Romney for saying that Russia is America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Romney’s statement caused Obama to say one of the most childish retorts ever uttered by a president during a debate: “The 1980′s called and they want their foreign policy back.” However, as time has gone on, Romney’s hardline stance on Russia appears to be proving more and more accurate. For example, earlier this summer Moscow defiantly refused to extradite National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to the United States, prompting Obama to cancel a meeting he had scheduled with Putin during the Group of 20 summit. “Russia has stabbed us in the back,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat regarding the extradition of Edward Snowden. Further, Russia has blocked United Nations action against Syria and, more recently, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers that Russia was one of the countries supplying Syria with chemical weapons.

And now, just last week, Forbes magazine’s list of the “Worlds Most Powerful People” placed Putin as world’s most powerful person and Obama as number two.

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3) Detroit – This year Detroit became the largest American city ever to declare bankruptcy in U.S. history. Detroit’s bankruptcy became a symbol of Obama’s inability to rescue a flagging U.S. economy. The Motor City was a symbolic battleground during the election, with Romney proudly touting his father’s ties to the auto industry and his childhood years in the state, while the Obama campaign relentlessly attacked Romney for a New York Times op-ed article he had written years earlier headlined “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt.” Of course Romney didn’t write the title to the NY Times article. The title was written by the NY Times editorial board. But Romney did say that “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check,” and advocated a “managed bankruptcy” process for the auto industry rather than a federal bailout to get Detroit through the first phases of their turnaround. During the campaign, Obama frequently blasted Romney for his comments in the NY Times article. Obama said time and again, “[W]e refused to throw in the towel and do nothing. We refused to let Detroit go bankrupt, I bet on American workers, and American ingenuity and three years later that bet is paying off in a big way.” Ironic words considering how the city of Detroit has fared since those comments. And yet, the federal government has made pretty clear there won’t be any sort of bailout for the city of Detroit like there was for the auto industry that lives there. Obama eventually took Romney’s advice to allow the auto industry to go through a managed bankruptcy process.

4) Government Shutdown – During the race for the White House, Romney spoke of how a government shutdown would be very likely due to Obama’s inability to work with Republicans in congress. One year later, the government did indeed shutdown for nearly two weeks, people were forced out of work, the economy was unnecessarily slowed down, and the U.S. threatened default of its payments. The shutdown and threat of default could have been avoided with a President more able to work with both sides of the aisle.

5) Mali – During a foreign policy debate in October, the Romney briefly expressed concern over Islamic extremists taking control of northern Mali — an obscure reference that was mocked on Twitter at the time, including by liberal comedian Bill Maher. Three months later, France sent troops into the country at the behest of the Malian president, bringing the conflict to front pages around the world.

6) Syria – Obama declared that there are clear “red lines” that Syria can’t cross without forcing the U.S. to get involved in their civil war. However, once those red lines were crossed by Syria when they used chemical weapons on their own people, Obama stated that military action was necessary, but then quickly withdrew his support for involvement in Syria. Declaring foreign policies that America has no intention of enforcing destroys American integrity and credibility. Who could trust a president who establishes a “corner-stone” foreign policy and then immediately refuses to uphold it? America cannot afford this kind of leadership. “If there is a part of the world in which America is stronger, it’s hard to find,” said Stuart Stevens.

So yes, it looks like Romney was indeed right about a whole lot of things, and we’re only 10 months into President Obama’s second term. I shudder to think of what other things Romney will be right about in the next 3 years.

CPAC 2013 Live Online – Romney to Speak on Friday

Mitt Romney is set to give his first public speech since election night. The CPAC convention is a familiar and welcome venue for him to give his post-election remarks. We will embed the UStream live feed here through the remainder of the conference which runs until Saturday evening. Be sure to come back and chat with us during his speech.

Romney speaks at 1 PM Eastern on Friday. Paul Ryan speaks earlier that day at 9:30 AM.

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Below is a condensed schedule of speakers for the conference. All times are Eastern. For the full schedule visit CPAC’s website.

TH 9:00 AMKen Cucinelli - VA Attorney General
TH 9:15 AMAllen West
TH 9:30 AMPat Toomey - PA Senator
TH 11:45 AMMike Lee - UT Senator
TH 1:15 PMMarco Rubio - FL Senator
TH 1:30 PMRand Paul - KY Senator
TH 3:15 PMRick Perry - TX Governor
TH 3:30 PMTim Scott - SC Senator
FR 9:00 AMMitch McConnell - KY Senator
FR 9:15 AMKelly Ayotte - NH Senator
FR 9:30 AMPaul Ryan - WI Rep
FR 12:00 PMRick Santorum
FR 1:00 PMMitt Romney
FR 2:25 PMBobby Jindal - LA Governor
FR 3:35 PMEric Cantor - VA Rep
SAT 9:05 AMSteve King - IA Rep
SAT 9:15 AMScott Walker - WI Governor
SAT 9:30 AMNewt Gingrich
SAT 9:45 AMMichele Bachmann - MN Rep
SAT 11:45 AMArtur Davis
SAT 12:00 PMSarah Palin
SAT 2:30 PMMia Love
SAT 3:45 PMReince Priebus - RNC Chair
SAT 3:55 PMDavid Keene - NRA
SAT 4:10 PMCathy McMorris Rogers - WA Rep
SAT 4:40 PMAnn Coulter
SAT 5:00 PM 2016 Straw Poll Results
SAT 5:10 PMKeynote: Ted Cruz - TX Senator

A Heartfelt Goodbye…Until Next Time

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Now that a week has gone by since the election, I still feel a dull ache, as many of you do, when I think about the results. I’ll eventually accept what’s happened and move on. For now, I’m not sure what stage of grief I’m in (probably somewhere around denial), and I’m sure there’s a psychologist out there somewhere who could tell me how long I should expect it to take to fully recover, but I just think it may be a while.

Notwithstanding the disappointing result, there are reasons to be encouraged. We still have the greatest system in the world. We, as a nation, cast our ballots to pick the person we thought best suited to take the most powerful political position in the free world. How great is that? The people who wanted to vote voted, and Mitt was chosen by 48% of those people. With only a 2.5% spread between “winner” and “loser,” that means that if slightly over 1% of voters changed their mind (ignoring the electoral college for a moment), the result could have been different. If anyone thinks their vote doesn’t count, this election (like 2000 and 2004) again disproved that. In a way that’s very encouraging. We, as conservatives, are not that far off. We have work to do to widen the tent, but we’re not that far off.

I know that the authors here at MittRomneyCentral and the other blogs with which we’ve associated from time to time, including Evangelicals for Mitt and Article 6 Blog, did everything they could to persuade, cajole and convince readers that Mitt Romney was the man for the job. I remain convinced of that fact, especially as we head “Forward” toward the fiscal cliff and our president this weekend was once again on the golf course. I trust Mitt would have been hard at work. But again we did our best. Literally millions of visitors came to the site to read what we wrote. It wasn’t enough, but that’s okay. We made our arguments, and the people got to choose. There’s something sacred in that, regardless of result, even if we prayed it may turn out otherwise.

I also know Mitt and family did their best. I thought Ann Coulter got it right. Mitt was the best candidate possible.

There have been articles on our site post-election thanking Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and their families for the great sacrifices they made. I must also add my voice to those. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being willing to serve, and not just willing, but for having the dogged determination to do your best to win an election that was so important, when there was literally nothing in it for you but your knowledge you were doing the right thing. Our nation owes the Romney and Ryan families a debt of gratitude it may never understand. Special thanks to Ann in particular, who, I know, felt the importance of this election personally, and with health difficulties that she carried gracefully, perhaps was more emotionally invested, and bore a greater cost, than was obvious to most people. Thank you.

As I look back, regardless of result I’ve loved every minute I’ve been involved with this effort. When you willingly make a sacrifice, it doesn’t feel like one. And this experience has been a life changer. It’s made me want to be involved in politics in some way going forward. If not us, then who?

While I may take some time to get back to full form, I will be back. At some point you’ll be able to find me tweeting at @ntsjohnson. I’d be encouraged if you followed me and listened in. I may even have something interesting to say from time to time. It may even be compelling from time to time, especially as we begin debating how we bring down this deficit.

But finally, thank you so much for reading. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. You also did your best knocking doors, making calls, soliciting donations and fighting the good fight. While we didn’t prevail this time, that’s okay. There’ll be another battle, and as you know there’s lots of error out there to correct. The principles of limited government and economic and religious freedom are the right ones. Those of us: you, me, the authors of MittRomneyCentral, who took up the effort are patriots. We fought for freedom. We may have lost the battle, but the war is not lost until we give up.

I’ll close out this long goodbye to MittRomneyCentral and its wonderful readers with Ronald Reagan’s classic quote: “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” With that in mind, and knowing how important it is we stay engaged, I’m sure I’ll see you in 2014, and again in 2016, and beyond. Until then!

Photos in this post are from my personal collection, taken at the GOP Convention in Tampa.

A Note of Thanks From Mitt and Ann Romney, Farewell Tribute

A ‘thank you’ from Mitt and Ann Romney…

Ann and I cannot thank you enough for supporting and believing in our cause.

This was more than just a campaign — this was a national movement.

Thank you for the work that you did — going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, coming to rallies, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to join our team.

What’s really inspiring is that you came together because you care about America.

We still believe that better days are ahead. It’s up to us to rally together to renew America’s promise and restore American greatness.

From the bottom of our hearts, Ann and I thank you for your support, prayers, efforts, and vote. We are forever grateful to each and every one of you.

Today’s a new day. Keep believing in America.

Thank you and God bless America,

Mitt and Ann Romney

With a full heart, this article is an attempt to convey the impossible – the depth of gratitude and admiration I feel for Mitt and Ann Romney. There just aren’t two better Americans.

To Mitt and Ann…You are heroes. Setting aside the comforts of privacy and home, because you dearly love America, you opened your arms to our nation. You didn’t offer a paltry, awkward one-arm extension, or an obligatory, half-way pat-pat hug. No, you offered a big, wide, all-encompassing we-love-you-we-want-to-help embrace. And it was wonderful. We felt your arms around us for nearly year and a half. Without thought of personal gain, you endured and shone throughout a rigorous campaign, continual scrutiny, the opposition’s brutal, incessant slander, media bias, the arm-chair critics, the long, never-ending on-your-feet hours, on-the-road suitcase living, and precious time away from your treasured family and other loved ones. You did it! With a deep desire to help reinvigorate and restore our troubled, economically traumatized country, you did it! You inspired us, lifted us, and gave us real hope. You did it with steely determination, strength, and style. And, you tied it all up with a ribbon of courage and class. Speaking on FOX News about the night of the election, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat strategist, Susan Estrich, said that you, Governor Romney, were a “model of dignity and grace, and set the tone” for civility. She spoke the truth.

To remember the good times we shared along the way, I’ve gathered a montage of a few memories…
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Congressman Paul Ryan, Janna, & Family, Thank You!

A magnificent choice…

It was an exciting day when we learned Mitt Romney had chosen Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate. Serving as the House Budget Committee Chairman, we knew of Paul’s reputation for hard work, excellence, and leadership. We knew he was serious about getting government spending under control.

It was a true pleasure getting to know Paul and his wonderful family better as they accepted the call to help Governor Romney restore America.

What a journey!

Family man, Paul Ryan: Paul is pictured with wife Janna, and children Charlie, Liza, and Sam.



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Gratitude to American Patriots

There is very little I can add to Jayde’s and Ben’s comments below or to those left by the loyal supporters of Governor and Ann Romney. However, I will attempt to articulate what is in my heart at this time as my last post here at Mitt Romney Central.

First, I am most grateful to Mitt and Ann Romney for the countless sacrifices they made as they endured the grueling campaigning of 2007/2008 and 2011/2012. Nobody knows how intensely draining this experience has been except them. I have known from 2007 that Governor Romney is the best man and most qualified person to ever run for the office of president. Based on my knowledge of the likely future Republican candidates, I believe Mitt Romney will remain the most qualified person to run for the office for a long time. To Mitt and Ann, thank you for all you have given this nation as true patriots.

To the hope that Governor Romney will have many wonderful days in the sea, sand, and sun! (Photo courtesy of Matt Romney)

Second, I wish to publicly thank the MRC team. It has been a great privilege to be a part of this team in our mutual efforts of contribution. They are all true professionals. Most who read this will never truly understand the tremendous sacrifices in time, resources, and time away from family members that Nate Gunderson (owner) and the other early trailblazers of MRC made for the cause. We are all grateful to them for their dedication and sacrifices.

Since that Tuesday night in Boston, I have not accessed any news of any kind. I read a brief article sent to me by Jayde, but other than than that, I have no knowledge of any national or regional news since Tuesday. Frankly, I have no desire to see Monday morning “expert” analysis (whining).
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A Tribute to Ann Romney

Ann Romney was touched by the overwhelming cheers and applause she received as she prepared to speak at the Repubican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Aug 27, 2012

Vigorously campaigning for Mitt and Paul Ryan, Ann Romney’s wonderful warmth, easy-going manner, sense of humor, courage, and compassion endeared her to throngs of Americans across the country.

When team Obama tried to land an uppercut by claiming Ann had never worked a day in her life, she turned them on their heads by defending her work to raise her five sons. Interestingly, I still read comments about the Romney household supposedly being filled with tons of servants and nannies. Before MRC is archived, I want to set the record straight – again. No. Ann Romney did the hard work, ran her own home, raised five great sons, served her community, and was also a magnificent First Lady of Massachusetts. Only after becoming ill with multiple sclerosis was it was determined that an individual to help with housecleaning a couple of times a month would be helpful.

Long-labeled her husband’s ‘secret weapon’ it was thrilling to watch amazing Ann’s popularity take flight throughout the whole campaign process. And that’s where it will remain. (That convention speech of hers… WOW.) She is the neighbor we’d like to know and the mom or sister or friend we’d like to have.

Ann Romney was and is a patriot.

This tribute is for you, Ann. Thank you so much for all you are. Thank you for the joy and hope you gave us along the campaign trail.

Click here to see/read great moments of Ann Romney on the campaign trail.

Final Thoughts on a Great Candidate

First of all, a huge thank you to the 59,832,706 people who voted for Mitt Romney during this last contest. 60 million people saw what we here at Mitt Romney Central have believed about Mitt Romney from the beginning, that he would be the best person to lead America during these challenging and changing times. And we thank each and every one of you!

From the beginning, Mitt Romney has had to overcome huge obstacles to become the GOP nominee. Not only was he from one of the most liberal states in the country, but he was also responsible for a health care law that inspired Obamacare, something conservatives loathe to this day. Ironically, Mitt Romney represented the last chance for America to turn back from Obamacare, and yet America chose otherwise.

Also, Romney had to break new ground for religious freedom by being the first Mormon nominee of a major party. In a party with such large numbers of religious conservatives, this was no small task. Democrats are usually quick to point out how accepting they are of minorities of all stripes, but in this case it was the Republicans who were the first to nominate a well-qualified individual from this religious minority group and the GOP deserves credit for that.

Further, Romney was the first businessman to get so close to the presidency in a very long time. An unfortunate reality in American politics is that people with successful business backgrounds open themselves up to all kinds of attacks from political opponents. Whether the attacks be “he’s a rich guy who doesn’t understand the common man,” or “his business did harm to some people,” being a businessman is a profession fraught with difficulties when running for high political office. It’s really a shame because something America needs so badly is someone with skills and acumen for creating businesses and managing debt ridden programs.

Romney deserves great credit for having broken new ground in all these areas.

From the beginning, Romney surprised a lot of people who wanted to write him off for one reason or another.
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Presidential Race in Rear View Mirror: Romney Ran Classy, Tough, Big Issues Campaign

Nov 7, 2012: The morning after the election Mitt Romney relaxed with his family in Boston and shared a favorite treat – chocolate milk. While tweeting this photo, Mitt’s Body Man DG Jackson wrote, “Gov hanging out with family this morning. What an incredible family. So blessed to be so close to them.”

A rear view mirror look at the presidential election…

A headline yesterday announced the Romney campaign was shellshocked. Well, duh. Who wouldn’t be? I was. We all were.

With our nation in dire straits, we believed, hoped, and prayed our fellow Americans would see Obama’s vicious smears, lies, class warfare, and unrelenting personal attacks on Governor Romney for what it was. Gutter distraction. Unable to run on his record, knowing the real obstacle to his reelection was the economy, Obama and team decided early on to “kill” Romney with the aforesaid Chicago thuggery tactics. And a complicit mainstream media aided and abetted them.
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