Five Brothers: Who do I look like

If you haven’t done so already… be sure you visit the Five Brothers Blog where the five sons of Mitt Romney blog at the official Mitt website.

Recently, they’ve been receiving emails with people proffering look-a-like celebrities. Here’s the first round of pics:

After Paul Bedard’s post on his US News and World Report blog yesterday comparing my brother Josh to Ashton Kutcher, all of my brothers were on an email train making fun of him. Everyone then started picking out famous look-a-likes for all the other brothers … I’m sure we can do better for Tagg.

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Josh Ashton Kutcher

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Matt Bob Woodward

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Romney on Townhall.com: McCain-Feingold Fails

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Here’s Governor Romney on the key failures of McCain-Feingold:

“As I have traveled the country in connection with my campaign for President, I have been inspired by the commitment of countless Americans to shaping the future of America’s political system. Their commitment takes many different forms, from distributing literature, to attending a campaign rally, to contributing money to an individual candidate. I applaud this involvement, even if it is not supportive of my candidacy. An informed and active citizenry is vital to the long-term health of our political system.”

“I have not spent a career in politics, but I know enough about the laws of this country, and the way Washington works, to understand that the McCain-Feingold law is riddled with shortcomings.

“Let’s start with something basic: the American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.”

“The American people should be able to exercise their First Amendment rights without having to think about hiring a lawyer. But that is the direction in which we are headed. In 2004, the non-profit group Wisconsin Right to Life wanted to run grassroots radio and television ads urging people in the state to contact their Senators (which the ads mentioned by name) and ask them to oppose the ongoing filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees. A provision in McCain-Feingold, however, was used to argue that the ads were illegal. Rendering a verdict on what constitutes acceptable political speech is something for voters – not judges – to decide.”

“We step into dangerous territory when politicians start eviscerating our fundamental freedoms in the name of amorphous principles, like campaign finance reform. If I am elected President, a top priority will be to push for the repeal of this deeply-flawed measure, and restore the full freedom of political participation and expression to the American people.”

DeMoss: Why Evangelicals can Support This Mormon

Mark DeMoss, who heads up an Atlanta-based public relations firm that works primarily with evangelical organizations, has an excellent op-ed in Politico. Here’s one of my favorite parts:

I have often been asked whether evangelical voters could find their vision for president in a man of another faith, and specifically a Mormon. Then it struck me: This is the wrong question. To evaluate a candidate solely on religion is unfair to both the candidate and the religion. The better question is: Could I vote for this Mormon? That Catholic? This Baptist?

For example, there are Mormons who would not get Mitt Romney’s vote (and, he tells me, Mormons who would probably not vote for him). Similarly, there are Southern Baptists I would not vote for. So, could I vote for a Mormon? It depends on who the Mormon is.

Great point. Right now, for example, I can think about a particular Mormon that I would NEVER vote for… a high ranking Democrat you might know. DeMoss finishes with this:

Looking now to 2008, if I were to support a presidential candidate other than Mitt Romney, I would have two options. The first would be to select a candidate who shares my values and is an evangelical (and some fit this description) but has little record of turning budgets from red to black and solving complex problems (and little chance of raising the kind of money now necessary to survive the front-loaded primary process).

Or I could back an experienced politician who does not well represent my values and hope to influence him religiously (a strategy that historically has marginal success, at best).

No, wait, there is a third option, and that’s the one Karl Rove believes was exercised by 4 million evangelicals in 2000: I could stay home. The problem with that option is that it violates another evangelical tenet: a Christian citizen’s duty to vote.

In this election, therefore, given the facts and these options, I believe I’ll go with this Mormon.

Change of Plans… and an Announcement!

Between the Bonham newborn and a client BAFO due later tonight we have put on hold our Radio show that was to have debuted tonight. We’ll reschedule shortly….

BUT… in the meantime. I will be attending the Young Professionals for Mitt (YP4MITT) kick-off in DC tonight. Look for a press release from the campaign soon on this effort.

I’ll have details, videos, pics and more coming soon!

Ponnuru’s rebuttal

Ramesh Ponnuru has a follow up to some criticisms of Romney by David Frum (as rebutted here about a week ago). Ramesh had this to say in rebutting Frum also:

David Frum is criticizing Mitt Romney for not being tough enough on spending. “For a candidate to say that he wants to cut ‘non-defense discretionary spending’ is to say that he wants to leave 80% of the federal budget off limits.” But that’s not true. Romney talks about getting entitlements under control all the time. Granted, he has been less specific about how to do that than about cutting non-defense discretionary spending. But he has been more specific about both than any of the other candidates, which makes it kind of odd to single him out for criticism on this front.

Frum’s second criticism is that Romney is backing away from his health-care plan. That’s an overplayed story. From the beginning, Romney acknowledged that the Massachusetts legislature had altered his health-care plan in significant ways; and he did not, to my knowledge, ever say that he would use the legislation as a national model. But as recently as three weeks ago I heard him make a speech using the plan as an example of how health care can be reformed.

70 Days and Counting: The Polls and Mounting!

It’s been about 70 days since the Romney campaign came together. I have a few adjectives to describe this effort: whirlwind, lightning round, dizzing. My wife would have a few different adjectives to describe it: husband steeling… j/k

Inside Romney reports indicate that the recent Romney barnstorming through New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina and Florida is bringing out out the crowds in support of the Governor:

  • Blizzards in NH didn’t stop 150 people from attending a Sunapee event last week
  • 400+ people crowded a Coraville, IA lunch on Friday
  • 11 more Florida State Legislators and a FL Cabinet member threw their weight behind Romney

But the real news is all hay… as in straw polls, particularly in South Carolina. 17 Counties held county conventions. Romney won 10 of them and was the only candidate to win, place or show in every poll.

The details behind these efforts are even more striking. For example, Greenville County (the most GOP-leaning state in SC) Romney walked away with 30% of the vote.

See the charts below:


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