Happy Memorial Day

Governor Romney had this message for Memorial Day last year.

Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement on Memorial Day:

“On this Memorial Day, we recommit ourselves to honoring the memory of all those brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country so that others may live in liberty. Their bravery is a legacy that no American should ever forget. While we honor those who have fallen for their country, our thoughts and prayers are with the men and women currently serving across the globe. They are Americans doing extraordinary things so that our country can be free. We are forever grateful to them.”

On the Stump for McCain

The Journal has a piece up about Mitt today and excerpts of quotes from an interview with him.

I liked this part because I love the way he describes his decision making process…

On why he left the race on Feb. 7:

“You sit down with your team and you look at what the numbers are, you look at the upcoming primaries, what the prospects are, you talk about, ‘Can we go to the convention? Would Mike Huckabee and myself and others have enough delegates that we can keep Sen. McCain from getting the nomination and end up going to the convention?’ I mean you go through all the scenarios and one by one you say, ‘Well no that one doesn’t work, that’s not realistic’ and ‘Oh, that one doesn’t work, that’s not realistic, we’re not going to do well in that state’ … You go through that kind of process and that’s what led to our conclusion that it was very unlikely that I would be able to win the nomination given the success through Super Tuesday. Was it possible? Yes. Was it very likely? No.”

Romney as VP

There was an interesting piece at the Hufington Post about Romney as VP. Mostly, it argues that the strengths we recognized Romney had as a candidate, would be an asset to McCain in the general.

I haven’t posted much on the Romney VP front. I personally don’t think that this election cycle is going to be particularly favorable for the GOP and I have reservations about Romney being the VP candidate in that mix. I do think McCain can beat Obama, however, I think the best chance of doing that is being as centrist as possible while pounding Obama on experience and national security. I am not sure how Romney helps that overall approach. But hey, I live in state with a Governor who claims to care about democracy but supports Chief Justice George’s shotgun blast through the fabric of society in the CA gay marriage decision. So, I am pretty pessimistic about conservative Republican causes at the moment.

California Needs Mitt Romney…

I am really lamenting today that we do not have a passionate leader to forge ahead on the federal marriage amendment as a candidate. It is a sad irony that democracy could be so desecrated by the ivory tower that is the California Supreme Court. It is going to take a lot of effort to overcome the decision today that overturned the law that only a marraige between one man and one woman is valid or recognized in California. We need to get to work right away.

Hopefully, Mitt will come to help us out. He is the best advocate in this country on behalf of traditional marriage.

McCain needs a little Romney

Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. says in the Wall Street Journal that John McCain needs to be a little more like Mitt Romney. Why? McCain hasn’t looked at the data:

Mr. Romney was tagged as a wonk because he “immerses himself in data.” But one thing immersion can do that casual “gut” proceedings can’t is let you know when the data don’t provide an answer, even if people are telling you it does.

I argued long ago that McCain’s gut decision-making was a net negative, even if it had put him on the right side of the surge debate.

McCain’s absolutist position on the surge, while admirable in his support of our troops, is almost the dictionary definition of ideologue. It’s not the facts that convinced McCain that the surge is working, but the idea itself. In McCain’s mind it would be working whether or not the facts showed it, because the idea is right in his mind. This is the same kind of stubbornness that has kept him supporting “comprehensive immigration” when the facts don’t support him. Similarly campaign finance reform has been an abject failure, but McCain still supports it because the idea is right, in spite of the facts. Likewise McCain has come to the correct conclusion on the surge, not lead by the facts, but lead only by the idea. McCain is right more out of luck than any sort of analytical process that lead him to the right conclusion. Such a blind adherence to ideas is unsupportable.

Apparently there is an area that I failed to mention. Jenkins says that Romney’s approach is crucial in the global warming debate:

It perhaps takes somebody steeped like Mr. Romney in real-world analytics to find a footing against the media tide. But the fact remains: The push toward warming that CO2 provides in theory is no reason to presume in confidence that CO2 is actually responsible for any observed warming in a system as complex and chaotic as our atmosphere.

In his climate speech on Monday, Mr. McCain exhibited (as the press usually does) a complete lack of consciousness of the fact that evidence of warming is not evidence of what causes warming. Yet policy must be a matter of costs and benefits, adjusted for the uncertainties involved. Which brings us to today’s irony: He who finds a six-figure earmark an affront to humanity is prepared to wave through a trillion-dollar climate bill without, as far as anyone can tell, a single systematic thought about costs and benefits.

Mr. McCain argues that green energy mandates will leave us better off whether or not man-made global warming is real. This is an error that Mr. Romney wouldn’t make – and one Al Gore makes all the time.

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