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.

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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Mitt Romney’s Vision & Plan Will Lift All Americans


In the 2008 election, Barack Obama received 95 percent of the black vote. 95 percent! That is astonishing! Many experts believe he will receive that same level of support this year. I don’t think so at all. Barack Obama’s pro-abortion stance along with his reversal against traditional marriage was too much for many in the black community. For many, their values trumped race.

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Last night a great American gave me a ride in his taxi. He was born in Haiti and came to America for a better life. I asked him if he was going to vote Tuesday and for whom and he told me he was voting for Obama. I asked why and he replied, “Because all my friends are voting for him.” After a three minute discussion about the facts listed below along with my explanation that the economy would improve drastically under a Mitt Romney presidency, he told me he would cast his vote for Romney. I asked him to visit this site with his friends and help them to understand as he now does.

The WSJ’s editorial board member Jason Riley published an op-ed yesterday entitled, For Blacks, the Pyrrhic Victory of the Obama Era:

Four years ago, 95% of black voters went for Mr. Obama, and he is likely to win something approaching that percentage in his re-election bid, notwithstanding economic data showing that blacks have lost ground on his watch. When the president assumed office, unemployment was 12.7% for blacks and 7.1% for whites. Today it is 14.3% for blacks and 7% for whites, which means that the black-white employment gap has not merely persisted under Mr. Obama but widened.

No matter. The president’s approval rating among African-Americans is pushing 90%, and a Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll last week found that 97% of blacks plan to double down on him in this election. Racial pride surely plays some part in these attitudes, as does traditional black support of Democratic presidential candidates over the past four decades. But another factor is the abiding belief among civil-rights leaders that political activity is essential for black upward mobility.

Long after the passage of landmark civil-rights legislation, black leaders have continued to focus on integrating political institutions to redress social and economic problems. Demands for black access to the ballot have morphed into demands for “safe” black seats in Congress and “proportionate” representation among elected officials. Mr. Obama’s victory in 2008 was the ultimate realization of this thinking. The Rev. C.T. Vivian, a close associate of Martin Luther King Jr., told Obama biographer David Remnick that King was a “prophet,” and the “politician of our age, who comes along to follow that prophet, is Barack Obama. Martin laid the moral and spiritual base for the political reality to follow.”

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Riley goes on to illustrate how political involvement in America by German and Irish immigrants had little effect on their economic prosperity.

Today, Asian-Americans are the nation’s best-educated and highest-earning racial group. According to a Pew study released earlier this year, 49% of Asians age 25 and older hold bachelor’s degrees, compared with 31% of whites and 18% of blacks. The median household income for Asians is $66,000, which is $12,000 more than white households and double that of black households. As with other groups, political clout has not been a precondition of Asian socioeconomic advancement.

There are a handful of prominent Asian-American politicians today, including Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina, but Asians have tended to avoid politics compared with other groups. Between 1990 and 2000, for example, the number of elected officials grew by 23% for blacks but only by 4% for Asians. In 2008, Asians were significantly less likely than both blacks and whites to have voted.

The election of Barack Obama four years ago gave blacks bragging rights, but bragging rights can’t close the black-white achievement gap in education or increase black labor-force participation or reduce black incarceration rates. A civil-rights leadership that encourages blacks to look to politicians to solve these problems is doing a disservice to the people they claim to represent.

Asians, for their part, can point to an out-of-wedlock birthrate of just 16%, the lowest of any major group and a significant factor in Asian success. The black illegitimacy rate last year was 72%. Might it be that having a black man in the Oval Office is less important for black advancement than having one in the home?

The political scientists tell us that Mr. Obama will almost certainly need every black vote he can muster on Election Day. Less certain is whether blacks need him.

[emphasis added]

I believe today, far more African American voters will join women voters in their support of Mitt Romney than the politicos expect. Democrats love to divide and separate Americans into groups and classes, patronize them, and assume they will not think for themselves. Not this time.

Mitt Romney’s vision and plan will lift all Americans. African Americans and women will benefit far more extensively under President Romney by comparison to the failed policies of President Obama. It is a travesty that unemployment among women and blacks is at some of the highest levels in American history. Mitt Romney will begin to change that trend in January.


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Democrat Party Leaves Jewish Americans — Obama Leading from Behind

President Truman holds the Torah presented to him by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, May 25, 1948 (Photo: Bettmann Corbis)

Why are American Jews abandoning the Obama administration in such large ways lately? Following the news this year, you would never know that over 800 rockets and mortars were fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip? The WSJ weighed in yesterday with two op-eds on Israel. This first excerpt is from one entitled, Israel Under Fire:

If this incoming fire were landing in Texas from Mexico—or in southern Spain from North Africa—it would be a major story. Instead, the world has largely ignored the attacks while obsessing over a possible Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Iran is a principal arms supplier to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which operates out of Gaza and is responsible for many of the recent attacks. Iran’s war against Israel, in other words, has long been underway.

Could it be that President Obama simply does not care? That is my position. But hey, I’m not Jewish and I’m not the POTUS, so my opinion doesn’t really matter much at all. But a prominent Jewish American’s opinion matters. For those who don’t know this fact, Sheldon Adelson was a major contributor to the Gingrich campaign and later to Romney for their policy positions on the state of Israel. Mr. Adelson penned a great opinion piece in the Journal entitled, I Didn’t Leave the Democrats. They Left Me — Excerpts:

When members of the Democratic Party booed the inclusion of God and Jerusalem in their party platform this year, I thought of my parents.

They would have been astounded.

So why did I leave the party?

My critics nowadays like to claim it’s because I got wealthy or because I didn’t want to pay taxes or because of some other conservative caricature. No, the truth is the Democratic Party has changed in ways that no longer fit with someone of my upbringing.

One obvious example is the party’s new attitude toward Israel. A sobering Gallup poll from last March asked: “Are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?” Barely 53% of Democrats chose Israel, the sole liberal democracy in the region. By contrast, an overwhelming 78% of Republicans sympathized with Israel.

Nowhere was this change in Democratic sympathies more evident than in the chilling reaction on the floor of the Democratic convention in September when the question of Israel’s capital came up for a vote. Anyone who witnessed the delegates’ angry screaming and fist-shaking could see that far more is going on in the Democratic Party than mere opposition to citing Jerusalem in their platform. There is now a visceral anti-Israel movement among rank-and-file Democrats, a disturbing development that my parents’ generation would not have ignored.

President Truman holds the Torah presented to him by Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, May 25, 1948.

Another troubling change is that Democrats seem to have moved away from the immigrant values of my old neighborhood—in particular, individual charity and neighborliness. After studying tax data from the IRS, the nonpartisan Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that states that vote Republican are now far more generous to charities than those voting Democratic. In 2008, the seven least-generous states all voted for President Obama. My father, who kept a charity box for the poor in our house, would have frowned on this fact about modern Democrats.

Take, for example, President Obama’s adopted home state. In October, a nonpartisan study of Illinois’s finances by the State Budget Crisis Task Force offered painful evidence that liberal Illinois is suffering from abject economic, demographic and social decline. With the worst credit rating in the country, and with the second-biggest public debt per capita, the Prairie State “has been doing back flips on a high wire, without a net,” according to the report.

Political scientist Walter Russell Mead summed up the sad results of these findings at The American Interest: “Illinois politicians, including the present president of the United States, have wrecked one of the country’s potentially most prosperous and dynamic states, condemned millions of poor children to substandard education, failed to maintain vital infrastructure, choked business development and growth through unsustainable tax and regulatory policies—and still failed to appease the demands of the public sector unions and fee-seeking Wall Street crony capitalists who make billions off the state’s distress.”

At times, it seems almost as if President Obama wants to impose the failed Illinois model on the whole country. Each year of his presidency has produced unsustainable deficits, and he takes no responsibility for his spending.

Whenever President Obama deplores the wealthy (“fat-cat bankers,” “millionaires and billionaires,” “at a certain point you’ve made enough money,” and so on), it tells me that he has failed to learn the economic lessons of Illinois, and that he still doesn’t understand the vital role entrepreneurs play in creating jobs in our society.

As a person who has been able to rise from poverty to affluence, and who has created jobs and work benefits for tens of thousands of families, I feel obligated to speak up and support the American ideals I grew up with—charity, self-reliance, accountability. These are the age-old virtues that help make our communities prosperous. Yet, sadly, the Democratic Party no longer seems to value them as it once did. That’s why I switched parties, and why I’m now giving amply to Republicans.

Although I don’t agree with every Republican position—I’m liberal on several social issues—there is enough common cause with the party for me to know I’ve made the right choice.

It’s the choice that, I believe, my old immigrant Jewish neighbors would have made. They would not have let a few disagreements with Republicans void the importance of siding with the political party that better supports liberal democracies like Israel, the party that better exemplifies the spirit of charity, and the party with economic policies that would certainly be better for those Americans now looking for work.

The Democratic Party just isn’t what it used to be.
[emphasis added]


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UPDATED: Media Finally Coming Around: Benghazi Raises Questions of Obama’s Fitness to Lead

UPDATE: In the wee hours last night after posting this article two important events were brought to my attention:

1. CBS just released the rest of the 60 Minutes interview with President Obama the day after the Benghazi attack. See what it says here at Fox in a post by Brett Baier, who I gave kudos to below. In it the president refused to call the attacks terrorism, notwithstanding his statement at the debate he’d called it that from day 1. It shows the president did not, in fact, take that position until much later, vindicating Mitt Romney in the debate and showing the president deceived the American people (with Cindy Crawley’s help). Byron York and Ari Fleischer both tweeted to ask “why sit on this information until now?” Makes me want to watch the Caddell video again…

2. I received a tweet last night pointing me to the website for Congressman Kelly of Pennsylvania. He’s a co-signer, along with over fifty other members of the House, of a letter sent to the president Friday demanding answers about Benghazi. More evidence people are starting to ask the right questions.

ORIGINAL POST:

As Vic Lundquist reported, some in the media (Fox) have not let this go. Brett Baier in particular has done a great job. And I was moved when I saw Pat Caddell’s comments (video in Vic’s post, and re-included here below).

But today I finally, finally saw a headline that gave me a glimmer of hope about our media and Benghazi. Two mainstream papers are asking the right questions about what happened and why.

The Wall Street Journal and Washington Post have just, in the last two days, asked some pointed questions to the administration about what happened. Do we expect an answer before Tuesday? I don’t. And for that it’s difficult to forgive the media, as Pat Caddell says. They sat on this too long to allow the truth to get out in time for it to have an impact on people’s choices Tuesday. Unless you vote for Mitt and don’t let the president off the hook for hiding the ball.

In the Washington Post piece, the editorial board asks the reasons why the facility was so under-prepared when the threats of violence were so obvious?

Fox News reported this week that a secret cable described an Aug. 15 “emergency meeting” at the consulate, at which the State Department’s regional security officer “expressed concerns with the ability to defend Post in the event of a coordinated attack due to limited manpower, security measures, weapons capabilities, host nation support and the overall size of the compound.”

Fox reported that the cable, dispatched to Washington, said the emergency meeting included a briefing about al-Qaeda training camps in the Benghazi area and Islamist militias, including those that allegedly carried out the Sept. 11 attack. In another cable on Sept. 11, hours before the attack, Mr. Stevens described “growing problems with security” in Benghazi and “growing frustration” with the local militias and police, to which the State Department had entrusted the consulate’s defense. Separately, according to a report on ForeignPolicy.com, Mr. Stevens may have dispatched a letter to Benghazi authorities, complaining that a policeman assigned to guard the consulate was photographing it on the morning of Sept. 11.

Even if you believe what the Post is willing to, that the ultimate US response was all that could be mustered (there seems to be evidence to the contrary due to assets being available in Italy and a drone flying overhead), they still ask the key question:

…why [were] the various agencies … not better prepared for such an emergency, given the clear warnings. Did the Obama administration’s political preoccupation with maintaining a light footprint in Libya lead to an ill-considered reliance on local militias, rather than on U.S. forces? Given the region’s instability, why were no military rapid-reaction assets — such as Special Forces or armed drones — within reach of Northern Africa?

While the agencies separately defend themselves — or not — the White House appears determined to put off any serious discussion of Benghazi until after the election. Sooner or later, however, the administration must answer questions about what increasingly looks like a major security failure — and about the policies that led to it.

Yes, it appears to be a major security failure, resulting from seriously flawed policies. But “sooner or later” is not really satisfactory to me, since I firmly believe that how the Obama administration planned for, responded to, and reported about this event is highly relevant to whether we should be voting for President Obama’s re-election.

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500 Generals and Admirals Buy Ad To Endorse Mitt

Tomorrow’s Washington Times, according to the Washington Free Beacon, will include a full page ad of 500 admirals and generals who support Mitt. Says the Free Beacon:

Nearly 500 former military admirals and generals are poised to endorse Mitt Romney…

The group will post a full page ad in the Washington Times on Monday. The advertisement will have the headline, “We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nation’s next President and Commander-in-Chief,” followed by the names of the former military commanders.

A spokesman for the group emphasized its independence from the official campaign. The Romney campaign has not sanctioned this ad buy, a spokesman said, and the members of the group are paying the fee themselves.

[Emphasis added]

Here’s the ad:

The Free Beacon also links to a story in the Military Times reporting that in a survey of 3,100 of the professional core military, Mitt is favored 2:1 over Obama. Among those that provide the “blanket of freedom,” that’s not even close.

Mitt: It’s About the Pursuit of Happiness

From guest author Greg Davis:

What is the single most important word in all our founding documents? It’s a question I’ve thought about several times over the last four years. It was a little over four years ago that I was on a plane ride coming back from a 2008 Mitt Romney rally in Boston, seated next to MRC’s own Paul Johnson. Over the course of a long plane ride our conversation spanned many topics, but one topic in particular has remained with me.

We were discussing differences between Europe and America, and in trying to boil America down to its essence, we reflected on these timeless words from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It was on this occasion that I began to appreciate the lasting importance of what may be the most significant word in framing the responsibilities of the American government: pursuit.

This one sentence in the Declaration of Independence establishes that our rights are endowed by a Creator and not granted by governments, kings, or militaries, as has so often been the case throughout history. It clarifies that going forward, the American government would be responsible only to protect and to ‘..secure these rights’ that had already been granted by God.

Consider for moment how different that mandate would be without the word pursuit; “..that among these [rights] are Life, Liberty and … Happiness.” What would our country look like today if our elected officials spent the last 200+ years believing that they were responsible for granting our happiness instead of defending our pursuit of it? Maybe we should look at France. I will never be mistaken for an expert in French history, but consider briefly the French motto: liberté, égalité, fraternité, or liberty, equality, fraternity. Equality can be interpreted many ways, but even the casual observer can see that often French economic policies go beyond creating equal opportunities, and try instead to create equal outcomes by using over-protective labor laws and wealth redistribution practices (such as their maximum 35 hour work week and recent 75% tax imposed on the very wealthy). It should be noted that in spite of these efforts, and perhaps because of them, since 1984, French unemployment has been below 8 percent for only 16 months and they now comprise a mere 2% of global GDP, while the US comprises approximately 23%. The United States ranked 6th in per capital GDP in between 2010 and 2011, while France ranked 24th.

And this is where I believe a key difference lies between our two presidential candidates. I believe Barack Obama thinks he knows what’s best for me and thinks he knows what my happiness should look like. He wants to try and guaranty that equality, or happiness, largely by taking from others to redistribute to me. He also has mandated what happiness looks like to employers, who he wants to force to pay for employees’ contraceptives even if in violation of their conscience. I believe Mitt Romney, on the other hand, will protect my pursuit of happiness and defend the principles upon which our nation was founded.

When asked at the first presidential debate by Jim Lehrer how he viewed the role and mission of the federal government, Mitt responded:

Look behind us [on the wall]. The Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The role of government is to promote and protect the principles of those documents. First, life and liberty. We have a responsibility to protect the lives and liberties of our people, and that means a military second to none…

Second, in that line that says we are endowed by our creator with our rights, I believe we must maintain our commitment to religious tolerance and freedom in this country. That statement also says that we are endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness as we choose. We’re a nation that believes that we’re all children of the same god and we care for those that have difficulties, those that are elderly and have problems and challenges, those that are disabled. We care for them. And we — we look for discovery and innovation, all these things desired out of the American heart to provide the pursuit of happiness for our citizens. But we also believe in maintaining for individuals the right to pursue their dreams and not to have the government substitute itself for the rights of free individuals. And what we’re seeing right now is, in my view, a trickle-down government approach, which has government thinking it can do a better job than free people pursuing their dreams. And it’s not working.

[Emphasis added].

He took the words right out of my mouth. Defending the rights of the American people to pursue their own happiness has catapulted this nation into an unprecedented position in world history as both an economic superpower and a bastion of freedom. Mitt understands that, while our current president does not, which is why I look forward to Tuesday when I can cast my ballot for Mitt Romney.

Will Mitt Romney Win? Take the Pulse of the Campaign (#Video)

Do you feel at all nervous? I do. What is the best way to work off the nervous energy? We cannot afford to be complacent or to take anything for granted right now. Convert that energy to action here.

Want to take the pulse from inside the Romney camp? This is a good one from Rich Beeson, Governor Romney’s political director. Check it:

“Significant Gap”

“There is going to be a widespread repudiation of the Obama administration.”

Let’s do all we can for Governor Romney today, tomorrow, and Tuesday! Are you seeing how hard Governor Romney is working out there? It is hard to keep up with him, but we can. You can. Let’s do it.

[THANK YOU to Annette Scafati for getting this video to MRC.]


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Wisconsin Women are All-In for Mitt Romney (#Video)

Do you feel a high sense of urgency right now? I do. Have you done enough yet to help Mitt Romney get elected as our next President? I have not; not yet. What more can we do? First and foremost: VOTE. Every last vote is so very important. Then take this next message to as many people as you can today, tomorrow, and Tuesday. Can you do that for me? Click HERE.

Milwaukee County Fairgrounds, Friday morning, Nov 2nd / Photo: Charles Dharapak / AP

Two days ago, Governor Romney held a rally at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin fairgrounds early in the morning. The crowd was so large, they had to open up overflow areas. And all of it with “frosty” temperatures!

You have to see this video of many of the women in attendance who spoke up for Governor Romney. Somehow, they didn’t get the message from Obama that Romney is waging a war on women! Click here to see the video:


VIDEO

Rebel Pundit (what a great name for a reporter!) gives us this glimpse from the event:

The energy was enthusiastic and upbeat for Romney supporters. Female voters spoke to me about the most important issues to them this coming Tuesday. The overwhelming response was jobs, the economy, and a better future for their children and grandchildren.

Many expressed tremendous concern for their kids, who are already struggling to find jobs, even with a college degree. They also flatly rejected that there is a “war on women” which President Obama’s campaign claims is being waged by the Republican Party, Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan.

Attendees also felt strongly that the momentum is on the side of Mitt Romney.

Governor Scott Walker with Governor Romney (Photo: David Goldman / AP)



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Multiple Paths: Michigan, Pennsylvania Moving from Obama to Toss Up

Conventional wisdom says the winner of Ohio will be our next president. Odds are that’s the case. You’ve heard the history: no Republican president has ever won the White House without it. But late breaking polls show Mitt has multiple paths to victory–paths where states formerly thought in the tank for Obama could put Mitt on top regardless.

Don’t get me wrong. Ohio is clearly still in play and I think we can win there. But if we go by the RealClearPoliitcs “No Toss Ups” map, which solely reflects current polling, even if within the margin of error, we’d believe Obama would win 290 electoral votes to 248. Swing states Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are all blue on this map. People are very focused on Ohio with its 18 electoral college votes. But if you think Ohio being on that map spells an Obama victory, not so fast…polling out today show Mitt-mentum in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Together they represent twice the number of electoral college votes as Ohio. Do the quick math: take 36 from Obama’s 290 and you get 254, giving Mitt 284 and the win.

The latest Michigan poll actually puts Mitt up by 1. The latest poll in Pennsylvania shows a tie. Both polls’ results are well within the margin of error. The Obama camp is nervous enough about Pennsylvania it has sent in its designated hitter, Bill Clinton, to make four visits before Tuesday. Does that indicate they think Pennsylvania’s in the bag? Not at all.

The true bottom line here is that despite what you hear, none of these states is in the tank for anybody. The map shows Florida, North Carolina and Virginia in Mitt’s column, but we will have to work to keep them there. The side that marshals its resources and gets out the vote in all these states is the side that will win. If that means Mitt gets Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio, however, he’ll be President-elect Romney on Tuesday night. We may not know it until later in the week as they count and re-count, but Mitt would win.

One thing we do know: if Mitt’s elected, he’ll hit the ground running. Politico recently reported that Mitt’s team, without taking anything for granted, was quietly preparing to be ready to get to work immediately, just in case. He already has a plan for the first 200 days. Meanwhile, apparently at the White House this nonsense of having to justify why they deserve a second term has just been exhausting. Here’s our current Vice President divulging the administration’s plans if they’re back in office:

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