Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech (VIDEO, full text): Confidence, Clarity, Resolve

Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA., today, Oct 8, 2012. (Photo – Charles Dharapak/AP)

In a sweeping critique of Obama’s lead-from-behind foreign policy, Governor Mitt Romney today delivered a powerful, robust foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute. Speaking of the recent explosion of violence and upheaval in the Middle East, Romney said it is “time to change course in the Middle East.”

Punctuating his national security positions before his next presidential debate on October 16th with Obama (foreign policy will be the topic), Romney said, “That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them… no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them… and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words.”

Foreign policy expert and columnist, K.T. McFarland, today on television program ‘The Five’ (FOX News) enthusiastically exclaimed, ”I’ve been waiting 20 years for this speech! He [Romney] was channeling Reagan!” She also went on to say Romney’s “speech was actually really phenomenal and I commend him for doing it!” (MccFarland served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1985 and speech writer for Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.)

‘The Mantel of Leadership’:


Transcript:

I particularly appreciate the introduction from my good friend and tireless campaign companion, Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is showing what conservative leadership can do to build a stronger economy. Thank you also Congressman Goodlatte for joining us today. And particular thanks to Gen. Peay. I appreciate your invitation to be with you today at the Virginia Military Institute. It is a great privilege to be here at an Institution that has done so much for our nation, both in war and in peace.

For more than 170 years, VMI has done more than educate students. It has guided their transformation into citizens, and warriors, and leaders. VMI graduates have served with honor in our nation’s defense, just as many are doing today in Afghanistan and other lands. Since the September 11th attacks, many of VMI’s sons and daughters have defended America, and I mourn with you the 15 brave souls who have been lost. I join you in praying for the many VMI graduates and all Americans who are now serving in harm’s way. May God bless all who serve, and all who have served.

Of all the VMI graduates, none is more distinguished than George Marshall—the Chief of Staff of the Army who became Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, who helped to vanquish fascism and then planned Europe’s rescue from despair. His commitment to peace was born of his direct knowledge of the awful costs and consequences of war.

General Marshall once said, “The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.” Those words were true in his time—and they still echo in ours.

Last month, our nation was attacked again. A U.S. Ambassador and three of our fellow Americans are dead — murdered in Benghazi, Libya. Among the dead were three veterans. All of them were fine men, on a mission of peace and friendship to a nation that dearly longs for both. President Obama has said that Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues represented the best of America. And he is right. We all mourn their loss.

The attacks against us in Libya were not an isolated incident. They were accompanied by anti-American riots in nearly two dozen other countries, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Our embassies have been attacked. Our flag has been burned. Many of our citizens have been threatened and driven from their overseas homes by vicious mobs, shouting “Death to America.” These mobs hoisted the black banner of Islamic extremism over American embassies on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

As the dust settles, as the murdered are buried, Americans are asking how this happened, how the threats we face have grown so much worse, and what this calls on America to do. These are the right questions. And I have come here today to offer a larger perspective on these tragic recent events—and to share with you, and all Americans, my vision for a freer, more prosperous, and more peaceful world.

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Pundits & Politicians: Romney/Ryan “Bold Decision, Campaign of Substance”

America’s COMEBACK TEAM… Standing on the deck of battleship USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA, GOP presidential candidate, fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney and his running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wave to the cheering crowd. Aug 11, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer / AP)

Congressman Paul Ryan…

Welcome to the GOP presidential ticket!

This is such a great day for Americans! We need to just soak it in…

Many others recognize this historic day, as well. Here’s what they’re saying about Romney/Ryan…

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR SELECTION OF PAUL RYAN:

A Good Pick” … “A Choice To Have A Real Debate” … “Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee: “I’m Excited. … He Has A Sound Knowledge Of Our Economy.” “I’m excited to learn of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan to be his VP running mate. He has a sound knowledge of our economy.” (Twitter.com, 8/11/12)

Former Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA): “I Think It’s A Good Pick … He’s A Good Guy.” SESTAK: “I think it’s a good pick for both campaigns, actually. … I served with Paul Ryan. He’s a good guy. He is a good family man.” (Fox News’ “Fox And Friends,” 8/11/12)

Club For Growth President Chris Chocola: “This Pick Sends The Message That Governor Romney Is Interested In Bold Reforms To Save America From Fiscal Collapse.” (Club For Growth, 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Joe Trippi: “I Think This Is A Great Pick. … I Really Think It Is A Chance To Have A Real Debate The Country Needs To Have. … A Bold Choice.” TRIPPI: “I think this is a great pick. It is a pick I would have urged Romney to take. … I really think it is a chance to have a real debate the country needs to have. Regardless of who wins it, I think Ryan helps put the issues, a lot of these issues front and center. Will make the fight on both sides on cuts entitlements and the things we need to have. That’s why I really– I commend Romney on the pick. It was a bold choice.” (Fox News’ “Cavuto On Business,” 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Ed Rogers: “The Selection Of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Means Mitt Romney Is Going To Run A Serious, Policy-Oriented Campaign That Highlights Differences With President Obama.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos: Mitt Romney “Picked A Vice President To Help Him Fix The Nation’s Business, The Economy.” “[Romney] didn’t pick a vice president to help him fix his campaign’s business. He picked a vice president to help him fix the nation’s business, the economy.” (Politico, 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile: “It May Allow Us To Have A Substantive Conversation In Terms Of The Challenges We Face Long-Term In Terms Of Getting Our Fiscal House In Order.” (CNN’s “Newsroom,” 8/11/12)

Republican Strategist Ed Rollins: “It’s A Bold Choice. Over Time It’s Going To Be An Extraordinary Choice.” ROLLINS: “I think that absolutely right. … It’s a bold choice. Over time it’s going to be an extraordinary choice.” (Fox News’ “Fox and Friends Saturday,” 8/11/12)

Democratic Strategist Carter Eskew: “But Here’s Why I Like The Pick Of Ryan. At Least He Has An Idea … Maybe, Too, Democrats Will Be Forced To Discuss Their Alternative In Greater Detail.” “But here’s why I like the pick of Ryan. At least he has an idea … Maybe we can finally have a real discussion of the Republican agenda. And maybe, too, Democrats will be forced to discuss their alternative in greater detail.” (The Washington Post, 8/11/12)

Get the idea that more than a few Democrats are sick of Obama’s lie and blame campaign strategy?

As you read further about R&R, listen to this inspiring music which reflects what so many are feeling today – ENTHUSIASM, JOY, and HOPE for our beleaguered, but beloved nation! From one of my favorite composers, American genius John Williams, here is Summon the Heroes. (Aptly named; crank it up!)


NJ Governor Chris Christie: “With Paul Ryan on the ticket this is a team that understands the economic stagnation our country has been facing the last four years and the urgency with which we need to change course. The Romney-Ryan team is uniquely positioned to make the tough choices necessary to confront our fiscal challenges and get results.”

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH): “Mitt Romney has made a great choice in Paul Ryan. He is an accomplished public servant and a leading voice on the most pressing issues facing our country. Paul is one of my best friends in Congress and someone I have worked closely with as a former colleague on the House Ways & Means Committee. Jane and I wish Paul and Janna and their kids the very best. As the Chairman of the Romney campaign in Ohio, I look forward to working with Paul to ensure that the Romney-Ryan ticket carries Ohio and is victorious in November. Most importantly, as a member of the Senate, I look forward to working closely with a Romney-Ryan Administration to restore fiscal sanity and enact pro-growth policies to create jobs.

Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) Unable to locate full statement at this time. He’s campaigning today for Romney/Ryan in Derry, NH): Pawlenty says he is excited about the pick and called Ryan a “respected leader and a bold thinker” about changes needed for the country. He added that Ryan’s roots in Wisconsin will help Romney win that key swing state. He says he’ll do all he can to help Romney win the election.

Former Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice: “Paul Ryan is a bold and inspiring choice as Governor Romney’s running mate. Congressman Ryan shares the belief that American leadership is vital to a more peaceful and prosperous world. He will help to restore America at home so that we can lead again because he understands that America is an exceptional and indispensable nation on the world stage.”

Senator Marco Rubio: “Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has made great decisions, and choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate is a truly inspired choice. I got to know Paul during my Senate campaign when he endorsed me early on when I was still considered a long shot. Paul Ryan is a courageous reformer who understands our nation’s challenges, has proposed bold policy solutions to solve them, and has shown the courage to stand up to President Obama and other Washington politicians trying to tear him down.

The Romney-Ryan ticket is going to win in November because it offers the American people visionary leadership to recapture the free enterprise spirit that has empowered countless Americans to build businesses from scratch and live the American dream. I’m excited about the visionary change a Romney-Ryan team will bring to Washington, and I look forward to campaigning with them this fall.”

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA): “Paul Ryan is a tremendous choice to serve as the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States. In selecting a bold, innovative thinker, Mitt Romney has ensured that his campaign—and ultimately his administration—will be led by individuals with courage, determination, judgment, and wisdom. With this great announcement, America is on its way back. The Romney-Ryan team will get our fiscal house in order, our economy back on track and Americans back to work.”

Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA): “Paul is a good friend and one of the smartest guys I served with in Congress. He has the courage of his convictions, which is what our nation needs.”

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell: “Gov. Romney showed today that he is determined to confront a host of growing crises that President Obama has ignored. Where the current President has simply refused to act, Gov. Romney has now pledged to lead. Paul Ryan is an excellent choice, and a confirmation that Gov. Romney is serious about strengthening America’s economic future, tackling the deficits and debt that have skyrocketed under President Obama, and returning to a path to solvency and security.

Americans are looking for leadership that has been lacking on the most critical issues facing our country’s economic future. The Romney-Ryan team can return much-needed leadership from day one and help bring real recovery to our economy, reverse the damage of the Obama economy, and take a serious approach to the Obama debt and focus on growing jobs—not the size of the government.

President Obama’s term has been marked by overwhelming national debt, a first-ever downgrade of America’s credit rating, high unemployment and a disappointing lack of leadership when it comes to addressing spending. It’s time to change that, and Gov. Romney and Chairman Ryan will be ready on day one to give America the leadership it deserves.”

President George W. Bush: “This is a strong pick. Governor Romney is serious about confronting the long-term challenges facing America, and Paul Ryan will help him solve the difficult issues that must be addressed for future generations.”

Senator John McCain (R-Az): “Governor Romney and Representative Ryan are the strongest team to return America to prosperity and to defend our interests abroad. Paul Ryan has proven that he is fully prepared to address our nation’s economic challenges, which have only worsened over the last four years under the Obama-Biden Administration. I look forward to working for the election of the Romney-Ryan team this fall.”

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VEEP MADNESS – Elite 8!

After a long hiatus I am finally ready to put up round 3 of our Veep Madness poll. I have to apologize, but when real-life work calls I have to submit, and this is the busiest time of year for my work. I will make the final rounds of the tournament move much faster; round 4 will start on Tuesday, and the final round will begin next Friday.

Here’s the current bracket with Round 2 results included:
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[Click on image to view larger version]

Round 2 recap: Most of the higher seeds won unscathed again this round, with only 2 minor upsets (according to my seeding.) Blowout victories were achieved a second time for (1) Chris Christie, (1) Paul Ryan and (1) Marco Rubio. Though they didn’t dominate quite to the extent that they did in round one I think all 3 faced must more staunch opponents, making their big wins even more impressive. We had the closest win in any competition yet with (2) Jim DeMint squeaking out a 51-49 victory over (3) Mitch Daniels by only a 22 vote margin.

Round 3: The Elite 8 contests feature two #1 vs #2 match-ups, and two #1 vs #3 match-ups. Will any of the #1 seeds fall or will all the #1′s be division champs? Which competition will be the tightest race? Will there be any blowouts? Feel free to comment below.

Please note the following:
-This is not an official Mitt Romney website
-This poll is simply for fun and has no bearing on the real selection
-We don’t seek to influence Governor Romney and his campaign with the outcome of our poll

The polls:


DIVISION A


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DIVISION B


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DIVISION C


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DIVISION D


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‘Running with Romney’ VP Series Part 4: VA Gov Bob McDonnell (VIDEO)

Fmr MA Governor Mitt Romney and VA Governor Bob McDonnell (Photo / AP)

Today Bret Baier’s fourth installment of veep series Running With Romney aired on FOX News. Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) was the topic:

McDonnell joined America’s Newsroom this morning to weigh in on the visit. “We’re excited,” he said. “[Romney’s] talking about jobs and energy, and I want to be there to help him.”
[...]
He added that the only thing he can do is help the voters see who should be the president, because 30 to 35 percent of the Independent voters in Virginia will determine the outcome of the election.

McDonnell plans to help Romney in the next six months by talking about jobs, energy and taking care of America’s veterans.

“Mitt Romney is the guy to do it,” he said. “If we don’t convince people that he’s the best one for jobs with an 8.2 percent unemployment rate and debt reduction with a $15 trillion debt, we’re not going to have a stronger country going forward. So, that’s the role that I’m playing right now.”

(emphasis added)

Part 4- VA Governor Bob McDonnell


Previously aired segments:

Part 1 – Sen. Marco Rubio

Part 2 – Sen. Rob Portman

Part 3 – Congressman Paul Ryan



► Jayde Wyatt

A Look Back: Some Important Romney Endorsements (VIDEO)

Photo by Eric Thayer / Getty Images



A creative Romney supporter (BornFree1791) has crafted a video compilation of some of the important endorsements along the campaign trail for Governor Mitt Romney:

Watch key players as they throw their support to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Race and learn why they chose to do so in their own words.

A special endorsement has been included at the end…

A great reminder of the strong support for Governor Romney… We know he values every endorsement he’s received!

► Jayde Wyatt

Virginia Poll: Romney 45%, Obama 37%


Polling from Republican Governor Bob McDonnell’s state – Virginia…

Good news for Mitt Romney. Bad news for Barack Obama:

RICHMOND, Va. – Sept 26, 2011
Yet another poll shows President Barack Obama imperiled in Virginia heading toward the 2012 presidential election.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney leads the president 45 percent to 37 percent, according to a new Roanoke College poll of likely Virginia voters. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Obama are in a statistical dead heat with Perry at 42 percent to Obama’s 40 percent, the poll shows.
[...]
President Obama’s campaign has to be concerned about the possibility of losing Virginia in 2012 after putting the state in the Democratic column in 2008,” said Harry Wilson, the director of the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research at Roanoke College. “He not only trails the generic Republican candidate, but he is also currently behind the two front-runners for the Republican nomination.”

Obama is ahead of other Republican candidates like Michele Bachmann (46 percent to 35 percent), Ron Paul(43 percent to 33 percent), and Sarah Palin (50 percent to 31 percent).

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed 54 percent of registered voters here disapprove of Obama’s job performance, while 40 percent approve. More than half of those polled felt he did not deserve another four years in office.

The Roanoke College poll matched that, showing a 54 percent disapproval rating and a 39 percent approval.

(emphasis added )

► Jayde Wyatt

VEEP MADNESS! Time to pick the bottom-half of the 2012 GOP ticket

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Veep Bracket

IT’S VEEP MADNESS AT MRC!!

Since this is a pro-Romney site it would be pointless to run a presidential preference tournament. So we are going to do the next best thing – pick the bottom half of the ticket. Click the image above to see the whole bracket. If you don’t like my seeding assignments… well… it was all pretty much arbitrary anyways.

The first round polls are below. Voting for this round will go until Sunday.

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Mitt Romney and Ken Cuccinelli: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Fight to Repeal ObamaCare

Mitt Romney’s impact on the elections in Virginia will be felt for a very long time at the state and national levels. Not only did Mitt Romney help Bob McDonnell become the Governor of Virginia in 2009, but he also helped another Republican win Virginia’s Attorney General’s office: Ken Cuccinelli.

Gov. Romney with McDonnel & Cuccinelli

In the final days of the 2009 elections in Virginia, Romney worked tirelessly to ensure a Republican landslide in Virginia:

The McDonnell campaign announced Friday that Romney will appear with the entire Republican ticket – McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli – at a series of press conferences throughout the Commonwealth next week.

Mitt Romney appeared at a press conference and fundraiser in Virginia Beach on behalf of Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

Not only has Mitt Romney has been one of the early voices in calling for the repeal of ObamaCare, but he has also tirelessly supported others in their efforts to dismantle ObamaCare.  The significance of Romney’s endorsement of Ken Cuccinelli is important in light of yesterday’s news of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson’s ruling in Virginia v Sebelius in which he declares that the federal mandate under ObamaCare “exceeds the Commerce Clause powers vested in Congress under Article I.” (p. 24) This holding came as a result of a liawsuit filed by Ken Cuccinelli, in February of 2010, against the federal government in order to defend the passage of Virginia’s Health Freedom Bill — which made it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance.

Parker & Spitzer

If you’re wondering what Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli thinks about the Constitutionality of RomneyCare, you can find out as you read the transcript of Cuccinelli’s appearance on CNN’s Parker/Spitzer show where the debate is on whether or not ObamaCare is constitutional under Congress’ authority to tax and spend:

SPITZER: That’s exactly what’s going on here. The dollars they’re being taxed – and this is a tax imposition by Congress are being used -

CUCCINELLI: What’s the tax? If I buy the health insurance, I don’t pay a penny.

SPITZER: Ken, what’s being taxed is that individuals are being said, told you must contribute to cover the cost of the $40 billion of health care that right now is not paid for, because individuals are uninsured. This is exactly the logic that Mitt Romney, the conservative Republican, embraced when he put his health care system in place in Massachusetts. You’re not saying that was unconstitutional, are you?

CUCCINELLI: Oh, come on, Eliot. Your viewers need to know, every state in the country could enact this federal health care bill in their state and it’s perfectly constitutional for a state to do it. It is the federal government that the Constitution restrains and limits the powers of, not the states.

SPITZER: Ken, the fallacy is that this is a tax, it is recognized as a tax, it is enforced by the IRS, it is imposed upon you as many taxes are, if you do not do something else. You’re trying to slip this in, call it a penalty. Frankly, I think it’s a distinction without a difference -

CUCCINELLI: Me, Congress called it a penalty in the bill.

SPITZER: When the Supreme Court looks at this, it will view this as a tax and say because this is a tax, Congress has the right to impose it, based upon certain triggers, triggers of things that people either do or don’t do.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (VA)

Ken Cucinelli is right.  States are free to enact statewide mandates and such measures are constitutional.  Thus, RomneyCare is constitutional whereas ObamaCare is not.

As a side note: Unfortunately for Eliot Spitzer, Mr. Cuccinelli is vindicated by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson who rejected the argument that ObamaCare is constitutional as a tax.

After analyzing the legislative intent of Congress, the Judge agreed with Mr. Cuccinelli. Despite the Obama Administration’s initial denial that it was a tax, they later tried to pass it off as a tax in an attempt to brand it ‘constitutional’. Ultimately, the Judge found that it was a penalty that was not linked to an enumerated power listed in the Constitution, such as the Commerce Clause or the Necessary and Proper Clause.

Because the case will now make its way to the Supreme Court, it means that the fight against ObamaCare isn’t over. We can count on Ken Cuccinelli to continue on with his fight against the disastrous federal mandate — one that Mitt Romney called “Obama’s Unconscionable Abuse of Power“. Thank you Governor Romney lending your support to such a competent leader!

~ Jared A.

Romney’s Iowa Itinerary: Campaigning With Terry Branstad


Republican candidate Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds who are looking to become the next govenor and lieutenant governor of Iowa are kicking off a week long “Road To Victory” tour that will be visiting 36 cities in that state starting on October 26, 2010.  Governor Barbour, Jindal, McDonnell, Pawlenty and Mitt Romney will  make a few appearances in Iowa to lend support for Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds.  These events are open to the public.  People who wish to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling 515-276-2266.

The busy tour schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

10 a.m.   
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds Linn county “Road to Victory” rally with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. nominee Kim Reynolds
The Hotel at Kirkwood
7725 Kirkwood Blvd. S.W.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Noon
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney holds Dubuque county “Road to Victory” rally with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. nominee Kim Reynolds
Grand River Center
500 Bell St.
Dubuque, IA

5:30 p.m.
Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. nominee Kim Reynolds attend the Scott County GOP Reagan Dinner featuring Gov. Mitt Romney
Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center
2021 State St.
Bettendorf, IA

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

11 a.m.         
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell hold Jasper county “Road to Victory” rally with Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. nominee Kim Reynolds
Jasper County Republican Headquarters
107 1st Ave. W.
Newton, IA

Mitt Romney Continues His Golden Streak

From GOPToast

Over the three major elections since the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney has a 3-0 record against Barack Obama when it comes to endorsing candidates that Obama has campaigned for personally.

As he builds political capital, Romney is setting himself up to be a formidable opponent in 2012.

From looking at the exit polls, it might be fair to say “Romneycare defeats Obamacare!”

So if anyone has video of Romney’s introduction of Scott Brown on Tuesday night, we’d love to post it.

Addendum by Ross
In an attempt to sort through the Massachusetts fallout, Politico offers its list of special election winners and losers:

WINNERS: Romney Inc.

While the former governor and presidential candidate himself was mostly absent from the campaign trail, Romney’s advisers were responsible for the strategic vision and execution that helped propel a little-known state senator to a historic upset victory.

The Romney loyalists, now part of the Boston-based consulting shop The Shawmut Group, crafted a series of memorable ads that underscored Brown’s everyday image, including a spot of him driving an old beat-up pickup that’s already an instant political classic. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, a former reporter, deserves special kudos for his ad imagery and media management, as do aides Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty and Rob Gray.

SCOTT BROWN, MITT ROMNEY, AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT

Also, great analysis at Romney Wins! Romney Wins! Romney Wins! . . . Sort Of

Finally, Ronald Reagan: “You Can Accomplish Much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”