Mitt’s Home Stretch, Sen. Pat Toomey: “Rally Around Romney”

It’s been over 10 months since the race began.

It turned out to be a marathon, not a 50 yard dash. Some GOP primary runners sprinted off the starting line, others jogged. As the contest proceeded, some forged ahead then faltered, surged then slogged, took the lead then limped away.

Along with blistered feet, there was blistering rhetoric. We’ve heard warm-up and wind-down speeches and everything in between. It’s been a real spectator sport and at times, a spectacle. But, mostly, it’s been spectacular. Every runner enriched the race. Each competitor pushed the others to run stronger, better.

While not officially over, the tape stretching across the primary finish line is, at last, in sight.

Who do we see coming down the home stretch?

We see the runner who was oft derided because he didn’t grandstand. The runner marginalized because he was steady. The runner who gauged his pace while others flashed past. We see the runner whose lifelong preparation, principles, and message gave him the strength to recover from bumps in the road. We see the runner who wasn’t rash, but knew when to rush. We see the runner who, in the end, proved he had the stamina and stuff to win…

Mitt Romney.

Carl M. Cameron (Real Clear Politics) writes:

Resilient Romney Bests His Last GOP Challenger

… Romney… proved to have one key prerequisite to running a competitive general election campaign: He can take a punch. When he got decked, which happened repeatedly, sometimes by his own corner, Mitt Romney picked himself off the canvas and began launching haymakers on whatever rival was standing in his way — and there were several of them.

No Republican candidate ever captured the nomination after having trailed so many rivals at one time or another in straw votes, fundraising, public opinion polls, and buzz. They came at him in waves, as though they were running a relay race and Romney was running a marathon by himself. In the ended, he bested the entire tag team of Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich & Santorum.

Romney’s last two competitors are trotting a mile behind:

One Romney adviser said Tuesday that the campaign would mostly refrain from engaging Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, although both men vowed in similar language to remain in the race as the conservative alternative to the front-runner. The focus, this Romneyite said, would be “on Obama and bringing the Republican Party together.”

Senator Pat Toomey offers advice to spectators determined to defeat Obama:

“Now is the time for conservatives to rally around Gov. Romney and help deliver a victory in Pennsylvania and America this November,” conservative Sen. Pat Toomey said in a statement issued hours after Santorum’s withdrawal. “I am confident Gov. Romney will be a great president and will return our country to the conservative principles that make our nation great.”

Toomey represents Pennsylvania, a state Obama carried four years ago by 10 points. But with the sour national economy, the most recent polling shows it much closer than the race between Obama and McCain — and it’s not a state that Romney’s forces are planning to concede to the Democrats. As for the 11 states Romney lost to Santorum, for the most part they were either low-turnout caucus states or places such as Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and North Dakota, where Republicans should win in November.

Cameron continues:

So perhaps there has been no lasting harm to Romney’s general election chances, despite all the punches that have landed on that still-handsome mug. But many conservatives remain wary. They will watch how Romney campaigns from now on, whom he picks as a running mate …

While politicos will now chatter about V.P. possibilities and we Romney supporters are breathing somewhat of a sigh of relief, we understand it’s a time for others to catch their breath, reflect, and face reality. Governor Romney earned the right to grip the GOP baton. He will be the one to take the race to Obama. Each participant made the race ever so exciting. Sincere thanks to all.

We hope all who love America and our opportunity society will soon rally to Romney. Like Senator Toomey said, we need everyone to chime in, cheer the baton-bearer, and help chase Obama from the White House.

Believe in Romney.

He can win this thing.

Then, America wins.

(emphasis added to article)

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney’s Moment

Alan Greenspan once coined the phrase “irrational exuberance” to describe the feeling some investors get when witnessing rapidly rising stock market values and the “bubbles” they inevitably create. Today marks the end of “irrational exuberance” for Newt Gingrich. According to the RCP polling average, the Gingrich bubble has burst. Poll numbers on all fronts show Gingrich trending downward, including nationally where he has dropped 6 points since his height. 

The Republican presidential race has certainly resembled the turbulent stock market by having, in the short span of just 6 months, six different front-runners for the Republican nomination. At one point we had Donald Trump rise to the top by stirring the “birther” controversy. Then we had Bachmann, Perry, Cain, and now Gingrich each take their turn at the top of the standings. Romney is the only candidate who has been steadily and consistently polling at or near the top of the pack throughout this entire tumultuous year.

Interestingly, despite Gingrich’s surge in the polls, Romney continues to do substantially better in a head-to-head matchup against President Obama than Gingrich. 

However, Romney now refers to Newt as the “front-runner” and said that he expects a long drawn-out primary. Romney has said that he “never expected to win every state” so it looks as though Gingrich will be his primary competition. The prospects of long primary struggle between Romney and Gingrich delighted Obama’s re-election team in the hopes that whoever emerges from the GOP struggle will either have their reputation badly damaged or simply not have enough time to establish a strong campaign against Obama. 

With the vote in Iowa just three weeks away, more Americans are now getting interested in the race. The last debate in Iowa had a total of 7.6 million viewers, that’s 38% more viewers than the previous debate! The upcoming debate this Thursday looks as if it will draw an even bigger crowd.

Romney’s timing for his interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News this Sunday couldn’t come at a better or more crucial moment for his campaign. The Wallace interview will likely be the most watched interview of the season, and I believe Romney is going to impress a lot of conservatives and independents with his command of the issues. With so many people watching the interview, it will be a great time for Romney to make the case that his business career of turning around troubled companies and the Olympics is just the kind of skill set America needs right now. 

The most recent polls show that 73% Americans feel that the country is headed in the wrong direction. For the first time since America’s founding, kids no longer expect to exceed their parents’ financial situation. America appears to be in decline and poised to take its place as just another fallen superpower.

We believe that Romney is the only candidate who has the skills necessary to turn around the American economy. After all, Romney’s successful career in business was built on his ability to turn around troubled enterprises and to make them profitable again. That is what he has been doing his whole life. It’s what he is good at. Let’s put a businessman in the White House, a business man who knows how to turn things around, cut out the waste, and get things done. As Romney says, lets make America a place where “it is good to be middle class again.”  

California Governor’s Race: Meg Whitman Leads Jerry Brown in Latest Poll

California Gubernatorial Hopefuls, Meg Whitman & Jerry Brown

Mitt Romney’s friend and colleague, Meg Whitman, is ahead of Jerry Brown in the California Gubernatorial race to become the next Governor of California.  A Rasmussen poll released today is showing that Meg Whitman now leads Jerry Brown by eight percentage points:

“The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in California finds Whitman earning 48% support, while Democrat Jerry Brown picks up 40% of the vote. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and six percent (6%) are undecided.”

Her eight point lead is even more significant when you factor in those who are not yet committed to a candidate but are leaning one way or the other are more likely to vote for Meg Whitman:

“When leaners are included in the new totals, Whitman posts a 51% to 43% lead over Brown. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate.

Early in any campaign, the numbers without leaners are generally more significant. Later in a campaign, the numbers with leaners matter more. After Labor Day, Rasmussen Reports will report the numbers with leaners as the primary indicators of the campaign.”

Hopefully, Meg Whitman will keep her lead as November grows near and become the next Governor of California.

~ Jared A.

UPDATE by Jayde: Meg Whitman Ad

Re: Obama’s Speech

I agree with Justin…to a point. Obama’s speech was a rhetorical gem. It flowed naturally from one topic to the next and made a compelling case for his solutions. I was just left with one question after listening:

So what?

If the problem that Obama was confronting, and the need for the speech, had been general racism or discrimination, this would have been a masterful discourse. However, in my view, the problem was not generalized racism, but Obama’s particular association with an extremist. It was the statements by one of Obama’s closest confidants for the last 20 years that are particularly at odds with the premise for Obama’s campaign. Thus, in addressing race rather than his voluntary association, Obama addressed an issue tangential to the reason for the controversy.

The big problem with his speech is that he either gave generalized denunciations to Wright’s statements and then made the moral equivalence argument in several ways: equating non-family members to family members, saying all religious leaders make controversial statements, implying that all controversies are equal, etc. These excuses for his continuing association with Wright, in spite of the problems it has caused, makes me question his judgment more fully.

Don’t get me wrong, Obama’s campaign was smart in pivoting from Obama’s particular associations to racism generally. The news, at least that I’ve seen, has been gushing over his speech about race and have generally forgotten why he needed to give the speech at all. Wright is glossed over and forgotten as the stations will likely do a week’s worth of stories about race in America.