Your One Vote Can be Leveraged Big for Mitt Romney!

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Since the 1770s, Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I will have the freedom to vote. Having the liberty to vote is a sacred privilege — one that none of us should ever take for granted. This knowledge has caused me to never miss voting in any American election.

Have you voted yet? If not, please vote this Tuesday. Please, don’t follow any of the polls, up or down, or listen to the mainstream media spin intended to discourage your voting. Don’t let any noise distract or dissuade you. Your one vote matters. Your one vote is extremely valuable to Governor Romney. You can and will make a difference with your vote. And that difference you make could be big.

  • Do you know a young man or young woman for whom this is their first presidential voting privilege? Please ask them to accompany you to the voting booth Tuesday to cast their ballots for Romney/Ryan.
  • Do you know any shut-ins that have voted their entire lives but for whatever reason have been unable to get around much, who may have determined this year that getting to the voting booth is “just too much hassle?” Please graciously ask that person to go with you Tuesday and tell them how grateful you are and Governor Romney is for their effort to make a big difference.
  • Do you have a brother, sister, cousin, uncle, friend, neighbor, or associate that is registered to vote but thinks their one vote makes no difference? Please speak with that person (or two) and ask them to go with you to the voting booth and maybe buy them lunch. They will never miss another election.
  • Do you know anybody in a nursing home that has considered voting to be a sacred privilege their entire life but who is no longer ambulatory? Why not visit that person today or tomorrow and invite them to accompany you to the voting booth after you take them out for a meal or a movie? Do you have any idea how much you will make their day, week, or year? They are from The Greatest Generation and love America beyond understanding.

We are at a crossroads in our nation, right now. This is not hyperbole. This is real. We cannot afford to let up or allow ourselves to be complacent in the least. We can begin to rest on Wednesday. Please do everything you can to find every registered voter you know that supports the Romney/Ryan vision and help motivate them to pull the lever.


Right now, at this very moment, we need to kick into after-burner mode!


Yesterday, Governor Romney said this in his speech in Wisconsin:

“I will bring real change. I know the economy and American job market will still be stagnant, but I won’t waste any time complaining about my predecessor!”




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Endorsements Matter, Especially for a Republican

NOTE: Specific Endorsement Count by Candidate & Names: End of Post

Any one endorsement for a presidential candidate, in and of itself, is not generally considered that important in the long-term. However, how that endorser supports the candidate over time and the number of endorsements of stature can have significant influence. Every endorsement is a huge vote of confidence by the person putting their name on the line, in public (consider those who do not endorse candidates at all — there is a reason they don’t step up)

I have been giving a lot of thought to the large number of endorsements Governor Romney has compiled week in and week out. Gingrich sees this “voting” and he attempts to blunt their importance by referring to these as “the establishment” supporting Governor Romney.

Nonsense.

No matter how you cut it, almost EVERY one of these endorsers knows both Gingrich and Romney; some better than others. Very few of these choose Gingrich. By the way, I have yet to hear any close friend of Gingrich or any colleague of his (that worked closely with him for years), ever say anything positive about the man as a leader (besides his ability to speak well). Why is that? I only hear negative things said of him from those that know him well.

Yesterday’s Opinion section of The Wall Street Journal discusses this important topic:

Do endorsements matter? Politicians certainly think so, and they spend loads of time courting party elites and opinion-makers. So far, though, 2012 has shown how the politics of anointment and appointment can fail.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley flopped mightily in trying to deliver her state for Mitt Romney. Evangelical leaders held a summit to get the Palmetto State to back their new choice, Rick Santorum, but he fared much worse than Mr. Romney. Newt Gingrich knows the feeling—New Hampshire’s supposedly dominant Manchester Union Leader newspaper huffed and puffed for Newt and got him less than 10% of the vote.

But it’s easy to cherry-pick examples to prove the folly of endorsements. In some circumstances, they can make a substantial difference.

Throughout American history, presidencies have been created by the laying on of incumbent hands. Thomas Jefferson effectively passed the presidency to his friend and confidant, James Madison. Andrew Jackson handed his populist democracy off to an unlikely dandy, Martin Van Buren, in 1836. Few would have imagined the studious and portly William Howard Taft as president until Theodore Roosevelt picked him in 1908. More recently, George H.W. Bush might not have been elected president without Ronald Reagan’s blessing. Madison, Van Buren, Taft and Mr. Bush all got their predecessor’s third term—when popular, presidents have extraordinary powers.

What about little-known state legislators and local sheriffs? Even low-level backing can attract the cameras and generate a positive story. But this can backfire if candidates overplay their hands, as Jon Huntsman did when his campaign hinted at a “major” announcement in Florida. Speculation naturally centered on former Gov. Jeb Bush. Not quite. Mr. Huntsman got only his son, Jeb Jr., and the media’s letdown showed in the coverage.
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Even more than Democrats, Republicans typically nominate a candidate that party elites support. In “The Party Decides,” political scientists Marty Cohen, David Karol, Hans Noel and John Zaller analyzed endorsements made prior to the Iowa caucuses in presidential primary contests from 1980 to 2004. They found that the candidate who had won the biggest share of endorsements won the eventual nomination in nine of 10 competitive contests (the exception was Democrat John Kerry in 2004). On the GOP side, the eventual nominees all won a strong plurality of endorsements.

Not surprisingly, given Mr. Romney’s position as the front-runner and the fear that many Republican officeholders have of sharing a ballot with Mr. Gingrich or Ron Paul, the former Massachusetts governor has a long lead in endorsements from elected officials. According to the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, Mr. Romney has the backing of 72 members of Congress, versus a combined 17 for the other candidates.

This is good news for Mr. Romney. Mr. Gingrich is attempting to stir the populism of the GOP base by railing against “elites,” but many voters welcome guidance in intra-party contests. In a general election, voters have the invaluable short-hand cue of the party label. But in a nominating contest, all candidates have the same party label. How to choose just one? Differences in personality, background and policy help, but so does a candidate’s association with other well-known party figures. People want to puzzle out which candidate comes closest to their kind of Republican or Democrat.

Non-endorsements can send powerful signals to voters as well. For decades, leading Southern Democrats practiced “golden silence” in presidential years, refusing to endorse their party’s presidential nominees. This was a green light to voters that it was acceptable to support a Republican for the White House. In 1960, President Eisenhower wanted Vice President Nixon to succeed him, but he damaged Nixon’s campaign when asked what major decisions in his administration Nixon had influenced. “If you give me a week, I might think of one,” said Ike. The comment ended up in one of John Kennedy’s TV ads.

Could non-endorsements end up mattering in 2012, too? Despite decades on Capitol Hill and four years as speaker of the House, Mr. Gingrich has only 11 congressional endorsements, five of them from Georgians.

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CHECK THESE TWO SITES FOR MANY SPECIFICS:

Endorsements for the Republican Party presidential primaries, 2012

RACE 4 2012 — Endorsements as of January 20, 2012
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