Mr. Santorum & Mr. Gingrich: What Would Mitt Do? A Matter of Principle, Integrity, and Character

Santorum and Gingrich should be asked continuously why they stay in the race until they admit they are driven by self-interest. Ron Paul has already given his answer.

What would Mitt Romney do right now if the tables were turned and he were in Gingrich’s or Santorum’s shoes? No guessing needed. We only need to look to 2008 for the answer. At about this time in the race in 2008, Governor Romney dropped out of the race and did a lot of heavy lifting for Senator McCain. He and Huckabee knew there was no practical way either of them could win the nomination and yet Huckabee stayed in three months longer out of self-interest (to inflate his value to FOX News).

Do Character, Principles, and Integrity Matter?

By David Parker

Vince Haley, an advisor to Newt Gingrich seriously suggested that Mitt Romney bow out of the race and allow the “conservatives” a debate on how to take on Obama. Although, he couldn’t have been serious, could he? What Mr. Haley fails to recognize is that the only true and principled conservative in the race, whose life reflects immeasurable integrity, is not Newt Gingrich nor Rick Santorum, but Mitt Romney. Actions always trump words, and character, principle and integrity are self-evident in what one does and not what one says. Character, principle and integrity are borne out in how a person lives their life — are they self-absorbed or committed to the service of others, and how is such manifest?

David Parker

In a brief retrospective — in February 2008, having lost Florida and fully aware of the complexion of the impending 26 state Super Tuesday campaign, Governor Romney quickly realized that math can be a stubborn thing. Notwithstanding that he would prevail in certain states on Super Tuesday, and could continue to contest with John McCain and Mike Huckabee for the Republican nomination, the question arose — but to what end? Personal accommodation for ego’s sake? Power and influence at the 2008 Convention? Notoriety and fame? Denigration of the other candidates? Vindictiveness for the rough and tumble campaign that preceded Super Tuesday? A want to be right when everyone else was wrong? Advocacy for posture and position?

Mitt Romney knew that he would not win the nomination outright; the math wouldn’t bear it out. He also knew that the general campaign against the Democratic nominee, whether Obama or Clinton, would be hard fought and difficult at best. He could have continued his pursuit of the nomination, even to the Convention, but in doing so would only impinge on the Republican Party’s coalescing to the greater good. For to shorten the time window of the Party’s competing in the general election would severely impact much needed Party unity, Party fundraising and advocation of Party principles and its conservative platform in a hotly contested general election. So Mitt Romney willingly subordinated his personal interest to the greater good of the Country, in spite of very vocal protests to the contrary by his supporters. The audible response at CPAC was very evident — he was then and is now, a solid fiscal and social conservative and those at CPAC knew it. His speech at CPAC in 2008 and the actions that followed thereafter clearly illustrate that Mitt Romney is a man of principle, character and integrity — he put Country and Party first, and subordinated personal interest.

He stood with and supported the presumptive nominee, John McCain, and then went to work — he was one of the most active surrogates for Senator McCain and was a catalyst to raise in excess of $20 million for the general campaign. As the Democratic Party subsequently chose their nominee, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney pressed forward knowing how critical it was to stand with the Republican nominee and advocate for the conservative values that made America great! It was the Republican Party’s only shot to derail the pending disaster. To quote Senator McCain, “no one worked harder for my campaign.” Mitt Romney proved his character and integrity by recognizing and accepting early-on the pragmatic realities, subordinating his self-interest, and acting on core values and principles to assure viability in the pending general election.

He earned the respect of many. Interestingly enough, John McCain captured 46.3% of the popular vote vs Barack Obama who captured 53.7% for a difference of 7.4%. Had the general election cycle been shortened, the difference between McCain and Obama could arguably have been much more significant. After all, the oceans would cease to rise with the messianic messenger. Although the delta was not slight, which may be more attributable to the prevailing attitudes of our nation, the deception of Obama and the shortcomings of the Republican nominee on economics, it could have been a lot worse — a loss is still a loss. 2008 results give us great hope for 2012, as Obama is vulnerable, very vulnerable.

In 2008, we were fighting an uphill battle — and difficult battle at best. Even so, we have a tremendous opportunity to defeat Barack Obama in 2012 — his favorables are terrible and his failures self-evident. Notwithstanding, as an incumbent it will still require all that the Republicans can muster to defeat Obama. The 2012 general election campaign will demand time, money, coordination, coalescing and unity, and experienced leadership. The more time we have to frame a conservative argument with critical solutions, the better. Can’t anyone see this? Or, are we so blinded by the biased MSM?

That said, let’s evaluate where we are today — mathematically, Santorum and Gingrich cannot win the nomination. Math is math, and facts are stubborn things — they will not win 70% to 73% of the vote in the remaining primaries and caucuses, which is what is required for them to obtain the nomination. Even if they combined forces they would fall woefully short. And yet, are they giving any indication of acting in the best interest of the Party and Country? Are they willing to subordinate self-interest to the greater good? No, in fact they are arguing that Mitt should leave the race to them; they are arguing that it should go the Convention, leaving us with a 2 month general campaign from the Republican Party’s perspective; they are arguing that they are relevant, when in fact they are not; they are dividing the Party; they are bleeding much valued and needed financial resources that could be applied to a general election campaign, and to what end?

The proof is in the pudding — we now know their hearts, their elevation of self and consequential subordination of conservative principles and advocacy, their lack of commitment to the Party; their lack of commitment to defeating Barack Obama; their self-absorption and sense of self-importance; they are clearly blinded by power, influence and ignorance — even believing their own press. And speaking of press, what are those in the conservative media thinking? Is the want for a story and/or viewership more important than winning in November? The time is NOW, the nominee is, or should be NOW, Mitt Romney. Mitt is truly head and shoulders above Messrs. Santorum and Gingrich in character and integrity — as actions trump rhetoric!

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THANK YOU to GitchiGummiPress for these two articles to shed light and truth on Santorum and Gingrich respectively. Integrity? Character? Principles? Click —-> Santorum and Gingrich.
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7 Responses to Mr. Santorum & Mr. Gingrich: What Would Mitt Do? A Matter of Principle, Integrity, and Character

  1. Annette says:

    Some have suggested that Romney campaigned for McCain to get his endorsement in a possible run in 2012. I doubt Romney would spend such an investment of his time for one man’s endorsement. What an outrageous statement for Vince Haley to have made. Mitt Romney should drop out of the race so that the true conservatives can decide on how to take on Obama? Are they serious? The so called true conservatives couldn’t take on Mitt in a debate. They couldn’t bring down Mitt Romney, who they call a tepid moderate and a flip flopper in 20 debates. If Romney really was a flip flopper and a moderate, they would have taken him down through ads and debates along time ago. But their claims are false…that’s why they haven’t been successful.

  2. Annette says:

    There are only 4 winner take all states left. Utah, New Jersey, WA DC and Delaware. All of these states are favorable to Mitt. The rest of the states will divide delegates according to votes. Of the 34 remaining states only 7 are caucuses. The math does not add up for Gingrich and Santorum.

  3. F. Ybarra says:

    Utah is Mitt’s “home state”, so is Massachusetts, and so is Michigan, and Idaho, and Arizona, and Nevada and a few more. Recently Santorum whined about that: “I only have one home state, not like Romney”. Well, genius, isn’t having multiple “home states” a good thing?

    I agree that the two clowns Gingrich and Santorum should drop out. I don’t agree with the idea that if they don’t, Mitt won’t be able to beat Obama. Mitt will get the White house regardless of Gingrich and Santorum. Right now they are only embarrassing themselves, and yes it would help if the called it quits, but their long history of self-service and total lack of regard for anyone but themselves suggests they won’t.

  4. Scott says:

    Your are right on all points. But let me add this - Let’s take a look at what is fueling the campaigns of Gingrich and Santorum. Without Fox News, they wouldn’t have campaigns at all. The frustrating thing is that Fox is spending an inordinate amount of time marginalizing Romney - probably more than any other news organization except for MSNBC (that fact should anger every Republican. If we can’t rely on Fox News for good balanced information, who can we rely on?). Gingrich and Santorum are feeding off of that anti-Romney negativism.

    Sarah Palin, a Fox contributor, is the most obvious in her opposition of Romney. When she appears, I can’t switch the channel fast enough (Sorry Sean). Britt Hume seems fair. O’Reilly - not so much. Hannity seems neutral. I even heard Shepard Smith poke fun at Mitt’s Romney’s jeans that he wears while campaigning. What’s with that? Thankfully, we have common sense Ann Coulter to offset the negative rhetoric of Palin and others.

    Little journalistic time has been spent digging deep into Romney’s life beyond his business and political background (isn’t that part of journalism too?). If they would simply look at Mitt Romney the man, the business leader, the ecclesiastical leader, the father, the husband - they would find a man of unwavering character, honesty, moral integrity, gererosity and principle. He is also a man of faith, though he does not wear it on his sleeve. And he’s not one to toot his own horn, which you can’t say about the other candidates. Yet, Mitt Romney is tea party and evangelical friendly. Where is the journalism?

    Mitt Romney is wired to fix things. It’s in his DNA. This is the kind of president we need. This is the man America needs sitting at that big desk in the oval office. Can we really imagine anyone else?

  5. Nite Owl Mom says:

    “I only have one home state, not like Romney”.

    Bull crap. Robo-Ricky has two homestates. Pennsylvania and The Beltway. He’s lived in the Virginia/D.C. suburbs for most of the last 20 years, yet somehow couldn’t qualify to get on the Virginia ballot due to lack of organization and support. I guess there weren’t enough of his lobbyist colleagues to sign his ballot petition. He is so full of sanctimonious crap.

    Mitt lived in Michigan as a child then moved to Massachussetts where he lived for the last 40 years, except for having a home in La Jolla, Calif. (which is where any sane person would want to spend the winters.)

    Mitt hasn’t worked a DAY in D.C. Mitt can’t help it if members of his faith in Utah, Arizona, and Idaho are attracted to his character and work ethic. Santorum can’t even get the members of his faith to vote for him.

    I guess Catholicism is just another of Romney’s “home states,” huh?

    Whiny Rick will never stop whining.

  6. AfricansforRomney says:

    You cannot win prez election just b/c of other candidate fortunes. You’ve to work hard and earn it. Gingrich don’t have the votes what he has is that gigantic ego. Santourm has been getting largely Obama’s lazy union votes. Santourm conservative values are either out of dates or fake.
    Gingrich, Santourm=Unelectables loosers

    Gov Romney is doing wonderful lately (hope, he doesn’t mess it up with crazy comments :=)) He must continue preaching conservative values, FAITH , FAMILY, community, THE CONSTITUTION, less gov, individual liberty, religious liberty, pesonal responsibilty, sensible enviroment policy. It is time for Gov Romney to suspend “Obama is a nice guy” speech.

  7. Robert and Helen Wells says:

    We agree sith AfricansforR. But just this fact (Four years ago, Romney took the path of a gentleman and a patriot by dropping out two days after Super Tuesday in order to focus on unifying the party. McCain had been nothing but nasty to Romney, but Romney worked long and tirelessly for McCain. I fear Santorum and Gingrich have no such disinterested principles) and the link below tells the true story of what is to be.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2012/03/07/doing_the_math_on_romneys_path