National Review Online: Romney’s the One, Townhall.com: Romney Has The Right Stuff

Mitt Romney speaks to small business owners worried about the Obama economy at Meetze Plumbing in Irmo, South Carolina. May 21, 2022




Ramesh Ponnuru from NationalReviewOnline declares Romney’s the One .

Close on his heels, Kathryn Lopez from Townhall.com writes Romney Has The Right Stuff.

We agree!

Kathryn Lopez (12/2/11):

Mitt Romney did something oddly appropriate during a post-Thanksgiving interview with Fox News host Bret Baier: He got peeved.

It’s been, in many ways, a thankless run so far for the former Massachusetts governor. He does everything he’s ‘supposed’ to do and typically does it well. And yet, not only is he failing to attract passionate support, this 64-year-old grandfather who has been a pillar to his family, community and country gets to listen as he’s called ‘weather vane,’ a craven tool of the prevailing political winds. It’s no wonder Romney looked like he’d rather be home drinking hot chocolate with his wife instead of doing another interview about his ‘X Factor’-like competition to be the guy everyone wants to have beer with.

This is what the pre-primary game has become: Stick to script, stay on pitch and you won’t get voted off by the chattering class this week. It’s not exactly the optimal way to determine who will make the best commander in chief.

And while Romney has changed his position on issues over the years, some of his shifts should come as welcome both to conservatives and other discerning general-election voters.
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… [M]y colleague Ramesh Ponnuru makes the case that Romney is not someone conservatives should be depressed about supporting. It’s true that Romney took a sharp right turn when he moved from state to national politics. But it’s also true that in 2008 he was the candidate behind whom Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, among other conservative notables, said that the conservative movement should rally in order to stop John McCain from getting the nomination. He has not moved left since that time. His positions on policy questions are almost all the same as they were then. On a few issues he has moved right: He now favors a market-oriented reform to Medicare, for example.

Ramesh adds: If Romney was to McCain’s right then, he is still. He’s to George W. Bush’s right, too. Bush never came out for the Medicare reform Romney has endorsed. Bush never said that Roe v. Wade should be overturned, either. Romney has. Romney’s long list of policy advisers includes people who are, within their fields, roughly in sync with the politics of the Bush administration or to its right; almost nobody is significantly to its left.
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It’s going to be middle class in America again, Romney said, where people have the conviction that the future is brighter than the past. America has to be strong, with a strong culture, with a strong economy, and a military that’s second to none. And we’re losing faith in those things. He added: “I want to make America stronger again.”

Romney presents himself to voters with the biography of a turnaround artist, a businessman who has taken problems and created opportunity, success, and that desperately welcome word: jobs. He has cleaned up messes. Sounds like the kind of guy you’d send to Washington, D.C., right about now, doesn’t he?

This may just work.

(emphasis added) Read entire article here.

Read Ponnuru’s full article here.

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney/Jobs Report: “Obama Sees High Joblessness as New Normal. I Never Will”


Today’s jobs report for November reveals the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.6%. Jill Schlesinger (CBSNew.com) asks…

Why the big drop?

Unemployment falls: Is it really good news?

The drop in the unemployment rate comes with an asterisk: while there was a 278,000 gain in employment, there was a concurrent labor force decline of 315,000 from October. It would be far preferable for the unemployment rate to drop because the economy is creating over 200,000 per month consistently, rather than due to would-be employees leaving the work force, either because they’re retiring or they’re simply too discouraged to keep looking for a job. If some of those people resume their job searches, we could see the unemployment rate tick up next month.

The bad news
8.6 percent unemployment is still a very high rate. In fact the jobless rate has remained above 8 percent since February 2009, the longest stretch since monthly records began in 1948. Additionally, there are still 5.7 million long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks and over), which represents 43 percent of the total unemployed and the average duration of unemployment rose to 40.9 weeks, the highest on record.

Also, of the 120,000 new jobs created, 50,000 came from the retail sector, which includes a number of employees added for the holiday season. The big question is whether those people will keep their positions beyond Christmas.

But for today, we should take the improvement and hope that a combination of mildly better than expected domestic news, plus some hope that the Europeans will reach a conclusion on the debt crisis, will deliver a holiday gift to the global economy.

Mitt Romney issued the following statement today on the November employment numbers:

Today’s unemployment figures bring to 34 the number of months that unemployment in the United States has been over 8 percent, the longest such spell since the Great Depression. The Obama administration may have come to accept such a high level of joblessness as the new normal. I will never accept it. To me, the fact that so many millions of Americans are unemployed only highlights the urgent need for a fundamental change in the direction of our country. We can’t afford another year of President Obama’s failed economic policies. And we certainly can’t afford five more years. This is not exactly the hope and change that the American people bargained for.”

5.7 million Americans have been out of work for more than 26 weeks. The average amount of time the unemployed are out of work is 40.9 weeks. Underemployment/part-timers are at 15.6%. Statistics show that when the unemployed are re-hired, they are given salaries lower than their previous employment.

Romney also appeared on Fox & Friends this morning. He was asked about the new jobs report:

We had three years of barack Obama’s presidency. This is the slowest recovery we’ve seen since Hoover. He’s going to try and put a silver lining on a very dark cloud. But the truth is, his economic policies have made us more and more like Europe and, high unemployment and low income growth - median income in America dropped by 10%. He’s going to have a hard time putting perfume on this pig.

It’s very good news, obviously, going into the holiday season. People are shopping again; very good news that the unemployment rate is down - more people back to work. But, look overall at the President’s record on the economy - it’s been miserable.”

(emphasis added)

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VIDEO Fox & Friends Interview Romney: Baier, Newt, Polls, Obama, Christie, George & Barbara Bush

Mitt Romney was up bright and early for an excellent interview this morning on Fox & Friends (FOX News). He was asked about his recent interview with Bret Baier, Newt-I-will-be-the-nominee-Gingrich, poll numbers, Obama and unemployment numbers, and more:





Articles referenced in interview by Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, and Gretchen Carlson:

Wall Street Journal - Gingrich backed Freddie Mac in 2007, (subscription required to see full article):

“When you need government, sometimes you need government to help spur private enterprise and economic development.” - Newt Gingrich

Washington Post - Mitt vs Newt by Charles Krauthammer

So what is he [Romney]? A center-right, classic Northeastern Republican who, over time, has adopted a specific, quite bold, thoroughly conservative platform. His entitlement reform, for example, is more courageous than that of any candidate, including Barack Obama. Nevertheless, the party base, ostentatiously pursuing serial suitors-of-the-month, considers him ideologically unreliable. Hence the current ardor for Gingrich.

Gingrich has his own vulnerabilities. The first is often overlooked because it is characterological rather than ideological: his own unreliability. Gingrich has a self-regard so immense that it rivals Obama’s — but, unlike Obama’s, is untamed by self-discipline.

Take that ad Gingrich did with Nancy Pelosi on global warming, advocating urgent government action. He laughs it off today with “that is probably the dumbest single thing I’ve done in recent years. It is inexplicable.” This will not do. He was obviously thinking something. What was it? Thinking of himself as a grand world-historical figure, attuned to the latest intellectual trend (preferably one with a tinge of futurism and science, like global warming), demonstrating his own incomparable depth and farsightedness. Made even more profound and fundamental — his favorite adjectives — if done in collaboration with a Nancy Pelosi, Patrick Kennedy or even Al Sharpton, offering yet more evidence of transcendent, trans-partisan uniqueness.
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The second, more obvious, Gingrich vulnerability is electability. Given his considerable service to the movement, many conservatives seem quite prepared to overlook his baggage, ideological and otherwise. This is understandable. But the independents and disaffected Democrats upon whom the general election will hinge will not be so forgiving.

They will find it harder to overlook the fact that the man who denounces Freddie Mac to the point of suggesting that those in Congress who aided and abetted it be imprisoned, took $30,000 a month from that very same parasitic federal creation. Nor will independents be so willing to believe that more than $1.5 million was paid for Gingrich’s advice as “a historian” rather than for services as an influence peddler.
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(emphasis added) Read more here.

● CBS News - Mitt Romney and George H.W. Bush enjoy “a visit between friends” by Sarah B. Boxer:

Though Bush officially remains neutral in the Republican presidential race, many of his connections are on board with Romney:
• Two of Bush’s children - Doro and Marvin - have already donated to the Romney’s campaign.
• According to Federal Election Commission data, Romney holds a wide lead over other GOP presidential candidates in donations received from the 939 “Pioneers” and “Rangers” who raised at least $100,000 each for George Bush’s presidential efforts.
• Romney received the endorsement today of the elder Bush’s first cousin, former U.S. Ambassador George H. Walker III. Walker was among 29 local leaders in Missouri to announce their support of Romney this morning.

Continue reading here.

Gov Mitt Romney visits with former Pres George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara, and dogs Mimi and Bibi in Houston,TX. Dec 1, 2021
(Photo AP/Pat Sullivan)



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Audio from Mitt on Hannity’s radio show below the fold.
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Plum Endorsement for Romney: Former Iowa Gov Robert Ray

Aug 27, 2021 - Mitt Romney and former Iowa Gov Robert Ray greet each other before Romney spoke at a private campaign fundraiser in Des Moines. (AP photo)


Governor Mitt Romney has landed a plum endorsement from the former Governor of Iowa, Robert Ray:

GOP fixture Robert Ray endorses Mitt Romney
by Tony Leys
Dec 2, 2021

Mitt Romney has picked up the support of a pillar of Iowa’s Republican establishment.
Former Gov. Robert Ray said Thursday that he is publicly endorsing the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential bid.

“There’s some qualified candidates, but the one that stood out as the one most likely to get elected, I thought, was Mitt Romney,” he said in an interview at Romney’s Des Moines campaign headquarters. “As you can tell, I waited quite a while to look the candidates over and see which one was most electable.”
Ray said he believes Romney’s experience as a governor and as a business executive would help him win the nomination and the general election against President Obama. “I didn’t find that other candidates had that experience,” he said. “He’s had some success, and it’s the kind that fits this position. … If you want someone qualified to run government, get someone who has had experience of running something, actually running it.”
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Ray expressed hope Thursday that a Romney nomination could unite Republicans, including those who have moved the party to the right of where it used to be and focused on a narrow set of social issues. “Those people engaged in those different organizations think that they’re pulling the party together, by everyone agreeing on a very evangelical or conservative basis. I think just the opposite, and if you split the party, you’re less likely to win an election.”

(emphasis added)

Statements:

I am truly honored to have Governor Ray’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “Not only was he a great governor but he is also a tremendous leader with a long history serving both Iowa and the country. In the coming weeks, I look forward to working with Governor Ray to bring my message of a “Simpler, Smaller, and Smarter” approach to government to all Iowans.”

Fmr IA Gov Robert Ray

Announcing his support, former Governor Ray said, “I want our next president to be someone whose character and judgment I respect and whose ideas are valid for our country. I believe Mitt Romney offers the personal qualities and vision to become a truly great president. Mitt has a strong record in business, including turning around the Winter Olympics, and leading the state of Massachusetts. Mitt Romney would represent America’s values and interests in an uncertain, challenging, and competitive world. With our future in mind, I am proud to support Governor Romney in the caucuses and hope to vote for him next November.”

Background On Governor Robert Ray:

Robert Ray Was The Governor Of Iowa From 1969 Until 1983. After leaving office, Governor Ray also served as interim Mayor of Des Moines and as interim President of Drake University. He also founded the character education program, Character Counts. Governor Ray is a U.S. Army veteran and was a delegate to the United Nations Conference on Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.

It’s great to know Governor Ray will be helping Governor Romney in Iowa!

► Jayde Wyatt