Frontrunner Romney: Columnist Says ‘Stop Beating Up on Mitt’

We know politics produces disparagers, maligners, and mud-slingers. Primary politics usually means a frontrunner takes disparagement, maligning, and mud-slinging from both sides.

After the presidential debate last week - a sort of official GOP political taking the plunge - the talking heads, news pundits, and those with an elephant in the fight generally called for Governor Romney’s opponents to go after him; to deluge him with the muddy-water of the business. That’s why the following article caught my eye…

While not in complete agreement with the author, it is a refreshing, ‘come-up-for-air’ read and a good way to start the week:

Stop Beating Up On Mitt

Presidential primaries have a purpose. They test the candidates’ ability to face the opposition in the general election. Whatever is thrown at you by your own team usually pales in comparison to the abuse you receive from your opponents. Unfortunately, what some Republicans are throwing at Mitt Romney, last Monday’s Republican debate notwithstanding, is way off base.

Romney is receiving criticism principally on his efforts to reform the health insurance system in Massachusetts while he was Governor. By now, Romney has refined his response without pointing fingers at his successor, liberal Democrat Deval Patrick, who enacted changes that made the program far more costly and less effective. All of this reproof is pointless because Romney has no intention of replicating it on a federal level, nor would he have to appease a legislature overwhelmingly comprised of left-wing Democrats.

Mr. Romney has clearly stated that he will order his Secretary of Health and Human Services to issue exemptions from ObamaCare to all fifty states; meaning that the only individuals subject to this horribly misguided legislation and its crushing regulations will be the residents of Washington D.C. Frankly, that’s quite fitting. He’s also confirmed that he fully intends to work toward repeal of ObamaCare. What more can you ask of the man?

Romney is also accused with being short on charisma. Are we electing a President or head television huckster? We’ve already elected a hollow orator, but he’s a little short on the more vital Presidential qualities — starting with leadership. Romney has been proven to be an effective leader in both private industry and the public arena. For example, he averted a major national embarrassment by stepping in to professionally manage the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He not only administered operations of the Olympics, but tactfully and sensitively worked with both the international community and the IOC. America needs an experienced leader who can get things done — not just smile and hope.

Some critics dismiss him because of his unsuccessful candidacy in 2008. It brings to memory Ronald Reagan, who spent the years 1976 to 1979 gathering support for his 1980 Presidential run. Like Reagan, Romney has spent the past three years building relationships, supporting other Republican candidates, and raising money – all in preparation for his formal announcement. This is the tried and true path to the White House. When we select inexperienced newcomers, we often end up with failures such as Carter and …

Republicans yearn for another Reagan. Alas, there will never be another Reagan any more than there will be another John Wayne, Babe Ruth or Marilyn Monroe. But Romney provides something that no other Republican candidate can deliver. He can dismantle Obama without offending voters. He reeks of nice. When Reagan destroyed Carter, he reeked of nice. There was no nasty side to Reagan and there’s no nasty side to Romney. Swing voters like that — a lot[...]

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Continue reading here and while you’re at it, leave pro-Romney comments there.

► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE from Ross
Our friends at Americans Needs Mitt ask “Romney Was Right on Pledge. Will Anyone Admit It?”

Hat tip to Rightspeak for the following video:

Also, check out “Why Mitt Romney Came Out as the Winner in the SBA Pledge Controversy”. A big reason is because SBA Set Trap for Romney, Caught Cain, Then Choked.

Finally, Mitt isn’t the only who saw through the SBA pledge. Check out Cain and Romney were Right Not to Sign SBA List’s Ridiculous Pledge! Mitt’s got Jennifer Rubin on his side on this issue as well. The candidates who are trying to use this as a way to hurt Gov. Romney among pro-life voters are looking very silly now.

Is Mitt Romney responsible for Obamacare and the current state of the Massachusetts Health Care system?

Dr. X

Here is an analogy for those who continue to blame Obamacare and the current status of the Massachusetts Health Care system on Mitt Romney:

There was a woman named Massa Chu Setts. She had complained of chronic pain to several doctors over the years. No one seemed able to help her until Dr. X came along. After several meetings with Massa, Dr X took her medical history and specific symptoms and consulted with several specialists. Tests were recommended and performed. A plan to remedy this woman’s suffering was developed and put into place specific to here particular needs and situation. With all this information in hand, Dr X proceeded with his treatment and the woman was finally relieved of her pain.

Dr. Y

Well, hearing this news, Dr. Y who had a patient that he felt had a similar problem, decided that he would treat his patient the same way. Why bother with the unnecessary tests and consultations Dr. Y thought. It was obvious to him that his patient suffered from the same ailment and required the same treatment as Massa. He proceeded and his patient died.

If he had only just consulted with Dr X, before he proceeded, he would have learned that Dr. X’s patient Massa Chu Setts, had mixed results. The pain she was having was lessened, but she would require ongoing treatments and close supervision, for the rest of her life.

Dr. Z

Dr. X, finally retired and left his patient in the hands of Dr Z with the recommendation to continue with his treatment of Massa under close supervision. Well Dr Z decided to put the woman on additional drugs because he felt they would help her. They didn’t and Massa continues a downward spiral losing many of the gains she made under Dr. X..

I have 2 questions for you:

1. Is Dr X (Mitt Romney) in anyway responsible for Dr. Y’s (Barack Obama) patient dying?

2. Is Dr. X responsible for his former patient’s new health issues under Dr. Z (Governor Deval Patrick)?

If you have determined that Dr. X is not responsible for Dr. Y’s patient’s treatment and death or the current health of his former patient Massa, how then is Mitt Romney responsible for Obamacare and the current state of the Massachusetts Health Care system?

Note from Nate: be sure to also read Aaron’s op-ed RomneyCare positions Mitt Romney as Most Qualified to Dismantle ObamaCare

Mitt Romney on Hannity Show, Comments on MA Races: Barney Frank vs Sean Bielat, Deval Patrick vs Charlie Baker

Governor Mitt Romney took a break from his busy schedule on election eve to appear on the Sean Hannity Show. He commented on the winds of change blowing through Massachusetts - which began whistling with Scott Brown’s victory and is hitting Barney Frank’s race with Sean Bielat and the gubernatorial race between Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker. Romney also voiced his opinion on Obama’s failed policies, incl Obamacare.

Romney has earnestly given his all to help conservatives win tomorrow and has kept up a break-neck schedule on the campaign trail. It was wonderful to see him again.

In case you missed it, here’s a look at Romney’s recent activities on the campaign trail:

Make it a tsunami Tuesday tomorrow! Please vote and take your friends and neighbors with you!

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UPDATE - Speaking of Sean Bielat, here’s a TwitPic from Mitt:

Mitt TwitPic (11/01/10): Huge @Sean Bielat barn rally here in Taunton, MA- chanting 'Retire Barney Frank' They're right!

UPDATE 2 - Great video of Mitt at Sean Bielat Election Eve Rally:

H/t Bosman for Hannity video

► Jayde Wyatt

A Victory For Naked Partisanship

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced Thursday he has chosen longtime Kennedy friend Paul Kirk to fill the vacant seat left open by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy until a special election is held in January.

Patrick said Kirk will begin serving immediately, not in the 90 days that the measure passed by the Massachusetts House and Senate allowing for the appointment stipulates. The measure, which passed both chambers Wednesday, includes a provision allowing the interim senator to begin immediately if the governor declares it is an emergency.

We all knew this was going through, and I’m sure most know the story but to reiterate:

In 2004, John Kerry ran for president. If he would have won, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney would have the power to appoint the successor to his vacant seat per the 17th Amendment. Ted Kennedy and company see this and have the state legislature strip Romney of this power. The legislature had the choice to let Romney appoint a temporary successor was there 5 years ago of course, Romney himself suggested it, but they decided to be bullheaded and decided that no representative was better than a Republican.

Now, we have Ted Kennedy’s final legacy. And it is fitting to this person who spent decades hurting this country (our immigration mess largely falls at his feet). With his last plea to the American public he asked that Democrats play by a different rulebook than Republicans. What the politicians of Massachusetts have done is disgraceful.

Of course, we should expect nothing less from a man who let a young woman remain at the bottom of a lake while his liver destroyed the evidence of his drunk driving.