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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► 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.