How many times must I apologize for neglecting this blog?! So busy with family and business and local politics..but can’t pass up this opportunity to post the really fun video of Mitt and Ann Romney from this morning’s Fox and Friends program. In addition to this segment, Mitt talks about his new book
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s stock sank like a stone after his amateurish, underwhelming response to President Barack Obama’s February address to Congress. Sarah Palin’s decision to resign as governor of Alaska has only exacerbated doubts about her abilities. South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford and Nevada Sen. John Ensign have been badly embarrassed by soap opera affairs, which have made a mockery of their pious public pronouncements.
By contrast, the polished Romney, who is the very picture of a devoted husband, has gotten taller just by keeping his head relatively low. But something equally important seems to be happening inside his camp. According to Sasha Issenberg’s story in the Boston Globe Magazine, Romney’s team has come to think that the former venture capitalist and governor’s best route to the White House will come by stressing economic and fiscal issues and managerial competence rather than by pushing conservative social and cultural hot buttons.
That makes good sense. And yet, close political observers can be forgiven for thinking that this epiphany has come rather late. After all, Romney spent much of the 2008 campaign cycle pandering to the right wing on issues like gay marriage, immigration, and guns, let alone fear of, gulp, Massachusetts. And who can forget his effort to portray himself as the voice of the “Republican wing of the Republican Party” — and to cast rival John McCain as outside the conservative mainstream? Meanwhile, it’s hard to recall a sillier speech in the entire last cycle than the one Romney gave to the Conservative Political Action Conference. There, Romney told conservative activists that he was ending his campaign because a protracted primary race might hurt the GOP’s fall prospects and thus make him complicit in “aiding a surrender to terror.”
Still, if there’s to be yet another new Romney, we hope the 2012 campaign model will be closer to the man we briefly knew as governor than to the candidate who played such an aggressive game of panderama last time out. Which is to say, Romney should adopt the counsel Polonius would undoubtedly have given had he been a political consultant rather than a royal counselor: To thine own strengths be true.
I know, I know - it’s early! But look at what we are up against. GREAT numbers to report today:
RASMUSSEN 2012 poll to be released at 10:30 AM ET
Obama 45% Romney 45%
Obama 48% Palin 42%
Many apologies for neglecting this blog! I’ve been live-blogging our county budget meetings, helping with out local GOP Fair, attended State Convention, all of this and got my kiddos summer plans underway!! Have a couple of political races to get involved with too - one municipal race and one congressional race. WHEW!
Have to let you all know the good news about Governor Romney!
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is more popular among the general public now than during 2008’s Republican primary campaign, according to the latest poll from the Pew Research Center on the favorability ratings of leading members of the party.
Some 40% of the general public rates him favorably, while 28% rate him unfavorably. It’s a notable bump from the 30% who gave him high marks in Feb. 2008, and a notable decline from the 44% who viewed him unfavorably last year.
The turnaround is largely fueled by a change of opinion among independents—in February 2008 just 29% of independents had a favorable view while 46% had a negative impression. Now that balance is reversed with 44% viewing him favorable and just 25% unfavorably.
HT NY for Mitt
Tomorrow morning at 9 am!!
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement Tuesday on Sotomayor’s nomination:
“The nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court is troubling. Her public statements make it clear she has an expansive view of the role of the judiciary. Historically, the Court is where judges interpret the Constitution and apply the law. It should never be the place “where policy is made,” as Judge Sotomayor has said. Like any nominee, she deserves a fair and thorough hearing. What the American public deserves is a judge who will put the law above her own personal political philosophy.”
Obviously the favorite moments for me came from none other than Mitt Romney, who hit Pres. Obama hard on many levels. Here are some highlights from Mitt Romney’s speech at the NRA Convention this weekend:
Click here for the full speech.
On the Second Amendment:
“In our day, some Americans take for granted the struggles and victories of the founding generation. Ronald Reagan said that “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” That is why we and the NRA meet here today: we are committed to fight for freedom, defend the Constitution, and pass on to our children a legacy of liberty.
No Constitutional protection is more often ignored, distorted, or disdained than the individual right to keep and bear arms.”
On President Obama’s spending binge:
“How many times have we heard the President blame our economic troubles on excessive borrowing – on the high-risk practices of overleveraged companies, banks, and consumers?
Yet somehow he thinks the solution is to overleverage the entire country. I disagree. The federal government should lead by example, with real responsibility and budget discipline, not by spending more trillions we don’t have.”
On health care:
“The liberal Democrats who control our government also want to put Washington in charge of healthcare. The rest of us want to reform healthcare to make sure that every American has insurance they can afford, and that cannot be taken away if they change or lose a job.
But the best path to health care reform is to let the American people make their own decisions, not have those decisions forced on them by government. Let Washington choose the stamps for the post office, but let the American people choose who we want for our doctor.”
“President Obama is anxious to impose a new cap-and-trade carbon tax on Americans. I wish he understood that if we unilaterally place a very substantial cap-and-trade burden on ourselves, the major energy-using industries will simply pack up and go elsewhere.
You don’t deal with global problems by penalizing only our own citizens. They don’t call it “America warming.” They call it global warming!”
Where the President is right:
“We have a duty to press on, to make sure that the principles of America’s founding will be the principles of America’s future. That’s our patriotic duty. It’s also our duty to stand with the President when he’s right.
I’m glad that he backed away from his campaign promise to pull the troops immediately out of Iraq. I’m glad he is going to get tough on the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. I’m glad he’s continuing to hold military tribunals for terrorists.
In fact, whenever he adopts the policies of John McCain and George W. Bush like this, I’m glad.”
Where the President is wrong:
“President Obama, however, is wrong to back away on missile defense. He was wrong to go on Arab TV and claim that America has dictated to other nations. America has sacrificed more than any other nation to free people from dictators. And of course, President Ahmadinejad of Iran seized upon that misstep by our President to call for an apology from America.
I think the President is going to learn very quickly that abject apologies are always welcomed by thugs and terrorists. But what they need to hear instead is a message of American confidence and American resolve . . .
He’s released top secret memos about interrogations, but we’re still waiting for other top secret memos that tell us about the attacks prevented by those interrogations. The President has also promised to close down Guantanamo, without giving the slightest indication of the next stop for the killers being held there now.
And for all of these decisions, he has received the predictable applause from the usual quarters.
But here’s the problem. That is the very kind of thinking that left America vulnerable to the attacks of September 11th. And the approval of left-wing law professors and editorial boards won’t be worth much if this country lets down its guard and suffers another attack.”
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I want to extend a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of our M4M readers out there
A blessed Mother’s Day also goes out to Ann Romney. Please read the following information provided by The Women’s Conference on how Mitt Romney’s first lady empowers others:
Ann Romney places primary importance on her role as a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. As First Lady of Massachusetts, she continued her work on behalf of at risk youth.
In 1998, Mrs. Romney was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She has volunteered much of her time to raise awareness of the disease as a Board Member of the New England Chapter of the MS Society, and has been awarded the Society’s Inspiration Award. By raising the profile of MS, as well as raising funds for advocacy and research, she is determined to make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from the disease.
Mrs. Romney is a strong believer that faith-based and community organizations can reach some members of our community better than government can. As such, Mrs. Romney served as the Governor’s Liaison to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As a dynamic community leader, she has been a long-serving supporter and leader in the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. One of her priorities within the United Way has been as initiator, co-chair and now member of the Faith and Action Committee, a coalition that provides funding to urban church programs designed to serve at-risk youth. She has also served on the Board at the United Way, as well as on their Executive Committee and Community Impact Committee.
Mrs. Romney is dedicated to improving the welfare of children, locally and internationally. She’s involved with Right To Play, formerly Olympic Aid, an international nonprofit organization that uses sport and play as a developmental tool for children in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. She lends her time and leadership to equine therapy programs for physically challenged children, literacy programs for children including the annual Scholastic Reading event, as well as organizations such as Partners for Youth with Disabilities, the American Red Cross, and the Perkins School for the Blind. As First Lady, she also served as a board member of the Massachusetts Children’s Trust Fund. In recognition for her efforts, Mrs. Romney was the recipient of the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from Operation Kids.
Read more here.
I wanted to find the video of Mitt Romney addressing the Herzliya Conference a couple of years ago - but I can only find the text. The speech was awesome in delivery - but a very good read: