Here’s an overlong but (also) persuasive pitch for Romney, to go as counterpoint to Dennis Byrne’s column below:
When it comes to the economy and judges, Mitt’s the One!
Bad economic news highlights the need for a President with the credentials of Mitt Romney, not political maverick John McCain, Mitt’s chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
That’s boilerplate: he’s the one for the economy. But contained within this presentation is an even more important case for Romney, his being a more experienced and responsible manager. Quoting National Review:
At a time when voters yearn for competence and have soured on Washington…, Romney offers proven executive skill.
Governors generally do, some more than others. Senators generally do not. GW was a governor but not a very good executive — “Heckuva job, Brownie” and all that. But for president we want an executive, do we not?
Like Dennis Byrne, he picks judge-selection as crucial, citing McCain’s “gang of fourteen” membership aimed at blocking or compromising in appointments of conservatives. In this he focuses on McCain as legislator- compromiser.
There’s more to be said about all this, but let us close with Thomas Sowell’s comment at Real Clear Politics a few weeks ago:
When it comes to personal temperament, Governor Romney would rate the highest for his even keel, regardless of what events are swirling around him, with Rudolph Giuliani a close second.
Temperament is far more important for a President than for a candidate. A President has to be on an even keel 24/7, for four long years, despite crises that can break out anywhere in the world at any time.
John McCain trails the pack in the temperament department, with his volatile, arrogant, and abrasive know-it-all attitude. His track record in the Senate is full of the betrayals of Republican supporters that have been the party’s biggest failing over the years and its Achilles heel politically.
Ouch! for McCain supporters, and let’s hear it! from Romney-ites — and, I may add, for those who have executive ability in mind when voting for the chief executive.