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Thursday, December 13, 2007
posted by Kyle Hampton | 8:00 PM | permalink
I'm going to try to do an ongoing series about several reasons to vote for Romney. Today I wanted to start out with something a little out of the norm when thinking about a presidential candidate: temperment. With all the scrutiny that comes with the job, we need a president with thick skin and a hesitency to judge. We know that every president has his critics and the job lends itself to being targeted by rivals and the media.

From the day Romney entered the race he has heard the critics and responded with kindness. He has argued forcefully on substance, but left personal attacks for other candidates. AB Stoddard, over at the Hill, puts it well, reflecting on the events of the last few weeks:

At their final reunion before the Iowa caucuses, the GOP presidential contenders sat through an exceedingly dull “debate” Wednesday, sponsored by The Des Moines Register, in which everyone assumed Romney would do anything short of slitting the throat of Mike Huckabee. Romney has spent nearly two years saturating the Hawkeye State, only to watch Huckabee achieve better results in one month, and needs to stop Huck’s momentum before it spells his end.

But he chose to leave Huckabee alone and make the case for his own merit. In the only interesting part of the session, in which candidates were permitted “free” moments when they could say whatever they wanted, Romney complimented Iowans for making his family feel so welcome, and asked outright for their vote. He smiled his gorgeous, aw-shucks grin and was the picture of grace and humility.

Earlier this week all eyes were on Romney’s ad comparing his position on immigration to Huckabee’s. It was the first “negative” ad of the campaign, said all. But I didn’t think so. Romney went out of his way to praise Huckabee as a good family man and used specific policy proposals to draw a contrast on this toxic issue. The ad never crossed the line, and spoke to a voter priority without attacking — I was impressed.

Earlier this month Romney gave his long-anticipated speech about his “faith,” and also impressed me with his political savvy — assuaging evangelicals without upsetting them by trying to sound just like them — but focusing instead on the importance of religion and faith in public life, just the message the target audience hungers to hear. Romney looked and sounded calm and commanding, not as if he was cajoling and not as if he was desperate. Romney was presidential.

Today when the news broke that Huckabee, the top-tier novice, had suggested Mormons believe Satan and Jesus were brothers, Romney again stayed cool. He said attacking someone’s religion is “just not the American way, and I think people will reject that.” But he was also kind. When asked if Huckabee was speaking in code to evangelicals, Romney resisted any temptation and said Huckabee is “a good man trying to do the best he can.”

My hat is off to Mitt.

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3 Comments:


Kyle, you are more forgiving than I regarding Huckabee's comments. He was totally anti-mormon baiting with his comments. He was trying to divide us along religious lines. He is a coward and a traitor. But let me tell you how I really feel....



It really does take strength of heart and true courage to take a hit again and again and continue to stand tall. Mitt is taking the less traveled high road by not slinging mud like alot of the other candidates. His focus is on the good of the people of this nation where it should be. The fact that Mitt said that Huckabee is "a good man trying to do the best he can" simply shows the charater of Gov. Romney and that of his opponents.



Unfortunately,we're living in a country that's sloching towards nanny stateism and it's even infected Repubicans as well. Mike Gomerbee and his compassionate caring facial expressions trumps policy and the direction of the country.How has a guy that's been so pro-illegal immigration,skyrocketed to the top of the pack in a republican primary? Huck's easy button here was to get the endorsement of the Minutemen who have been accused of squandering donations to help secure the border.The general poulation views thse people with scorn as vigilantes. Not a problem,Huck would impose vigilante justice on women that aren't subserviant and AIDS patients,so at least he's consistent.

The reason none of these problems for Huck aren't getting any traction is the MSM hasn't used their usual condemnation of right wing positions on him.Look at how they turned Romney's speech about faith into being closed minded towards athiests. They could rip Huck to shreds if they wanted to but they are being told by big wig Dems to keep the gloves off.There's no other explanation for gay groups not coming out in force to condemn Huck's position on them. If Romney has said the same thing about gays his candidacy would have been over the next day.




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