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Sunday, January 27, 2008
posted by jason | 10:49 AM | permalink

In fairness, the AJC is a liberal rag. I do knock McCain for trumpeting his NYTimes endorsement for the fact the Grey Lady is also the liberal beast. So I am willing to take some flack for posting this. But any fair reader would see the differences between the AJC's reasoning for Romney and the NYTimes reasoning for Mitt:

From the AJC:

The qualities needed now in the Oval Office are business knowledge and experience, an understanding of economies and the imperatives of those who manage them around the world, an ability to problem-solve and to assess talent and to assemble the right team to accomplish a mission. What's needed, too, is a strong grounding in principle and steadfastness in the face of pressure and panic, but with the adaptability and flexibility to adjust to changing circumstances.

...For Republicans, it's time to be realistic.

And the reality is that the next president could be handed a Congress controlled by Democrats, as George W. Bush was in 2006. That demands a leader with experience in working with the opposition party.

...In addition to a pragmatism toward the opposition, another practical concern for Republicans is electability. To win the White House, Republicans need a nominee who can be competitive in states drifting Democratic — Ohio or Colorado, among others.

Romney can. On policy matters, the great differences are between the two parties — not, frankly, the serious contenders in either field.

It is for that reason that purists should recognize that the crucial test is which of these candidates can win in November. In all respects, Romney looks, sounds and acts presidential, projecting competence and the intelligence to deal comfortably with policy nuance and complexity. In a perilous world, whether the peril is terrorism, global competition or a tanking economy, Mitt Romney is the Republican who inspires confidence in his ability to lead.

"I will not need briefings on how the economy works; I know how it works," Romney said last week in Florida. "I've been there. I think it's time to have a president who understands the economy, understands jobs, understands why jobs come and go."

That should be an appealing argument to Republicans.

Now compare this to the NYTimes reasoning:

But Mr. McCain took a stand, just as he did in recognizing the threat of global warming early. He has been a staunch advocate of campaign finance reform, working with Senator Russ Feingold, among the most liberal of Democrats, on groundbreaking legislation, just as he worked with Senator Edward Kennedy on immigration reform.

"What's the difference?" a McCainiac asks. Liberal media likes McCain because he will be liberal for them. When liberals like Romney, it's because of pure intelligence and ability. When Romney wins liberals and indies over, it will be on his terms, not theirs.

Something to keep in mind.
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For once I agree with the Journal! Mitt Romney is an intelligent businessman, a brilliant man who has been out "creating" jobs in this great free enterprise country of ours, not hanging out in DC cloakrooms, working deals. He just has not been totally able to articulate his positions - America will be the loser over all. That's tragic to me.

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