Again, Why Mitt?

January 3, 2012
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Since I have endorsed Mitt Romney for president, I was asked this past weekend by a friend which other candidates I would support should Romney take a dive. I really don’t think he will but I did give it some thought and it really is a process of “de-selection” in the Republican field, not one of “selection” – I could have supported (and will support) any of them except one – Ron Paul.

While Paul is right on many issues, I could not support him for one reason – his stance on Israel and I can’t buy into the hate many of his supporters are selling.

I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to support Israel for political reasons, like the fact that they are the only democracy in the region and they are our only reliable ally in the Middle East. I also base my support on religious and scriptural grounds because I happen to believe what is written in Chapter 11 of Isaiah, verses 11-13:

11And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

13The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

I believe that these passages foretell the destruction of the nations who fail God and abandon Israel. We are working on accomplishing both of these disastrous feats. Obama has not set foot in Israel during at any time in his life, leading many to believe that he is 1) immersed in sympathy for Islam or 2) actually a Muslim. Paul would even be worse.

I’m also a little frustrated with the criticism of Romney from the right. There are those who are in dangerous proximity of hypocritical behaviour for a few reasons.

How many of us have criticized Obama and his administration for being academic and never having anything other than theoretical experience in the business world? How many have said that the government needs to be run like a business or that we need a president who is less a politician and more of a business leader?

I know that I have, so let’s look at the resumes of the top 4 non-Paul contenders in the Iowa Caucuses today:

Rick Perry:

  • 6 years in the Air Force
  • 6 years farming cotton with his father
  • 27 years in elected office (starting in 1984)

Rick Santorum:

  • Law degree in 1986, 9 years of various law work and “think tanks” wrapped around 16 years in elected government
    • 2 terms in the House (4 years)
    • 2 terms (12 years) in the Senate (1994 – 2006)

Newt Gingrich:

  • Academic professor for 8 years, Ph.D. in 1971
  • 20 years in elected office
  • 11 years as an author, lobbyist, lecturer and head of various “think tanks”

Mitt Romney:

  • Graduated in 1975 cum laude from with a dual MBA/JD, in the top third of that class, and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.
  • 24 years in business with various firms including private equity
  • 3 years running the Salt Lake Organizing Committee
  • Governor of Massachusetts for 4 years
  • Ran for senate in 1994, president in 2008
  • Supported various Republican causes for the last 4 years.
  • Total time in elected office – 4 years.

If the words “I wish we had someone in office who understood business” ever came out of your mouth or you have ever condemned Obama for being an academic, a lawyer, a community “organizer” or a career politician, it would seem that to support anyone but Romney is hypocritical. There are “conservatives” who say that Romney is just like Obama and a if you are going to vote for Romney, just cut out the middle man and vote for Obama – but the resumes of the other Republican contenders look far more like Obama’s than does that of Mitt Romney.

Romney has spent the most time in the private sector and the least time as a politician of any other candidate in the race, including President Obama. Romney actually used his law degree in furtherance of his business acumen, not as a primary career or a prop for a political future.

This is not an election on social issues – it is an election about what socialist approaches to those issues are doing to our nation. Being anti-abortion or socially conservative won’t matter if we can’t get a bit in the mouth of government and pull back on the reins.

Romney is about to be attacked from the right and the left as a “job killer” at Bain Capital – but here’s the Catch 22 on that line of reasoning; the very reason that private equity firms exist is to invest in companies, streamline them for maximum earnings and sell the resulting value for a profit.

What the left and the right are currently pillorying Romney for are exactly the skills and drive necessary to cut government down to size. How many of us have complained about the inflation of employment in the public sector while the private sector continues to shed jobs?

How many conservatives have wished for someone with those skills to run for president?

There is one candidate that has the private sector acumen, that when combined with Republican control of the Senate and House, can transform government.

Mitt Romney.

43 Responses to Again, Why Mitt?

  1. artist on January 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

    The USS Titanic awaits its new captain.

    Rejoice! We may only hit the iceberg at 50 knots rather than 200.

  2. utahprez on January 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Yeah, that’s some great logic.

    Except that we at least stand a chance to survive a crash at 50, we won’t at 200, so by all means, let us be defeated so the left can use the dried husks of our bodies as fuel to dial it up to 250. That would so much better…

    I can guarantee that your absolutist stance will have you left on the deck with the band as the Titanic sinks.

    Hope the let you request the music.

  3. Magwich on January 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

    While Paul is right on many issues, I could not support him for one reason – his stance on Israel and I can’t buy into the hate many of his supporters are selling.

    So no matter what happens in this country, Israel must come 1st. Regardless of thepeople deficit and debt that’s accumulated in this country, Israel must come 1st. No matter how many people die in the Middle East, Israel must come first. I don’t understand why so many conservatives have an undying loyalty to a foreign country. It needs to be stated that I don’t have a responsibility to protect Israel just because you say so. There is nothing in the Constituting that permits the Federal government to be the protector of a foreign country. If you are are so dedicated to Israel, renounce your US citizenship and become and citizen is Israel. That way, your taxes can be used to defend your country. Hell, you can join the IDF to protect your country.

  4. invalid10 on January 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    That’s funny because Ron Paul is the only conservative in the race.

    Guess you’re supporting the liberals.

  5. Magwich on January 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Except that we at least stand a chance to survive a crash at 50, we won’t at 200, so by all means, let us be defeated so the left can use the dried husks of our bodies as fuel to dial it up to 250. That would so much better…

    No we can’t survive hitting the iceberg at 50. We have a $1.5T deficit, a $15T national debt and $115T in unfunded future liabilities. Your preferred candidates had no proposals to address any of this. Of course this doesn’t matter because Romney is Israel first.

  6. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Just for all you fresh visitors to Polipundit this caucus day, the above butthurt RINO fled the scene last week, unable to defend against the conservative assault on Willard, his RINO handmaiden, and whining and crying like a RINO baby all the way through the fleeing.

    You don’t need to read anything this butthurt RINO blathers on incessantly and verbosely over. Lemme help you… it’ll be thousands and thousands of words of the type written by Lucinda Graham, Juan McLiar and Arlen Specter. Get the RINO picture here?

    That crap is absolutely valueless to we conservatives… completely worthless… and is what is destroying this country. Don’t waste your time reading this fool’s garbage. It is the RINOism and Left coalition at work. Completely anti-conservative, in other words.

    Heh, and I’m amused that this butthurt RINO has skulked back in here with another supportive stab for that RINO Willard crapweasel.

    “Why Willard?”… indeed!

    Willard and his Global Warming kookiness? This butthurt RINO ain’t got no problem with it.

    Babykilling and Willard’s Planned Parenthood love? The butthurt one’s got no problem with it.

    ObomneyCare? Butthurt RINOs love big government. They love it, just like their lefty soulmates. Willard’s socialized medicine is a butthurt RINO’s dream.

    Bailouts? Hey, Willard loves bailouts. Simply LOVES ‘em. Anything that the taxpayers can fund, Willard’s for it. And the butthurt RINO loves Willard for it.

    Like I say, ignore this butthurt RINO, and don’t even bother reading its empty, valueless garbage. We conservatives know better.

  7. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I will cower during this and all caucuses without having the guts to state my own candidate. Call me the Cowardly Conservative.

  8. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I will skulk around this website all during 2012, bleating like a baby about RINO-this and RINO-that.

    I have a butthurt, and I want to inflict it upon all of you.

  9. Magwich on January 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I believe that these passages foretell the destruction of the nations who fail God and abandon Israel.

    You know there are a lot of countries that are very properous that don’t support the state of Israel. Switzerland is a good example. There are a ton of other countries that don’t support Israel and they seem to be doing quite well. How do you explain that? I wish conservatives would abandon their faith based foreign policy.

  10. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Want to hear some more of my anti-RINO kookiness? Because I’ve got nothing better to do.

  11. MikeN on January 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    One big problem with your praise of Romney’s lack of a political career compared to his rivals. The reason Romney doesn’t have a long political career is because he is a political loser. Had he won in 1994, he would be a 17 year political veteran.

    That is why I will not vote for him. He is likely to lose to Obama.

  12. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I get a kick out of how this crapweasel RINO sockpuppet calls others “cowardly”. ;-)

    It sorta fits the butthurt RINO’s temperament, though.

    They love RINO crapweasel’s, just like their lefty soulmates, but can’t stand being called out by we conservatives for it.

  13. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Of course, we conservatives will call everyone else out, but never display any courage in naming our own candidate. That’s why we are called Conservative Crapweasels (CC, for short).

  14. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    You see, I will bleat like a baby about RINOs, but I will never, ever stand up for my own candidate. I am, in a word, a troll. Get used to it.

  15. Mongolian Reversal on January 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

    “While Paul is right on many issues, I could not support him for one reason – his stance on Israel and I can’t buy into the hate many of his supporters are selling.”

    what hate? oh you mean the ‘losing their status quo power’, fear-backed
    accusations by RINO-loving talking heads in the MSM and RINO backers who claim he is an “anti-Semite”, despite there being no concrete evidence … and despite evidence that his policy of “no more foreign aid to anyone” (at the expense of US taxpayers, despite the fact that we can’t afford it anymore as we are over $15 trillion in debt and no sign of it getting better) would actually benefit Israel since presently the Arab countries combined get more foreign aid than Israel does. And despite Bibi himself has said Israel can take care of itself.

    Utah’prez’, despite your credentials that you list about yourself, you have demonstrated you have no basis to use logic to form your conclusions. rather, like many (but certainly not all) ‘corporate executives’ (which you claim you are), you come across as an ‘empty suit’ who is full of himself and feels that his wisdom is superior than most and you must share it so that the rest of us can learn and be influenced ‘for the greater good’. please do us a favor and cease your biased, agenda-oriented, intelligence-lacking posts. you have lost your credibility here.

  16. Rdm on January 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

    “If he had won he would be a 17 year . . . Blah blah blah”

    If I had been born a girl I would be my brother’s sister. He didn’t win and wasn’t in office.

  17. invalid10 on January 3, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Utah- You’ve been watching too much Fox News. The channel is hard on the brain.

    Report: Ron Paul Rocked Valley High School In Iowa This Morning

    Ron Paul enjoyed a rock star reception this morning during a get-out-the-vote rally at Valley High School in West Des Moines.

    Throngs of reporters snapped photos and yelled out questions as he made his way into the school’s gymnasium. Once inside, the students offered the 76-year-0ld congressman their warmest welcome of the day.

    Roughly 800 juniors and seniors gathered clapped and cheered for the Paul, who briefly sported a pair of shades. Chris Moody, a political reporter with Yahoo! News tweeted this gem: “Iowa HS girl on Ron Paul when he enters rally: ‘He’s got his glasses on. Like a BOSS.’”

  18. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Like I say, I get a kick out of this butthurt RINO sockpuppet calling somebody else “cowardly”. ;-)

    Let’s call this blogpost the “Butthurt RINO – Caucus Day Edition”

    Hey, we can do this every year, and have the butthurt RINO post a couple thousand words of nothingness to commemorate the occasion. ;-)

  19. Mongolian Reversal on January 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    when I read this article, I thought of Utah’prez’ and Poli,

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/ministry-propaganda-declares-ron-paul-unelectable

    “What all the candidates but Ron Paul dare not acknowledge because it isn’t on the approved Ministry of Propaganda script is that the Status Quo is heading off a cliff at the direct behest of the nation’s Power Elite. The only candidate that has “the vision thing” and that clearly enunciates exactly how the Power Elite’s policies have led the nation off a cliff of insolvency and Imperial hubris is Ron Paul.

    For this sin against the Status Quo and its Power Elite, Paul has been excommunicated, and the (pardon my language) smarmy army of corporate media whores cannot declare him “unelectable” often enough.

    That is proof that he is highly electable, for otherwise the Ministry of Propaganda wouldn’t be running a campaign of such transparent desperation. “

  20. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I am thinking of changing my name to “annoying un-RINO”, since I am nothing more than a troll. We CCs (Conservative Crapweasels) bleat like babies, but never have the courage to state the candidate that we support.

  21. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Yeah, that’d probably be a good idea, for you to stop being a butthurt RINO sockpuppet, and actually start using your own nickname.

  22. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    You should come out of the closet, you butthurt RINO sockpuppet. ;-)

  23. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 11:33 am

    We Conservative Crapweasels are all in the closet: we refuse to say who we are supporting in Iowa. We bleat like little tiny babies about RINOs, whaaaaaaaaaaa, but are too cowardly to name our candidate. In short, we Conservative Crapweasels are TROLLS.

  24. Evan3457 on January 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Still not voting for Romney or Paul.
    I’ll support Santorum. For now.

  25. R U in the tank for the RINO-Keynesians?? on January 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm
  26. butthurt RINO sockpuppet on January 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I’m plugging for Willard!

  27. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Oh! Oh! Can I get in on some of that buttplug action??!!! Like all TROLLS, I swing both ways.

  28. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I am a Conservative Crapweasel, but not “socially” conservative, if you get my drift, wink, wink.

  29. Michelle Bachman's husband on January 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I get it! ‘wink wink’ — right back atcha!

  30. Mitt Romney on January 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I get it too, since I flip-flop both ways!!

    *wink wink*

  31. anonymous un-RINO on January 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    If Willard flips both ways then he’s my boy! :wink:

  32. butthurt RINO sockpuppet on January 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I want to party with you guys and Willard!

  33. butthurt RINO sockpuppet on January 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I’m officially endorsing all butthurt RINOs including the author of this discussion topic and all associated sockpuppets.

  34. kellsbells on January 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I’m the pickle puffer around here! It’s not the author of this discussion. Although, I can understand your envy…….his pickle is delicious…..

  35. Budahmon on January 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Utah…It looks like you got the Ron Paul Circle Jerk going. Let me see there is Pivot Man (AKA anonymous un-Rino) who is the biggest loser on this particular board and who spends all of his foodstamp money on his fetish for Ron Paul blow up dolls. Then you have Acorso (AKA Invalid 10) who links to antisemitic websites with nice little doublespeak. Lets put it this way…..Ron Paul accepted money via weblinks from Stormfront……..does that not show a lack of common sense? Ron Paul signed off on racist newsletters…does that not show that he is incompetent? Ron Paul has said that its all right for Iran and North Korea to get nuclear weapons……does that that not only show a lack of common sense, incompetence and a lack of intelligence? You losers go ahead and dive into the Ron Paul Circle Jerk…Pivot Man, as always, is sitting in the middle, dressed in Ru…er I mean Ron Paul drag. What a bunch of losers, hypocrits and maladjusted dumb shites…..(BTW, Pivot Man that is scottish for fecal matter and may I add Paulistinians).

    Now for that Cigar (hand rolled by an old Cuban gentleman down here in Florida who really understands what socialism is all about) and a shot of A’bunadh.

    Pivot Man….Acorso….Ego alvus vaporos versus tuo expellere….because that is what your comments are really worth.

  36. rightwingyahoo on January 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Look, there’s no shame in Romney hating. It’s just my opinion the others are worse. Santorum may not be worse, if her has renounced his Bush era foolishness.

    Kells… Double Ds and pickle puffing? Shazam, now where’d my wife get to? Honey!!!

  37. Bufumon's Mommy on January 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    why so angry and full of hate Bufu? time for bed for you.

  38. booty-mohn fan club on January 4, 2012 at 5:24 am

    ohhhhhh you so fly botty-mohn.

    You botty-hurt like them other mohns?

  39. butthurt RINO sockpuppet on January 4, 2012 at 5:29 am

    I have an announcement to make.

    I am officially adding Butthurtmon to my list of butthurt RINO endorsements.

    Please make a note of it.

  40. Ron Paul on January 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I have an announcement to make.

    My bunghole hurts from the reaming I took in Iowa. It’s all down hill from here.

  41. butthurt RINO sockpuppet on January 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Well welcome aboard, Ron.

    You ol’ butthurt RINO sockpuppet, you!

  42. Ron Paul on January 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I’m so happy that my favorite Pivot Man (AKA anonymous un-Rino) did such a good job leading this thread’s Ron Paul Circle Jerk.

    But, in his spare time, pickle puffer “anonymous un-Rino” takes a break from his Pivot Man position and he loves to kneel before me and puff on my pickle

    He is a very obedient Paulbot.

  43. butthurt RINO sockpuppet on January 6, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Well, welcome aboard, Ron.

    The world can never have enough of we butthurt RINO sockpuppets!

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