Conservative Converts to Mitt


The size of the crowds at the Romney-Ryan rallies continues to grow.

We started last October because we were fed up with people who have never met Mitt declaring him to be “robotic,”plastic,” and “unfeeling.” Escalating the insults, exclamations such as “he has no core” continue to fill the news. The negativity towards Mitt reached I hope will be seen as its climax during his recent trip abroad, which implies the turning of the tide in the Obama “Kill Romney” campaign strategy.

The rhetoric in that campaign became more and more heated over time. Accusations from the Obama camp have included charges that Mitt is a felon. Showing either his dishonesty or his complete ignorance of what is going on, Obama later said that never happened! Worse still, campaign ads, which President Obama has refused to denounce, even border on calling Mitt a murderer. In that instance, unswayed by the fact that Mitt had left his company 7 years earlier, an Obama Super PAC ad implied that he played a role in denying healthcare to a poor woman later diagnosed with cancer, which ultimately took her life.

Most distressing to us who know Mitt, however, was the observation early on that even conservatives refused to give Mitt a fair shake. It appears, however, that the tide might be turning and not be a minute too soon. Given that we approach the most significant election in generations, we have no more time to waste.

It was in that frame of mind that I read this weekend a terrific piece by Andrew Ferguson, senior editor of the Weekly Standard. He admits there his previous anti-Mitt bias and recounted how his view has changed. The entire article is worth reading, but here are a couple of excerpts to preview the author’s apparent conversion. Ferguson lays out his initial impression, leaving little to the imagination:

Now that he’s officially the Republican nominee for president and has an excellent chance of becoming the most powerful man in the world, I feel free to admit, in the full knowledge that nobody cares, that I never liked Mitt Romney. My distaste for him isn’t merely personal or political but also petty and superficial. There’s the breathless, Eddie Attaboy delivery, that half-smile of pitying condescension in debates or interviews when someone disagrees with him, the Ken doll mannerisms, his wanton use of the word “gosh”—the whole Romney package has been nails on a blackboard to me.

To his credit, Ferguson did not leave it at that, which of course gave rise to the article! He had the integrity to delve further, to “dive” as he put it, into the Romney literature. His primary source was The Real Romney by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman of the Boston Globe. Ferguson’s conversion was slow at first, but then it became profound:

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