Tuesday, July 17, 2007



"Romney Spends It Faster Than He Gets It." Is the headline de'jure regarding Mitt's campaign. Believe it or not, your happy Mittiot has a thought on that.

Some time in the middle of last year, as Chairman of the Jackson County GOP, I (and a few interested members of the 7th Congressional Dist.) had the opportunity to do a small group meeting with the Gov. I was already a "Mittiot," committed to the Romney cause primarily for Michigan's sake (and now for the Country and World for that matter), but couldn't help to be aw struck, again, by Mitt Romney's fingertip command of the numbers regarding the state of Massachusetts and his policy positions. One of the members of the motley group asked Mitt about the bio-medical industry and Massachusetts' success in attracting such firms to the state and its tech-corridor. The Governor, grinned, drew in a split-second breath, and exhaled something that was so to the point and tailored to the heart of the member's question, my jaw dropped. Mitt gave the exact dollar amount the tech industry had brought to Mass, and then compared it to the tourist industry. The difference was millions to billions. This was so poignant to those of us sitting around the Governor because Michigan (like Massachusetts) is - or one was - a major tourist destination and we have forgotten this - as we fall to the bottom of the heap (thank you, Granholm) - in pursuit of the uncertain, relatively minimal, tech dollars out there. "Invest in your tourism and it will pay huge dividends." Romney ended the answer.

In all my studies as a PoliSci professor, I have but a few times come across a leader who could so methodically and precisely assess the situation, identify the issue, and present the logical explanation and solution. And, my dear reader this is just one example, Romney does it again, and again, and. . .

Later that same day, I attended another meeting with the Governor (my father was with me - and I only mention this because he and I stuck out like sorely under-dressed thumbs, of which he'll not let me forget. . . State Conventions are always "casual business attire," I assured him. . . my bad) at any rate, we were there as potential members of Mitt's Michigan Steering Committee - mostly it was state elected officials, Mitt's brother, Scott, and family, and a few other well dressed attendees packed in the small but plush room. The meeting started out with Mitt's "pondering" to run for president. After the obligatory back slapping and cheers of encouragement, Mitt sat down as the room fell silent, inched to the edge of his chair, leaned forward, placed his elbows on his knees, clasped his hands and said, "Here's the bottom line, I'll be one of the few candidates that has the capability to stay in it until the end and has the means necessary to ensure the voters get to know me and our campaign. . ." Again, moving right to the heart of the this-time-silent question on everybody's mind: "You're a great guy Mitt, but besides us who knows it? McCain has got so much name recognition. Giuliani is 'America's Mayor.' Newt is on Fox nearly every night. We love you, but. . ." Questions aside, it has become obvious [see the Hugh Hewitt piece, here], from Iowa to New Hampshire to Michigan: When people get to know Mitt they become, well, Mittiots.

Which brings your Uber-Mittiot to the topic at hand, the "headline de'jure." You see, Lefty Media, Hufficrats and Hufficans, Mitt doesn't "Spend It Faster Than He Gets It," Mitt's already got it. If Mitt raised 14 thousand rather than 14 million last quarter - he'd still have 20.5 million on his ledger. Mitt Romney is going to win - and if you haven't figured it out for yourself then allow me to explain why: He's a phenomenal candidate, both principled and qualified. AND, he has the means - as dollars come in from the outside, or from his family portfolio - to make sure the majority of voters know it. Our job, as Mittiots, is to ensure that we raise the dollars necessary so when Mitt really taps into his personal coffers we don't just out-invest our competition, we bury them under the weight of their own campaign debt.

Apples to apples, Mitt Romney will be the next President of the United States.

~ so sayeth the Mittiot.


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