By John Hawkins
Saying that I was not a Mitt Romney fan during the primaries is like saying that water is wet. I fought him every inch of the way until he had the nomination locked up, wrote scathing columns about him on Townhall and even got together with some other conservative activists to form NotMittRomney.com.
Today, if you go to that website, you’ll find that it forwards you over to Mitt Romney’s webpage. That’s because there is a time and place for fighting amongst Republicans and it’s called “the primaries.” When those primaries ended and my choice is Mitt Romney or a diehard liberal who wants to transform this country into an imitation of a far-left-wing Western European nation like Greece or Spain, that’s not a choice at all.
On the one hand, we have a small, mean spirited man in a big job who has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can’t handle the presidency. Up against him is an extremely successful businessman who has at least pledged to try to turn this country around using conservative principles.
Like most people who work in politics, but aren’t inside the D.C. Bubble, I have a low opinion of politicians in general. That’s because as Thomas Sowell likes to say,
“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.”
Unlike many of the politicians on Capitol Hill, Mitt Romney at least has his heart in the right place. Did you know that when Mitt heard about a family that had two sons that were made quadraplegic in a car wreck, he got in touch with them and offered to pay for their sons’ college educations? Another time, during a stop at a VA hospital, he found out that it didn’t have enough milk for vets. He bought them milk. For two years. ANONYMOUSLY. Then when he became governor, he passed a bill to make sure those vets were going to get their milk. Stories like that about Mitt Romney are not uncommon — and that tells you something about the fundamental nature of his character.
You want me to tell you that Mitt Romney isn’t going to be perfect? You’ll get no disagreement from me. In fact, if Mitt’s elected, I have no doubts that we will not always see eye-to-eye. But, this country is in terrible trouble. We just can’t afford another four more years like the last four years. So, if my choice is four more years of the same old, same old from Obama or a man who has proven he has a good heart, a man who has proven he can cut it in the business world, a man who has shown his seriousness about tackling the nation’s problems not just with his promises, but by selecting Paul Ryan as his VP, then I am proud to say I have already voted for Mitt Romney.