SHRINE URGENT UPDATE: Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dead at 66 From Heart AttackDavy was my first big crush, so this is a very sad day. Prayers for his spirit and the comfort of his family. My favorite Monkees tune:
Dear Readers: Horemheb emailed me from the Shrine's outpost in Santa Barbara last night, very pleased that Mitt Romney won the primaries in Michigan and Arizona. It seems it was a solid win in my home state of Michigan, too — as he garnered more votes this year than in 2008. My husband was thrilled, and I must admit I was delighted.
How did our attitudes evolve into this position?
I think the Beer Summit discussions last week highlights that Romney has been very lucky in his circumstances regarding other challengers. At this point, no other Republican presidential candidate seems to have the gravitas, endurance, or the golden karma Romney has. So, with Rand Paul being mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential choice, it is hoped by many of our citizen pundits that Team Romney recognizes they have to pay attention to grassroots concerns. In a nutshell, many of our band of agitators hope for Romney with a side of Paul.
W.C. Varones expressed the idea that he would be happy if Romney tapped Ron Paul as Treasury Secretary. As a fan of John Bolton, I was heartened when the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and ultra-sensible foreign policy guru endorsed Romney. Here are Bolton’s words: I believe it’s absolutely critical to defeat Barack Obama in November. I think our country would be in dire straits domestically and internationally if he gets another four years. And I think Gov. Romney is the person who can best lead the party, best articulate our conservative principles and is most likely to beat Barack Obama…. Romney is conservative enough for me and I think he’s the one most likely to get elected, and I think that’s critical.”
In my view, it would help if Romney indicated he would tap Bolton as Secretary of State.
The grassroots enthusiasm for Ron Paul and his domestic positions cannot be understated. As a Palin supporter, I know how invigorating a VP-nod can be to otherwise staid supporters, who will then actually want to go out and do the leg-work so critical in a successful general election run. While the Beer Summit support for Romney was not 100% and can best be described as tepid, a nod to Tea Party sensibilities by Team Romney would do a lot to get the ball rolling for November.
So, as of right now, I start to underscore the positives that Romney will bring to the General Election and highlight his need for a Tea Party vice-president.
For example, Word Warrior published a piece today that I want to share: SOMETIMES IT TAKES A HERO. In 1996, 14-year-old Melissa Gay from Connecticut disappeared in NYC. After about a week of fruitless searching, the father turned to his boss for help:
Robert Gay’s boss didn’t hesitate. He said, ‘I don’t care how long it takes, we’re going to find her.’ A few hours later, he and other executives of the Boston-based firm were on the shuttle to New York; preparing to organize a huge volunteer effort. “My business partner stepped forward to take charge”, Robert Gay recalls. “He closed the company and brought almost all our employees to New York.” For Melissa Gay, a hero had appeared.
That hero was Mitt Romney.
The search that Romney spear-headed eventually helped reunite Melissa with her father. The story is compelling, and I urge you to read the piece by following the link. Compare it to what Barak Obama would likely do in a similar situation. I think the story demonstrates how Mitt would actually be a leader in a time of crisis, and I think that is extremely important to know. I like what I read.
We cannot have Obama unchecked, being unconcerned with reelection for the next 4 years. For those of you venting against the probable Romney nomination, I would urge you to start digging around for reasons to pull the lever for him in November. There are many: Better First Lady, more sane Supreme Court pics, more lucid foreign policy, apt to be much more respect to following Constitutionally-based procedures….
Otherwise, if you are going to sit out or vote third party, at least have the cojones to actually pull the lever for Obama – it is the most honest outcome to your internal drama.
(MUT Note: The Beer Summit vote include one purely abstaining member, one clear vote for Paul, one clear vote for Santorum, and absolutely none for Gingrich: Check out the SLOBs and see if you can figure which was who).
(MUT Note 2: Santorum completely wiped out any inkling support that he had from me with his ill-considered remarks about JFK’s speech regarding religion and the state. Listen to it, in full, and see if it makes you want to “vomit”. It is Santorum’s take that makes me queasy. Happily, it seems Romney will now have the opportunity to use JFK’s words during the general election):
(MUT Note 3: Snowe’s retirement is the first Tea Party win of 2012, achieved without casting a vote).