Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney finds himself, at long last, with a clear path to the Republican nomination for president. The ugliness of the primary season, the viciousness and venom still sting but the flesh wounds have begun to heal.
President Romney would, without question, be a better chief executive than President Obama. Rather than the feckless, rudderless equivocations about foreign policy or economic recovery de rigeur in the Obama Administration, the American people could feel safe and confident again. There is a responsibility for the Commander in Chief to be strong, confident and communicate clearly.
President Obama's leadership has been marked by arrogance, a characteristic he and his defenders routinely confuse with strength. Being a name-calling schoolyard bully that wins fights via intimidation isn't a strategy. It's weakness, ignorance and cloying. Everyone knows that the biggest bullies have a glass jaw.
Mitt Romney is the kid on the school playground who shatters the glass jaw, defeats the bully then marches back to class and answers each question deliberately and correctly. His success looks effortless but that placid demeanor masks the real reason behind it. Dedication.
The world we live in is not safe. We need a president who leads, who will stand up for us and the world's most vulnerable during G8 and G20 meetings. The United States is a beacon of freedom, and our president should not be ashamed of it or apologize for it. He, or she, should be proud to represent our nation and our values.
Romney has assembled an excellent team of professionals, people with an undstanding of how governance works. A leviathan awaits. Reversing Obama doctrine will require skilled staff, patience and a desire to do the job well. Every president sets the tone and agenda, and recognizing Romney will repair relations with the conservative wing of the Republican party, folks must learn how to separate their personal animus from doing what is best for the country.
The Romney presidency, if half as successful as his tenure at the Olympics or at Bain, would be a triumph for the United States. Defeating President Obama will require patience. Obama wants to win at any cost. Our job is to remind the American people the only entitlement spending Obama actually cares about are his own campaign coffers. Romney cares about fulfilling the American dream, and while he may not be a knight in shining armor, he has a demonstrated ability to lead, achieve success, and rise from the electoral ashes.