I realize that not all of us joined the Romney camp. Maybe we're going third party. Maybe we're not big on voting. Maybe we just can't get behind him yet. But as a center-right camp here, most of us have joined Team Romney.
And I'm curious what pushed you over the edge. I was thinking about this because a friend of mine remarked on something he read in Ben Domenech's The Transom today, explaining how he decided to go for Romney. The hook is a Michael Barone column giving examples of how President Obama has listened to his elite donors at the expense of good campaign strategy. There's his decision to support redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. There's his stance on Keystone. And there's this:
The second issue on which Obama seems to have been listening to his money-givers was the health insurance mandate requiring employers to pay for contraceptives and abortifacients.
Many rich liberals feel strongly that women's "reproductive rights" (actually, the right not to reproduce) are so vital that government must ensure they have free access to contraception, even though it is widely available and inexpensive.
That's one view. Roman Catholic bishops and leaders of Catholic institutions feel that such services are sinful and refuse to provide them. They cite the Constitution's guarantee of free exercise of religion, while the other side relies on what courts have called "emanations" and "penumbras" radiating from constitutional texts.
The political point is that, as polling suggests, most Americans don't like government forcing people to violate their religious convictions. That's in line with tradition in a country that exempted those with religiously based conscientious objections from military service in a war in which more than 400,000 Americans were killed.
My friend says that prior this mandate coming out, he was pretty sure he wouldn't vote for Romney. But President Obama's aggressive action pushed him right into the Romney camp as the best means for fighting onerous restrictions on religious freedom.
My friend is most definitely not an evangelical Christian, though he is religious. Still, Domenech's take on this column is apt:
But as Barone notes, the other reason Romney has brought everyone back into the fold is thanks to two decisions on the part of President Obama and his administration since the primary ended which struck directly at the constituency which functioned as the longest Romney holdout: evangelical Christians. Obama's decisions on marriage and the conscience mandate served as an immediate boost to Romney among the die-hard skeptics, the 'faith and freedom' holdouts who kept Rick Santorum's presidential campaign alive long past the point where it was pining for the fjords. My own opinion, as you know, is that Romney will have more problems with independents than conservatives – the former haven’t yet seen the coming thermonuclear negative ad deluge, but the latter follow the old Michael Kelly sandwich dictum at the ballot box. http://vlt.tc/bpb Romney can thank President Obama for reminding the evangelicals of that.
Even if you were already supportive of Romney, did Obama's own goals here make you more committed? Or what moved you?