LOS ANGELES, April 25, 2012 – The 2012 GOP nomination for President is now over. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee. Supporters of all of the other candidates will have to decide if they wish to be part of the big tent or if they plan to walk the plank and end up in the ocean of oblivion.
Governor Romney won more votes than all of his challengers combined in every April 24th contest. Second place was neither clear nor close.
The unofficial percentages are unambiguous.
CONNECTICUT: Romney 67, Paul 13, Gingrich 10, Santorum 7
DELAWARE: Romney 56, Gingrich 27, Paul 11, Santorum 6.
NEW YORK: Romney 62, Paul 16, Gingrich 13, Santorum 9
PENNSYLVANIA: Romney 58, Santorum 18, Paul 13, Gingrich 10
RHODE ISLAND: Romney 63, Paul 24, Gingrich 6, Santorum 6
The final four candidates were all white, Christian males who are fairly tall with good hair. Yet with two Catholics, one Protestant, and one Mormon, there was diversity within the Christian faith.
More importantly, there was the best kind of diversity that gets much less attention than it should.
Ideological diversity was prevalent, as every wing of the Republican Party fought for the nomination. The establishment economic conservatives battled with the social conservatives, the foreign policy conservatives, and the Libertarians. They all fought the good fight, and in the end the establishment conservatives won.
Simply put, the man who was able to unite enough people from the various factions put together a winning coalition. For many, Mitt Romney did not inspire a burning passion. Yet the other candidates had support that may have been deeper but not nearly as wide.
For every voter willing to lay down and die for them, there was another voter totally opposed. Governor Romney did not have this problem. For most people, he is always “acceptable.”
Somehow being acceptable is seen by some as a pejorative. This is a mistake. Governor Romney is simply not somebody who delivers fire and brimstone sermons. He is not a bomb-thrower who frightens people.
He is a calm, sober, steady adult. Critics will ridicule him as a “technocrat,” but a better phrase would be describing him as somebody who can simply do the job and get it done right.
“Job” is the key word. Voters across America are seeing their jobs either evaporate or stagnate. People are hurting. Republicans do not want a cheerleader. They want somebody who will roll up his sleeves and fix problems.
Mitt Romney is a problem solver. In 2008 Americans wanted sexiness. Now they just want results.
Around the nation, respected governors from Nikki Haley in South Carolina to Chris Christie in New Jersey endorsed Mr. Romney. Former opponent and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty did as well.
While the primaries on April 3rd left the race all but settled, my personal endorsement was delayed out of respect for the other candidates.
The primary race is over. Now it is time to come together.
So let me be clear. I enthusiastically and unequivocally endorse Mitt Romney to be the 45th President of the United States. He is a good husband, good father, and successful executive in the public and private sectors. He has spent his entire career turning around tough situations, from distressed companies to the Olympics to the state formerly known as Taxachusetts.
President Barack Obama has taken a tough situation and made it far worse. Governor Romney is the man to turn this country around.
Over the next several months Mr. Obama and his supporters will get in the gutter to save his job. Mr. Romney will be called a racist, sexist, bigoted homophobe. They have already started attacking his lovely wife Ann Romney. They have attacked his religious faith. They even attacked Governor Romney over a silly issue involving the transportation of his canine.
The left dropped that issue when it was discovered that President Obama has enjoyed canine on a platter for dinner.
The left will try and get personal, because they do not wish to discuss policy. While the issue in the campaign should be that President Obama has failed, even that fact is not enough. The question undecided voters will ask is if the alternative to Mr. Obama is “acceptable.”
Mr. Romney is more than acceptable. He is competent, capable, and results-oriented. He is a fine man who will make a fine President.
The primaries are over, and the 2012 general election has begun. There will be some hard feelings among backers of the other candidates. There always is after bruising primaries, but coming together is vital in 2012. The stakes are too high for President Obama to be reelected. Republican voters have spoken, and Mitt Romney is the candidate of choice. He played by the rules, and won the primaries fair and square.
Now the real hard work begins. If Republicans, Libertarians, social conservatives, foreign policy conservatives, economic conservatives, and the rest of the right-leaning family come together, Mitt Romney will be the 45th President.
Good luck, Governor Romney. And America.
Time to close ranks and fall into line.
Mitt Romney for President!
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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