For the past year, I have felt that the conservative movement has been adrift, that there were no leaders who would stand up and boldly proclaim truth. Even though I voted for Mitt Romney in 2008, my support for him has been at best tepid. Romney is clearly well-versed in public policy, so I have always excused the occasional red meat op-ed or comment, because I know that Romney knows better. He's just playing the game, I thought.
Now I am becoming convinced that not only does Romney know better, he is willing to say it.
First, there was his refusal to apologize for his health care plan in MA. My one plea for Romney this campaign season is that he won't run away from his health care plan. It looks like Mitt agrees. I am so thrilled that Mitt has decided that he is not going to apologize for his success.
Second, there was his comments regarding President Mubarak. Mitt wants Mubarak to go. You can contrast his comments with those of another possible GOP presidential candidate. It was quite breathtaking to hear Mike Huckabee chastise President Obama for his mild support of a transition in Egypt. Of course, we have known for some time that Huckabee's foreign policy would be disastrous for the United States and the rest of the world if he ever got the chance to try it out (here is another example of the senseless foreign policy of Huck). Now we know that Huckabee simply does not care if there are millions of Egyptians who have had no chance at a democratic government. Huckabee has some major blinders on. His foreign policy outlook can be summed up in three words: whatever Israel wants. Huckabee is currently in Israel. He should catch a flight over to Egypt and see the crying for democracy among regular, everyday people. When Romney went to the Middle East, he talked to Arabs and Israelis. He didn't just kiss Israel's collective butt.
Third, there is Mitt's civility. He even credited President Obama for having the right policy regarding Egypt. Mitt is proving that he wants to be a President for all of America, not just the base of the Republican Party. He refuses to fall into the partisan name calling that talk radio and talk TV feed on.
We are starting to see the leadership for which I have been longing.