Mitt Romney

20 May 2012 10:23 am


Wow! It’s been a while since I have posted.Yes, I am still a blogger but last December The Wide Awake Cafe was hacked and although I reported it to my “so-called carrier” they did nothing to restore it. I lost links and the ability to post my own photos. (which always inspire me) I have discovered another way to post pictures but it is annoying. In fact, until I figure out how to upgrade Word Press driving my blog is like driving a 1930s jalopy. Yes, I needed to upgrade the Word Press but haven’t been able to because I am so technology deficient. I will work on this more as the school year is ending in a week. What a year it has been. I find myself getting more and more devoted to my teaching. Plus, I am doing more artwork myself.

I still have the same zeal to comment on the woeful times of Obama but at the end of the day, when there is time, the zeal has taken the backseat to the bed.

Yes, I was for Rick Santorum over Mitt Romney. I’ve gotten over that, however. I was for Mitt in the 2008 election instead of the hapless John McCain. I believe I was right. In fact, I know I was. So, now it is Mitt again.

Mitt and Ann Romney

One of the nicest things about Mitt Romney is his wife, Ann and the fact that he is NOT Barack Obama.

04 Feb 2008 04:19 pm

My husband and I voted early in the Arkansas primary this past Friday and we both voted for Mitt Romney. As Rudy faded in the campaign in the past months I carefully assessed which Republican candidate represented conservative Republicans in each area that was important to me and I came to the conclusion that Mitt Romney fits the bill better than any other candidate. Actually, he fit it better than Rudy did but I held a sentimental affection for the man after his performance during and in the aftermath of 911.

John McCain does not in any way measure up. While he is a war hero, yada yada yada, McCain is not a conservative Republican. I don’t believe he will be strong on the war on terror either. In fact, in the past six years, while McCain claimed to support the war, at every turn, he criticized the Bush administration on the handling of the war. The man who currently supports shutting down Gitmo, is against waterboarding or any kind of torture, and is constantly reaching out to the “other side” does not demonstrate a strong will to do what is right if his friends in the media are against it. His animus against Donald Rumsfeld has become an obsession.

The man who claims to be rock-ribbed in support of the War on Terror seems to be missing one. I suspect that rib was given to his friends in the media.

John McCain has been a better friend to the Democrat Party than he has ever been to the Republicans. Loyalty is an important attribute and except for his loyalty to his maverick self, McCain doesn’t have it.

Back when Mitt Romney delivered his address on religion I saw something I liked. A sincerity, a boldness and a strength of character. I could visualize Mitt Romney sitting in the Oval Office.

I cannot imagine John McCain in the White House except in a Dr. Strangelove scenario.

Several years ago, John McCain spoke at my daughters’ graduation from the University of Oklahoma. A dynamic speaker, he is not. If, as I suspect, Obama manages to become the Democrat nominee, John McCain will not win any of the presidential debates. He will lose the election. I don’t understand the moderate Republican pundits embrace of McCain at all, nor their claims that McCain is the one who can beat Hillary or Obama. They must never have had to sit in an uncomfortable stadium and listen to him drone on and on.

I still call John McCain the undertaker of the conservative movement.

To sum up my reasons for voting for Mitt Romney, I quote the venerable Hugh Hewitt, who saw the important attributes Romney possesses early on…

But this election is about much more than affection or admiration for candidates. It is about the ideas behind their desire to lead, and Romney’s ideas are Reagan’s. Romney came to some of those convictions later than long-serving Republicans in the party and beyond, but he’s where they want him to be, and he’s not going to abandon these ideas upon entering office.

I wholeheartedly endorse Mitt Romney for the Republican nomination for President.

21 Jan 2008 01:44 pm

Mike Huckabee blamed Thompson supporters for his loss to John McCain in Saturday’s South Carolina primary. He also blamed snow.

Huckabee came a close second to McCain in the seven-man Republican presidential line-up, 33-30 percent. But Thompson took third place with 16 percent, and exit polls showed many of Huckabee’s and Thompson’s supporters shared the same priorities on issues like values, immigration and taxes.

“We obviously wanted and we honestly thought we would win. The fact of Fred Thompson’s being in the race took away some votes that we most likely had. I believe every analyst has looked at it that way,”Huckabee said. “The snow pretty much – not only froze the streets of the Greenville-Spartanburg area, but the votes came to a stop when it started snowing. That was an area where we had really looked forward to getting a heavy and significant vote margin.”

Huckabee said he wasn’t trying to make excuses.

Sure, Mike. Every analyst looked at it that way. You’re really in with the analysts aren’t you? Our good old so-called inside the beltway Republican analysts like Fred Barnes and Bill Kristol, are, for some reason, pushing for John McCain to be the nominee. They liked you for a while but you are getting a little too close for comfort for their favorite.

Of course, Bill Kristol’s favorite in the 2000 election was John McCain. He didn’t get his way then, either. The shuck and jive’s getting a little tired, Mike. I don’t remember anyone frying squirrel in their popcorn popper back in their college days in Arkansas either. That’s the kind of stuff we used to tell our Iowa cousins we did when they asked us what it was like to live in “the South.”
But it wasn’t true. We just liked to entertain them.

Arkansans do have the gift of gab though, but that is not to be mistaken for true leadership. Blaming others for one’s inability to win isn’t something a real leader does. My Dad always called whiners, Baby Rays. I think that’s a pretty good designation, Huckabee. So Huckabye, Huckabee.

20 Jan 2008 10:40 pm


I’m making this statement today. It doesn’t matter that McCain won the South Carolina primary or that Huckabee came in second place. Guiliani’s hopes to win in Florida won’t matter. Whether or not Fred Thompson withdraws and throws his support to McCain, it will not matter. At the end of all this confusion, Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for President.

And what’s more, he will win. Mitt Romney will be our next President.

Now, I am not a pollster or a pundit or a volunteer for any campaign. It’s just my hunch that Romney is going to win in the end.

Hide and watch. I am right.

07 Jan 2008 10:54 am

I haven’t watched many of the Democrat or Republican debates this past fall. I’ve always had something else to do, but I have watched the recaps of some of them. Last night I was putting the Christmas decorations away and had time to watch the Fox News/GOP Debate. One of the nicest things about it was - no Ron Paul. (or his supporters)

Last night I went to dinner with my children at The Olive Garden. I was checking out the menu and noticed my son and daughter-in-law giggling. I asked them what was going on and my son said, “You didn’t see it?” I opened up the menu again and saw a “Ron Paul for President” stamped in red.

That illustrates the irritating annoyance of all things Ron Paul. This past December we went to the annual Christmas parade in Van Buren, Arkansas. It’s always so sweet, full of antique cars and homemade floats and cute kids. Ron Paul’s supporters drove by in a pickup truck with Ron Paul for President signs all over it. No Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Just the ubiquitous Ron Paul.

So this quote by a Republican who attended the ABC Republican debate this past Saturday really hits home with me…..

“Ron Paul starts with seeds of sensibility, and then they blossom into lunacy.”

After Saturday night’s Republican debate on ABC, NRO put together a focus group to get a few quick impressions from the people who attended their debate watch-party in New Hampshire.

That choice nugget came from their focus group. You can watch it here.

Later on, when the waitress came to check on us, I told her about the Ron Paul advertisement inside their own menus. She was pretty shocked but checked it out and there it was.

UPDATE: Sean Hannity was harrassed by Ron Paul supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire last night. Kathryn Jean Lopez asks, “Who does that?” Ron Paul loons, that’s who.

So I watched the debate hosted by Chris Wallace on Fox last night and Mitt Romney came off the strongest. It wasn’t Mike Huckabee’s night. He never did explain the half billion dollars of raised taxes while he was governor of Arkansas except to say, the voters wanted better roads and there was a court case. Why he didn’t explain the school court case I don’t know.

I also found it curious that John McCain and Mike Huckabee seemed to be teaming up against Romney. Huckabee explained to Chris Wallace that Mitt Romney had been issuing (so-called) attack ads against both him and McCain. Huckabee got all misty eyed when he spoke of McCain. I kept expecting him to say, “We few, we happy few.”

It was odd, to say the least.

I thought Fred Thompson did pretty well, especially in his defense of keeping Gitmo open and keeping the detainees out of Ft. Leavenworth.

Chris Wallace had Rudy on the defensive with his questions about Bernard Kerik but he was strong in his responses to the other issues.

But the night belonged to Mitt. He seemed both polished and down to earth and extremely knowledgeable about all of the issues, and he came down on the right side of the issues, taxes, immigration and “change.”

Unfortunately, I think “change” is going to be one of the most over-used words in 2008. Mitt Romney made the point last night that the folks who have been sitting in congress for twenty seven years aren’t likely to get the kind of change our country needs. Rudy pointed out that change for change’s sake isn’t what matters, it’s the direction our country goes in and under whose leadership.

05 Jan 2008 06:05 pm

It’s a tense moment and Clinton seems rattled by it.

Jonathan Last was at the New Hampshire Democratic party’s 100 Club dinner in Milford, New Hampshire a day after Obama beat Hillary so resoundingly in the Iowa Caucuses. At the dinner, as Hillary was giving her speech, she was heckled by the Obama supporters and apparently didn’t handle the booing very well. Last’s report gives us the delicious details of that night out with the Democrats. According to Last, Kucinich was nutty, Obama glowed and Hillary was booed. It’s not like she’s never been booed before, but in the past, the media quickly whitewashed the images out of national newsdom, at least up until now.

Before the days of Barack Obama.

But, really, what could one expect of a woman who has been wrapped in the cocoon of media protection all these years? Hillary has never made herself available to a no-holds-barred press conference, her townhalls have been carefully arranged with planted questions, and the one who must be obeyed has reigned over the polls and the docile press.

Until now.

Hillary now has an opponent who gives good speeches, something she has never done. Obama has charm and charisma and has captured the imagination of many democrats and younger voters. Whether Obama will deliver “change” or leave us all with nothing more than loose change in our pockets, right now, he is the road not taken, the way out of the Clinton abyss.

Hillary’s like the once alluring siren who has now been revealed to be a hag. She still believes in her greatly polished image but many people are now seeing through it.

Milford, New Hampshire, the city of my great grandfather’s nativity, was once a Republican stronghold. Now, it’s dominated by Democrats. My great grandfather, William Chase Whitmarsh would be sad to see the city of his birth in the hands of Democrats, but probably wouldn’t be surprised. When he was a youth, his parents moved from Milford, New Hampshire to Denmark, Iowa. His father, William Faxon Whitmarsh, fought for the Union in the Civil War and died of yellow fever in Little Rock, Arkansas during the occupation just after the War ended.

William, his son, traveled from Denmark, Iowa to Little Rock to see his father’s grave at the National Cemetary. He stayed in Arkansas, married the niece of General Zachary Taylor and became a merchant. When Lucy Taylor Whitmarsh died young, he remarried Jemima Haseltine Stiles, my great grandmother.

Just a year before my great grandfather died, he road a bicycle all the way from Arkansas to Massachusetts. (he called the bicycle his wheels) He stayed for six months, visiting Milford, New Hampshire and Braintree, Massachusetts. He supported himself by making hand woven cane chairs. He had stayed in touch with his family in New England and according to letters in my mother’s possession, really enjoyed his visit.

Somewhere in Missouri, my great grandfather collapsed and his sons went to get him. He died just days after returning to Arkansas.

The road from New Hampshire to Iowa to Arkansas was traveled well by my great grandfather and left his descendants wondering at his energy, love for his family and independance.

Barack Obama has successfully taken the road from Iowa to New Hampshire. Whether he can really unseat the Woman who must be Obeyed is questionable but I, for one, will happily watch him attempt to do it. Not that I would vote for him.

No, I would never vote for Barack Obama. He is a Democrat and I don’t agree with his policies or his politics. But I can admire his gumption and his Humphrey Bogart-like delivery of his speeches. I think he is doing the Democrat Party a favor by helping to unweave the Clinton web over all things Democrat.

Now, if Republicans, Mitt, Rudy or John will finally pop the Huckabubble we might have a real contest.

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06 Dec 2007 02:21 pm

It seems I only have time to blog lately when the lack of time and stress work together to knock me out. I am home sick today and was able to view Mitt Romney’s speech in Houston on religion. Anyone who includes John or Samuel Adams in a speech will make me sit up and take notice. For the past year I have read every book I can on John and Abigail Adams. To me, they are the Adam and Eve of our nation.

After viewing the speech, I have a new found respect for the good man, Mitt Romney. He delivered the speech brilliantly, sincerely and with grave respect. As I watched the speech I could picture Romney delivering it from the Oval Office. Romney has always seemed to have all the right qualities and stature to be the Republican nominee for 2008 but for some reason came off a little too slick. He doesn’t now.

The best neighbors our family ever had were Mormons. We are still in touch with this wonderful family and because of my upbringing and our experiences with this particular group of believers I have never made the judgment that I would not support a man (or woman) because they were members of the LDS Church.

Unlike the Democrats, who haven’t much of a choice in their slate of candidates, (either Hillary or Hillary lite) the Republicans have an embarrassment of riches in their lineup of candidates. We have Rudy Giuliani, the candidate of a strong national security, John McCain, another strong supporter of the war on terror, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, Mike Huckabee and the others.

I just haven’t, up to this time, made up my mind about which Republican I will support in the 2008 presidential election. I have wavered between Giuliani, Romney and McCain. Even though I am a native Arkansan, I am not inclined to support Mike Huckabee, the reason being, that he is not a center right conservative but in reality, a populist.

In a state as poor as Arkansas, Huckabee did leave us with a surplus but he didn’t fight hard enough against the Democrat majority. He favored giving instate tuition to children of illegals. He agreed to a tax increase for road improvements. Thanks to Huckabee, every student in Arkansas public schools now bring home report cards with a “fat index” on it.

Huckabee hasn’t been sufficiently strong on our national security which is the number one issue to me. Clarice Feldman has a detailed article about Huckabee’s deficiencies but the following quote sums up Huckabee’s weakness very succinctly.

These statements, to my mind, reflect that at heart Mr. Huckabee, likeable as he is, is a man too swayed by squishy sentiment and emotion to be determined wartime leader.

I do believe the former governor, Huckabee would fit better as a vice presidential candidate. He needs foreign policy seasoning.

But what has always bothered me about Huckabee is the fact that he is an ordained Southern Baptist minister. I am also a Southern Baptist. Usually, when pastors leave their churches, they take on a new form of ministry or become missionaries. Why did Mike Huckabee leave his ministry for politics?

Until today, I had a difficult time describing Mitt Romney. Did he take a strong stand on the war on terror, on American exceptionalism and for American values? In other words, is Mitt Romney a patriot in the best tradition of patriotism? Could he inherit the mantle of one of the greatest War Leaders America has ever seen?

With his speech today, Mitt Romney has answered my questions. Yes. He can and he does.

Recall the early days of the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, during the fall of 1774. With Boston occupied by British troops, there were rumors of imminent hostilities and fears of an impending war. In this time of peril, someone suggested that they pray. But there were objections. ‘They were too divided in religious sentiments’, what with Episcopalians and Quakers, Anabaptists and Congregationalists, Presbyterians and Catholics. Then Sam Adams rose, and said he would hear a prayer from anyone of piety and good character, as long as they were a patriot.

And so together they prayed, and together they fought, and together, by the grace of God … they founded this great nation.

In that spirit, let us give thanks to the divine ‘author of liberty.’ And together, let us pray that this land may always be blessed, ‘with freedom’s holy light.’

God bless the United States of America.

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