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.