I received an email while I was on the air last night from Christine PAC - informing me that she has donated to two GOP Presidential Candidates and is planning on donating to two others. Any guess who?
I contributed to Gov. Romney, Herman Cain and I plan to personally contribute to Sen. Santorum and Speaker Gingrich.
Christine makes explanations which I will share with you regarding her choices.
While running errands at my local Target Friday night I was unexpectedly contacted by ABC News asking me about my personal political contributions in the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary. This seemed to cause a bit of a stir, so I am writing to you directly to share my thoughts on the upcoming 2012 elections and our role as a movement.
I view contributing to the candidates as a sort of vote before the final vote. Imagine if during the MLB playoffs you could jump onto the field and actually play with your favorite team rather than just root from the sidelines. Well, unlike sports junkies, we political junkies have that luxury. Contributing even a small amount to candidates helps them move to the next level. Once they’ve made it to the next level, we spectators can assess how well they do under the new heightened amount of scrutiny and pressure before we commit to our final vote.
For that reason, I contributed to Gov. Romney, Herman Cain and I plan to personally contribute to Sen. Santorum and Speaker Gingrich. Let me clarify that these contributions are from me personally, not my campaign or PAC.
Why I contributed to Gov. Romney.
One of the problems with our current president is that he was too inexperienced when he was sworn in. This lack of executive leadership is the reason Pres. Obama has no problem leading from behind and serving as our Follower in Chief. As a result, our economy is a mess and it’s just getting worse. Voters are craving strong leadership. Mitt has it. He’s one of the only front runners with both successful government executive experience and successful business executive experience. This is a strong contrast to Pres. Obama.
And the very thing that Gov. Romney was criticized for in 2008, I find appealing heading into 2012. In the midst of such turmoil and uncertainty, it’s comforting that he’s strong, solid and stands as an unmovable Oak tree in the middle of a raging storm. Viscerally, voters will respond to that as the Obama Administration falls more and more into chaos.
I hope the fact that I stood up to the liberal establishment within my own party gives me the bona fides among conservatives to say the following; I find the tone and nastiness of some of the things circulating around the internet about Romney extremely offensive. His words and actions are being twisted out of context and well, maybe I am not so objective here, but I think it is below the belt to be so blatantly deceptive about a candidate’s positions. This is the other reason I contributed to Gov. Romney. I don’t think he is getting a fair shake from some within my own movement. While we may not agree with 100% of his positions, he’s been a champion against a liberal bastion and deserves our respect.
When I tweet about Gov. Romney or mention that I am leaning towards getting behind him, for the most part, people agree with me. Yet what concerns me is the intensity with which a few disagree. This intensity concerns me not only because it is misplaced, but because it could cost us the election if Romney does become our nominee.
Let me explain:
Right now a lawn gnome could beat Obama in 2012, so, yes, we can be picky, but not nasty or malicious. If we don’t stop the Republican cannibalism we’re simply turning this election over to the Democrats, who certainly don’t deserve it. We should learn a lesson from what happened in my race last year. I was consistently beating my democratic opponent in the pre-primary head to head match up… and then the Republican Establishment launched their shameless attack and changed all that. As the saying goes, a lie runs around the world while the truth is still lacing up its shoes. So when I see Romney’s record being so obviously distorted and twisted, I tend to empathize.
We as a movement need to be relentlessly picky in House and Senate Races to Ensure Strong Willed Constitutionalists Are Elected to Congress.
Additionally, those (few) who have that intense reaction against Gov. Romney need to remember that as President, he is not writing or passing legislation. He is signing or vetoing what Congress sends to him. Therefore, we as a movement need to focus our scrutiny and attention on electing a strong willed Congress. We need to ensure that more solid Constitutional Republicans are serving in both the House and the Senate. It is in these races where we must be relentlessly picky. They also need to remember that Pres. Reagan was considered moderate by many until he stepped into the Oval office and cleaned up the economic mess we were in.
I also contributed to Hermain Cain, who should be our next Sect. of Treasury or Federal Reserve Chairman.
I did also give to Cain’s campaign, yet can safely say I will not give to Cain any more. I wanted to help push him to the next level to see how he would do under this increased pressure. I like Cain personally and I think he is holding Democrats accountable for their blind allegiance to our Follower in Chief. For that reason, I want to help him stay in the race as long as possible, hence the donation. Yet I don’t know if Cain can withstand the onslaught that will inevitably come during the General Election. And I don’t like the third 9 in his 999 plan. While in my mind he’s no longer a contender, I do think he should be our next Federal Reserve Chairman or Secretary of Treasury.
As the Election Cycle Continues, I will continue contribute to other candidates.
Just before ABC reached out to me, I was going over my personal budget as I want to also send something to Sen. Santorum and Speaker Gingrich because I want to help them move to front-runner status. We need these two gentlemen in the race even more than we need Cain. Newt is a treasure trove of political wisdom and Santorum holds our party accountable to our platform and roots. (I actually put a few things back from my cart at Target and thought “I’ll use the money instead for Newt or Santorum.” No joke! They were just kitchen items, throw pillows and stuff like that. But right now I would rather have Santorum stay in the race than new throw pillows.)
I love Michelle Bachman and supported in her different ways early on. She’s enjoyed front-runner status and it’s up to her committed supporters to bring her back. If she does not win the nomination, she’d be an amazing Vice Presidential pick. If that doesn’t happen, she should certainly have a role in the next presidential administration.
Alright, that’s my time on the soapbox, so it’s someone else’s turn.
I could make many speculations regarding the attitude many Tea Party members have towards Mitt Romney, but I won’t. I could make speculations on the fact that since Herman Cain should be our “next Federal Reserve Chairman”, Christine seems to think that the Federal Reserve should continue. I could also make speculations regarding the fact that Christine seems to have endorsed four candidates with Mitt Romney holding the throne…
But let’s face it, this is not an endorsement, it’s a donation. I will add a message to Christine:
Just because you feel empathetic regarding Mitt Romney’s plight and fight with the media does not mean that there isn’t a reason he is being scrutinized. I don’t think that it’s because he is under such scrutiny that people are feeling like Romney is more of the same, it could be because he is a toolbox…
That being said – Pat Buchanan says the following:
“It’s a real possibility because the tea party folks and the Republican conservatives and social conservatives and others are very apprehensive of Mitt Romney and they don’t feel he is really one of us,” Buchanan told Newsmax.
I will add one final point regarding Mitt Romney. Christine O’Donnell was a candidate supported by THE PEOPLE of the Tea Party. I doubt that applies to Mitt Romney -
“Records of campaign contributions based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically this past weekend, reveal that Romney’s top 20 donors are made up almost exclusively of the biggest private banks on the planet.
Among Romney’s top twenty donors are Credit Suisse Group, Morgan Stanley, Barclays, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo and Citigroup Inc.”
I don’t think you should support a candidate because you are empathetic to their plight. I felt pity for Moammar Gaddafi as I watched video of him pleading for his life, that doesn’t mean that I supported the cruel dictator who had no regard for human life.