I got to thinking about my post last week about Mitt Romney. Maybe I have it wrong. Maybe America needs him at this time. Now whether he can get elected is another matter and I think the same issues prevail. But here is my new thinking.
He is clean.
As far as I know and from what he says, he is living and has lived a “Mormon Standards” life. There is something to say about that. With the Anthony Weiner (Still cannot believe that name association) situation unfolding on top of the ones we already know about, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Charlie Rangel, Newt Gingerich, John Edwards, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Eliot Spitzer, et al, it seems that fidelity, honesty and soberness are character traits in seemingly short supply. Now there are some who say this behavior, outside of public life does not matter, it speaks volumes about the character of that person, doesn’t it? If they are willing to exhibit bad behavior and dishonesty to their spouse, family or trusted friends, why wouldn’t they do it to anyone including the American people?
I cannot speak for Mitt’s “honest dealings with his fellow man.” But I assume since I’ve never heard anything that he was a pretty straight arrow in the business world as well.
Also, I saw an interview he gave with Piers Morgan on CNN on the other night where Piers was trying to get him to reveal his personal beliefs about the Church and doctrine such as gay marriage. I thought he answered it pretty well. Mitt said, “I am not a spokesperson for the Church.” “If you want to find out what the Church teaches, go ask the Church.” And the one I really liked, “
“I separate quite distinctly matters of personal faith from the leadership one has in a political sense,” he said. “You don’t begin to apply the doctrines of a religion to responsibility for guiding a nation or guiding a state.”
So, I don’t know, maybe I need to cut Mitt a bit more slack. And I really admire Ann Romney, for her courage of facing her illnesses in the face of public life. And she seems like a very honest, upfront person who doesn’t cut Mitt much slack either.
The Republican field is getting bigger by the minute and Romney still leads. I am very curious to watch the first debate coming up this next Monday evening. It should be a real fun, “Rock’m, Sock’m” robot affair (the good kind).