Rather than engaging in (by now) redundant commentary regarding the first debate between President Obama and former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, let’s just stipulate that Romney had a great night, while it seemed that Obama thought if he could blink his eyes fast enough his magic teleprompter would suddenly appear. No such luck.
And, let me agree in advance with my Liberal “friends” that one night does not an election make, that history is filled with examples of challengers defeating an incumbent President in their first debate, that Obama will doubtless be as formidable as expected in the next debates, and that Romney will have to sustain his energy and even improve his performance to win. Hopefully this will eliminate some of the defensive dismissals and rationalizing retorts from the usual suspects, who should be more upset at the prospect of a de-billed Big Bird than a de-selected Obama.
Instead, I am directing these comments once again to the Unenrolled voters.
In a CNN poll after the debate, presented as a “scientific” sampling by Wolf Blitzer, 67% of the voters believed that Romney had won the debate. Apart from the size of the margin, there are at least two remarkable things about this result: (1) 25% of the voters actually believed that Obama had won the debate, with the remaining 8% undecided; (2) the combined percentage of “non Romney” supporters in this result (33%) is roughly equivalent to the 37% registered Democrats in Massachusetts, so there is some relative symmetry.
Assuming that the 25% voters who felt that Obama had won the debate represent the most delusional liberals among the Democrats, what the vast majority of America undeniably said in the CNN poll is that Romney is the better candidate, with the better view of the role of government, and clearer vision for the future course of America. So, with this poll as a scientific indicator, should we really believe that Obama has a 25%-28% point lead over Romney in Massachusetts? Or, have Massachusetts’ Unenrolled voters been Stockholm Syndromed to the same level of political incoherence as Bay State Democrats?
I have devoted a lot of attention to Unenrolled voters in prior pieces, openly wondering if so-called Independent voters are “noble, naïve or just not interested” in the political scene. These pieces drew scores of comments, many from outraged readers who specifically noted that Unenrolled voters had purposely disassociated themselves from the Parties to enable them to vote for the “best candidate”.
So, unenrolled Massachusetts’ voters, what did the 51% of you see in the debate? Who is the best candidate? It’s up to you.
While you are thinking about this, I think it is time to remember a simple fact that has been ignored around here for too long. Mitt Romney is from Massachusetts. He is one of us and that is a very good thing. He raised his family here. He was successful in his business career here. He was the governor here, despite being a Republican. He talks of Massachusetts as “my State.” He is proud of what he accomplished here. And though Democrats do not give him his due, Mitt has mattered for Massachusetts. What part of this is bad for us?
I am not sure if Democrats understand, let alone care, how difficult it is to be a Republican in Massachusetts. We are such a political minority that I suspect that most Democrats in this State know few, if any Republicans. Most Republican candidates, Senator Brown included, do not even note their Party affiliation on their signs, for fear of instant derision from Democrats.
What we get from this is that Republican State Senators can hold their meetings in a broom closet, and not disturb the brooms. There are so few House Republicans that they cannot even procedurally require roll call votes to ensure majority party accountability to their constituents. Consequently, we all get closed door deals, anonymous voice votes, and one-party corruption as a result. And then there is the Boston Globe and other media that cater to, and have protected the Democrats from their excesses and transgressions even before the glory days of Ted Kennedy – a lifetime of politics for me. Is this what we want? Is this the government we need and deserve?
Despite all of this, Mitt Romney – a Massachusetts Republican - is on the verge of becoming President of the United States due to his significant management and problem solving skills, and his record of success and achievement. He is the political “ghost buster” who has arrived on the scene when his Country needs him. We should be proud of him. Massachusetts should support him.
Unless you are a hypocrite of the most partisan order, you claim in your comments that you want the political gridlock to end. You say you want common sense solutions, not ideological impasse. You want bi-partisanship. During the debate America heard how Mitt Romney used his CEO experience and skills to work together with Massachusetts Democrats to achieve great things – such as the Massachusetts Health Plan. They heard about him meeting weekly with, listening to, and working with Democrat leaders. Don’t think for a moment that this did not have a very powerful and positive effect on the Independent voters across the Country. Why not here in Massachusetts? Or, are our Unenrolled voters that much different from the rest of the Country too?
If America is to work, the parties must work together. We all know this, and this is why we also know that Scott Brown is the better candidate than Elizabeth Warren if we really do want the Washington logjam to be broken.
On June 26, I published the appended piece in Patch titled, “10 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Takes Massachusetts." Please take a look. I stand by this admittedly longshot prediction, but it is up to the Unenrolled voters to make it happen. We know what the Democrats will do because they cannot help themselves.
However, you, by your majority status, can help Massachusetts help America. We have seen Obama for four years. You know what he has done, and where he wants America to go. If this is what you want, then you’ve got what you want. If not, Mitt Romney – a Republican from Massachusetts - has a different plan and a different direction.
So, once again I ask, “What do you want America to be, today, tomorrow and for the future of your grandchildren”?
And, since you wanted the freedom to vote for the “best candidate,” who is the best candidate to make America what you want it to be? Time to choose.