No endorsements for now

Byline: | Category: 2008 Presidential Election | Posted at: Wednesday, 23 January 2008

I received this email today:

Mr. Krumm,

Following an Instapundit link, I found your post supporting Mayor Giuliani at least through the duration of the Florida primary. Assuming for a moment that Mayor Giuliani does not win Florida and that the nomination becomes the two man McCain-Romney race that you hypothesize, I hope you’ll consider supporting Governor Romney. When/if that time comes, let me know if there’s any way I might be of assistance.

By the way, I’m a Tennessean myself from the Franklin/Brentwood area just south of Nashville, though I’ve been living in the arctic tundra of Boston recently.

Thanks,

Stephen B. Smith
Director of Online Communications
Romney for President, Inc.

Got to hand it to Romney, he’s got his campaign well staffed. This wasn’t just a form letter that was blasted to an email list; it was personalized to incorporate what I had already written. That’s what you can do when you have the time and the personal finances to put together a staff before you ever have to buy your first ad.

I’m not the only one getting these leters. Other Fredheads like Rightwing Nuthouse and Ray Fowler have received similar notes.

As for now, I’m not endorsing anyone. When I endorse a candidate I don’t just write a few favorable posts and slap a bumper sticker on my car. I make a big commitment to a candidate. I gave speeches for President Bush’s reelection. I took a week of vacation to campaign for him in Ohio. I’ve traveled for Fred as well. I’ve donated to both. My endorsement is a serious personal and emotional commitment and so I don’t do it lightly. I only endorse after analyzing each candidate’s positions and character and deciding that this is someone I want to stand behind. When and if I do endorse a candidate for President, you as a reader, can be assured that I haven’t made such an endorsement lightly.

That’s why I’m declining Mr. Smith’s invitation to join Team Romney. At least for now. Each of the remaining candidates is flawed, some beyond consideration. As for Mr. Romney, I’ll say this: If I could believe what he is saying, he’d be quite acceptable.

But two things bother me about Romney. What he says in his current campaign is nothing like how he has campaigned in the past. People change, to be sure, but that much in such a short time?

The other thing about Romney that concerns me is his $20 billion Michigan pander plan. According to the Economic Policy Institute Michigan lost 25,912 jobs between 1993 and 2000. I have no idea if that is a correct figure, but let’s just go with that. Divide that number into 20 billion dollars and that means that Mitt Romney wants to spend $771,843 per job just to keep it in Michigan. Leaving aside the fact that John McCain is right–most of those jobs aren’t coming back–realize that for someone who is supposed to be able to bring his business acumen to Washington, Romney’s plan seems to offer a very small return on investment.

So Mr. Smith, you’ve got a lot of convincing to do if you expect an endorsement from me before November.

As for now, I’m still advocating what I think is the best thing for the country and the Republican Party: an open convention where everything is thrown on the table for discussion. In order to get there:

Go Rudy Go!

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I don’t know if these Smiths are related, but coincidentally today I also received a letter form “Stephen B. Smith,” Finance Chair of Lamar Alexander’s senatorial reelection bid, asking me for a $4,600 contribution.

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4 Responses to “No endorsements for now”

  1. Volunteer Voters » He Has Many Leather-Bound Books And His Green Hills Home Smells Of Rich Mahogany Says:

    [...] Bob Krumm explains why he is declining a personal invitation from Mitt Romney’s internet outreach shop to endorse the candidate: My endorsement is a serious personal and emotional commitment and so I don’t do it lightly. I only endorse after analyzing each candidate’s positions and character and deciding that this is someone I want to stand behind. When and if I do endorse a candidate for President, you as a reader, can be assured that I haven’t made such an endorsement lightly. [...]

  2. Roger Abramson Says:

    Bob –

    An open convention would indeed be pretty sweet. On both sides.

  3. Rob Huddleston Says:

    Bob -

    Good for you! Fight for the brokered convention!

    Cheers,

    Rob

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