You probably heard about Romney’s speech about faith in the public square today. It was good, and it reaffirmed my support for him as the best man to lead our country. I was pleased to hear something so authentic in a political race, despite that pundits are crawling all over themselves to say just the opposite.
For months people have been saying that Romney has an authenticity problem. They’ve been saying they don’t really know what he believes because he’s always being so robotic and methodically careful about his answers. I don’t recall reading a single article about Romney (and I’ve read hundreds) that just accepts as a starting point that he may actually be honestly explaining his views on good governance and the rationale for his record over his political career. Rather, every move is interpreted as some clever (or sneaky for the more cynical crowd) way to pander.
Well, looking at Romney’s site is like reading a friend’s blog. He seems as real and genuine as any political candidate I’ve ever followed. He seems like he could have been my next door neighbor. For that matter, I know a couple people who really have been his next door neighbor and/or good friends.
I know there’s a lot of calculating going on in a political campaign. But, I also believe Romney is as authentic as they come–full of character, ethics, integrity, faith, and a willingness to work. And, to boot, he’s the most capable leader. I suppose that’s why I support him despite that not all of his policy is my absolute first choice.
I can think of plenty of things to say about my own authenticity, but I’ll save that for another day. For now, I just want to say: Go Romney!