This page endorsed President Obama in 2008. It was a mistake.
We didn't know Barack Obama well four years ago. What we did know didn't
add up to much — no management, political, or leadership experience,
and very young. And, there was an expressed but not demonstrated
determination to cooperate with others to solve the mighty problems the
nation faced. Still, there was brilliance as well as a strangeness in
Mr. Obama that attracted voters who, as Democrats and later as voters of
both parties, might have served themselves better by choosing the
tested, mature, proven political commodity, Hillary Clinton. Besides,
the clumsiness and poor judgment of John McCain made Mr. Obama look
We know Barack Obama better now. He is not what we imagined. He is a
politician uncomfortable in the political business, a man of unwavering
progressive convictions that are deeply at odds with the Founders'
principles, as enshrined in the Constitution. That document and the
Declaration protected the rights, economic and otherwise, that inhered
in men and women and that were not bestowed by government, nor could
they be withdrawn. Indeed, the goal was to constrain government, not
free it from all restraint. Mr. Obama sees things differently, and in
pursuit of his view, he has been relentlessly willing to pit Americans
against their fellows: majority against minorities, men against women,
rich against the middle class and the poor. It's no way to be leader.
Mitt Romney is a smart, decent man with an explicit understanding that
the predicate for American success is a successful, growing American
economy, accessible and enriching to all. That means reordering
spending, taxation, and regulation, so that following generations are
free to prosper, not bent beneath the profligate legacy of trillions in
debt. He is a dependable moderate, a pragmatist, and a grownup, whose
first order of business — as every bit of evidence makes clear — will be
to cut through the hopeless partisan snarl in Washington.
Voters have heartfelt agendas of their own. They measure candidates
against a personal hierarchy of issues. One cannot guess the metric that
this voter or that one will use to make his or her selection. But, if
getting things done, addressing debt, deficits, and the economy first,
and doing so in ways that search for solutions both sides and the many
interest groups can support is at the top of your list — Mr. Romney is
the recommendation here.
Senator Scott Brown
How Scott Brown got to be the Republican Senator from Massachusetts
is a political miracle, given the one-party complexion of government in
the Bay State. But, voters like him. (Continues)