The reception marked the fourth time I’ve met Romney; each time I’ve noticed something special about him. First, he’s a family man. Romney almost always travels with his wife, Ann, who is an attractive woman and the mother of five boys, all of whom are now grown and productive adults. In my opinion, a couple who can raise a family, stay in love, and still be wildly successful must posses great wisdom and personal character. Let’s say it’s a good start for a man who wants to hold the most powerful leadership role in the world.
Second, Romney is a self-made businessman. He didn’t have a father who paved the way with gold. He wasn’t set up in a business so he could then run for president. No, Romney first worked at Bain consulting and then started Bain Capital, which made millions of dollars investing in growing companies. Bain made it big and Romney was the undisputed leader. I have spoken with several of the people that Romney personally financed, and every person says he was brilliant, easy to work with, and a great strategic player. For further evidence of Romney’s leadership capabilities, consider that Bain Capital continues to thrive without Romney because the governor developed a first-rate leadership team to build upon the culture of success that he started.
Third, Romney has the proven ability to govern across America’s increasingly vast political divide. In a state where Republicans are only slightly more common than dinosaurs, Romney passed a health care bill with the support of a Democratic legislature—not to mention Teddy Kennedy—that serves as a model for other states and the federal government. Indeed, The Heritage Foundation, the most respected conservative think tank in Washington, wholeheartedly endorsed—and worked behind the scenes to help create—Romney’s plan. Why does Heritage like it? Because it does not provide universal health care financed by the government; rather, it keeps private insurance in the loop and only subsidizes people who are too poor to pay all of their insurance premiums—but even then, everyone must pay something. Far from a government hand-out, this plan embodies the innovative, forward thinking that America so desperately needs to respond to an escalating health care crisis.
Fourth, Romney is highly analytical and collaborative. He likes to look at a problem from a lot of different angles and then he asks the all-important question, “How do I build coalitions to get a viable solution passed through a legislature?” By 2008, the American people will demand a president who can think broadly about an issue based on principle, AND who can also build bridges to get things done. I think Romney can do both.
Wilson then lays out the potential problems for Romney including a perceived lack of foreign policy experience and how conservatives may have reservations about Romney's religion and geography.
All in all, It's a pretty darn positive column. Romney continues to make strong inroads with those "in the know" about 2008 presidential politics.