Remember the days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal? I know I took comfort in the fact that the political party I identified with had no such embarrassing scandal associated with it.
Those days are over.
In the last 10 years, there have been several scandals that have embarrassed the GOP, tarnished the republican 'brand', and gave fodder to insufferably smug talking heads like Bill Maher.
Remember these guys? -
You'll be sorely missed Mark Foley
Ted Haggard. What can I say.
Larry Craig. Mitt Romney threw you under the bus, and like the rest of America I wish that were literal instead of metaphorical.
I think that we can all agree that guys like this make us
I'm tired of it.
One reason I support Mitt Romney is that I know he absolutely won't put up with this kind of nonsense.
Mitt Romney doesn't have any skeletons in his closet. He's been intensely vetted by the Kennedy's, and the liberal press in Massachusetts and he's clean. In fact Mitt Romney is the guy people call in when things are extremely out of control and need to get turned around.
That's what happened in preparation for the Olympics.
Things were mired in scandal. Mitt came in and turned it around. The Salt Lake City Olympics was something that the entire country was proud of. Mitt Romney's personal actions throughout his career have been exemplary and above reproach.
Contrast Mitt Romney's record with Mike Huckabee, who is currently leading the polls here in Iowa.
I'm not perfect. Mitt Romney is not perfect. And I do not expect Mike Huckabee to be perfect. That said, here are some links to follow regarding ethics questions that have dogged Huckabee for some time, and have recently been given a little more scrutiny. The most charitable and fair word I can come up with in regards to these ethics questions is TACKY.
The American Spectator - TACKY
Politico - Ethics Complaints
Salon.com - The Dark Side of Huckabee
The thing is, I didn't have to look very hard for those links. There's a lot more where that came from.
Don't we all want somebody who has a track record of good behavior? You scratch the surface with Mitt Romney, and you just find more good stuff. Nominate Mitt Romney and the GOP's image problem goes away in one fell swoop. The branding problem where the GOP name has been dragged through the mud for the last 8 years... gone.
That's what I want.