Tuesday, July 17, 2012
No, not that Lord, although He might also agree.
Jeffrey Lord, of The American Spectator, joined with others today to express disapproval in what appears to be Mitt Romney's calculated decision not to invite Governor Palin to speak at the Republican National Convention. Now, these aren't people who are doting fans of the Governor with an agenda to get their favorite conservative to the big dance. Rather, these are people who understand what is at stake and what she brings to this election. I hope Romney is paying attention because snubbing Palin is a nonsensical decision.
In an article entitled "Romney Campaign Disses Palin: Throws Party Unity Overboard," Lord writes:
So now come all these news reports (just for example, here, here, here, and here) that Team Romney has decided deliberately -- deliberately -- to trash Sarah Palin by not inviting her to the Tampa convention.
And they expect people to rally to their candidate when they are out there sticking their finger in the eye of the party's base? Sending a message to the Tea Party to go take a flying leap?
If this is true, and no less than Governor Palin herself has said she is uninvited, one can only wonder:
What are these wizards of smart thinking?
Historically, people who are trashed by their own party employ the one entirely fatal weapon they have at their disposal: they stay home in November.
What should be done? Having had the opportunity to once upon-a-time work on this kind of issue myself, here's the answer.
First, quickly and publicly remedy this by graciously inviting Governor Palin.
Second. As the 2008 nominees, Senator McCain and Governor Palin should have some place and/or role of honor at the convention -- in this case, yes, speaking slots for both.
Get Governor Palin invited now. Post haste.
She was the first woman VP nominee of the Republican Party. She has more than earned simple, basic respect.
Don't add to Governor Romney's problems by making him seem like an ungracious, small man.
He quite decidedly isn't. But the lights are on now -- people are paying attention. He has real enemies out there. He will need all the help he can get not just to win, but to govern.
And that specifically includes Governor Palin.
Read the full article here.
Romney has time to turn this around, and perhaps he will demonstrate, in this situation, what he has demonstrated in the business world: that he is capable of making the right decision at the right time. We the people are waiting.
(h/t Doug Brady)