There’s been a lot of discussion about the reason Mitt Romney lost the bid for President of the United States. Some blame the Republican Party while others say it was because the Democrats had an unbeatable ground game.
He had many obstacles to start, in particular his own personal wealth, that seemed to be perceived as a liability instead of a sign of success, and his membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly called the “Mormon Church”).
Ben Collins of Mitt Romney Central (MRC) explained the difficult road Romney has traveled:
57.7 million people saw what we here at Mitt Romney Central have believed about Mitt Romney from the beginning, that he would be the best person to lead America during these challenging and changing times.
…Mitt Romney has had to overcome huge obstacles to become the GOP nominee. Not only was he from one of the most liberal states in the country…also, Romney had to break new ground for religious freedom by being the first Mormon nominee of a major party. In a party with such large numbers of religious conservatives, this was no small task.
…Further, Romney was the first businessman to get so close to the presidency in a very long time. An unfortunate reality in American politics is that people with successful business backgrounds open themselves up to all kinds of attacks from political opponents. Romney deserves great credit for having broken new ground in all these areas.
Collins said that despite those who were skeptical or wanted to write him off, one of the greatest accomplishments from the campaign was that Romney matched President Obama in fundraising without the advantage of being the current incumbent president.
He praised Romney for running a great campaign and added: “It was a sacrifice Romney didn’t have to make. Romney did it out of love for his country and a genuine desire to get America on the right track. We congratulate Mitt Romney on the obstacles he has overcome.”
Speaking as an analyst for the Republican Party, Newt Gingrich said he was “dumfounded” at the loss.
We were wrong.
We were wrong about the turnout.
We were wrong about the makeup of the electorate.
We were wrong about the advertising mix and message that would work…
This was not just a personal defeat for Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan…
This was a party-wide defeat and should be thought of as a profound wake up call.
Ann Coulter, Universal News columnist and the author of eight best-selling books agrees with Gingrich. She expressed her opinion in an article on her website, Don’t Blame Romney.
Every election predictor was wrong, except one: Incumbents usually win.
Republicans have taken out a sitting president only once in the last century, and that was in 1980 when Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter. Sadly, Reagan’s record remains secure.
Coulter said that she had supported Romney in 2008 but changed to support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie midway through Obama’s first term. She continued:
But I was wrong. Romney was the perfect candidate, and he was the president this country needed right now… Indeed, Romney is one of the best presidential candidates the Republicans have ever fielded.
True to form and ever the optimist, Romney praised the thousands who had worked tirelessly during the campaign. In a letter on MRC, he wrote:
Ann and I cannot thank you enough for supporting and believing in our cause.
This was more than just a campaign — this was a national movement.
Thank you for the work that you did — going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, coming to rallies, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to join our team.
What’s really inspiring is that you came together because you care about America.
We still believe that better days are ahead. It’s up to us to rally together to renew America’s promise and restore American greatness.
From the bottom of our hearts, Ann and I thank you for your support, prayers, efforts, and vote. We are forever grateful to each and every one of you.
Today’s a new day. Keep believing in America.
Thank you and God bless America,
Mitt and Ann Romney
In a heartfelt farewell tribute to Romney, Collins responded for himself and in behalf of his many coworkers:
With a full heart, my last post for MRC is an attempt to convey the impossible – the depth of gratitude and admiration I feel for Mitt and Ann Romney. There just aren’t two better Americans.
To Mitt and Ann…You are heroes. Setting aside the comforts of privacy and home, because you dearly love America, you opened your arms to our nation. You didn’t offer a paltry, awkward one-arm extension, or an obligatory, half-way pat-pat hug. No, you offered a big, wide, all-encompassing we-love-you-we-want-to-help embrace.
And it was wonderful. We felt your arms around us for nearly a year and a half. Without thought of personal gain, you endured and shone throughout a rigorous campaign, continual scrutiny, the opposition’s brutal, incessant slander, media bias, the arm-chair critics, the long, never-ending on-your-feet hours, on-the-road suitcase living, and precious time away from your treasured family and other loved ones.
You did it!
With a deep desire to help reinvigorate and restore our troubled, economically traumatized country, you did it! You inspired us, lifted us, and gave us real hope. You did it with steely determination, strength, and style. And, you tied it all up with a ribbon of courage and class.
Speaking on FOX News about the night of the election, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat strategist, Susan Estrich, said that you, Governor Romney, were a “model of dignity and grace, and set the tone” for civility. She spoke the truth.
This article was written by Jan Mayer, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.