Incumbent governors know a thing or two about winning general elections. One thing they know: Candidates must focus on issues that appeal to the most voters across the widest range of ideologies.
Harold Hamm knows a thing or two about business. One thing he knows: President Obama is bad for the economy and bad for the energy industry.
Sometimes, a little knowledge is an enlightening thing. What the governors know and what Hamm knows point to the wisdom of nominating Mitt Romney to take on Obama.
State leaders interviewed at a National Governors Association meeting last month said the economy will be the key issue in the fall. This includes Republican governors whose views on social policy are perhaps more aligned with Rick Santorum than Romney. The governors believe the November winner will represent the party with the better plan to create jobs.
Hamm, the son of a sharecropper, prefers Romney, the son of a Republican governor. Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, is chairman of Romney's Energy Policy Advisory Group. “I have never gotten involved in presidential politics before,” Hamm said. “But today, I am deeply worried about the future of our country.”
Oklahoma Republicans are right to be worried about Obama's assault on the values many of them hold dear. Their enthusiasm for Santorum is understandable. But the goal should be nominating the candidate who can win in November. And Romney understands Oklahoma's heritage industries.
Energy, says Hamm, “is the lifeblood of the American economy.” Romney understands that energy policy “is not about us who are in the industry; it is about all of us as Americans.”
All of us.
Obama's elitism makes him the antithesis of what we call “good people.” Economically, Obama has put all of us on the path of destruction. With his energy policy, Obama continues to put us on the path of dependency.
Let's help Romney put us back on the right path.