Mitt Romney's drive to the Republican presidential nomination wasn't without detours, potholes and lane changes. Sometimes, though, difficult journeys prepare one for a greater challenge.
Romney was the likely nominee all year. But until Tuesday's Texas primary ballots were counted, it wasn't official that Romney would be the choice, subject only to GOP convention ratification.
To his credit, Romney has been running against Barack Obama from the start. He had to play bumper cars with challengers from within his own party, but Romney conducted himself as if the nomination were never in doubt. The detours and potholes unfortunately siphoned money from his campaign gas tank. They also readied him for the drive to victory in November.
That drive will take many turns. Obama, his party and his media allies will attempt to paint Romney as a millionaire out of touch with the common man. But we can think of few presidents in history more elitist than Obama, more out of touch with Heartland values, more in tune with a European mindset than American exceptionalism.
We acknowledge that Obama inherited a bad economy. If elected, Romney will inherit one as well because Obama has done little to improve it and much to harm it. The middle class has shrunk. His energy policy is mired in the muck of fuzzy environmentalism rather than rooted in the soils of sensibility. As we noted last December in endorsing Romney, the president has “paid lip service to expanding markets for domestic natural gas. He's paid debt service to expanding ventures such as Solyndra.”
America wanted a unifying figure four years ago. It got a divider. America needed a pro-growth champion. It got a slow-growth meddler.
Romney doesn't offer false hope for unity. He offers solid hope for growth. That growth will drive our fortunes higher and lift our spirits as well.