Watching Mr. Romney bow out of the race in 2008 showed losing can elevate a man.
His exit was well timed and in the doomed McCain campaign that followed he was a loyal worker. Many of us came to admire his prudence, his resolve, and his intellect. If you think “most improved” soccer players deserve five foot trophies, then Romney will seem cold to you. He is a mature man, a grownup in a nation of Peter Pans. His heart has a steady beat not the spastic rhythms of the excitable man-child.
Mitt Romney acts in a nation of actors and the pretenders often misunderstand the man. They play businessmen, governors, Olympic executives, husbands, fathers on television: Mr. Romney succeeded.
When he lost, Mr. Romney learned from his errors. He reassembled a team and with prudence and without panic proceeded to scare away most of the “A-list” candidates. Bigotry was a barrier, but geniality and calm defeated it. When he faced B-lister after C-lister in the primaries, he scored when he had to so and dismantled their campaigns.
He never got in the way of his opponents destroying themselves.
Who is Mitt Romney?
Mr. Romney is a gentleman and like all gentleman is not afraid of mixing it up if he must. But he does not attack for its own sake, but for the sake of the cause. What is his cause? Romney lives a love for free markets, republican values, faith, and family. He is no Lincoln, risen from poverty, but a Theodore Roosevelt, born to wealth and privilege, who made more of his chances than any of his peers.
He is a man who used money and position to serve and not to be served.
And now he is the Republican nominee for President, a title that eluded his father. Mr. Romney will win this fall with the same calm, methodical, and careful campaign he has run so far. It is a mildly Republican year . . . and Romney is a mild Republican. Not for him the false passion of the Internet troll. Not for him the pomposity of stadium orations. He is a good man, a decent man, a gentleman who has finally won.
He will be the next President of the United States.