Romney’s Sacrifice

Mitt Romney held up a long-standing but quickly-fading American value today—sacrifice—when he ended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Maybe our country itself is fading because we don’t remember what sacrifice is—giving up something we value for the sake of something of greater worth. Romney expressed those values in his speech before the Conservative Political Action Committee in words so powerful that conservatives wanted him more than ever.

But has he given up those essential ideals for something of greater value? Indeed, he compromised part of his agenda from coming to the top in the short term. Yet, in the long term that greater value will be revealed. The manner in which he came to his decision speaks to his leadership. He is said to have consulted with his advisers Wednesday and decided to continue the campaign. But then at home as he wrote his speech, he discovered in the midst of that process that he needed to “stand aside . . . for our country.”

Romney’s timing to stand aside couldn’t have been better if 100 political analysts had planned it. It gave him an attentive audience without an appearance of someone resigned to a losing fate. And in that position, he commanded attention when he boldly expressed the condition of our country and the need to change. Let’s give honor and respect to a man who understands the societal and political needs of the United States, has a plan to meet those needs and, yet, is willing to sacrifice through compromise for the future achievement of those goals. His positive action, not a reaction, is what will carry forward his leadership skills in some way for the benefit of the United States and the conservative cause well into the future.


  1. ph
    Feb 7, 2008

    Romney’s sacrifice reminds me of something written about Ronald Reagan written in this article. Mitt Romney seems to be picking up Reagan’s mantle.

  2. Carrie
    Feb 7, 2008

    I agree that Romney has the ability to take the Reagan mantle. It’s just too bad that the majority of the Republican Party as a whole seems to be uninterested in true conservatism any more. And if John McCain (of Huckabee for that matter) wins, he will lead the party away from those true conservative principles. I worry that although it may be possible to find another Reagan, it may not be possible to elect another Reagan.

  3. Rachel
    Feb 7, 2008

    What a great speech. Maybe after the upcoming Clinton years, ugh, we can hope for Romney 2012 to clean it all up!

  4. eh
    Feb 9, 2008

    Hopefully, in ’12, he’ll run again and I can vote for him.

  5. DoD
    Feb 14, 2008

    Mitt is cut from the same liberal Republican mold as George was. They were the elite, enlightened new rich of our Bloomfield Hills Ward. I’m not saying that I didn’t like them, just that they were somewhat to the left of my ultra right wing father. Mitt’s mom, Lenore, was the food-police-word-of-wisdom-nut in the ward. (Besides chocolate, I remember her railing against the yellow [carotene] coloring we used to add to white margarine to make it look like butter.) But they were certainly solid citizens. I am just saying that I never expected him to walk on the far right.
    I thought his campaign suspension speech was his best ever. Between the lines I read, “I went home and prayed about it.” At least that is what I would have expected of a former bishop and stake president. Don’t count him out of this election cycle. How else can John McCain continue to move to the left while standing farther to the right. McCain/Romney is still possible.

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