In a previous post I called “Getting Past Palin” I urged fellow Palinistas to support the Republican ticket.
I supported Governor Romney against John McCain in 2008 because I knew McCain was too much of a Washington insider. In 2011 I was all in for Sarah Palin and the first incarnation of this site was pro-Palin all the way. I created the original “Game On” poster and tshirts, which took the Palin universe by storm. and I will always remember the excitement I felt when I’d see the poster and folks wearing the tshirt on national TV. It was an honor to be able to contribute what I could to support Governor Palin.
It’s been over a year now since Sarah Palin decided not to run. During this last year I found myself running hot and cold on various candidates, but could never bring myself to support Romney. It wasn’t that I disliked the man, it was that I found many of his hardcore supporters to be unpleasant people, “Romneybots” who took every opportunity to slash and burn any candidate they perceived as a threat. Politics is a dirty business at most levels, so their vitriol wasn’t that surprising. However, it bugged me that Republicans were turning on each other with such vehemence when we should have been respectful of each others’ opinions. Besides, what was the point of burning bridges and offending people you’d need to support your candidate after the convention?
I had been impressed with people I had met in the Palin movement, but it didn’t take long before I realized that there were a lot of unpleasant people in that camp as well. I won’t go into specifics but I was surprised by the vicious vitriol being spouted on some Palin sites, particularly against those who didn’t follow what was perceived by some as the Palin “party line.” I’m one of those people who think we need to find ways to support each other, even if we don’t agree on every specific issue. However, when I encountered people on one site in particular, (I won’t mention it because not everyone involved in it is a jerk), that went out of their way to discourage, denigrate, and mock those with different ideas of how to support the Governor, I realized that Sarah had as little control over how these “Sarahbots” behaved as did Romney over the “Romneybots.” I suspect both of them would be appalled at the excesses of these supporters.
If Sarah couldn’t control it, then neither could Romney, so it behooved me to take another look and give him another chance.
Over the last few months he has won me over completely. Am I as thrilled as I would have been if Sarah had been the candidate? I have to admit not. However, I still believe that Sarah made the right decision for herself and her country, and that Romney is the right candidate at the right time.
So, in honor of my being officially “all in” I’ve created a new image, of our next President Mitt Romney saying “GAME ON!”