Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Cool-Head--Well Said

Once again, Mitt Romney takes the "high road" by not abruptly rebuffing Rev. Al Sharpton's sharp words concerning religion and the White House. A true leader understands the importance of unerstanding intent and reason before reaching decision. In this case, Romney has once again taken the high road--that's right the high road is the one without any dirt on it.

Taken from article:

Listen to audio of the debate.

On Monday, Sharpton said in a debate that "those of us who believe in God" will defeat Romney for the White House. He denied he was questioning the Mormon's own belief in God.
...Rather, the New York Democrat said he was contrasting himself with Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author he was debating at the time. "As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don't worry about that; that's a temporary situation," Sharpton said during a debate with Hitchens at the New York Public Library. Romney's campaign seized on the comments to criticize Sharpton, and the candidate complained about the remarks on Wednesday, calling them "terribly misguided." Asked if he considered the civil rights leader a bigot, Romney demurred. "I don't know Reverend Sharpton," he said. "I doubt he is personally such a thing, but the comment was a comment which could be described as a bigoted comment." Romney added that he was willing to believe Sharpton didn't mean to be offensive. "Perhaps he didn't mean it that way, but the way it came out was inappropriate and wrong," said Romney.

Yea, Mitt Rocks!


David said...

The high road is great and is probably the right approach here (since Al is such a broadly laughable public figure), but politics is tough, and sometimes leaders need to come out swinging and go on offense.

I think that GWB realized too late that niceties and "high road" magnanimity only gets you so far, and can put you on the defense if inappropriately applied.

Hopefully Mitt can fight back when necessary. Our opponents have no qualms about it.

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