Former Massachusetts Governor Willard Mitt Romney is a man who has it all. A vast personal fortune, a successful private career, a stint in public office, a perfect family life, a sharp mind, a charismatic personality, and, he is very easy on the eyes. Heck, even his name has a touch of stardust about it. And now, after his nomination as President by the Republican Party, the 65-year old Romney is about to crown his phenomenal career by capturing the highest office in the land, the office of the President of the United States of America.
However, it has not been an entirely smooth journey for the former bishop. Despite his appeal to the moderates and independents, Gov. Romney faced tremendous resistance from the GOP conservative base over the last five years.
There were strong concerns over his fundamental political ideology. His stewardship of the Massachusetts 2006 health care reform, which many charged was the progenitor of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), threatened to derail his candidacy earlier on. His critics also contend that his greatest strength, the ability to build a consensus from diverging factions, was also his greatest weakness. He appears to be intent on pleasing everyone, which lends an appearance of him being indecisive on the issues. These characteristics were used in devastating fashion in 2007/08 by Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Fred Thompson and Senator John McCain to derail Gov. Romney’s first campaign for the GOP nomination.
However, perhaps a better way to look at the quarter billion dollar man is through his own eyes, that of a financial investor. Mitt hedges his position across a broad portfolio, which, while preventing the chance of a mega payday, also drastically reduces the chances of a catastrophic loss. In other words, he doesn’t believe in putting all of his eggs in a single basket. Instead, the grandfather of fourteen is intent on keeping hypothetical baskets of varying sizes to hypothetically fit as wide a spectrum as possible of the hypothetical egg demographics.
Cognizant of this perceived vulnerability, Mitt has adopted a very organized and low-key strategy for the 2011/12 nomination cycle. He chose to skip all the straw polls and remain in the shadows of his rivals, only making a handful controlled media appearances. Gov. Romney clearly remembers how brightly his star shone in the 2008 race, and how quickly it faded as well. He revealed his hand only several times early in 2011.
Former advisor to President George W. Bush, and 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, Mark McKinnon, concurs, stating, "Romney is playing things very methodically and deliberatively. I think he understands the physics of this game very well now and is carefully calibrating his approach to 2012."
As it turned out, Gov. Romney’s strategy ultimately proved to be a brilliant one. After soaking the year-long criticisms and more importantly, the limited resources of his challengers, Mitt flexed his campaign muscle and ran away with the nomination with startling ease. Along the way, the Detroit-born Bay Stater also won over the conservative base, and stunningly, the support of almost all of his nomination rivals.