David Parker is an extraordinarily successful businessman/investor and a strong Romney supporter. He is also very influential as one of the “friends of Romney” who while formally not on the campaign, can expect to both reflect and to help refine the campaign’s message. Thus Parker’s piece on the “executive experience gap” separating Romney from Santorum and Gingrich almost certainly previews one of the themes of the run-up to Arizona and Michigan which have taken on great importance as big state primaries, one in a light blue state, the other in a light red state.
Read the whole thing, but here are the key graphs:
Mitt Romney has the support of many who have had experience with him over the past 30 years, whether in his personal relationships, private enterprise, the Olympics or as Governor. They not only stand with him, they are passionate about their support, because they know him. Comparatively, Newt and Rick have few, if any, who have worked with them over their Washington careers that stand with them; further, they seem to have alienated those with whom they have worked. Their rhetoric and/or intransigence have made them ineffective or damaged goods as “leaders.”
Now is the time for conservatives, independents and moderates to stand against the Obama agenda – to coalesce and stand with Mitt, the most electable, experienced, and successfully conservative leader in the race! Now is the time to bring the depth of conservatism and pragmatism together to save our Nation and restore our future to the greatness of its past! Now is the time put aside our myopia and look at the realities before us – this is America’s defining moment and we cannot afford the risk of losing this election; the most important in our lifetime. We cannot continue our current course, for if we do, we will lose more than we can imagine. We cannot nominate failed leadership or lack of leadership, again. Rick Santorum has never led, nor has Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrich failed miserably. The temptations of power and influence can be corruptive, as in Newt’s case, and blinding as in Rick’s case. Mitt has stood the measure of time and experience and not suffered the allure of power – he has proven such in his life of service without seeking the spotlight and accolades. He has led in meekness and principle. We must nominate the most electable, competent, capable and proven conservative leader to stand against the Obama machine, Mitt Romney.