Now, this Mitt Romney is a guy I would love to have in my living room for the next 8 years. He has amazing poise, timing and grace...without a teleprompter. A pleasant, warm and engaging voice, which amply shows real feeling; you know there is a human soul in him.
Romney is aptly serious about serious things, but without taking himself so seriously that he pretends to be a god. Perhaps this man, as president, could even restore to our public life a nearly forgotten virtue: genuine humility. One senses that President Mitt Romney would serve Americans, rather than expecting Americans to serve him. What a refreshing change that would be!
And, from the female perspective, this guy, Mitt Romney, is very easy on the eyes, with charm and a rather mischievous glint in his eye that belies the picture of him as the out-of-touch plutocrat with ice water in his veins, a portrait guilefully painted by Obama and his media shills.
Now, in all candor, I must admit that Mitt Romney had to win me over, one day at a time, one policy paper on top of another, through many impromptu engagements and numerous debate showdowns. I was not a Romney supporter from the beginning.
I possess an innate skepticism of all charming, too-good-looking-for-their-own-good men. Since my earliest days of dating, I have kept a wary eye on these gifted creatures of the opposite sex, regarding them as naturally skilled salesmen after my wits and virtue. Every man gifted as such starts off with me 10 points behind and must work extra hard to earn my trust.
But this Mitt Romney has convinced me that he is for real, a genuine gentleman of the highest moral caliber, and as much as it pains me to say it now, he has proved himself an exemplary exception to my "beware all charming men" rule.
Any time one can have both a pleasant, engaging, attractive, charming man and a man of high character, intelligence, a strong work ethic, loyalty and true grit, it is a most welcome anomaly (I'm thinking Bill Clinton with a functioning conscience.) Mitt Romney seems genuinely to fit this bill.
Watching Mitt Romney at the Al Smith dinner last night, I actually caught myself not minding the taste of "I was wrong about Mitt" crow in my mouth. I was so enjoying seeing and hearing a real man deliver genuinely humorous, yet aptly serious, remarks to a country purely starved for leading-from-the-front, presidential presence, that I forgot all about my earlier, preconceived disdain for Mitt Romney.
Real women like Mitt Romney for good reason.
And I'm proud to add myself to their ranks.
If Mitt had not won me over before, he had me forever with this line: "In the spirit of Sesame Street, this program is brought to you by the letter O and the number $16 trillion."
Can November 6 possibly come soon enough?
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