Why I'll be voting for 'great salesman' Mitt

Harold Witkov
For the record, I want it to be known that my grandfather was a salesman. My father was a salesman.  And I am a salesman, too. Among the three of us, there are over 100 years of proud selling.

Remember what David Axelrod said about Romney after he skunked Obama in the first debate?  I do. He referred to him derogatorily as a "salesman" -- worse yet a "great salesman."  In the second debate, President Obama mocked Governor Romney and his "sales pitch." Now Harry Reid tells us Romney gives "used car salesmen a bad name."

Interesting, I thought the President & Company loved the private sector (except for the evil 1%). Seems to me, they have a lot of contempt for the salesmen and saleswomen of this country.

Perhaps the threesome could use a quick lesson in American Capitalism regarding salesmen, starting with the Dictionary.com definition:  a salesman is a man who sells goods, services, etc.

Is there something pejorative in this definition that I am missing? I don't think so.

The truth is that sales is an honorable profession and an important part of our free market system. Salespeople constitute a significant percentage of the free market work force. There are hundreds of thousands of us and we are motor oil to this nation's economic engine.  Take my family. My grandfather sold furniture. My dad sold lingerie. I sold schoolbooks. We are talking pure Americana here.

So David Axelrod mocks Romney as a "great salesman."  I don't know what Mr. Axelrod's definition of a great salesman is but, to me, a great salesman is someone who cares more about his customers than the sale. A great salesman believes in his product and is knowledgeable about it. A great salesman honestly represents the company he works for and properly addresses the needs and wants of his customers. Finally, a great salesman never abandons his customers after the sale.

This brings me to Mitt Romney. If Obama & Company want to liken Governor Romney to a salesman, then the $64,000 question is, "Who is Mitt Romney selling to, and what is he selling?" The answer is, of course, Mitt Romney is selling himself to the American people.

I will be the first to admit that all salespeople are not perfect human beings. Some salesmen and saleswomen have been known to be so good at smooth talking they can "sell ice cubes to an Eskimo."

I will also admit that overzealous selling can, at times, cross all lines of propriety. The selling of a product that is not what it is cracked up to be, or broken from the start, are but two sad examples. This kind of selling, however, comes not from a salesman or a "great salesman," but from a swindler.

In my opinion, if David Axelrod, President Obama and Harry Reid do not know the difference between salesmen and swindlers, they need only to look in the mirror. Now I am not saying Governor Romney is perfect but I do like what he has been selling.  And if Mr. Axelrod thinks Governor Romney to be a great salesman, then who am I to argue? Looks like I'll be voting Romney/Ryan this election.

For the record, I want it to be known that my grandfather was a salesman. My father was a salesman.  And I am a salesman, too. Among the three of us, there are over 100 years of proud selling.

Remember what David Axelrod said about Romney after he skunked Obama in the first debate?  I do. He referred to him derogatorily as a "salesman" -- worse yet a "great salesman."  In the second debate, President Obama mocked Governor Romney and his "sales pitch." Now Harry Reid tells us Romney gives "used car salesmen a bad name."

Interesting, I thought the President & Company loved the private sector (except for the evil 1%). Seems to me, they have a lot of contempt for the salesmen and saleswomen of this country.

Perhaps the threesome could use a quick lesson in American Capitalism regarding salesmen, starting with the Dictionary.com definition:  a salesman is a man who sells goods, services, etc.

Is there something pejorative in this definition that I am missing? I don't think so.

The truth is that sales is an honorable profession and an important part of our free market system. Salespeople constitute a significant percentage of the free market work force. There are hundreds of thousands of us and we are motor oil to this nation's economic engine.  Take my family. My grandfather sold furniture. My dad sold lingerie. I sold schoolbooks. We are talking pure Americana here.

So David Axelrod mocks Romney as a "great salesman."  I don't know what Mr. Axelrod's definition of a great salesman is but, to me, a great salesman is someone who cares more about his customers than the sale. A great salesman believes in his product and is knowledgeable about it. A great salesman honestly represents the company he works for and properly addresses the needs and wants of his customers. Finally, a great salesman never abandons his customers after the sale.

This brings me to Mitt Romney. If Obama & Company want to liken Governor Romney to a salesman, then the $64,000 question is, "Who is Mitt Romney selling to, and what is he selling?" The answer is, of course, Mitt Romney is selling himself to the American people.

I will be the first to admit that all salespeople are not perfect human beings. Some salesmen and saleswomen have been known to be so good at smooth talking they can "sell ice cubes to an Eskimo."

I will also admit that overzealous selling can, at times, cross all lines of propriety. The selling of a product that is not what it is cracked up to be, or broken from the start, are but two sad examples. This kind of selling, however, comes not from a salesman or a "great salesman," but from a swindler.

In my opinion, if David Axelrod, President Obama and Harry Reid do not know the difference between salesmen and swindlers, they need only to look in the mirror. Now I am not saying Governor Romney is perfect but I do like what he has been selling.  And if Mr. Axelrod thinks Governor Romney to be a great salesman, then who am I to argue? Looks like I'll be voting Romney/Ryan this election.