Eighteen months before the 2008 Presidential election will be held there are ten Republican candidates seeking the nomination of their political party. Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney are the three Republican front runners at this point in the process. Most Americans at least know something about Giuliani because he was the Mayor of New York City when the Twin Towers came crashing down. Less Americans, but more Republicans and conservatives know something about Senator John McCain because of his long career in the Senate and previous failed Presidential races. Though many Republicans have heard of Mitt Romney, many have not and the general American populace knows even less about Romney than the average Republican and if anyone does know anything about Romney it is usually summed up as such, "Mitt Romney? Oh, yeah he's that Mormon guy." Hugh Hewitt's book, A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? is an excellent introduction about Romney: who he is, where he comes from, what his values are, what his advantages are, and what challenges he will face in his quest for the U.S. Presidency.
The book is divided into three major parts. The first section is basically a short biography about Romney. Though the section more closely examines Romney's political background (such as his father's failed 1968 Presidential bid), it also provides a basic understanding of how Romney was raised, the type of life he has lived, and the challenges he has faced and overcome in his life. Besides looking at Romney's successful run as a Republican governor in the very Democratic state of Massachusetts, it also details his business endeavors in charge of the large investment firms Bain & Company and Bain Capital as well as the successful turnaround of the 2002 Winter Olympics under Romney's guidance.
The second section of the book looks at three of the core values that have shaped Romney's life and political career: life, family, and faith. Romney's relationship with his family is also examined in the first section of the book, but the second section Hewitt illustrates how Romney's strong relationship with his family has influenced him in defending traditional marriages.
The last section of the book examines the advantages that Romney has in running for President as well as the challenges he will face in his bid.
As a moderate conservative who is a registered voter, I found A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? to be a very valuable read. I learned some things about Romney that I didn't know about before and have a better understanding of Romney as a person and not just a pretty face on television and in print.
As evidenced by the book's title, the biggest challenge facing Romney initially will probably be his faith. The book goes to great lengths to explain why voters should not let Romney's Mormon faith even be an issue, especially to Republican voters and particularly to evangelical Christians.
My only complaint about the book is that most of the interviews in the book are from people who seem to think that Romney has very few flaws. I realize that part of this is, as noted by Hewitt early in the text, because many who have worked with Romney and who might not have such a positive opinion about him refused to be interviewed. Nevertheless, this realization does little in balancing the overly positive opinions and reflections about Romney.
A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? is not a book that everyone will enjoy reading. At this point in time, the book will appeal mostly to Republicans, conservatives, and possibly Libertarians who are considering who they will be voting for in the primaries and the upcoming election. As the 2008 primaries draw near and if Romney remains near the top of the pack, A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE is a book that many more people will be reading and should Romney win the Republican nomination in 2008, A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? will probably be at the top of most bestseller lists.
I am curious to know when and why lawyer, radio talk show host and blogger Hugh Hewitt decided to write A MORMON IN THE WHITE HOUSE? 10 THINGS EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MITT ROMNEY (2007). Hewitt's base is California. Romney's for three decades had been Massachusetts. On February 13, 2007 Romney officially announced his run for U.S. President as a candidate within the Republican party. He had stopped being Governor of that state for only two months when Hewitt's … more