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  • Mar 13, 2012

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 book was published in March 2007.


Hewitt clearly believed in early 2007 that Willard Mitt Romney was far better qualified to win the Republican nomination than GIuliani or McCain. Hewitt would not have expected Romney to drop out of the race -- as he did on February 7, 2008 --  and declare for McCain. Being a Mormon was, according to Hewitt, Romney's biggest handicap and it should not have been.


For under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution a religious test for Federal office is impermissible. And thoroughly unorthodox Presidents have included Freemason George Washington, agnostic Thomas Jefferson and never baptized Abraham Lincoln. One by one Hewitt strikes down objections to "a Mormon in the White House."


What qualified Romney to become President in January 2009, according to Hugh Hewitt, was a combination of generations of Mormon family grit, love of challenges and determination, a morally blameless personal and family life (ailing wife, five telegenic sons), personal drive and the "case study" education behind his Harvard joint doctorate in law and business. Added to that were Romney's apprentice and managerial years at metro Boston's global management firm Bain and Company and later his founding and ownership of related Bain Capital, which not only turned ailing companies around but bought into them and later sold at huge profits for Romney personally and for his colleagues.


Romney explicitly used "the Bain way" when he salvaged the 2002 winter olympic games in Salt Lake City. By then he and his wife were determined that there was more to life than piling up money. Mitt would follow his father, governor of Michigan and Presidential candidate, into a life of at least a few years of public service. The "Bain way" had as elements sending a team of bright, rising "Bainiacs" to spend months at a company, feeling for its problems, gathering data, making recommendations and hanging around to make sure suggestions were implemented.

The Bain Way was in evidence when Romney was governor of the Bay State. Romney is the Bain Way and, in the eyes of author Hugh Hewitt, there is no better way for an American President to be President.


Hewitt rightly flags Mitt Romney's book, TURNAROUND, as a case study in Romney's own words as to how he and a dedicated "gold medal" team saved the 2002 winter Olympic games after initial mismanagement corruption by others and in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Washington, D.C. and Manhattan. As Romney wrote in TURNAROUND:


Bain and Company consultants ... "begin by hiring the right people."


"'I like smart people. Bill Bain, my old boss, used to joke that most things can be fixed but smart -- or dumb  -- is forever." (Ch. 2)


In TURNAROUND Romney wonders how it is that one great leader can turn around ailing companies with 10,000 or more employees. Romney did not become President on his first run in 2007-2008. Should he triumph in 2012, readers can expect to see a White House redecorated in "the Bain Way."



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According to author and radio personality Hewitt, Mitt Romney-billionaire venture capitalist, consummate family man, gifted and media-savvy politician-would be unstoppable in the coming presidential race were it not for one niggling line on his resumé: he's a Mormon. In this unashamedly partisan volume, Hewitt attempts to refute the claim that no Mormon could get elected President (along with any other claim that might be made against Romney) while analyzing the former Massachusetts governor's biography and burnishing his conservative and leadership credentials. Hewitt is an agreeable, if inelegant, writer, wise enough to take detours (such as an edifying primer on Mormon history and thought) that stave off tedium. He spends far more time extolling Romney than excoriating his Republican and Democratic opponents. This is an efficient and effective exercise in political hagiography.
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ISBN-10: 159698502X
ISBN-13: 978-1596985025
Author: Hugh Hewitt
Publisher: Regnery Press

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