Thank You Mitt Romney
Though I'm disheartened by the end of Romney's campaign, he's left me several things to be thankful for.
I'm thankful that Romney reminded me what it feels like to really be excited about a candidate. Its been quite sometime since I've seen a candidate that was the "total package" that Romney was. In a time when we are so critical of all of our candidates and it is easier than ever to find and broadcast their faults (and certainly Romney had faults of his own) it is easy to become disenchanted with candidates and the process. But Romney brought me out of that at least for the span of his campaign. I'm thankful for the reminder that it is possible.
I'm thankful that Romney forced me and so many other Evangelicals to evaluate whether our faith was going to be a defining factor in our vote, over policy issues. The decision on this wasn't unified by any means, but I believe it was important for us to be faced with that decision.
I'm thankful that he was willing to step down. Calculations of the chance he had at winning were most definitely the driving factor here, but I'm thankful for a candidate that is not too prideful to step down before the last glimmer of possibility is gone in the name of allowing our party to go into the election stronger and unified.
I hope that this is not the last Presidential race we see Romney in. Who knows what the future holds, but if there is a future Romney campaign, count me in.