by Tony Medley
I have been less
than enthusiastic about the people running for the Republican
presidential nomination this year. However, at the request of my friend,
Rob Bonner, I attended Tuesday's fundraiser for Mitt Romney at the
Century Plaza Hotel.
An hour before
the dinner, which was scheduled for 7 PM, there was a VIP reception to
meet Gov. Romney and have a picture taken. I got there early which is my
wont, so was approximately fifth in line. As I was walking to the hotel
from where I parked, Gov. Romney's motorcade was arriving at the hotel,
so I knew that he would be there shortly.
was scheduled to start at 6 PM, and he got there about 5 minutes later.
The line was forming behind me and after I met the governor and had my
picture taken there was a cocktail reception and people milled around
until the 7 PM dinnertime. The line to meet him was still extremely long
fully 45 min. after I had met him. I was told that they had over 500
reservations, but obviously not all those were in the VIP reception for
which you had to make an additional donation. Even so, there must have
been at least 200 people, maybe more, who were at the VIP reception.
When we got in
the dining room, it was packed. Every table was taken. While you hear
how left wing and Democrat–oriented Hollywood is, there were two, at
least two, people from the Hollywood establishment present supporting
Gov. Romney. Scott Baio, who was a star in the '70s sitcom Happy
Days, and the '80s sitcom, Charles in Charge, made a short
welcoming speech. And when Gov. Romney spoke, he acknowledged the
presence of A-list director Jerry Bruckheimer at the head table.
wife spoke before the governor, and she is a very impressive person
especially when one considers the illness she's battling. I don't know
where Gov. Romney gets the energy to do what he does (this was his third
event of the day, beginning with the breakfast and a luncheon in Orange
County, and he was fresh and lively as he must have been when the day
started), but how she goes on is truly remarkable.
really surprised me with his speech. It was off-the-cuff, no notes or
teleprompter or anything else to help him remember what he was going to
say. But what was surprising was the charisma that has been absent from
the televised debates. He is a very good speaker with a winning persona.
Rob got me to
contribute to Rudy Giuliani's campaign four years ago, and I did so for
two reasons. First was because he asked me. Second was because there was
a good chance that if Rudy had been elected President, Rob would have
been appointed Attorney General. I don't have any idea if Rob is that
close to Gov. Romney (I do know that Rob had a personal meeting with him
in Las Vegas), or if that is even a possibility, but several people at
our table were discussing the possibility.
One of the
things I have liked about Romney during this campaign is the way he has
stiffed the mainstream media. In 2008 the Democrats all refused to
appear on Fox News because they didn't have the courage to face tough
questioning and knew that there would be little backlash. I'm glad that
Romney is giving it back to them. He can be elected without pandering to
CBS, NBC, ABC, and CNN.
I came away much
encouraged by Romney's candidacy. He has a grasp of the issues, is
articulate, is smart, charismatic even, and I think he would annihilate
Obama in a debate.
March 29, 2012