I want to take this opportunity to say "thank you" for your effort and hard work over the past year. Your efforts have not been in vain. You were able to accomplish many things while you toiled on the campaign trail, and while you didn't get to where you ultimately wanted to (the White House), here's what you've done for us:
1. You made sure that true Conservative principles were brought to the table in every debate, forum, and discussion.
2. Your activities helped veer McCain (ever so slightly) to the right.
3. You alone provided the pathway towards what our country needs to do during challenging (not recessive) economic times. You "got it" when the country shifted focus from Iraq and security to economic troubles. Hopefully your opponents won't drop the ball.
4. Your participation ensured that the anti-McCain vote didn't all end up with Huckabee, who I believe would be a bigger disaster for the Republicans than any other candidate running.
Again, Thank You.
Now, let us give you something in return. Your candidacy lacked something in 2008. We want you to come back stronger in 2012, so please heed the following advice (or, take it for what it's worth - you know economics).
1. Your conservative positions appeared to be too "pure" for someone who was previously on record for being a moderate (see: Massachusetts Senate Campaign, circa 1994; Massachusetts Governatorial Campaign, circa 2002). There just wasn't enough history to demonstrate such a turnaround on some positions. Recommendation: Stay involved, and stay true to your message. Alternatively, make sure your message supports your actions.
2. You were victimized by your own political naivite. In the business world, you rightfully attack the market leaders until you become the leader (then protect against attacks). In politics, you attacked whomever was deemed to be the leader at the time...which meant that you were making multiple enemies. They banded together, fought against you, and ultimately brought you down in WV. Recommendation: Reach out to the remaining candidates and try to mend fences. In the next election, thou shalt remember the Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.
3. You're able to find the problems that concern America quickly (re: economic situation), and quickly wax poetic about solid potential solutions to those problems. Recommendation: Please stay active within the Republican Party. Help everyone focus on solutions, rather than division. Continue to reinforce your famous "Mormon Speech", so that it becomes a non-issue. Be ready for 2012. At current course and speed, you'll be needed.
-- Submitted by R Wellesley