"You especially need to listen to what I'm going to say," he told me the day before his CPAC 2012 speech.
"I don't care who our candidate is. I haven't since the beginning of this," he had said before the audience. "I will march behind whoever our candidate is because if we don't, we lose. There are two paths: one is America, the other one is Occupy."
"Anyone that is willing to stand next to me to fight the progressive left I will be in that bunker, and if you're not in that bunker because you're not satisfied with this candidate, more than shame on you, you're on the other side."
It was a startling realization. He was right. I thought of the future and what a non-Obama presidency meant for America: domestic energy reliance to lower the price of oil, the repeal of Obamacare, a Supreme Court nomination made by our side; the end of the Fairness Doctrine, of the green energy loans, of Dodd-Frank, the items on this list are numerous. There is more at stake than some realize.
Glad to have you join the ranks.I'm not willing to risk losing the country and all of the things enumerated above over the loss of one primary. I'll support the Republican nominee and all efforts to change out Washington DC. Afterwards, in the quiet aftermath, I'll work to change the DNA of the Republican party by focusing on the hearts and minds of those who shape it. I hope you'll join me. Country first.Thanks Andrew, for the lesson.