Mitt Romney, Up Close and Personal

Political thriller author Ben Coes, whose latest book is Coup d’Etat, was Mitt Romney’s campaign manager during his successful run for governor of Massachusetts. Pajamas Media interviewed Coes about Mitt Romney’s influence on his life.

Romney, in the audio version of Coes’ book Power Down, discusses his enjoyment of thrillers, and some of the former governor’s views come out loud and clear. Mitt Romney obviously shows his loyalty to Coes when he notes in the interview, “For those that don’t know, you helped me with my successful campaign for governor which is something I will not forget.”

Romney likes thrillers for their entertainment but also for the underlying message. Coup d’Etat has a scary and realistic scenario and it carries a message as well. A radical Islamist is elected Pakistan’s president. After Pakistan drops a nuclear bomb on India, America deals with the complexities and dangers that unfold by sending commandos to overthrow the extremist regime. Coes says: “Romney has always espoused an America that we are proud of: strong, not afraid to stand by its allies, and without apologies.” A reader of Coes would think he wrote these words uttered by Romney on October 3, 2011:

You (Pakistan) can't play both sides of this game. You've got to decide if you're with us or with them. ... If you're with them, that will have a very significant consequence. If you're with us, that's a very good thing.

Coes said he is not surprised by that quote, since he describes Romney as

...tough and someone who can take criticism as well as dish it out.  He has a great sense of humor, which many people don’t see. He is one of the funniest guys I have hung out with and does not take himself too seriously. He is a wonderful person. A story that has never been told which exemplifies the type of person he is: The Christmas before he ran for governor a woman from some place in Massachusetts found out his phone number and called him on Christmas Day to tell him how cold she was and that she was without any heat. Mitt and his five sons filled a truck up with wood, drove for two hours, and made the woman a fire, stacking up the leftover wood for her. This shows his heart.

Coes feels Romney would make a good president because he displays  "a take-charge attitude that will enable him to turn around the economy." He sees Romney as someone who could create jobs through his understanding of the private sector -- mainly, that it is not government that creates jobs, but having government get out of the way to allow the private sector to create the jobs.  For him, “Mitt can get rid of those layers of cement that have been stuck on top of the economy.”