John Herbert, a regular contributor to Hernando Today in Hernando County, Florida, sums up Romney’s appeal to the Hate Party voters he will need if he is to capture the White House in four years. “Even though the state [Massachusetts] has garnered much ink by being pro-gay marriage, Romney has stated publicly that he opposes it,” Herbert writes in his column today. “He’s a pro-lifer, too,” he adds. “Romney actually began a stealth campaign for the 2008 presidential nomination long before last month’s election. He has had power breakfasts with several key Iowa Republicans. Iowans must be courted, early and often. The Iowa caucus is a key event, kicking off the primary season. Then came the Republican Convention in New York last summer. Romney spoke in one of the prime-time slots. That tells much about the muscle and respect he’s already won,” Herbert says.