Ten months after Mitt Romney shuffled off the national stage in defeat — consigned, many predicted, to a fate of instant irrelevance and permanent obscurity — Republicans are suddenly celebrating the presidential also-ran as a political prophet. From his widely mocked warnings about a hostile Russia to his adamant opposition to the increasingly unpopular implementation of Obamacare, the ex-candidate’s canon of campaign rhetoric now offers cause for vindication — and remorse — to Romney’s friends, supporters, and former advisers. “I think about the campaign every single day, and what a shame it is who we have in the White House,”
At least Romney is no longer in the government, saying "Ditto" to everything Obama comes up with -- like McCain, Boehner and McConnell. Being right is one thing. Standing up for what is right is something completely different.
Romney is a doofus who doesn´t know how to swim with the sharks. Right about everything? Hardly. He called Obama "a nice guy." That would be forgivable if one could believe it was just political flapdoodle - but I think Romney actually believed it when he said it. It wouldn´t surprise me if he still believes it. There is a place in the world and even politics for people like Mitt Romney, but the time and the circumstances we face do not make that place.
The problem however is far bigger than Mitt Romney. The majority of the senior Republicans do not seem to understand that the Democrats are their enemies and not their colleagues. They keep trying to treat them as colleagues - and we keep getting the results of such a misguided policy. It cannot possibly work. Enemies are not colleagues but enemies. Treating them like colleagues will not convert them from enemies into friends.
Times change. During some periods of the republic a relatively high level of collegiality has been possible and desirable between parties. This is not one of those periods. The current Democratic party is controlled by radical Leftists who have no intention of working with Republicans, no matter how friendly, nice, polite, broad-minded and collegial the latter may behave. And the "mainstream media" is also under the control of the Left. These people and these organizations are the enemies of traditional, conservative, Western, Judeo-Christian values. They are out to pull it all down and build it over again. They don´t want to be friends or colleagues with Republicans. They want to annihilate them them as a party and in some cases personally to boot. We are dealing with enemies of free speech and other American values - and our Republican representatives and most of the media are completely clueless about what is actually facing us.
Romney is the counterpoint to my hero Barry Goldwater. Goldwater stated he would rather be right than President - and he was. Romney was right about many things, but is not President because he didn´t make the case to the voters. Learn the lesson, people: being right is not enough - you must also sell it to the electorate. Romney remains a private citizen because he failed to do that.
Of course Romney was right but there is no way to fix the stupid, apathetic voters who exist on both sides of the aisle. On the plus side, La Jolla is a nice place to call home, Romney has a wonderful family, and his wealth will insulate him from a lot of the consequences of the Obama presidency. Romney´s not hurting. But the imbeciles who voted against him will feel the effects of their votes. If I were a finer person, I wouldn´t take so much delight in that.
As some really smart person so accurately put it, when the people who vote for a living finally outnumbered the people who work for a living, the chance of a responsible, experienced, conservative white male ever being president again is pretty much zilch...
Many Republican voters bear some responsibility for Romney´s loss. They fought him tooth and nail and inflicted more damage on him than they did on Obama. A wise man once said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Some have not learned that lesson yet.
Romney made two very significant errors 1) like McCain he took the hig road, and 2) He failed to directly address the more Fundamental Christians, the number of which stayed home. That is what happened to the most obvious landslide in history.
Never take a knife to a gunfight, especially a very dull one.
Amen, #14. And the only way to deal with these enemies of the constitution and the Republic is to plant them. They are not Americans and they are not your friend. People still haven´t twigged to that simple detail.
#19, Not there yet except through ignorance or apathy. There are estimated to be a bit over 200 million eligible voters, around 60 million of whom voted for the Otard. The math says if everyone wakes up and ignores the libtard propaganda that is telling them they can´t win, then the libtards get drop-kicked out of power. Assuming vote fraud and illegal foreign contributions get the necessary scrutiny to suppress such things, too.
I fault the Romney campaign for two things: 1). not responding to the repulsive ads run against Mitt during the spring and early summer of 2012, and 2). failing to follow up more aggressively after the October 3 debate.
Having said that, in the end the responsibility lies with the people. Any Republican nominee would have been faced with an electorate of uninformed, guilt-tripped dolts for whom a slimy, fast-talking, amoral demagogue like Obama was made to order.
So now we see polls all over the place telling us that people are opposed to ObamaCare and involvement in Syria. Well, eff ´em. They are going to get both, because that is what they voted for.
This article also ought to give pause to those on our side who profess to see no difference between the two major parties, but I am not optimistic on that score.
#21, when you say Romney "failed to address the more Fundamental Christians," what do you mean? That they objected to the fact that he was a Mormon? (I suspect there were people who stayed home from the polls because they couldn´t bring themselves to vote for a Mormon.) If it wasn´t his particular faith, what concern of Christians did he neglect to address? Did they fear he was less Christian than Obama?
#24, to answer your question more directly, I think that many Christians simply stayed home because Romney is a Mormon and I sincerely believe that is the primary reason Obama was reelected, and no, I do not believe they thought that Obama was more Christian.
Election stats backup my view. Just another example of cutting off your nose to spite your face.
Since #25 won´t give credence to voter fraud, suppression through IRS attacking our tax exempt election groups, the Media giving Obama the air of inevitability and the Obamaphone surplus gifts then I will mention them because some of us here were proud to vote for Mitt and didn´t have a problem with his Mormonism as Christians. Enjoy the next three years of Obama I guess is all that´s left to say.
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