He says he doesn’t want to be a kingmaker, but Mitt Romney just doesn’t seem to want to butt out of the process.
Since forgoing a third presidential bid in January, Romney has insisted he has no interest in being a kingmaker in the 2016 race. But as the contenders jockey for his favor — and, in some cases, chase his lead on thorny issues — it’s beginning to look like the 2016 Romney primary is well underway.
It is an ironic twist for a man once criticized as the very definition of the vanilla candidate, calibrated and cautious at every turn when he was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012.
As we all know, Mitt Romney had Barack Obama down and battered and just needed to deliver a third-round knockout punch. But in what we know as that proud Republican tradition of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, Mitt let Obama get back up and the rest is history.
Of course, the 2016 Republican primary field is littered with high-priced ex-Romney advisers polluting the heads of candidates and authoritatively speaking for us to a hostile media, as if they KNOW the path to victory, conveniently avoiding the fact their guy tried twice, couldn’t seal the deal and their expertise was for shit.
“Given the chaos that’s going on on the Republican side of things, he has some ability to bring some order to the chaos and help remind people what big issues actually do matter — and to be a little bit of a rudder for these candidates, who he recognizes can sometimes get seared by the winds of the primary process,” said GOP strategist Katie Packer, who was Romney’s deputy campaign manager in 2012
Chaos? Rudder? Remind people? This is from a hack who twice-advised the two-time loser.
Mitt Romney is clearly an example of an egotist who has that need to fulfill what he believes is his (and I’ll again use the word again) birthright, and even though HE couldn’t get there, he still considers himself important.
Romney was one of the first prominent Republicans to bluntly call for taking down the Confederate flag in front of the South Carolina state capitol after the racially motivated massacre of nine people at a Charleston church last month.
The Confederate flag became an issue because a young crazy killed black people in a church and previously was pictured on Facebook with the flag. Had Dylann Roof also had pics next to a box of Corn Flakes, would the left be calling for a liquidation of the Kellogg’s company?
Over the weekend, he denounced Donald Trump’s suggestion that immigrants coming across the border from Mexico were rapists and criminals, saying the remarks were harmful to the image of the Republican Party.
“I think he made a severe error in saying what he did about Mexican-Americans and I feel it was unfortunate,” Romney said.
Besides the fact he again perpetuated a false liberal media narrative, Romney should know about campaign errors because we haven’t seen that many since the ’63 Mets.
The emergence of Donald Trump and subsequent reception by the base of his message shows many Republicans want a real change in direction, and certainly don’t want or need the advice of someone who clearly didn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag. Romney had his chances, blew them, and needs to head off to Lake Winnipesaukee and leave the 2016 primaries to those who are active participants.
We won’t even get into the internals of Massachusetts politics where it was all about Mitt, no matter how he adversely affected Republicans within the commonwealth, and how his “moderate” reach across the Beacon Hill aisle eventually gave us first-in-the-nation legalized gay marriage and the prototype for ObamaCare.
We don’t know how the primary process is going to play out but we really don’t need to have the wisdom of Mitt Romney bollixing up the works. We all saw how well that worked out in 2012.