WASHINGTON. It’s been the rule among weak-kneed Republicans that the road to the White House requires them to run against their own party. It didn’t work for John McCain in 2008 nor Mitt Romney in 2012.
The road to nowhere
You may recall that presidential candidate Romney ran to the New York Times to condemn a proposed GOP PAC ad “linking President Obama to the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, his incendiary former pastor,” said the Times.
Romney repudiated the effort to the Gray Lady, saying, “it’s the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign.”
Romney didn’t think it relevant to remind the nation that the incumbent president sat for two decades nodding his head and yelling “amen” while in the pews of a church whose pastor screamed, “God damn America!”
When the Times later asked Romney if he stood by remarks made on talk radio, in which he said Obama was making America “less Christian,” the flustered and confused Republican said,
“I’m not familiar, precisely, with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said, whatever it was.”
Team Romney forgot to inform this stiff of a singularly important aspect to a political campaign: when the candidate speaks, someone should be listening. Especially the candidate.
Channeling John McCain
In the midterm elections just concluded, Romney somehow managed to get elected Utah’s Senator. And the Senate’s newest Republican seat-warmer wasted no time signaling to the mainstream media that the party of Lincoln had produced a replacement for that body’s recently deceased mavericky dim bulb, John McCain.
Just another never-Trump moron
In an op-ed written for the Washington Post, Romney criticized President Trump for the “abandonment of allies who fight beside us.” A clear reference to the president’s decision to pull US troops from the chaos of Syria’s Hobbesian state of nature. A clear signal of Trumps refusal to engage the country in yet another Mideast no-win war. Romney seems to have forgotten that America is currently engaged in two such conflicts.
He declared that though Trump was not his choice to head the 2016 GOP ticket, he hoped Trump’s “campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not.”
Trump, ever the advertising-savvy businessman, understood the importance of branding. And he masterfully applied this principle to politics. He branded the man the media said was the GOP’s likely presidential candidate as “low-energy Jeb.” Jeb Bush would go on to earned a meager 0.92 percent of the vote in the 2016 GOP primaries.
And the New York Times, who endorsed the 2016 Democratic candidate for president, declared on election day that Hillary Clinton had “an 85% chance to win.”
Unfortunately for them, Trump had already branded her “corrupt Hillary.” It obviously stuck in the minds of voters.
A loser’s laugh
Romney lost to Obama, like McCain before him, because he foolishly thought good guys finish first.
“I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed,” Gen. George S. Patton famously said.
Mitt Romney may have been the big winner in the recent contest for Utah’s Senate seat, but he shall ever be the pathetic, laughing GOP loser of 2012.
Top Image: Mitt Romney wins Utah Senate race. Fox News screen capture.