I am, quite frankly, tired of defending the Republican Party. They’re like the unions; they were once a good idea but have long since outlived their usefulness and now serve as a hindrance to the wishes of their members, not the protector of such wishes.
Don’t get me wrong, the party of Lincoln had some good times. They were the only game in town after Jimmy Carter decimated America with his insane liberal economic policies and humiliating foreign policy endeavors. Republican strength propelled Reagan to the White House and gave him the support he needed as he battled commies- both of the Soviet variety and the Democrat kind.
But the Party has inarguably lost their way. This is evident by the fact that while we are saddled with Donald Trump as our presumptive nominee, there are some that are considering Mitt Romney for a presidential bid.
Because who doesn’t like a loser, amIright?
There are whispers in Republican circles about recruiting good ol’ Mitt to run for the presidency (again). Whether this hypothetical would play-out as Romney snagging the GOP nomination or running third-party is as yet undetermined. However, the manipulators of this possible disaster are centrist Republicans who don’t support Trump and appear willing to commit party suicide rather than roll the dice with the billionaire.
While we should expect such gleeful cheers from liberal hacks like those at the New York Times, even the National Review- the godfather of conservative media- has called for a Mitt run to challenge Trump.
Though I, too, hold little love for Trump, seeing this conservative outlet root for political destruction out of spite is sincerely disappointing.
In case anybody needs any indicators as to whether this is a bad idea or not, the left is already giddy. Like a novice trying to play it cool while holding a royal flush, the left is oh-so-casually discussing this possibility and reminding conservatives, “You know, Mitt is a stand-up guy and pretty darn electable…”
Jennifer Rubin, a writer for The Washington Post, pitched Mitt Romney in a recent commentary and unsubtly reminded,
“He’s no outsider, but he has accomplished plenty in both the private and public spheres, and he is a thoroughly decent human being. In other words, he is the anti-Trump and the anti-Clinton candidate.”
He’s also yet another candidate devoid of conservative ideas…
If the left is saying something nice about anybody who could remotely be called a Republican, we should stop and analyze the situation and scrutinize motives immediately.
To be clear: Mitt Romney is a good guy. During the 2012 election, the worst things the left could hurl at him was that he was a devout Mormon (as if that’s a bad thing) and that he was a staunch capitalist (again, as if that was a bad thing).
Politically, he’s far more to the left than most honest-to-God Republicans would prefer, but he signaled a willingness to move to the right in 2012 and while he was far from my first choice in 2012, he was far from my last.
But that was four years ago- an eternity in the political world. He was more than welcomed to throw his hat in the already-crowded ring months ago. The deal is done; we’re stuck with Trump. Even considering such a bold move as bringing in a political retiree off the couch to challenge the chosen nominee is precisely the kind of thing that is alienating the Republican voters who comprise the Republican Party.
If Ted Cruz somehow sneaks-away with the nomination, I will delight in the ends, question the means and remind people that at least he was actively involved in the campaigning process. He wasn’t kicked-back with a non-alcoholic beer and watching the drama unfold for years only to swoop-in and take his seat as the RINO alternative.
Further, let’s not forget that Romney was a loser. That’s not a pejorative; the man didn’t win. Though there can be “do-overs” in politics in certain circumstances, such second chances require people to put in the legwork.
Romney gave it his best shot and came up wanting. It’s laudable, but we need to move towards new, better ideas and candidates. If Republicans want to rebuke Democrats who claim that they are the party of failed ideas, digging-up a past loser with centrist ideas to mount a third option to split the GOP vote sure as hell isn’t the way to do it.
Most importantly: the fact that this is even being considered by any serious politicos is illustrative of a much bigger problem. It’s clear that Party elites don’t give a damn about what GOP voters want and that is precisely why the Republican Party is in grave danger of becoming politically irrelevant.
The Republican Party is supposed to be the party of limited government and fiscal conservatism. It’s slid very far from these goals in recent decades and those who have helped jeopardize the GOP’s future are heading in the wrong way to fix it.
The way to fix the GOP and strengthen its political relevancy is to listen to the people who constitute the party itself. We are marginalized and worse than ignored; we are placated. We are told that our leaders hear us but routinely do whatever they wish and expect us to go along. We ousted Boehner and received Boehner 2.0. We took the Senate and have made absolutely no gains in terms of policy. We are screaming for leadership and so many have clung to the first man to rise-up and start talking in terms of bold moves.
If the RNC dislikes Trump, they have only themselves to blame for the situation in which they now find themselves.
It doesn’t take a political scientist to see that a Mitt Romney candidacy would split the GOP vote and deliver the White House to Hillary. If the solution to Republican troubles is to commit political party suicide out of spite, it’s no wonder why the Republican Party is slipping in terms of political relevancy.