Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012 was the most disappointing political loss of my lifetime. I am morally certain that he would have done a better job than Obama and, had he won, we would today be celebrating his reelection and we would be better off in every way I can think of. But “For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.”
I hope he can now come back in an important role. It will be hard for him to swallow Trump, but Romney is a modest man who knows that it is the duty of all patriotic Americans to do what they can to help our country succeed.
I hope it is more than a mere rumor that Romney is coming on board. He would make a great Secretary of State. Lord knows we could use a little more competence in that important job.
Posted by Christine & John at November 18, 2016 9:07 AM
“Morally certain”, that says it all. The American voters apparently disagree as Obama was re-elected with both the electoral college and popular vote and has maintained approval levels above 50%. Trump won because people hate Hilary with good reason. But Trump is no Obama. Also the Republican controlled congress’s approval level is 14%.
I know that most voters disagree. As an American, I accept that result of the election, (just as all good Americans accept Trump) but I need not think that the judgement was the best.
also, Source for the approval #s is fox news and for the record I actually like Mitt Romney and think he would be a great person for Trump to get on his team. When he denounced Trump’s more controversial statements and refused to endorse him as a result Romney got my approval instantly, a man of integrity Mr. Romney is.
And you know most voters disagree because….?
I know most voters disagree because Obama won and Romney lost. It is very simple. Those “voters” who didn’t vote gave their proxies to those that did.
Beyond that, I accept a president elected legitimately by the American election process. I have not voted for the winner since 2004, but the winners have been my president too.
BUT I do not have to believe that the process produced the best result. In the most recent election, no good result was even possible, given the two bad choices. But we go with the legitimate winner.
I agree 100%, Trump is not scientifically the best choice based on winning the electoral college.(how could anyone even prove that anyway) But even though i’m not a Trump fan, he did win and people now have to let him govern and applaud him when he makes good decision that benefit the country and voice their displeasure when he makes dumb decisions. Every president makes good and bad calls just like every human. Quite frankly there are just too many people out there that defend “their president” no matter what stupid things they do and that’s why the country is a mess, partisan cheerleading
I like Mitt Romney too. Is the 3rd best person to have run for President in the 21st century. It broke my heart to vote against him in 2012, but he had the bad luck of running against one of best men to have ever occupied the Oval Office. Remember, under Romney we’d have 6% unemployment and Obama beat him by a longshot.
If Trump taps him to lead the State Department, I think it would be an excellent decision and a clear break from the sycophants that have been discussed thus far. Romney is a patriot and a man of integrity.
Trump will be our president. Americans have the duty to follow him in his legitimate functions and the right to dissent. I do get a annoyed with some of the protests and I dislike the violence and the burning of American flags.
Re unemployment - presidents do not do this. Obama had no idea how and did not do it. The big stimulus was fracking and inexpensive energy. Obama did not build that. It is long term trends.
What president do is set general tones and they have very much influence on foreign policy. Obama’s (and Hillary’s) has been generally unsuccessful. I worry about Trump. Romney as Secretary of State would make me feel better.
Romney thought that his general tone would result in 6% unemployment. Obama’s general tone beat Romney’s by a longshot.
Both were wrong.
It is a lot like you or I predicting the weather of April 25, 2018. I can guess that it will be warmer than December 25, 2017. I have a good chance of being right, but not 100%.
Economic historians will see the surprising drop in energy prices due to fracking changed the economic equation. To the extent that Obama did not stop this from happening, give him credit.
I find it very interesting about liberals. They can easily understand that there are lots of factors involved in building a business, so that they can say that a man who built a business did not build it alone. On the other hand, in a highly complex and unpredictable world where the president is one player, they can give credit to this man.
Romney is an excellent choice for SS. Such a nomination by Trump would reveal much about Trump’s character to choose important cabinet positions based on competence rather than on cronyism.
To truly catch people of guard Trump has to create some sort of alliance with Bernie. Bernie has extended the olive branch he just has to figure out what sort of deal. Nothing will shut the fanatics on the left up and even throw the right for a loop than some sort of coalition with Sanders. He’ll never offer him an administration job and sanders probably wouldn’t take it anyway. Most of Trump’s picks so far are somewhat predictable so Trump has to have something up his sleeve coming.
A republican president-elect picking another republican for anything isn’t exactly a shocking move. When Trump picks someone that gets Republicans grumbling then we’ll know if Trump has the guts to challenge his own party. If he wants to drain the swamp he cant discriminate. A right leaning bi-partisan administration would be his best move to show that his only allegiance is to America. When Liberal and Republican heads both start spinning then we’ll know if he is really putting America first. So far all he has done is reward the people who have been loyal to him and try to win over his republican foes. Romney hasn’t been picked for anything yet except a meeting.
Romney is craven.
During the 2012 campaign, when Trump was the chief proponent of Birtherism- a conspiracy theory based in racism- Romney went to Las Vegas to beg Trump for his endorsement. Romney begged for it because over half of the GOP believed Obama was a Muslim and not an American, and Romney went along with it.
In the 2016 campaign, we have these gems:
“Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark.”
“He was begging for my endorsement. I could’ve said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ and he would’ve dropped to his knees.”
“Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics. Now, imagine your children and your grandchildren acting the way he does.”
There’s a lot more. You get the idea. Trump repeatedly called Romney a “choke artist.”
Will his propensity for choking ruin everything when Mitt drops to his knees for Trump?
By the way, Mitt knows nothing- absolutely nothing- about foreign policy. Zip. Zero. Nada. He has no experience in that field. And even then, he would probably be better than some of the other nut jobs being considered.
Trump nominated a racist for AG. Senator Sessions was denied a position in the federal judiciary by a Republican committee because his testimony was too racist. Ah, but times have changed, and this is the new GOP! Romney managed to overlook Trump’s racism in 2012. He can turn the other way this time too.
The President’s impact on the economy is overrated, but it still does not make sense that you assert that if Romney had won, “we would be better off in every way I can think of”. Clearly, Romney did not think there was a good chance of the unemployment rate falling below 6% under his leadership.
Romney was just smarter and better. We would not have Trump. We would not have had Eric Holder for the last few years. We would have had more competent leadership up and down government. How that affected the economy in short run is not an issue.
Romney can learn quickly. He cannot be worse than Hillary. What did she do? She travelled a lot and pushed LGBT rights. Who the heck cares? There are more important things than international social work.
Eric Holder was a fine AG.
Romney was just smarter and better.
I would assume “smarter and better” would keep Romney from promising 6% unemployment. As I said before, he’s definitely the 3rd best person to seek the Presidency in the 21st century. He just had the bad luck of going up against Barack Obama who is #1 so far.
I think Romney would have done better. I know you like Obama.
Of course in the 21st century so far we have only 7 candidates.
re promising 6%. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Recall that it seemed a good idea for Obama to dismiss Russia as a threat in 2012. Things develop.