Weekly Politikos

CONCERNING THE ROMNEY POST-MORTEM

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By David Beilstein

On Fox News, Chris Wallace interviewed Republican presidential nominee, and former Gov. of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, in the defeated candidate’s first post-election interview.

I have said many things about Mr Romney, but most importantly, my take away is former governor Romney is an honourable man, and one of the better candidates the GOP has run in a general election for a generation.

The problem for Mr Romney, looking back, is he was a capable candidate, leading a ruined party—a party out of touch and mistrusted long before Republicans entered the nomination process in 2011. This was altogether missed, and I include myself here, in making predictions about a Romney victory on Tuesday, November 6.

Everyone was focused on Obama’s anemic poll numbers. Historically low, they hovered for months in the trouble zone for president’s seeking reelection. Add to this Obama’s difficulty getting over 50% in polls around the country, and Mr Romney’s continuous lead in the countdown to the election.

It is often said what is past is prologue. Problem is, what is prologue is also difficult to comprehend.

Back in the 2010 mid-term elections, Republicans trounced the Democratic Party—themselves embroiled in over-reach, netting themselves defeat—arousing GOP supporters, ogling President Obama’s continued presidential impotency, tasting victory in 2012.

The stage was set. Obama was in a weak position and as long as Republicans didn’t trowel the detritus and pick a Republican version of Walter Mondale— or Bob Dole!—circa 1996, the GOP nominee was a shoe-in.

But it didn’t happen. Timing is all in politics.

Same with life.

Crede, ut intelligas is unapologetically libertarian, in the Old Whig, classical liberal tradition. The expectation often becomes, in light of such realities, that a moderate candidate like Mitt Romney could do no right in our editorial eyes. Whilst I certainly would have liked a much more classical liberal candidate, I do not fault Mr Romney. I do agree with Jonah Goldberg’s overall criticisms of Romney’s campaign, but the real blame must be laid at the party’s feet—not Mr Romney’s.

Credit should go where it’s due. Up and beyond (all about me!) my predictions and a host of other players—mostly trustworthy in the past (see Michael Barone for details)—Mr Romney was headed for almost certain victory, Mr Goldberg of National Review fame, smelled problems early on—passing on the Kool-aide.

At least someone did.

You can’t change yesterday.

Sadly, it is the American people who will suffer because of it.

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