Chaffetz is not alone; commentator Ann Coulter, Internet titan Matt Drudge and many others also are pushing Romney in 2016. In fact, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Governor’s running mate in 2012 told reporters yesterday that he would “love to see Mitt Romney run for president again."
Mitt Romney is the darling of the establishment wing of the party. He is a moderate from the Northeast who is not known for strong positions on social issues. For example, he has changed his position on abortion multiple times.
While he is for a secure border and opposed to amnesty, he is the worst possible candidate to address the issue of socialized medicine. He pushed through a Massachusetts version of the Affordable Care Act that the President used as a model for his healthcare disaster that has been foisted on the American people.
Even with all of his baggage, Romney was positioned to defeat Barack Obama in the last election. He won the first debate and needed strong performances in the final two outings to seal the deal with the American people.
Instead, he listened to advisers and played it safe. The result is that he missed many opportunities to blast the President on the Benghazi debacle and wound up agreeing with Obama on a number of issues.
In the last election, his comments on the “47%” of Americans on government assistance or his remarks about “binders full of women” were misinterpreted by voters. His successful background as a Bain Capital executive was easy fodder for Democrats to attack him as a rich, heartless businessman. Sadly, his leadership position in the Mormon Church was an issue for some evangelical Christian voters who were not comfortable supporting a candidate who did not share their religious faith.
For reasons both fair and unfair, Mitt Romney was not a particularly good presidential candidate in two elections. Despite this track record, insiders in the Republican Party are obviously in love with the idea of another Romney campaign. According to Ryan, he should run because “the third time’s the charm.”
Fortunately, Romney has not taken the bait so far. He has been adamant that he is not running again. Hopefully, he will continue to hold off these misguided requests and spend his time supporting good GOP candidates across the country.
Mitt Romney can certainly play a role as a fundraiser. He should be a lovable elder statesman, but not subject the party or the country to another presidential campaign.
The bottom line is that Romney cannot win. He does not unite the wings of the Republican Party and is not an effective candidate to reach Independent voters.
Mitt Romney valiantly tried to win the presidency twice and lost. Now, it is time for the Republican Party to start a new chapter and nominate a reliable conservative who can articulate a positive message to the American people. This type of candidate can win in 2016. Clearly, Mitt Romney cannot.