Skip to comments.An Open Letter To Mitt Romney
Posted on 01/12/2015 7:40:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
I know we haven't always seen eye to eye. And I've been tough on you in the past but you need to hear this from someone...drop the idea of running again.
It must stick in your craw that you lost to an idiot like Barack Obama. But that's the problem, you...lost...to .an idiot like...Barack...Obama. Yes, defeating an incumbent President is hard but it's a lot easier in times of economic distress (see Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, granted he invented his own time of distress but "it's the economy stupid" carried the day). Even with crushing levels of unemployment, anemic growth and fear that when ObamaCare kicked in things would get even worse...you LOST.
Yes, you've been proven right about some things since then. About that, they weren't really all that hard to see. Plenty of people were warning about the threat Russia posed, the danger of Obama's Iraq policies, slashing defense spending, the overall path of the country, etc. So yes, you were right but you were hardly alone.
And yet, you...lost...to...Barack...Obama.
We can talk about all the reasons you lost but only one of them really matters.
Mitt Romney won among voters who chose three of those characteristics: shares my values, is a strong leader and has a vision for the future. Whats more, he carried them heavily, by between nine and 23 points. In all, 79 percent of voters selected one of these characteristics. Romney lost because he lost among those who chose the remaining characteristic by 63 points, 81-18. That characteristic? Cares about people like me.
Voters will compromise on a lot of issues on Election Day but they wont ever vote for you if they dont like you or worse yet, think you dont like them.
Yes, you can complain about moronic low information voters who make voting decisions based on the feels but it doesn't matter. No candidate gets to tell voters on what basis they will cast their vote. The candidate's job is to deal with voters as they are, not as they wish them to be. Now, it's going to be very hard, if not impossible, for any Republican to win the feelings cohort outright but you have to do better than -63%.
A campaign based on "I told you so" is not going to move that number.
Yes, voters may say they regret voting for Barack Obama in 2012 but that doesn't mean they would vote for you if given the chance to do it all again. Public opinion polls are conducted in a vacuum. Elections aren't. If they were "Generic Republican" would win every time. Campaigns however involve a choice between two real live candidates, which after a long campaign, people have to pick between. When it really counted, when people had to pick between you and the deeply flawed and failing Barack Obama... YOU LOST.
I know this hurts. You're a proud man who has known great success. You were caricatured in unfair and nasty ways last time. Your inability to counter those gross distortions was one of the main reasons why giving you another chance is a laughable proposition.
I believe you care deeply about this country and you honestly think you are indispensable to its future. Here you are wrong. As far as the country is concerned (as distinct from family and friends) you're a politician and let's be frank, not a very good one. You were beaten by a failed President who has done much damage to this country and who in the world of business wouldn't even get an appointment with you. That's got to sting.
You've achieved some level of redemption with the way events have unfolded the last two years and how many in the party embraced you during the midterms. Bank those wins and ride off into the sunset. Coming back into the fray is like Willie Mays trying to hang on in the early 70s with the Mets. It was embarrassing for everyone involved. Unlike Willie, you didn't have a Hall of Fame career before the fall that blots out the sad last chapter. Take what you have and be happy with it.
As I said, I'm not a fan so you can just write this off as more hate mail. But consider this, my urging you to stay out of the race is an admission against interest. If you run, you'll battle with Jeb and Christie. It will be hilarious to watch three guys who represent so much of what I hate about the GOP rip each other to pieces.
It's not just entertainment I'd be forgoing with you skipping another run. Your participation would make it easier for a candidate I might actually support like Rand Paul or Scott Walker to win the nomination. With you on the sidelines it becomes more likely that Jeb Bush would win and I'd have to either sit out 2016 or hope the Libertarian Party nominates someone who isn't certifiably insane (and what are the odds of that).
You know what Mitt? Now that I think about it, forget what I've said. You are the man the GOP and America needs right now. Like Obi-Wan, you are our only hope. You were robbed last time and Americans are longing to show you how wrong we were and are begging you to sacrifice your comforts so that we may make amends.
RUN MITT, RUN!
RUN MITT, RUN!
Yes! Run Mitt! Run Away and NEVER Return >:(
Alex Beam: In truth, Ronald Reagan
and Mitt Romney have as much in common
as Cardinal OMalley and Conan OBrien.
Deservedly or not, Reagan earned a reputation for constancy.
Once he turned against communism, he opposed it big-time.
. And our former governor? Inconstancy, thy name is Mitt!
A womans right to choose? Yes! No! Yes!
Are we in Massachusetts? Yes! Are we in Iowa? No!
Are we on TV? Whatever!
Obama already implemented most of Romney’s agenda, Romneycare, gays in the military, liberal judges, gay marriage, Romney’s moment has long passed.
Mitt couldn’t get out the Republican base. He won the sacred “Independents”...and it didn’t win the election for him. He couldn’t carry the base or the evangelical or Tea Party people. I was told that many did not want to vote for a Mormon. Fair enough. We tried. He lost. He’s still a Mormon. He will lose again.
I am a conservative, not a Republican.
In the primary and in the general election, I will vote for the candidate that most closely represents my values. In the last election cycle, the GOP decided to run a demonstratively non-conservative candidate.
So my choices cam down to socialist and socialist lite. Since both choices were unacceptable to me, I voted for the most conservative candidate which was third party.
I would remind the GOP that if they continue to not run conservative candidates, they will continue to not receive my (and millions of other voters like me) vote. Moving to the middle while pissing off your base is a good way to lose the support of your base.
We will see the emergence of a president with the ability to rebuild this once great nation by giving it back to the people, or we will elect a Romney.
I think Mitt and his family deserve more than the kick in the teeth they received from the voters. Such a good man and his family do not need to turn the other cheek. I never understood what was so bad that the country needed change. But hey, they got what they voted in. I’m just royally pi$$ed that the results are imposed on me when I could see the writing on the wall. Idiots.
Mitt Romney is a narcississt who is just running for his own ego boost. The only problem I have is that he is going to drag the Republicans down with him just like he did in 2012.
The problem is not the candidates, even the losing ones seeking a rematch.
The problem is the consultant and lobbyist axis who proffer nothing but fear, political correctness and fence-sitting.
The Karl Rove approach of fingers-crossed, let’s inch our way to 270 electoral votes is shameful and cowardly. If you’re going to lose narrowly by being a RINO, why not try to win big by being a conservative and a patriot?
Two times loser wants to set a record.
Mitt needs to stay the hell away.
In 2012’s economic conditions, with the variety of scandals and foreign policy screw-ups.. he could barely scratch past 200 electoral votes?! Really!? That’s damn pathetic, and he has no business showing his face in this kind of race ever again.
The guy has this really strange reaction when people don’t buy what he seems to think he’s doing a good job of selling. It’s pretty unsettling in a screaming “arrogance” sort of a way. I wonder which came first, Mitt the presidential candidate or Rodney Rotten the cartoon villain (for whom he’s a dead ringer).
Please take a long walk off a short Pier.
This person should write another called:
An Open Letter To Jeb Bush
The problem with Mitt is that he has not been or acted like he was all in as they say either time he has made a run in the past. He also has the problem of not being a conservative. We have tried all the establishment choices and what has it got us. A loss for the presidency every time. Im tried as hell and Im not going to take it anymore. Mitt can go somewhere else to sell his tonic water. I will have none of it this time around. I only voted for him last time because I did not have a choice after he won the primary.
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