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Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016
The Week ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis

Posted on 07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now.

Perhaps it says something about us that our most interesting presidential candidates swear they won't run for president. This is true of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and it's increasingly true of Mitt Romney.

As regular readers of this column know, I've never been much of a Romney booster. I've also expressed skepticism about the notion he would run again. But let's not let "a foolish consistency" cloud our judgment. There is reason to believe that a third try wouldn't be an absurd venture.

First, in the intervening years since 2012 — and on a range of issues, not the least of which is Russia — Romney has been proven right. And second — perhaps more important — one of the reasons so many observers viscerally disliked Romney was the cloying "goody-goody" quality that this fortunate son seemed to ooze. But do you know what the cure for that is? Losing.

That's right, Mitt Romney the scrappy underdog — the loser who's out to redeem himself — is a more attractive Mitt.

You know the term "lovable loser?" He should embrace it.

There's a reason why Rocky gets knocked out by "Clubber" Lang early on in Rocky III. The rest of the movie is about the comeback. This journey involves Rocky shedding the trappings of fame and wealth — and getting real.

Romney would similarly have to get real. No more phoniness. No more telling us what he thinks we want to hear. He would have to be utterly authentic, and he would have to show that losing caused him to encounter pain and reflection. (The good news is that the Netflix film, Mitt, already helped show this side of Romney.)

Could Romney III be like Rocky III? Maybe, if the narrative is true and convincing.

There's a reason the "comeback" trope resonates with us (aside from Rocky, it's a prevalent theme in almost every boxing movie, ranging from The Fighter to Cinderella Man). These tropes are timeless precisely because they tap into something that we intuitively understand about nobility, courage, and humility.

People like comebacks. We can identify with the guy or gal who is struggling to redeem themselves (and nobody has ever identified with Mitt Romney before).

Ironically, Romney is almost tailor-made to benefit from having lost before. What might be a devastating blow to most political figures — a blight on their résumé — actually transforms Romney into a more compelling candidate. Having struggled and stumbled is, for Romney, at least, a feature, not a bug. The same could be said for Hillary Clinton, who only became a compelling candidate in 2008 when she lost her front-runner status.

People who were hated the first time around — when their lives seemed charmed — can, by facing adversity and overcoming the odds, transform into sympathetic figures — heroes, even — that we actually root for (think: Robert Downey Jr.). Nobody has ever rooted for that scrappy Romney kid to overcome the odds. Until, maybe, now.

Someone who knows a thing or two about comebacks is Pat Buchanan. In fact, his new book is called The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

During a recent discussion, I asked Buchanan about the prospects of Romney taking a page from the Nixon playbook. After all, George Romney figures prominently in the Nixon comeback story. "First, I admire that Romney is thinking of this," Buchanan told me during a recent podcast discussion, "and he ought to follow what's in his heart."

Buchanan, whose sister was a Romney adviser, believes that Romney should take a page from the Nixon handbook. Having lost to Kennedy in 1960, and then having lost the 1962 gubernatorial election in California, Nixon was assumed politically dead. But he was revived by working hard for other candidates — he worked hard for conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964 and backed liberal Republican Nelson Rockefeller's candidacy in New York — just to name two of the many GOPers he hit the hustings for between 1962 and 1968.

"If I were Romney, there's no doubt I would do it," Buchanan (who thrice ran for president, himself) continued, adding, "But I'm not him."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: District of Columbia; US: Michigan; US: Mississippi; US: New York; US: Texas; US: Utah
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1 posted on 07/31/2014 7:42:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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2 posted on 07/31/2014 7:43:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He didn’t want to win in 2012. Why would 2016 be any different? I’ll pass.


3 posted on 07/31/2014 7:43:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It is my home!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

*gag*


4 posted on 07/31/2014 7:43:52 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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5 posted on 07/31/2014 7:45:35 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Come back when you grow a pair.
Will your next opponent make a good president too?


6 posted on 07/31/2014 7:45:41 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: RedMDer

LOLOL!!


7 posted on 07/31/2014 7:46:11 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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8 posted on 07/31/2014 7:46:44 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Never heard of the guy.
I been hearing a lot about some Ted Cruz guy though.
9 posted on 07/31/2014 7:47:36 PM PDT by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Get lost Mitt--you have no balls. You had your chance to attack Obama for what he was—a socialist—but you bailed. Get lost. And this is one who sent you a lot of money, which I regret. Get lost.
10 posted on 07/31/2014 7:48:29 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

das jus booshit


11 posted on 07/31/2014 7:48:54 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You know that milk in the frig that’s gong bad? I’ll bet by next month it’ll be great!


12 posted on 07/31/2014 7:48:57 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll bet he could do almost as well as last time!


13 posted on 07/31/2014 7:49:03 PM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He can’t win the nomination.

Anyone debating him need only ask, “Why do you fight like hell against fellow Republicans and then refuse to fight at all in the General Election?


14 posted on 07/31/2014 7:50:50 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am certain Mitt is nice guy, but he had his chance. If he had fought against Obama as hard as he fought against everyone else who BEAT HIM in the primaries, he would have won.


15 posted on 07/31/2014 7:51:00 PM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Cruz 2016)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUMR!!


16 posted on 07/31/2014 7:51:10 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did anyone ask his wife? She hated the idea last time. Probably sandbagged him.


17 posted on 07/31/2014 7:51:15 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s only struck out twice at this, three times a winner.
Plus, he’s ‘electable’

But what about that 47% Romney?


18 posted on 07/31/2014 7:52:06 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WHERE IS THE BARF ALERT WARNING?!


19 posted on 07/31/2014 7:53:03 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Mr. K

Sums it up quite nicely . . .


20 posted on 07/31/2014 7:53:35 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Bratch

LOL! Exactly the post I was thinking of.


21 posted on 07/31/2014 7:54:51 PM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: G Larry

If he runs, he’ll win the nomination Mississippi style. The elites arranged for him to win by cheating last time.


22 posted on 07/31/2014 7:57:30 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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You had your chance Mitt. You went vanilla on the 2nd and 3rd debate.

(Of course it didn’t help we had some with a case of the Mormon fears—so it made sense to give the Muslim a second term instead.)


23 posted on 07/31/2014 7:57:47 PM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First, in the intervening years since 2012 — and on a range of issues, not the least of which is Russia — Romney has been proven right.
Guess who else was right about Russia?

And Obamacare's death panels.

And Quantitative easing.

And Crony Capitalism.

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

But no one in the political establishment wants to have anything to do with her. They'd rather cast their lot with a two-time loser.

24 posted on 07/31/2014 7:57:58 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dude, you have been rejected twice. No is No. Beyond this, it’s just harassment. Jeeze, this is like the icky guy who just won’t STOP.


25 posted on 07/31/2014 7:58:23 PM PDT by Shugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

With their original RINO favorite, Christie, out over Bridgegate and Jeb not yet a sure thing, the liberal press is casting about big time for a new ‘electable’ RINO champion to shove down our throats.


26 posted on 07/31/2014 7:58:26 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No doubt the gay mainstream media would back him. It’s a win win for them. If he loses a democrat takes office and they win. And if he wins, same thing.


27 posted on 07/31/2014 7:58:33 PM PDT by DannyTN (I)
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Here it comes, this guy may have sucked but he could not have sucked harder than OBAMA.


28 posted on 07/31/2014 7:59:00 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Bratch

Well, she’s “stupid, washed-up” and not a serious person. Haven’t you heard?


29 posted on 07/31/2014 7:59:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Barf-O-Rama!


30 posted on 07/31/2014 7:59:33 PM PDT by Pilated
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Christie is the ONE who can win

Jeb is the ONE who can win

Mitt is the ONE who can win (this time)

??? is the ONE who can win

31 posted on 07/31/2014 7:59:40 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: DannyTN
No doubt the gay mainstream media would back him.

in the primary

32 posted on 07/31/2014 7:59:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: freedomfiter2

“If its not close they can’t cheat”

Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt


33 posted on 07/31/2014 8:01:07 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Graewoulf

Right here: “Mitt Romney” See it now?


34 posted on 07/31/2014 8:01:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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“He would have to be utterly authentic,”

Although I said I signed an assault weapons ban, actually I did not.

Yes it was my signature on the check to Planned parenthood, but I have always been pro-life.

He has a high bar to clear.

Romney vs Warren in 2016, this would be a nightmare.


35 posted on 07/31/2014 8:01:12 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nope, must the late hour - - - .


36 posted on 07/31/2014 8:04:31 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Fungi

You have my sympathies. I didn’t send him any money. The last Republican presidential type I sent money to was Bush in 2004.


37 posted on 07/31/2014 8:06:05 PM PDT by Stepan12
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To: FlingWingFlyer

No.

Just ...

NO!

HELL NO!!!

The Republican Party can either nominate an actual conservative, or face defeat.

Again.

Moderates are losers.


38 posted on 07/31/2014 8:06:19 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The author of this article has no idea who Mitt Romney is nor does he have any idea what people think about him. It’s not that he appears to be goody goody, it’s that he’s goody goody towards the liberals and vicious and clawing to conservatives.

Where does this clown get the scrappy underdog garbage from? Lying, liberal, non-campaigning POS, yeah, that would fit Romney fine. But scrappy? Only against conservatives.

“Romney would similarly have to get real. No more phoniness. No more telling us what he thinks we want to hear. He would have to be utterly authentic, and he would have to show that losing caused him to encounter pain and reflection.”

No more phoniness? That will be the day. I can just hear him now. ‘Yes, I’m the Father of Gay Marriage in America. I invented Obamacare. I can be just as tyrannical and autocratic as Obama. I’ll enforce your right to murder your babies and it will be tax funded no religious exemptions. See my record in Massachusetts. I want to get guns out of your hands just as much as any other liberal. But remember while I’m giving all the welfare goodies to entire world crossing our borders, the increased taxes you’ll have to pay will now be called fees!’

Yeah, that’ll happen. /s


39 posted on 07/31/2014 8:08:00 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: G Larry

I like ol Hugh despite what many here say.


40 posted on 07/31/2014 8:08:42 PM PDT by mylife
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romeny’s had his bites at the apple. He let it slip away through his fingers. We don’t need a POTUS who can’t stand up to a fat woman named Candy. (Sorry, Candy, but it’s true.)


41 posted on 07/31/2014 8:09:39 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: mylife

But as a candidate he evidently did, he lost by millions, an election that the republicans couldn’t lose.


42 posted on 07/31/2014 8:09:40 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney is unelectable.

But the GOP knows that.

I can't wait until the liberal republicans are politically destroyed.

/johnny

43 posted on 07/31/2014 8:10:03 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: NorthMountain

Best to roll over and get yer teeth kicked in...


44 posted on 07/31/2014 8:10:17 PM PDT by mylife
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To: Stepan12

Water under the bridge, or to put it in another vernacular, spores in the wind.


45 posted on 07/31/2014 8:10:32 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Fungi

Its all water near a bridge...


46 posted on 07/31/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT by mylife
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He would have to be utterly authentic

How would he explain why after he won the nomination, that he switched back to being pro-choice, and claimed that he had campaigned as such?

47 posted on 07/31/2014 8:12:38 PM PDT by ansel12 (LEGAL immigrants, 30 million 1980-2012, continues to remake the nation's electorate for democrats)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The silly GOP can nominate Mittens again, but he might drop out on Oct. 1 and endorse HRC to promote “unity”.


48 posted on 07/31/2014 8:13:38 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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I see that the TEA Party Express is pimping Romney again too...

Should Mitt Romney Run for President in 2016?

49 posted on 07/31/2014 8:16:21 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: ansel12

Because the true believers would not back him.

Sure he sucked but the other teams true believers backed Obama.

Now where are we at?


50 posted on 07/31/2014 8:18:19 PM PDT by mylife
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