Skip to comments.Why Mitt Romney is perfectly poised for a comeback in 2016
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."
He didn’t want to win in 2012. Why would 2016 be any different? I’ll pass.
Come back when you grow a pair.
Will your next opponent make a good president too?
das jus booshit
You know that milk in the frig that’s gong bad? I’ll bet by next month it’ll be great!
I’ll bet he could do almost as well as last time!
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?
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.
Did anyone ask his wife? She hated the idea last time. Probably sandbagged him.
He’s only struck out twice at this, three times a winner.
Plus, he’s ‘electable’
But what about that 47% Romney?
WHERE IS THE BARF ALERT WARNING?!
Sums it up quite nicely . . .
LOL! Exactly the post I was thinking of.
If he runs, he’ll win the nomination Mississippi style. The elites arranged for him to win by cheating last time.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here it comes, this guy may have sucked but he could not have sucked harder than OBAMA.
Well, she’s “stupid, washed-up” and not a serious person. Haven’t you heard?
Jeb is the ONE who can win Mitt is the ONE who can win (this time)
??? is the ONE who can win
in the primary
“If its not close they can’t cheat”
Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt
Right here: “Mitt Romney” See it now?
“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.
Nope, must the late hour - - - .
You have my sympathies. I didn’t send him any money. The last Republican presidential type I sent money to was Bush in 2004.
The Republican Party can either nominate an actual conservative, or face defeat.
Moderates are losers.
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
I like ol Hugh despite what many here say.
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.)
But as a candidate he evidently did, he lost by millions, an election that the republicans couldn’t lose.
But the GOP knows that.
I can't wait until the liberal republicans are politically destroyed.
Best to roll over and get yer teeth kicked in...
Water under the bridge, or to put it in another vernacular, spores in the wind.
Its all water near a bridge...
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?
The silly GOP can nominate Mittens again, but he might drop out on Oct. 1 and endorse HRC to promote “unity”.
Because the true believers would not back him.
Sure he sucked but the other teams true believers backed Obama.
Now where are we at?