Days of Change

Thanks, Mitt | January 30, 2015

Remember when you were a kid and learned about the United States government. You might have read or been told that anyone, even you, could be president. Men of humble beginnings, like Abraham Lincoln, eventually studied and worked and made something of themselves. Then again, if you were a girl in school in the past, you might have been told you probably couldn’t be president.

There are definitely repeating themes among presidents (height and, oddly enough, left-handedness crop up constantly) including background. Presidents have often been governors. Many were independently wealthy when they were elected into office. Still, it is possible to be like Bill Clinton, grow up as “white trash” in Arkansas, then use academics and social skills to make it to the highest office.

Mitt Romney has many characteristics of presidents before him. He is a former governor from a political dynasty. He’s wealthy and tall, but not left-handed. He’s also very influential in his party and especially among the donors who might fund a presidential campaign. One problem is that he’s run twice and lost the general election once. That particular combination is unprecedented if he runs a third time.

Interestingly enough, presidents have lost the nomination and come back. Nixon lost a general election and become president. Grover Cleveland was president, lost a reelection bid, then beat his opponent Benjamin Harrison in the rematch election. Ronald Reagan lost the nomination twice, then went on to win both in 1980 and 1984 by large margins. Still, losing the nomination, then the general election, then becoming president is a feat not accomplished.

I think Mitt Romney has enough political muscle to win the Republican nomination, but his campaign used a number of lousy tactics in the general election that helped to lose it. Romney himself is a good candidate. The best moment was his first debate, mano a mano, with Obama himself. By contrast, the best part of the McCain campaign was Sarah Palin, not John McCain.

I think Romney doesn’t have that killer edge to win national office. The same may go for Jeb Bush, who hired a Romney guy to run his campaign. That criticism is for another time. I just want to thank Mitt for seeing the reality of a 2016 run and bowing out early. Anyone can be president, some people should have been president, but many more do more good outside the White House.


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  1. And that leaves us with Jeb Bush. Not exactly my pin-up Conservative.

    Comment by Mary — January 30, 2015 @ 11:54 pm

    • It appears I posted that early. You may have missed the end.

      Comment by 1539days — January 30, 2015 @ 11:55 pm

      • Oops–I composed my comment when I thought you were going to post just a says-it-all title.

        I still think Condi Rice as nominee would stifle the libtards, and she’d beat Hillary, too.


        Comment by Mary — February 1, 2015 @ 1:30 am

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