Yesterday afternoon, on the Fox News show The Five, Bob Beckel predicted that Mitt Romney will again seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016. For a number of reasons, SF believes another Romney run would equate to yet another loss to a Democrat Party challenger.
Mitt Romney is a class act, which is part of the problem. Any serious candidate for President must be willing to take the proverbial gloves off to defeat an ethics-less Democrat Party candidate. In the last election, Romney’s challenge to Obama was akin to taking one’s fists to a gunfight. The goons from the Chicago political machine claimed the former Massachusetts governor was waging a war on women. Obama himself lampooned Romney for suggesting that Russian might be a geopolitical threat, while Harry Reid spread the big lie that Romney paid no federal income taxes.
With nine of ten members of the mainstream media voting Democrat, the Fourth Estate gave Obama and his operatives a free pass to campaign like the goons from the Chicago political machine that they are.
Meanwhile, Romney gave Obama — a President who makes Jimmy Carter look like Genghis Khan — a pass on the Iranian nuclear program. Besides talking loudly while carrying a wet noddle, Obama has done little besides appease the Iranians. Now, the mullahs are only months away from having nuclear weapons. Instead of producing a Lyndon Johnson like daisy-ad depicting an Iranian nuclear weapon exploding in an American city or over the Middle East, Romney did little to call out Obama.
The Romney/Ryan ticket also refused to make Eric Holder a campaign issue. In 2014, Holder, the most partisan Attorney General in American history, has sent dozens of FBI agents to investigate local police shootings and has sued states over voter ID laws, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld such laws in the past. An author of a book about Holder insists that the AG had carried a card in his wallet for 30-years proclaiming his sympathies with the African-American criminal.
Because Mitt Romney refused to take off the gloves and fight like a serious political candidate, the nation is now saddled with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Russian invasion of the Crimea and the Ukraine, China threatening our Japanese and Filipino allies over islands, and a porous southern border that leaks to the tune of 1,100 illegal immigrants each day.
Quite frankly, if Romney was unwilling to take the good fight to Obama, why would Americans believe that the GOP standard bearer is willing to stand-up to the Iranians, the Russians, the Chinese, and ISIS? No matter how the Republicans try to parse Romney’s failed campaign, weakness is a character flaw. In a world full of despots, butchers, thieves and thugs, the timid soon become the trampled. In 2016, the U.S. hardly needs a Soeren’s Ford nice guy as President.
Contemporary U.S. history shows that only a handful of Presidents, such as Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, could campaign and, then once elected, govern effectively. Romney would have probably been a good President; however, politicians who run poor campaigns rarely get the opportunity to govern. Others, like Obama, are great campaigners but are inept at governing. In this respect, the 2012 race for President produced two duds.
What is clear is that this nation is in need of new blood with a fresh set of ideas. Hillary Clinton with her Chinese manufactured Russian “reset” button hardly fits this bill. On the other hand, Mitt Romney is not a candidate who has proposed bold ideas to fix a broken nation that, under Obama’s leadership, is in full retreat.
Steve Spingola is an author and retired Milwaukee Police Department homicide detective. His latest book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, is now available at Amazon.com.
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