The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2014

Is Romney the Republicans’ best choice, again, for 2016?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 — Romney for President.

Get used to the idea.

Again.

But, you say, Mitt Romney has made it clear that he is not interested in running again. He is a two-time loser, which makes him damaged property. And the far-right wing of the party was never happy with him as a candidate. And by the time he would first become president he would be 69 years old.

However, the super-conservatives in the party learned to live with Romney in 2012. If they think he has the best chance to beat a Democrat, they will work for him again.

And who are the competitors?

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan.

Of these, only Bush and Christie have the solid mainstream images that could make them attractive to independents and Democratic crossover voters.

The others have strong conservative views that may inspire and mobilize the Republican base. However, those same views may be too far to the right to win over moderate and independent voters in the November election.

As for Bush and Christie, the pragmatic credentials and mainstream views that might make them competitive in a national election, turn off the Tea Party and other Republican conservative voters who dominate presidential primary elections in many states.

To win Republican primaries and the party nomination, Bush and Christie would have to walk the almost impossible tightrope of getting far enough to the right to win the nomination without getting so far to the right as to make it impossible to win in November.

This is the same tough challenge that Mitt Romney faced in 2012.

And he very nearly pulled it off.

Of course, he lost the election. Like every candidate, he made some bad mistakes. Some people like NBC’s David Gregory say Romney proved himself a “flawed candidate.” But losing an election does not necessarily make him flawed.

Generally, Romney was a solid candidate, one who developed a strong fundraising effort and a national team of loyal, hardworking supporters. He came very close to defeating a well-financed, well-organized campaign of an incumbent president.

Many hard right conservatives, who opposed him in the 2012 primaries, supported him in the general election. They came to admire him and like him.

Take for instance Ann Coulter, the hard-right commentator, who recently spoke of her hopes for Romney, “Well, don’t tell him but I’m planning on giving Mitt Romney a little more time to rest – flying out, kidnapping him and depriving him of sleep, food and water until he agrees to run again.”

Having demonstrated that he can lead a competitive presidential campaign and win the support of the hard right wing of this party, Romney brings to the Republicans assets that the other possible candidates can only envy.

After brutal scrutiny by media and opponents, all the possible downsides of his character and personal life have been publically examined. Amazingly, even those of us who disagree with his politics have to concede his personal and family life are admirable, marred only by a story of his dog riding on top of the family car and some negative side effects on others of his business operations.

What about the age factor? Romney, born in 1947, will be 69 when the new president takes office, about the same age as Ronald Reagan when he took office. Age might be a factor, but before Democrats make too much of it, they should remember that Hillary Clinton was also born in 1947.

Seventy is the new 50, which is how old Romney looks on a bad day.

I hope I am wrong. I hope Republicans pass him by. But if I were a Republican, I would be right there with Ann Coulter, helping with her persuasive tactics until he agrees to run again.

D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at 12 p.m. and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

1
Text Only
Opinion & Letters to the Editor
  • Schyler Martin As wonderful as Ireland was, there’s just no place like home

    I expected a lot of things from my six-week study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland.
    I expected to miss family and friends, I expected to see a lot of things that I’d never seen before and I expected, more than anything else, to yearn for sweet tea. For the record, I did miss sweet tea quite terribly.

    August 1, 2014 3 Photos

  • taylor.armerding.jpg Impeachment arms Democrats, doesn't end the Obama disaster

    Republicans may have grounds to impeach President Barack Obama but they would be daft to pursue a case they cannot win in a Senate controlled by Democrats. Impeachment would only drive the Democrats' fundraising and potentially squander the GOP's best opportunity in years to capture both houses of Congress then, in two years, the White House.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brent Laurenz Wrangling over pay for teachers

    RALEIGH – When the N.C. General Assembly reconvened in mid-May, there was talk of a short, efficient session.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Medical marijuana opponents' most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research

    Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.

    August 1, 2014

  • Patrick Gannon Two sides in debate about film incentives

    RALEIGH – It’s looking like the current film incentives program may be scrapped for a much different grant program for TV and movie production companies.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • D.G. Martin Read others’ views to be better informed, decide for yourself

    “I don’t read The Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Patrick Gannon This isn’t medical marijuana

    As state legislators debated allowing the use of an extract from marijuana plants to treat seizure disorders over the past couple of weeks, it was evident that social conservatives – there are many of them in the General Assembly – felt a tinge of unease about it, even as almost every one of them voted yes.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Doug Creamer Friends and contentment

    Last week I made my annual trip up the mountain to Sparta. My friends have a secluded home near a babbling brook. Their home and property are a haven for peace. It’s a two-plus hour ride to their home that doesn’t feel that long because I look so forward to my time with this great couple. When I arrive, the conversation seems to pick up right where we left it the last time we saw each other.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thanks for the honest deed

    I would like to thank the person that found my wallet in the parking lot of Harris Teeter on July 23 and turned it in to the Albemarle Police.

    July 29, 2014

  • cleaning supplies Don't judge mothers with messy homes

    I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter's friends, approached me and said, "I just saw in your house. It's pretty dirty. Norah's mommy needs to clean more."

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Seasonal Content