Romney – who has himself re-emerged as a key national leader for his party — denied he has anyone in particular in mind to be that spokesman.
“I’m happy to have a role, [and will] aggressively seek the opportunity to have my viewpoint known,” he said.
But the former one-term governor and presidential candidate, a man of independent means and boundless energy, has undeniably thrown himself into the vacuum atop the Republican Party. One of a handful of Republicans who – people close to him say — can be expected to consider a bid for president, he has the particular advantage of focus.
Other possible presidential candidates are wrestling with home state budget deficits, President Barack Obama’s popularity, and their own local political options. Romney is, he says, on the national stage full time, writing a book of policy and ideas, and spending the balance of his days campaigning and fundraising for congressional Republicans.
The Republican Party has a tradition of returning to defeated primary candidates, from Ronald Reagan to John McCain, and Romney is putting himself in a strong position to continue it.
The best thing about this piece and the numerous others that have appeared in the wake of Romney’s speech yesterday is they lack any mention of the “M” word. The press seems to have played its game with that particular toy and has moved on – at least for now.
Should Romney elect to run again, will it be back? Only time will tell, but some prognostigation could be worthwhile. The left leaning press will, of course, bring it up. They will use any arrow in the quiver, effective or ineffective. Even if the economy has improved by then (and I believe it will at least to some extent) the memory will still be strong. This will place fiscal conservatism foremost in the minds of Republicans. Look for rightward leaning pundits to keep their mouths shut – until…
…Mike Huckabee tries to slyly, and deniably, force the issue. He will fail. And when he does, he will no longer matter in the contest. Romney’s economic credentials are so unassailable that anyone that attempts to throw a monkey wrench in the works, and particularly this one, will be rightly pilloried into insignificance.
Evangelicals are not falling for this stuff twice. Did you see the really big news yesterday? Dobson is on the way out. Dr. Dobson is a good man, and he is not an evil Mormon hater in the fashion of a Keller, but he grossly misplayed this last election, and his comments on Romney’s faith were front and center in that misplay.
Conditions that play to Romney’s strengths (That is ia bit of an undertatement) – Evangelicals rethinking and reorganizing, losing the ineffective – the religion card has been played, and the results have been disastorous. Suddenly, a light at the end of the tunnel appeared!