I just finished listening to Mitt Romney making his speech about the state of the 2016 Presidential race. And though he made some salient points and sensible observations, my overwhelming takeaway is this: Who cares?
Look, I’m no special pleader for Donald Trump. I think that a lot of what Romney said about Trump is accurate.
But for heaven’s sake, what is the point of Romney weighing in on this at all?
Mitt Romney isn’t a former Republican President. Mitt Romney isn’t the putative leader of the Republican Party. What gives his opinion more weight or gravitas than the opinion of, say, John McCain?
If Romney were such a central figure to the direction and shape of the GOP, wouldn’t we be calling him “President Romney” right now?
He isn’t going to convince Trump supporters to bail on their guy. Trump supporters perceive Romney as a loser — in part because, well, he lost, and in part because their guy calls him a loser, therefore he’s a loser.
This 25-minute speech was nothing more than preaching to the choir. It is as useless as Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Trump or Lindsey Graham’s endorsement of Jeb Bush.
It isn’t as though Romney’s two cents was really necessary. Does anyone really believe there are people out there who are so hopelessly undecided on whom to vote for that they are waiting with baited breath to find out what Mitt Romney thinks before they make up their minds?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying Romney doesn’t have a right to give his thoughts on the race. But both he and the media built this up as something significant when it really wasn’t. He isn’t some modern-day Elder Statesman. Frankly, Thomas Sowell’s opinion meant more to me than Romney’s.
Knowing Romney’s opinion on the race doesn’t change anything for me. Knowing that he isn’t a fan of Donald Trump doesn’t change anything for me either.
As a Constitutional Conservative, I don’t need a guy who claimed to be a “severe Conservative” (whatever the hell that is) telling me what’s wrong with the guy who calls himself a “common sense Conservative” (as if regular Conservatism lacks common sense).
As Emily Gilmore once said in an episode of Gilmore Girls, “When a woman gives birth to a crack baby, you do not buy her a puppy.” Mitt Romney lost what should have been the easiest win in the history of Presidential elections. When a guy loses an easy win, you do not turn around and ask for his input in the next election.
What’s more. In twenty-five minutes, Romney showed more fire against the putative Republican frontrunner than he ever showed when his competitor was Barack Obama.
This speech was nothing more than Mitt Romney wanting to appear relevant when he isn’t. If anything, all Mitt Romney managed to do was solidify Donald Trump’s current support and preach to the choir of people among 66% of the Republican voting base who do not support Trump. So again, I ask, who cares?
What an enormous exercise in futility.
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