Here's the Horse Sense: Romney very well might be the candidate, but it will be another big mistake if the GOP runs him again.
GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz is raising eyebrows with his claim that Romney will run for president again in 2016. Politico reported that Chaffetz was on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and said, “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that.” Chaffetz is a Republican from Utah and his comment raises an interesting scenario for 2016.
Many are saying that Chaffetz is just speculating, and he may be. But on the other hand, he did say regarding another Romney run, "He probably doesn't want me to say that." Is that speculation, or the comment of someone who knows? Usually when a person says that a person probably would not want them to say something, it means that they have inside knowledge and are simply confirming what they know to be accurate.
But whether it's speculation or not, the idea of a Romney run could fit the establishment GOP idea of a perfect candidate. It was obvious that until recently the establishment's chosen candidate would have been Jeb Bush. But Bush has not shown as much interest in running as the Karl Rove's of the establishment would like. And Chris Christie, another former establishment GOP favorite, stumbled with his handling of issues in New Jersey and seems to have moved out of the favored status of the establishment.
It is very typical of establishment thinking that they would see how Romney was not only right about some issues during his 2012 campaign, but that many Americans have admitted that he would have been the better choice over a reelection of Obama. Establishment GOP leaders could very well think that voter's remorse could drive a victory for Romney in 2016.
Certainly Romney has the experience of turning businesses around that would benefit him as president. And he has proven himself to be an honorable man, something we certainly don't have anywhere near the presidency right now. We all know that should something happen to the president, the vice president is next in line. But what most people don't know is the order of succession after that. If the vice president cannot serve then the order of succession is:
- Speaker of the House of Representatives
- President Pro Tempore of the Senate
- Secretary of State
- Secretary of the Treasury
- Secretary of Defense
- Attorney General
- Secretary of the Interior
- Secretary of Agriculture
- Secretary of Commerce
- Secretary of Labor
- Secretary and Human Services
- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
- Secretary of Transportation
- Secretary of Energy
- Secretary of Education
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- Secretary of Homeland Security
All that said, he's not the man for the job. You can have experience, integrity, and many other qualities but it doesn't mean you're the person who should lead America. While certainly a better choice than anything the Democrats have to offer, Romney is still an establishment Republican himself who believes in big government and even refuses to admit the failures of his signature law as Massachusetts governer, Romneycare. And I'll remind you that Romneycare was the blueprint for the disaster we know as Obamacare. Romney's own advisors worked directly with the Obama White House to develop Obamacare. And Romneycare has now shown itself to be a failure in Massachusetts. But Romney has never promoted repeal of Romneycare, so we can't think he'd do much, if anything, about Obamacare.
No, Mitt Romney is a good man who I'd welcome as a friend, neighbor, and business colleague. But he isn't the man to turn the United States around. For that we need a solid and committed constitutional conservative. There hasn't been one win the GOP nomination since Ronald Reagan. Many voters today have never in their voting lives had the chance to vote for a constitutional conservative. If we give them that chance, we could see another major turnaround of America like we did under Reagan. If we allow the establishment in the GOP to choose again give us a candidate like Romney, we will lose, whether he wins or not.