Mitt Romney makes the right decision for all concerned

111213_mitt_romney_605_ap-2Mitt Romney made the right decision — for himself, his family, his party and his country.

In announcing his decision not to run for president in 2016, Romney claimed to still believe that he could again win the GOP nomination and then defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election. But if that were true — or if he really believed that were true — he would still be running.

In 2012, Romney had been the clear class of the Republican field, probably the only candidate in the bunch who would have been even plausible as a president. But his weaknesses as a candidate that year — his Wall Street wealth, his patrician background, his difficulty in connecting with voters and his lack of authenticity — would have posed even greater problems in 2016, a year in which issues of income inequity and an economically struggling middle class will dominate the discussion.

That was what these last few weeks have been about. A game Romney tried to trot out yet another version of himself, this time as an anti-poverty crusader, but it just didn’t come across as credible. The chasm between that Romney 3.0 and “Mr. 47 Percent” was simply too large, and this decision is the consequence.

In the end, running for president is a matter of timing as much as it is talent or ability; the perfect candidate in one cycle might be out of sync with the times four years earlier or later. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were the right candidates for their times, a perfect meld of biography and character for that particular moment in history. Romney, who often came across as someone from another era entirely, never found that match.

In his announcement today, he appeared to recognize that fact.

“I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” he said. “… I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

You could read that as a slam on the candidacy of Jeb Bush — in fact, it’s hard to interpret it otherwise. But Romney’s right. We’re seeing the rise of an ambitious new generation of leaders within the GOP, and while I disagree with most of the policies that those candidates espouse, you have to acknowledge that the party’s 2016 field will boast more serious candidates than in any presidential cycle in a long, long time. Most will be making their debuts on the national stage, and as Romney says, it’s probably true that a fresh face offers the GOP its best bet in what will be an uphill struggle against Hillary Clinton.

Still, Romney isn’t at peace with his decision quite yet. As he said in today’s announcement, “You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country.” I’m not sure that’s true.

One of the oddities about Romney is that while he generally held himself aloof, he also had a hard time hiding how he really felt about things. Bottled up in one way, his emotions came across in other, more awkward and indirect ways. You might say he was inauthentically authentic.

It takes a lot of ego to think that you are the best person in the world for the job of president, and Romney clearly felt that way and had a hard time hiding it. There’s nothing wrong or dishonorable about it — like being at least 35 years old, it’s a basic qualification for the job. And no, it can’t be easy to surrender a lifelong dream, the test that you’ve always measured yourself against, and allow others to pursue it.

But when reality intrudes, a wise man grudgingly accepts it.

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LeninTime
LeninTime

Americans are po'd because there is a socialist sleeping in the White House.

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Lol, only among the brain dead.

Normd
Normd

That game was the true definition of sudden death...lol

YouLibs
YouLibs

Great SuperBowl game; down to the last few seconds.


I hate 'em when they're like LBB being dominated by the likes of Visual_Cortex.

YouLibs
YouLibs

Or td, for that matter...

td1234
td1234

@YouLibs People that have been grubered can not dominate any intellectual exercise. 

td1234
td1234

The Seattle luck ran out today. They were lucky to beat GB and lucky on that catch but could not get the job done in the end. 

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

Well, from the whatever yard line, you call a pass play. How stupid is that?

Seattle had the game won and blew in the final few seconds.

What a disgusting outcome!

I hate New Engliand!

Normd
Normd

About ready to start.  We are pretty divided here, Five for Seattle and four for New England...two who are die hard falcon fans and are just here for the food...and maybe the commercials...Go Seattle!

LeninTime
LeninTime

Maybe it's vanished from the news because we already know just about everything there is to know about it.

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Things that incurious fools say and those docilely accepting what is spoon-fed to them by their media.

Grow a brain, sheeple.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@LeninTime

Keep on like that and folks are going to start thinking you're a Sooth-style MH-17 troother.

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

American Sniper gets libtards PO'd because it's...well...American.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

LilBooger is po'd because there's a black man sleeping in the nicest room in the White House.

Soothsayer2
Soothsayer2

Well, Bruce Jenner is becoming a woman.

The Falcons have been piping in fake crowd noise.

What's next? Jay hires homeless people to post blogs?

What is the World coming to?

LeninTime
LeninTime

So, whatever happened to the story of the downed Malaysian MH-17 airliner? 

Why has it simply vanished from the news? 

Could it be because they haven't been able to figure out how to shoehorn the evidence into a narrative that is favorable to the West?

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@LeninTime

Maybe it's vanished from the news because we already know just about everything there is to know about it.

Tiberius-Constitutionus
Tiberius-Constitutionus

@LeninTime I think it is because Obama is that good.  He done make that thing totally vanish.  A job par excellence for one of America's greatest Presidents.

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

"I asked Jay several times to send me a copy of the comments from that particular day to prove that I supposedly made up that blog post. He never did. I stand by that post. "


Yeah, it's JAY'S fault that you're a lying snivelling schmuck and a coward. Got it.  

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

@CommonSenseisntCommon @DebbieDoRight -- He is such an inferior piece of an almost man.  It is never his fault that he lies, cheats and makes stuff up.  It's always someone else's fault.  He is less than dirt.  I wouldn't be the least surprised if in high school, he was beat up daily by a bunch of girls.

CommonSenseisntCommon
CommonSenseisntCommon

@DebbieDoRight

It is never his fault that he lies, cheats and makes stuff up.

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Isn't that the very definition of an Insurance Salesman?

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

I will eventually check out the sniper flick but I am amused at the people saying how libs are all upset at Eastwood.  He might identify as a Republican but he makes his money in that same "liberal" Hollywood that many on the right claim to dislike.


A conservative on many issues he is not.....

- gay marriage

Eastwood told GQ magazine, "I don’t give a f**k about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of...Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."


-abortion

Eastwood has stated that he is pro-choice on abortion.


-gun control

Despite being heavily associated with firearms in his Westerns and cop movies, Eastwood has publicly endorsed gun control since at least 1973. In the April 24, 1973, edition of the Washington Post, the star stated that "I'm for gun legislation myself. I don't hunt."[33

In 1995, Eastwood questioned the purpose of assault weapons. Larry King, the famous television host and newspaper columnist, wrote in the May 22, 1995, edition of USA Today that "My interview with Eastwood will air on 'Larry King Weekend' ... I asked him his thoughts on the NRA and gun control and he said that while people think of him as pro-gun, he has always been in favor of controls. 'Why would anyone need or want an assault weapon?' he said."[335]


-Iraq and Afghanistan

He was against both of these wars


-American Sniper

Furthermore, Eastwood's 2014 movie American Sniper was met with strong critical praise, especially from many Republicans who called it a Pro-War on Terror, Pro-Republican and a patriotic film; Eastwood responded by saying it was a "stupid analysis" and that the movie had nothing to do with political parties.[353] Eastwood responded to critics of American Sniper by saying his film was "the biggest anti-war statement any film can make" and that "the fact of what [war] does to the family and the people who have to go back into civilian life like Chris Kyle did" and “what it (war) does to the people left behind.”[354]


So as Eastwood as well his Republican and not so Republican buddies who are invested and work in the "liberal" Hollywood that made this movie laugh to the bank, I'm sure he thanks you for the free advertising.  



Orange15
Orange15

The problem with liberals is that they are civilly disobedient!

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Orange14


Status quo types in both parties have said the same during the many civil rights battles throughout the history of this country. 

It isn't difficult to see where you probably stood and still stand on many of these issues

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Orange14 A perfect description of the Revolutionaries that split us off from England...good job!

Normd
Normd

Time to make the chili for the big game.  Going Hispanic...tamales (home made), tacos (ditto), chips, salsa, and XX beer.


JamVet
JamVet

@Normd 

Home made, beef vegetable soup here, Norm.

A fairly long, work intensive process but man, it is worth the effort!

YouLibs
YouLibs

@Normd


Short ribs braised in Cabernet Sauvignon over garlic mashed potatoes with a massaged kale salad.

Normd
Normd

@JamVet @Normd 


Jam,


Used to make a "hobo" stew like that...the trick was to find a young plump hobo...

Normd
Normd

My last was to Common...

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Doom Classical liberal @CommonSenseisntCommon @Normd


Well at least he didn't post a comment and attribute to a blogger only get thumped by the blog host.

But we know you did. 

Your credibility and integrity needs a lot of work.  Mght want to work on that before worrying about others.  

You are pointing a finger put have several of your own pointing back at you.

You do live in a glass house, you do.  

take care now

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Nobody_Knows


I asked Jay several times to send me a copy of the comments from that particular day to prove that I supposedly made up that blog post. He never did. I stand by that post. 


I've got numerous other posts I've copied and pasted. They no longer pull up if you click on the link anymore. That has to do with the AJC's new software deleting or not archiving old posts and nothing more. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@CommonSenseisntCommon


Yeah. I know that Navy corpsman. Everyone knows that except Obama- who couldn't even pronounce the word. Based on his previous posting history, specifically where he has posted about the ship he was on off the coast of Vietnam, I simply don't believe him. It doesn't bother him and so that's all that matters. You and others can believe him. That's good and fine. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@Nobody_Knows


"Standing by something doesn't automatically make it true."


And denying something doesn't automatically mean it didn't happen either. 


"I will go with the blog host's decision which implied it was not."


One more time. Jay could provide no  proof to me that it was a fabricated post as I requested. He either would not or could not send to me the blog comments for that day to prove or disprove that post. 


"However you are welcome to stand tall as you like by your unproven post."


And you are welcome to stand by your assertion that the post was falsified- something which has not been proved. All Jay had to do was send me the blog comments from that day. Either the archived comments are lost due to the new software or Jay did not want me to see the evidence which would have proven I did not make that post up. Take your pick.  

Nobody_Knows
Nobody_Knows

@Doom Classical liberal @Nobody_Knows


Standing by something doesn't automatically make it true.

I will go with the blog host's decision which implied it was not.

However you are welcome to stand tall as you like by your unproven post.