Buzzfeed Asks: Was Romney Right About Everything?


Next question.

Via Buzzfeed:

Ten months after Mitt Romney shuffled off the national stage in defeat — consigned, many predicted, to a fate of instant irrelevance and permanent obscurity — Republicans are suddenly celebrating the presidential also-ran as a political prophet.

From his widely mocked warnings about a hostile Russia to his adamant opposition to the increasingly unpopular implementation of Obamacare, the ex-candidate’s canon of campaign rhetoric now offers cause for vindication — and remorse — to Romney’s friends, supporters, and former advisers.

“I think about the campaign every single day, and what a shame it is who we have in the White House,” said Spencer Zwick, who worked as Romney’s finance director and is a close friend to his family. “I look at things happening and I say, you know what? Mitt was actually right when he talked about Russia, and he was actually right when he talked about how hard it was going to be to implement Obamacare, and he was actually right when he talked about the economy. I think there are a lot of everyday Americans who are now feeling the effects of what [Romney] said was going to happen, unfortunately.”

Of course, there is a long tradition in American politics of dwelling on counterfactuals and and re-litigating past campaigns after your candidate loses. Democrats have argued through the years that America would have avoided two costly Middle East wars, solved climate change, and steered clear of the housing crisis if only the Supreme Court hadn’t robbed Al Gore of his rightful victory in 2000. But a series of White House controversies and international crises this year — including a Syrian civil war that is threatening to pull the American military into the mix — has caused Romney’s fans to erupt into a chorus of told-you-so’s at record pace.

In the most actively cited example of the Republican nominee’s foresight, Romneyites point to the candidate’s hardline rhetoric last year against Russian President Vladimir Putin and his administration. During the campaign, Romney frequently criticized Obama for foolishly attempting to make common cause with the Kremlin, and repeatedly referred to Russia as “our number one geopolitical foe.”

5 thoughts on “Buzzfeed Asks: Was Romney Right About Everything?

    • Kells: I had a great adventure last night that ended up making your point about Mr. Romney’s prescient statements during the 2012 Presidential Campaign, and his obvious superiority over Our Dear Leader in every way that matters. Romney is far brighter, vastly more experienced and successful in everything he has done in his life and a far better, more honest, ethical and compassionate human being than our current occupant of the White House. Having studied both men fairly extensively, I am completely confident in stating that had Mr. Romney overcome the massive voter fraud and media attacks that returned Mr. Obama to the White House, America would already be dramatically better off than we are today. Our economy would be returning to a growth mode, as the private sector would be responding to the decreasing of Obama’s over-regulation and Obamacare would be getting unwound. America’s enemies would be back on their heels and the stupid talk of “measured response” and “carefully calibrated” strikes designed to accomplish nothing but improved public relations, would be over. The IRS and NSA senior management would be gone already, and basic decency and professionalism would be making a come-back. Such would be the impact of a real, experienced leader on our government and our nation, because that’s what leaders do and it is what Mr. Romney has done everywhere he has been.

      But I digress. Last night at a family celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, I found myself placed at dinner next to my brother-in-law’s brother, who is a Full Professor and Dean of one of the largest schools of Political Science in the US. We see each other at family events twice a year at holiday celebrations, and my wife tells me we get seated next to each other because no one else can understand either one of us. I try to avoid ripping the gentleman an alternative exit because my brother-in-law is a wonderful fellow and I have no real need to clobber someone who is deep in a fantasy world and highly unlikely to experience anything within three standard deviations of objective reality. So we did our usual dancing around common academic experiences, and kids, but it was impossible to avoid moving to a discussion of the day’s developments in Syria, and I knew that was a bad turn. I then heard all the standard Obamite “the Dog ate my homework” excuses about why the economy, the labor market and our international standing have all plummeted under the First Golfer. Overall it was a better than average rendition of why Liberal/Progressives can’t manage to take out the trash effectively, but then it veered into one of the two places I knew it had to go…either George W. Bush was the cause or somehow Mr. Romney caused all Mr. Obama’s shortcomings by daring to run against the Chosen One. I listened to the horror that the Dean was experiencing because people are beginning to remember Mr. Romney’s points in the debates…that Russia is not our friend, that higher taxes and more stifling regulations will hurt the US economy and that Obamacare would never deliver on Our Dear Leader’s outrageous claims, among other mean statements by that bad man Romney. Finally I couldn’t resist mentioning that Mr. Romney is without question the most successful business strategist of our age, that he had saved hundreds of thousands of Americans jobs while running Bain, that his personal philanthropy is sometime I would love to be able to emulate and that everything the Dean had mentioned, and much more, had turned out to be true already, rendering Mr. Romney’s predictive skills incredibly accurate. That put a damper on my dinner companion’s lecture, although he did manage to close with his observation that Mr. Romney is a horrible human being. At that point I smiled a patient smile and looked for my 5-year-old granddaughter for some intelligent conversation. Happy New Year, CDE

      • ^ Ha! More wisdom in a five-year-old than an adult with his eyes wide shut!

        When you were speaking on Romney, it reminded me of this chart I ran across. It was a chart that listed the percentage of private sector employees in different presidents’ administrations. Reagan was the highest at 86%. And in a class all his own is the single digit Obama at 8%. I can assure you that Romney would’ve staffed a far more experienced administration.

        • Kells: Saw the same chart and it is very revealing. There is no one in the Obama administration who has ever made payroll or been accountable to investors or shareholders, both very instructive experiences. And yes, 5-year-olds, especially my brilliant granddaughters, are much more fun and much more lucid, than most Lib/Prog professors. CDE

  1. Romney was Right !!!

    But he wasn’t a True Conservative …… and that is why Millions of Libertarian and Conservative and some Christian voters stayed home, had they come out they would have overcome Obama’s and Eric Holder and Soros’s voter Fraud……I disagree STRONGLY with them staying home mind you……they engaged in a False show of Principles……but Romney’s record as a RINO is what lost the election.

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