Stop trying to make Mitt Romney happen. It’s not going to happen.

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Call it a slow news cycle, but for the last few weeks the press and some pundits and politicians have been awfully obsessed with a hypothetical Mitt Romney presidential campaign in 2016.

It probably all started when Netflix released its documentary, aptly titled Mitt, that chronicled the former Massachusetts Governor’s decision to run for President in 2006 and followed him all the way through the 2012 election.

Indeed, it seemed to humanize the man who seemed not to connect with many Americans on the campaign trail. There was likely a certain nostalgia for the Mitt that could’ve been; the Mitt that could’ve overcome his 332-205 electoral defeat by President Obama.

A little more than a week after the Netflix documentary was released, the Boston Herald floated a possible Romney 2016 run. Then, the National Journal did it, suggesting, “We might be experiencing Mittmentum 3.0.” When asked, both Mitt and his wife Ann Romney denied they were interested in another run for President.

But that didn’t stop pundits. In mid-February, Townhall asked the question. By April, Ann Coulter was talking about it. Breitbart wondered. CBS’ Bob Schieffer even said Mitt might if Jeb Bush didn’t jump in.

And then in June and July, Beltway media once again floated the idea until Utah Congressman and Romney ally Jason Chaffetz predicted Romney would indeed run again — and win — in 2016.

From the POLITICO account:

“I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012.

“A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run, and I think he will be the next president of the United States,” Chaffetz said.

This author — and most of United Liberty — would like to echo the sentiments of Ann Romney regarding a 2016 bid for the White House:

Oh, no, no, no.

No, no, no, no, no.

No, no, no.

Romney ran unsuccessfully for President… twice. In the 2008 cycle, he lost to John McCain, who then lost to Barack Obama. In 2012, he was the inevitable candidate because Republicans often pick the “candidate in waiting” from the previous cycle.

Romney’s electability was his biggest selling point. Early Romney supporters assured Republican voters of this fact. Unfortunately for them, it wasn’t true.

Additionally, Romney’s positions on issues wavered significantly from his time as a Senate candidate against Ted Kennedy in the early 1990s to his term as Governor of Massachusetts to his presidential candidacy. And as the GOP grows, changes, and evolves, is Romney representative of that change?

Plus, there’s the practical matter of running and losing the same election twice. Conventional political wisdom gives a candidate two shots at the same office before they become that perennial candidate no one takes seriously.

It’s time for Republicans to move on. The GOP’s obsession with running the last race — both on the technology front and when finding nominees — must stop. In order to remain politically viable nationally, the Republican Party must embrace the ideals of limited government and personal responsibility.

As Ronald Reagan warned in 1975, Republicans must distinguish themselves from Democrats, not blur the lines between the two parties. He envisioned a party of “bold colors, not pale pastels” that confidently and proudly articulates a Republican message. Romney 2016 would no doubt be another pale re-hash of the same failed 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

Republicans should stop trying to make Mitt Romney happen.

 


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