It’s time to bring Mitt back.
In the year since he lost the presidential election and rode off into the sunset, the Republican Party has done exactly nothing.
No spokesman has emerged, no theme has developed, no course has been charted.
In the face of a deeply flawed president who seems intent on self-destructing, no articulate, intelligent alternative has been offered. When Obama and the liberals state a position or implement a policy, no matter how flawed, there is no one calm and credible to tell the other side of the story.
The Republican Party right now is heartless, soulless, brainless
When Mitt waved good bye, so did anything resembling a grownup in the Republican Party.
No, he wasn’t perfect, particularly for those of us who are rock-ribbed conservatives. Yes, he was easy for the Democrats to mock and ridicule.
But he was voted for by almost half of all Americans, and nobody has stepped up to fill his shoes.
So we need him back.
Supposedly, the next generation of GOP leadership was Marco Rubio, or Chris Christie or Ted Cruz. Each may be admirable, but each is all about himself, not truly of a national caliber, and fundamentally little more than a caricature. Their future is “maybe,” but their present is “missing in action.”
Cruz blew his entire pseudo-filibuster by reading Dr. Seuss and making himself a laughingstock on the morning news. Rubio comes off like a school boy, and Chris Christie has not stepped up.
None of them has put on his big boy pants to fill the vacuum atop the Republican Party.
Boehner and his sycophants are not up to the task – I’m amazed they can dress themselves in the morning – and some of the younger faces – like Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz – have not yet broken out of Triple A ball.
That leaves nobody.
Which leaves us with Mitt.
Which wouldn’t be so bad.
If he would get back in the fray.
He could stand up today and rejoin the national debate. He has the prominence, the finances and the connections.
And he’s a grownup.
He has the steady, intelligent optimism of a Ronald Reagan. He is not threatening, he is not rude, he is not embarrassing. He is actually calming, and sometimes even inspiring.
Yes, the polls hadn’t been closed 10 minutes before Republican bosses across the country denounced him. Folks who had been his biggest supporters before the election roundly damned him after the election. Stunned at losing another election to Barack Obama, the Republican Party needed something or someone to blame other than itself.
So it blamed Mitt.
It and all its lightweight luminaries.
The fact is that Mitt was the better man than any of them and showed a great deal more class.
But leaving him crumpled on the side of the road, the party marched off into oblivion.
As Barack Obama has begun a second term that seems completely cursed, as his public approval rating was clubbed by his attacks on guns and his arrogance on Obamacare, he faced no one across the aisle big enough to take advantage of his weakness.
The only person who makes you feel ickier than Barack Obama is John Boehner. And the great GOP hope offers up sound bites of himself reading the Cat in the Hat – poorly.
And right now we’re in the middle of a potentially ill-conceived government shutdown that has not been explained to the American people and which shows every sign of boomeranging on the Republican Party.
We don’t know why it’s happening, we don’t know how it’s going to end, and every day we have Barack Obama repeating bald-faced lies about how tyrannical the Republicans are and how reasonable he is. It’s preposterous, of course, but with no one credible to call him on it, there’s a growing likelihood he’s going to get away with it.
We need Mitt.
If only so the party has a face and a voice, somebody who can stand up and make our case.
Mitt’s not perfect, but he’s better than what we have, and probably better than who we’ll have on the ticket in 2016.
And the role of a political party is more than just campaigning and winning elections. It is also advancing principles and values, and showing the way forward.
They are also to be a voice of the people, a way for a philosophy to be advanced in our Republic.
Because the issue isn’t really that the Republican Party doesn’t have a voice, it’s that most Republicans don’t have a voice. The almost 50 percent of Americans who didn’t vote for the president or his party are tired of being silenced and marginalized.
The last person to speak for us was Mitt Romney.
And we need him again.
It’s time for Mitt to get back in the arena.