How Mitt Romney Was Right About Everything

It doesn’t cause me any joy at all to point this out.  I wish the President could’ve pulled it off.  He hasn’t.  And the very things about which the media mocked Gov. Romney are actually coming to fruition.  From 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.”

Many observers found this fixation strange, and Democrats tried to turn it into a punchline. A New York Timeseditorial in March of last year said Romney’s assertions regarding Russia represented either “a shocking lack of knowledge about international affairs or just craven politics.” And in an October debate, Obama sarcastically mocked his opponent’s Russia rhetoric. “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years,” the president quipped at the time.

That line still chafes Robert O’Brien, a Los Angeles lawyer and friend of Romney’s who served as a foreign policy adviser.

“Everyone thought, Oh my goodness that is so clever and Mitt’s caught in the Cold War and doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” O’Brien said. “Well guess what. With all of these foreign policy initiatives — Syria, Iran, [Edward] Snowden — who’s out there causing problems for America? It’s Putin and the Russians.”

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  • Jada Nicks Edwards

    Romney 2016!!!! If only….
    It’ll make your brain hurt to think of all the crisis and scandals caused by the Obummer administration!! It will definitely make your blood pressure skyrocket to levels that require Obamacare…Uggh

  • cadranni

    Romney did make one major mistake. He thought he could tell the truth and get elected. Says something about this country that kind of thinking is a mistake. Sad.

  • jscoombs

    Dang it we need to CONVINCE him to run again in 2016….this country needs Mitt desperately!!!

  • Peter

    Mitt Romney was right? Mitt Romney, whose campaign specialized in the big lie and telling it as often as possible, told the truth? This is slap you sides funny. Keep on believing that folks, and you’ll elect Hillary in 2016.

  • Andrew

    Iran and Syria are countries the United States could stand to be much less involved in, to say the least. To say that Russia’s support there makes it a significant geopolitical foe of ours is to ascribe much more importance to the Middle East than we really should.

  • Oswald Carnes

    Yes, please do run the man who was a complete failure! Ohh, how we liberals trimble at the thought!

  • Jay Blossom

    So “evangelical” = “Romney” now? I’m sorry — what’s the Christian angle here?

  • RightStuff

    The WORLD is suffering because he wasn’t elected.

  • Sven2547

    So “right about everything” is really “right about two things”.
    One (Russia being antagonistic) was obvious to everyone, but that doesn’t make Obama an idiot for trying diplomacy.
    The other (Obamacare’s difficulty to implement) is a self-fulfilling prophecy when Republicans are fighting and delaying it at every turn.

  • ralph+

    We had the damn thing won and then Romney blew it.

    November 2010 – Obama and his supporters and his minions in the MSM know one thing – if he runs on his record in 2012 he will be laughed out of office.

    Solution? Divert attention from his record by attack ads, (imaginary) side issues such as the War On Women (WOW), voter suppression, etc. If you treat them as serious issues – they’ve got you. Which we did and they had us.

    Attack ads, character assassination – the whole 9 yards. And it worked.

    I ran the GOP county office last year and I lost count of the number of people who came into the office and asked me the simple question – “When is Romney going to fight back”

    Suggested ads?

    # 1 – “On September 11, 2012 the American Ambassador to Libya and 3 other Americans were killed by Islamic terrorists who attacked and burned the American Embassy in Benghazi.

    “On September 12, 2012 the President of the United States flew to Las Vegas for a fundraiser.

    “Actions speak louder than words.”

    #2 – “Here’s the latest in the ‘War On Women’ (WOW) – Spitzer Reiner and Filner”

    (2 things about democrats – they have a severe irony deficiency and they are immune to embarrassment.)

    We had it, he – and his incompetent campaign staff – blew it. I have to say that judging from the s..t-eating grin he wore 25 hours a day and his lack of response to the attacks, I wonder if he had the cojones for the job.

    OMT – I am NOT Ralph, but there is a thingie on the lower right of this that says “Post as Ralph” so Ralph – wherever you are, my apologies.

  • Donalbain

    People who worked for Romney say that Romney was right. How shocking!

  • Donalbain

    I *hope* that he doesnt convince Sarah Palin to be his running mate. That would be the worst thing. As a liberal, I dread to think what would happen if he did that!