Romney Redux

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The talk of Mitt Romney again running for President has been fueled by the way he was treated during the previous campaign. Despite his awkwardness and some major gaffes during the election, Mr. Romney was a decent man who was not prepared for the blitzkrieg of a national campaign.

One hopes Hillary will cruise to an easy victory, but politics seldom works that way. The people don’t always make the decision most in their interest, and it will be a tough struggle to put her over the top.

The Obama campaign successfully defined him early in the contest as someone who does not care about “people like me.” And that millstone was hung around his neck wherever he went.

Romney’s continuing high ranking in the polls is indeed based on his image as a decent man — his decency was most pronounced during his concession speech — and the feeling that he did not totally get a fair shake the last time around.

Now Romney’s policies are anathema to me, and he would definitely take the country backwards. But when you look at some of the others in the Republican field, he stands heads and shoulders above them.

It’s as if each Republican candidate carries some sort of fatal flaw: Rand Paul is too isolationist, Ted Cruz is too radical, Chris Christie is too rude, etc.

One hopes Hillary will cruise to an easy victory, but politics seldom works that way. The people don’t always make the decision most in their interest, and it will be a tough struggle to put her over the top.