Chris Wallace hints: You’ll know Mitt Romney’s next career move a week from now

posted at 7:21 pm on February 21, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, let’s approach this subject this way: Could Wallace be referring to anything other than Romney becoming a Fox News contributor? The guy’s obviously not going to run for office again; granted, there’s a Senate vacancy in his home state, but he lost that state by 23 points last year. At this point, I think he’s probably had enough of having his political ambitions crushed. The only alternative I can come up with is that he’s maybe joining a prominent company as a board member or COO or something. But friends of Mitt told NRO yesterday regarding his CPAC appearance that he’s “eager to contribute to the national debate.” It has to be something political. And the only political avenue that’s open to him, realistically, is Fox News. Fox has leaned a bit further to the center after the election, bringing in Scott Brown as a contributor, parting ways with Palin, and often seeming conspicuously sunny about the Senate immigration bill despite grassroots conservatives’ disdain for it. Hiring Romney is the next logical step.

But … why? He has no natural constituency. He rose to prominence on the strength of his resume, not on his ability, a la Newt, to hold forth engagingly on conservative (or even moderate) ideas. His biggest political asset has always been his supposed electability, which is not something you’d think would lead to vibrant, arresting analysis. Maybe he’ll turn out to be great at it anyway — he’s good at pretty much everything else and is more than qualified intellectually for the job, needless to say — but the idea of it seems odd to me. Is there some inherent ratings value in having the last Republican presidential nominee as part of the team, even if the party’s young stars are all busy running away from his electoral message now?


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cue Detroit Rock City by KISS?????

ted c on February 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

so you saved the Olympics but failed to save the country, so how about saving a city, eh Mitt??

ted c on February 21, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Uh – dedicate his life to “the children”?

jake-the-goose on February 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

He and Newt will have a talk show?

workingclass artist on February 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

I’m not a mitt basher but still, why should we care? We’re not related.

Blake on February 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

He and Newt will have a talk show?

workingclass artist on February 21, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Yeh – Newt talks – while Mitt smiles – awkwardly

jake-the-goose on February 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Pope?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 21, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Via Mediaite, let’s approach this subject this way: Could Wallace be referring to anything other than Romney becoming a Fox News contributor?

Then suddenly the Mitt fans will look at the term “Fox News contributor” with wonderfully great, new respect.

ddrintn on February 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

What will dudley do-right do next??? oh my, i’m just dying to know!!!!

GhoulAid on February 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Spokesperson for Crest Tooth Paste?

kingsjester on February 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Ambassador to France

RickB on February 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Hired by a think tank, or finance one of his own?
Jump aboard the amnesty bandwagon to spearhead it?

sharrukin on February 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

It’ll be a one-two weekend punch of Huckabee followed by Romney!.

rw on February 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

I saw Scott Brown on Bill O’Reilly this week. I have to say, he wasn’t very impressive.

Mark1971 on February 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Via Mediaite, let’s approach this subject this way: Could Wallace be referring to anything other than Romney becoming a Fox News contributor?

Fox News isn’t that where failed politicians go to remain relevant.

RickB on February 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Seeing Mitt Romney on Red Eye is going to be awesome.

Mark1971 on February 21, 2013 at 7:31 PM

He would make a great replacement for Schultzie as the head of the DNC.

LegendHasIt on February 21, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Yeah for some odd reason Romney is not at the top of my list right now for someone to worry about. He’ll be fine.

Bmore on February 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

No one is mentioning the Fox Business Network – Romney could have a natural major role there.

matthew8787 on February 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I say… If Mitt Doesn’t challenge Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic to a race to the Moon, then he’s just wasting my time.

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Ugh. How about game show host? I bet he’d be great.

S. D. on February 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

The new CEO of Radio Shack?

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:37 PM

Will he drink water…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Allahpudit, you media-saturated fool.
Romney’s much more likely to head up a private-business funding organization. Bain writ larger and with a lower profit margin for principal investors. A big organization aimed at boosting startups and helping decent Americans decouple from Big Government in every way possible. That would be quite ‘political’ in this degenerate era and would play to all of his proven strengths.
He can stand up and have his own bully pulpit and pick up where the US Chamber of Commerce has chickened out.

rayra on February 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

The Mitt Romney Show replacing the Huckster’s show. Hey, I might even watch at that point.

rbj on February 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

No way he joins Fox as a contributor. He will be announcing something similar to the Clinton Global Initiatives, but centered on American Initiatives. The guy’s got a lot to offer philanthropically.

He’s a retired grandpa now. I firmly believe he will do something for the betterment of society, not for his wallet or ego.

That is not who he is.

Hope I am right.

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Who cares..

Obama is Awesome..

53% of 50% said so..

Electrongod on February 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Will he drink water…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2013 at 7:39 PM

I’m pretty sure he can’t… Rubio copyrighted drinking water last week… o_O

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Romney will never be a ‘pundit’ or whatever on FOX or any other silly network

That’s where losers go. Mitt Romney proved through his accomplishments, both personally and business, he is above the fray of ‘reality tv’..our ‘news’ today

Redford on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Fox News? Seems unlikely. Wouldn’t running for the NRC make more sense?

Count to 10 on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Mitt should run for Governor of Michigan.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

and reading most of the comments above mine, look at the absolute shit / jackassery that passes for erudite commentary around here these days.

rayra on February 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

rayra on February 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

And yet, you’re here.

And, you left your irony board on.

kingsjester on February 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

George Romney’s Rambler is for Sale on Ebay!

Mitt used it in his ’08 campaign.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Retooling Project ORCA.

JPeterman on February 21, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Jump aboard the amnesty bandwagon to spearhead it?

sharrukin on February 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Not at CPAC. I would hope.

BoxHead1 on February 21, 2013 at 7:44 PM

and reading most of the comments above mine, look at the absolute shit / jackassery that passes for erudite commentary around here these days.

rayra on February 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

aren’t you special?

GhoulAid on February 21, 2013 at 7:44 PM

and reading most of the comments above mine, look at the absolute shit / jackassery that passes for erudite commentary around here these days.

rayra on February 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

…look below you too!
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bluegills…. boy toy!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

The Republican Party doesn’t deserve Mitt Romney. He had all the answers to our problems, but the “true-cons” denied him his Presidency.

I’ll never forgive us. NEVER.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Mitt should run for Governor of Michigan.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

…I’d take him for Senator too!
(look at the sh!t we have!)

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Romney is a good man, but, my interest in him only lasted until he lost to obama. I have zero desire to follow his personal or professional life as a private citizen.

Pork-Chop on February 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I wish him all the luck in the world as a private citizen that I do not have to hear from ever again.

Warner Todd Huston on February 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM

I know where I’d like him to go.

Mr. Arrogant on February 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Romney’s going to announce that he’s working towards 2016. He’s got nothing else to do and with McShame pushing illegals again Romney feels like he’s back in 2007 and ready to run.

It’s all the same to me because my vote for Mittens last time was the last GOP vote I’m casting, even though Romney tried so hard to stop me from casting even that one (as I puked).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 21, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Door stop?

Splashman on February 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

erudite commentary

rayra on February 21, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Using the word erudite while commenting does not mean that your commenting is of a higher caliber that than other posters.

Are you some kind of university professor or something?

Here at Hot Gas, we do not follow a caste system when commenting.

can_con on February 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

You people are just so mean. Mr. Romney did the very best he could.

It’s just not in his nature to argue and make coherent points about why a radical Marxist should not continue as presidente.

arnold ziffel on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

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…bluegills…. boy toy!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

That is

RickB on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Rescue Detroit. And be a contributor on Fox Biz. He’s a multitasker, as we know.

Philly on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

He’ll be joining Rove’s super pac.

Mirimichi on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Any FUBAR’d Winter Olympics coming up?

Mr. Arrogant on February 21, 2013 at 7:56 PM

I held my nose and voted for him, unlike some here that gave the election to Obama – nice going guys…thanks!

celt on February 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Romney will never be a ‘pundit’ or whatever on FOX or any other silly network

That’s where losers go.
Redford on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Then he’d be perfect, no? The biggest loser 2012.

katy the mean old lady on February 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Rescue Detroit. And be a contributor on Fox Biz. He’s a multitasker, as we know.

Philly on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Screw Detroitanstan, let it burn.

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Probably the most decent man to run for President in quite some time. I wish him nothing but the best.

GOPRanknFile on February 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Maybe start a hedge fund that takes over some liberal news outlets. They are all losing money.

monalisa on February 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Wish we had some warning that the Mediaite link went to a Tommy Christohper article. Ugh.

changer1701 on February 21, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Sarah parted ways with fox. The only ones who say otherwise are the progressive agnostics that runs the epublican party.

she wants to reach a broader audience eg middle class working americans, as opposed to fox’s groveling to get the welfare vote.

renalin on February 21, 2013 at 8:01 PM

After the loss, it was said he was putting together a hybrid close to what rayra said above.

I don’t want to call it community organizing because it won’t be that overtly political, but the impression I got was he took the personal beating very hard and it forced him to realize he needed to apply his philanthropy to a larger scale.

I hope that’s the direction he stayed on. Nothing would be better than this guy turning people’s lives around as Trainwreck Barry gets into full motion.

budfox on February 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM

He rose to prominence on the strength of his resume, not on his ability

How the hell do you think he got his resume? Hint: it wasn’t by being 1/2 black and being financed by George Soros and Saudi Arabia.

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Fox is on it’s way to being an appendage of the Saudis who own more and more of them.

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

The Republican Party doesn’t deserve Mitt Romney. He had all the answers to our problems, but the “true-cons” denied him his Presidency.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Bullpucky. The Republican party wanted and got the RINO it deserved.

The Democrat party: Proudly progressing toward fascism since 1968.
The Republican party: Proudly two steps behind.

Splashman on February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

The Republican Party doesn’t deserve Mitt Romney. He had all the answers to our problems, but the “true-cons” denied him his Presidency.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Bullpucky. The Republican party wanted and got the RINO it deserved.

Splashman on February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He’s being sarcastic. It is hard to tell that from what the Mittbots regularly post.

sharrukin on February 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

even if the party’s young stars are all busy running away from his electoral message now?

Rubio and his real dad, Juan McCaino, and his real mom, Lindsey Grahamo are running all the way to Mexico and I hope they all stay there.

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Maybe he will buy American Crossroads and demote Karl Rowe to the mail room.

meci on February 21, 2013 at 8:16 PM

I held my nose and voted for him, unlike some here that gave the election to Obama – nice going guys…thanks!

celt on February 21, 2013 at 7:57 PM

While I did as well, Romney had a harder time convincing the independents that I know, than he did conservative types to get to the polls.

Based on his past history as Governor, people had a hard time seeing him be much different than Obama. If you were a conservative, social and fiscal; he wasn’t near the head of the line, ever.

If you were and independent-leaning-social liberal-fiscal con, you didn’t know what to think about him. Which Mitt were you going to get?

That is what we get with todays Republican party.

CTSherman on February 21, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Rubio and his real dad, Juan McCaino, and his real mom, Lindsey Grahamo

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 8:10 PM

LOL.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

Yes a liberal Governor from Massachusetts would be a perfect fit at Fox News just like he alienated four million Republican voters that refused to vote in 2012.

RJL on February 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

He rose to prominence on the strength of his resume, not on his ability

How the hell do you think he got his resume? Hint: it wasn’t by being 1/2 black and being financed by George Soros and Saudi Arabia.
VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

You left off the rest of the sentence:

He rose to prominence on the strength of his resume, not on his ability, a la Newt, to hold forth engagingly on conservative (or even moderate) ideas.

Romney had plenty of abilities, but that wasn’t really one of them. He rose to the occasion once in a while (e.g. the first debate), but overall just wasn’t that good of a communicator.

RINO in Name Only on February 21, 2013 at 8:24 PM

But … why? He has no natural constituency.

So he can continually critique Comrade O and get to say “I told you so” over and over again?

farsighted on February 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Mitt who?

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Fox what?

Seriously, Dennis Kucinich and Scott Brown?

Cred, gone.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

since Romney is like political NyQuil……..

How is that whole “reaching a broader audience” thingy working out for Palin?

She’s on what reaching out now?

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

What does Romney want after losing an election? Mitt, just go home and make lots of money for your grandchildren.

Mitt ran and lost twice, step aside and out of the picture.

Jurisprudence on February 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I love Mitt Romney and hope he does appear on Fox regularly!!

GO MITT!!

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

He’ll be joining Rove’s super pac.

Mirimichi on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Actually he is going to start his own pac called Severely Conservative Victory Fund.

Garym on February 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Watch him buy the Boston Globe.

You heard it here first.

rockmom on February 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

What does Romney want after losing an election? Mitt, just go home and make lots of money for your grandchildren.
Mitt ran and lost twice, step aside and out of the picture.
Jurisprudence on February 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

This is why Palin has an incredibly loyal set of supporters. I dare say, if she ever makes it to the Presidency, she will be the most resolute President we’ve had in “modern” times.
Jurisprudence on August 5, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Wow, I’m shocked, just shocked to see a Palin cultist like jurisprudence bashing Mitt again.

People like this bashed Mitt all through the general election campaign, and this is nothing new.

You people are a disgrace. You’re just mad because Palin got fired from Fox because she was never able speak in proper sentences nor offer any intelligent or insightful on-air analysis.

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Mitt should run for Governor of Michigan.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

We already have a RINO governor.

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Most of the idiots here bashing Mitt are part of the usual Palin worshiping cult.

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

h/t Steebo -

Ok, I’m going to be made fun of for saying this (and it has nothing to do with politics), but doesn’t Mitt look amazing in this video?

He looks like a model from a Polo Ralph Lauren commercial.

bluegill on March 21, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Maybe… Mitt’s signing on as a model for Polo Ralph Lauren?

Fallon on February 21, 2013 at 8:53 PM

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Did you enjoy the highlights of President Romney’s State of the Union address at the asylum last night?

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Fox what?

Seriously, Dennis Kucinich and Scott Brown?

Cred, gone.

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Don’t forget Jesse Jackson’s daughter and honky mistress; they are “Fox Contributors” too.

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Most of the idiots here bashing Mitt are part of the usual Palin worshiping cult.

bluegill on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

The irony is so ironic.

Garym on February 21, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Rescue Detroit. And be a contributor on Fox Biz. He’s a multitasker, as we know.

Philly on February 21, 2013 at 7:55 PM

I live in the Detroit suburbs; the city has been beyond rescuing for at least 30 years.

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Probably the most decent man to run for President in quite some time.

GOPRanknFile on February 21, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Possibly, but unfortunately, not relevant.

S. D. on February 21, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Romney will never be a ‘pundit’ or whatever on FOX or any other silly network

That’s where losers go. …

Redford on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Uhhhhhhh….

ddrintn on February 21, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Watch him buy the Boston Globe.

You heard it here first.

rockmom on February 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Now that would be hilarious. His first order of business should be to have a LONG TALK with Glob sportswriter Dan Shaugnessy

Del Dolemonte on February 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

The Republican Party doesn’t deserve Mitt Romney. He had all the answers to our problems, but the “true-cons” denied him his Presidency.
portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Bullpucky. The Republican party wanted and got the RINO it deserved.

Splashman on February 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He’s being sarcastic. It is hard to tell that from what the Mittbots regularly post.

sharrukin on February 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

ROFL. The Muggeridge Rule or something.

ddrintn on February 21, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Watch him buy the Boston Globe.

You heard it here first.

rockmom on February 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

This would be great. Reminds me of Warren Beatty in Heaven Can Wait. He was the quarterback who died, came back as a billionaire and bought the team!

monalisa on February 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

I’m hoping for a Romney run in 2016 to split the squish vote. Hang in there, Mitt! Tanned, rested and ready!

ddrintn on February 21, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Yes a liberal Governor from Massachusetts would be a perfect fit at Fox News just like he alienated four million Republican voters that refused to vote in 2012.

RJL on February 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

I hope you weren’t one of those pathetic individuals.

scotash on February 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Does he have to do anything? He can just do whatever. As a political analyst, I don’t know how useful he’d be. Can’t see him as any type of conservative spokesman or advocate either.

Dongemaharu on February 21, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Probably the least intersting person in national politics in my time. I never heard an original, provocative or compellingly well-developed argument emerge from his being. No real humor or wit or edge. Eminently decent man in private I’ve no doubt, but zero contribution to the conservative intellectual storehouse or public conversation.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Probably the least interesting person in national politics in my time. I never heard an original, provocative or compellingly well-developed argument emerge from his being. No real humor or wit or edge. Eminently decent man in private I’ve no doubt, but zero contribution to the conservative intellectual storehouse or public conversation.

rrpjr on February 21, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Very well said. Your points are always great.

arnold ziffel on February 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

since Romney is like political NyQuil……..

How is that whole “reaching a broader audience” thingy working out for Palin?

She’s on what reaching out now?

PappyD61 on February 21, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Well, good Lord, bud. She’s talked about everywhere.

ddrintn on February 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Actually, I bet he gets a show on CNN. They’re in a major shake up right now and they are doing it with opinion. That said, if Zucker doesn’t want to be chasing MSNBC he’ll bring in a Romney show to balance out Piers.

eski502 on February 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Mitt should run for Governor of Michigan.

portlandon on February 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

We already have a RINO governor.

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Actually our current RINO Gov Snyder is actually turning Michigan around from an abysmal 8 years under a progressive rule. Gov Snyder just leaves the social issues alone and he focuses on the fiscal issues, which is what we need right now. He straddled the Obamacare fence, opting for the “joint” state/federal exchange, whatever that means.

Romney didn’t even carry MI, lost by a lot. He couldn’t win an election here on his own.

karenhasfreedom on February 21, 2013 at 9:30 PM

He rose to prominence on the strength of his resume, not on his ability

How the hell do you think he got his resume? Hint: it wasn’t by being 1/2 black and being financed by George Soros and Saudi Arabia.

VorDaj on February 21, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Good point fc. Not just the usual nastiness when it comes to Romney but actually loopy. As I said yesterday, we need better pundits.

Basilsbest on February 21, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Dog catcher.

BabyGrace on February 21, 2013 at 9:38 PM

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