Romney: I hate to say I told you so, but …

posted at 10:41 am on March 18, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

… actually, Mitt Romney doesn’tnot explicitly anyway. However, the context of this op-ed from Barack Obama’s 2012 opponent could not be clearer. After Obama and Democrats ridiculed his worldview in that campaign, calling it a relic of the 1980s, Romney warns that what America and the West need now is leadership that anticipates events and sees the world realistically so as to seize opportunities when they arise:

Why, across the world, are America’s hands so tied?

A large part of the answer is our leader’s terrible timing. In virtually every foreign-affairs crisis we have faced these past five years, there was a point when America had good choices and good options. There was a juncture when America had the potential to influence events. But we failed to act at the propitious point; that moment having passed, we were left without acceptable options. In foreign affairs as in life, there is, as Shakespeare had it, “a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.”

When protests in Ukraine grew and violence ensued, it was surely evident to people in the intelligence community—and to the White House—that President Putin might try to take advantage of the situation to capture Crimea, or more. That was the time to talk with our global allies about punishments and sanctions, to secure their solidarity, and to communicate these to the Russian president. These steps, plus assurances that we would not exclude Russia from its base in Sevastopol or threaten its influence in Kiev, might have dissuaded him from invasion. …

Able leaders anticipate events, prepare for them, and act in time to shape them. My career in business and politics has exposed me to scores of people in leadership positions, only a few of whom actually have these qualities. Some simply cannot envision the future and are thus unpleasantly surprised when it arrives. Some simply hope for the best. Others succumb to analysis paralysis, weighing trends and forecasts and choices beyond the time of opportunity.

The difference is between seeing the world as it is, and living in a “fantasy,” as the Washington Post remarked about Obama’s five years in charge of foreign policy. No comment in this regard was as telling as John Kerry’s absurd riposte about Vladimir Putin acting like a “19th-century” leader rather than one in the 21st century. The only difference until now between the two was a powerful Western military presence, mainly Anglospheric, that imposed a Pax Americana on the world after causing the Soviet Union to collapse. Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Kerry set about dismantling that Pax Americana and now are shocked, shocked to see world leaders acting like they’ve always acted since long before the rise of nation-states.

In my column today at The Week, I argue that the sanctions applied by Obama against Putin still suffer from this fantasy, although his allies are probably not allowing him to go much further anyway:

The statement and sanctions send a clear signal to Russia, but not necessarily a daunting message. While Obama clearly preferred to allow Putin a path to retreat, it was equally clear two weeks ago that Putin didn’t want to retreat. The announcement of the referendum should have prompted these expanded measures immediately, rather than Obama waiting for the fraudulent vote to be taken before imposing penalties for the attempt to legitimize the occupation.

But it’s not just the timing. The target and teeth of these sanctions leave something to be desired, too. Russia essentially invaded Ukraine, and yet still seems to be a member of the G-8. “I think Vladimir Putin must be encouraged by the absolute timidity” of the sanctions, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

That timidity may have more to do with Europe than with the Obama administration, however. The EU trades heavily with Russia and is particularly dependent on natural gas imports from Gazprom. They may be willing to talk tough and impose some personal sanctions in coordination with the U.S., but so far seem unwilling to go much farther. France appears set to go forward with the $1.7 billion sale of two helicopter carriers to Russia, John Fund reported for National Review on Monday. One ship, the Vladivostok, has already completed its sea trials and is ready for delivery, while the second — ironically named Sebastopol after Russia’s Crimean naval base — will be ready by the end of next year. …

Now, Putin is neither Adolf Hitler nor Joseph Stalin. He isn’t doing this out of ideological extremity, or to try and take over the world. Instead, he wants the Russian empire back for its own sake, and to make those republics subject to Moscow once more. That has been obvious since Putin invaded Georgia and “liberated” South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008, and then recognized their independence on the same basis that Western nations recognized Kosovo’s similar declaration a few months earlier. It’s no accident that Putin explicitly cited Kosovo to legitimize the Crimean referendum this weekend. Putin plans to use the Western pretexts of self-determination and ethnic identity to reassemble Greater Russia.

The West may have finally awoken to this threat. They still act like they’re sleepwalking, two to three weeks behind developments and under the impression that Putin shares the same concept of 21st-century leadership as they do. Until Putin’s policies produce Western responses that cause widespread economic pain in Russia, the former Soviet republics in Asia and Europe have plenty to fear, and little reason to trust Western strength for their long-term security.

If you want a taste of that sleepwalking abroad, look no further than France. Despite the annexation of Crimea, they’re still not sure whether to complete the sale for those warships:

The E.U. sanctions list targets members of the parliament and mid-level government officials. But the E.U. ambassador to Russia, Vygaudas Usackas, told the Interfax news agency that the sanctions list could soon be expanded. France announced that it may halt the $1.8 billion sale of two Mistral class warships to Russia, the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told France’s TF1 television channel.

The ships were due to be delivered in 2015, to become part of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, based in Crimea.

“If Putin carries on like this, we could consider canceling these sales,” Fabius said.

Maybe they’ll cancel it if the Russian navy shows up in Marseilles, eh? It’s difficult to put all of the blame on Obama for weak Western sanctions when France is still considering whether to sell Putin the noose he’d put around their necks. Still, this is why times like these call for leaders with a clear view of the world and the ability to out-think their opponents. So far, we’re seeing very little evidence of this in the West.


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Dear Mitt,

Shut up and go away.

Thanks.

dforston on March 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

The west is wussified…

OmahaConservative on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The 1980′s called…

Electrongod on March 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

If Mitt was a half decent politician, capable of a competent campaign, we wouldn’t be in this precarious position. But, no, and we are.

MTF on March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Able leaders anticipate events, prepare for them, and act in time to shape them.

Did you see your 2012 campaign?

joekenha on March 18, 2014 at 10:45 AM

After Obama and Democrats ridiculed his worldview in that campaign, calling it a relic of the 1980s

Well, that was before we knew that Putin hates teh gays.

vlad martel on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

If Only Mitt had actually wanted to win anything beyond the nomination.

Pegcity on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Dear Mitt,
Shut up and go away.
Thanks.
dforston on March 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Why? We all know he’s right.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

I’d rather have a man of honor in the
White House than a liar .

Lucano on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Wow Mitt, you really skewered Obama in that editorial.

In 2014. After you lost. After I wasted my vote on you. After you got a case of cold feet when you had the best opportunity to skewer him in front of 30 million voters during the debates.

Your timing is impeccable.

Go away Wimpy.

fogw on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

The difference is between seeing the world as it is, and living in a “fantasy,” as the Washington Post remarked about Obama’s five years in charge of foreign policy. No comment in this regard was as telling as John Kerry’s absurd riposte about Vladimir Putin acting like a “19th-century” leader rather than one in the 21st century. The only difference until now between the two was a powerful Western military presence, mainly Anglospheric, that imposed a Pax Americana on the world after causing the Soviet Union to collapse. Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Kerry set about dismantling that Pax Americana and now are shocked, shocked to see world leaders acting like they’ve always acted since long before the rise of nation-states.

The withdrawal from the hope bong chooming has gotta be pretty severe…

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Heh.

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM

If Only Mitt had actually wanted to win anything beyond the nomination.

Pegcity on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Bbbbut….ORCA

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Certainly Romney would’ve been better at managing the growth of Big American Bureaucracy and America’s decline.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

His eloquence regarding has convictions comes a day late and a dollar short.

kingsjester on March 18, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Even Romney’s response to Obama’s wimpy response is wimpy.

Have we become a nation of men in mama jeans?

albill on March 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Dear Mitt,
Shut up and go away.
Thanks.
dforston on March 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Why? We all know he’s right.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on March 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

It doesn’t matter if he’s right since he was too pussified to win the position where he could act on his knowledge.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Sorry Romney, but you blew it and your reflections ring hollow.

This race was in your hands from the beginning. You could have done all the things you’re saying a leader should do: studied and understood the enemy (the Left) and its goals; forseen events and acted before the crisis, not have it act upon you; depended not on wishful thinking or “analysis paralysis” but proactive vision and engaged the Left. You had years to do these things. You even lost once and had the benefit of valuable experience, which you either did not absorb or ignored. You failed your own tests of leadership across the board. You were not, as you say and as you quote Shakespeare, a person for his time, for the moment; you were the exact opposite, lost to the tide of events. You were a weak and timid non-actor, destined to caught up in the “shallows and the miseries.” You didn’t fight, didn’t lead and didn’t win.

rrpjr on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Mika actually had the gall this morning to say that it is wrong to think that Obama has less testosterone than Putin just because he doesn’t wrestle bears or something.

Our foreign policy is a joke and quickly becoming a complete quagmire. And the world is getting more and more dangerous as a result. I wonder what kind of snarky comment the lazy stupid rat-eared bastard is going to come up with when asked about that…..

So what Iran has nukes, does that mean we should re-start those duck and cover drills?

Hey, it’s not like Poland has always existed anyway.

We weren’t really that attached to Alaska anyway- it’s one of the freak states.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM

If Mitt was a half decent politician, capable of a competent campaign, we wouldn’t be in this precarious position. But, no, and we are.

MTF on March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Wow Mitt, you really skewered Obama in that editorial.

In 2014. After you lost. After I wasted my vote on you. After you got a case of cold feet when you had the best opportunity to skewer him in front of 30 million voters during the debates.

Your timing is impeccable.

Go away Wimpy.

fogw on March 18, 2014 at 10:49 AM

A timid response doesn’t impress people like Putin.

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM

I have always respected Romney…..voted for the man.

But the longer I go in Life, the less Patience
I have for people who are simply Unwilling to
stand up and fight when they are on the Stage.

Then, two years, or so later, they come back with
the “I told you so’s”.

We’ve had back to back nominees who were Unwilling
to Fight….

I have one requirement above all others for any
Republican I support in the Future.

When you get the nomination of the Republican Party
in ANY Presidential race, you DAMN WELL better
take the gloves off, and Fight for this Nation.

I currently see two individuals who are willing
to do this…the same two I’ve been pointing to for
over a year now…..

To all the rest in the Republican sphere of national
politics, I will simply say this:

If you are unwilling to Fight, then why should I fight
for you, when you win the Party’s nomination????

ToddPA on March 18, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I think it is out of frustration.

VegasRick on March 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Your point is what exactly?

Romney lost.

He’s not some defacto head of the republican party…He’s a twice over loser who needs to get over it and return to the private sector.

Sheeesh!

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

and, the dynamite goes boom.

mmcnamer1 on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

The West may have finally awoken to this threat. They still act like they’re sleepwalking, two to three weeks behind developments and under the impression that Putin shares the same concept of 21st-century leadership as they do.

Leadership?

This bunch dreams of multicultural multilateral egalitarian elitist post-modernist metrosexualism.

Leadership is only “good” if it leads to unicorns and Skittles.

And maybe a stiff belt of purple lean while choomin’.

You’re expecting heads to behave responsibly, Mittens.

It doesn’t work that way and never did.

It amazes me that to this day, people haven’t learned the lessons of Woodstock.

Among them being that when Bill Clinton called it “the defining moment of my generation” (occurring at roughly the same time Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon), he was telling us all we would ever need to know about every progressive we’ve had to put up with since then.

Romney still hasn’t figured it out.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Why didn’t he say so in the foreign policy debate, rather than repeating over and over again, “I agree with the president?”

Did he want to lose?

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It’s a little too late now.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Well said.

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Reagan was a crazy old man push the nuclear button if forced to. Our enemies do not fear American leaders without conviction.

kingsjester on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I think it is out of frustration.

VegasRick on March 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

That would make sense – yes – and I appreciate that.

I get frustrated when we take our eyes, and our venom, off Obama and turn it back on our own people.

Kind of like driving a race car – looking only in the rear view mirror.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Your point is what exactly?

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

My point is simple – Mitt is right – so put your focus on Obama and not on Romney.

Get over the last election and focus on the NEXT ELECTION !!!

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

There is no “defacto head of the republican party.” Should everyone just stay silent?

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM

RomneyCare called……

portlandon on March 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I think it is out of frustration.

VegasRick on March 18, 2014 at 10:58 AM

That would make sense – yes – and I appreciate that.

I get frustrated when we take our eyes, and our venom, off Obama and turn it back on our own people.

Kind of like driving a race car – looking only in the rear view mirror.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Well Romney has asked for the attention hasn’t he?

People are mad because they think he blew it when he should’ve aced it.

Politics ain’t bean bag.

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Obama is calling a G-7 meeting in Europe next week. What if nobody shows up? It’s a pointless meeting anyway since any real decisions out of these photo-ops is done by months of staff work ahead of time.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I disagree that he’s making a solid point. He’s making a marginal, almost irrelevant point. Yes, Romney’s undoubtedly a better manager than Obama is. But domestically America is becoming a country where the state is powerful and the people are weak. Consequently we have neither the excess capacity nor moral high ground to influence others. I don’t think Romney had any intention of reversing that trend.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

My point is simple – Mitt is right – so put your focus on Obama and not on Romney.

Get over the last election and focus on the NEXT ELECTION !!!

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Sure…Maybe Romney is focusing on the next election as well.

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

That would make sense – yes – and I appreciate that.

I get frustrated when we take our eyes, and our venom, off Obama and turn it back on our own people.

Kind of like driving a race car – looking only in the rear view mirror.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I agree. I do understand people’s frustrations with it all though. bastard obama just makes me want to scream!

VegasRick on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Got that right. Useful idiots always have their own hobby-horses.

rhombus on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Astonishing comments in the thread – too many have no idea who the opposition is.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

You have to admit that the MSM really helped defeat him. Really. They did.

djl130 on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Get over the last election and focus on the NEXT ELECTION !!!

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Then why are you wasting time posting on a Romney thread telling others to forget about Romney?

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

You know, a lot of you ideologues might not have voted for the man because of one reason or another, but I only wish we had *competent* leadership.

When confronting friends who voted for the disaster in office (almost all of whom are regretting their decision) I bring up the fact that through malfeasance or incompetence, a Romney administration would be at least half as bad as the current one with regard to those current regime traits.

Defenestratus on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Reagan was a crazy old man push the nuclear button if forced to. Our enemies do not fear American leaders without conviction.

kingsjester on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Reagan had his finger on the nuclear button. Obama handed Russia an overcharge button as a joke. Turns out the joke was on Americans.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

There is no “defacto head of the republican party.” Should everyone just stay silent?

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I dunno…seems a little self serving….but that’s just me.

nope.

*shrug*

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I agree. I do understand people’s frustrations with it all though. bastard obama just makes me want to scream!

VegasRick on March 18, 2014 at 11:06 AM

That’s well said – I will have to keep the frustration in mind – for just a while longer.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

The most damning passage from the Romney piece:

Some simply hope for the best. Others succumb to analysis paralysis, weighing trends and forecasts and choices beyond the time of opportunity.

It has, for a long time, seemed that this has been the President’s achilles heel. Keystone, the Iranian protests, Libya, Syria, etc. The man dithers making tough decisions (and to be fair, they are very difficult decisions to make) until it’s too late. Maybe he hopes it will all just work itself out. Maybe it’s a case of analysis paralysis (this is certainly true in the case of Keystone.) Whatever the case, decisions don’t get made and events start making decisions for us.

rogaineguy on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Then why are you wasting time posting on a Romney thread telling others to forget about Romney?

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Because I agree with Mitt Romney – is that complicated?

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

“Russia tried to talk China into waging financial war on the US in 2008, as the country was mired in a mortgage crisis. According to former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, Russian leaders wanted the Chinese government to dump billions of dollars worth of bonds tied to ailing mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The Russians made a “top-level approach” to the Chinese:

“that together they might sell big chunks of their GSE holdings to force the U.S. to use its emergency authorities to prop up these companies,”

Paulson said the Chinese declined. He also confirmed this yesterday while in Europe.

Talking about the 2008 financial crisis, particularly the issues with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson explained that the Chinese were the “biggest external investor holding Fannie and Freddie Securities.” Because of this, China was “very, very concerned” when Fannie and Freddie began to melt down.

That’s when the Russians allegedly tried to iron out a pact with the Chinese.

“Here I’m not going to name the senior person, but I was meeting with someone… This person told me that the Chinese had received a message from the Russians which was, ‘Hey let’s join together and sell Fannie and Freddie securities on the market.’ The Chinese weren’t going to do that but again, it just, it just drove home to me how vulnerable I felt until we had put Fannie and Freddie into conservatorship [the rescue plan for them, that was eventually put in place],” Paulson said.

Resist We Much on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Astonishing comments in the thread – too many have no idea who the opposition is.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The enemy is the GOP in its current form. Any POTUS candidate w/o a true conservative philosophy is a candidate millions of conservative voters will not vote for. Romney was the last straw for me. After Ford, GHWB, Dole, W, McCain, Romney….I should have realized this position long before the GOP elected another RINO.

The GOP is the enemy because they are just like Democrats. Why can’t you see that?

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

It has, for a long time, seemed that this has been the President’s achilles heel. Keystone, the Iranian protests, Libya, Syria, etc. The man dithers making tough decisions (and to be fair, they are very difficult decisions to make) until it’s too late. Maybe he hopes it will all just work itself out. Maybe it’s a case of analysis paralysis (this is certainly true in the case of Keystone.) Whatever the case, decisions don’t get made and events start making decisions for us.

rogaineguy on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Keystone is an easy decision, he’s just sucking up to the greens and big donors. The others he did make decisions: all of them bad. Decisions to flap his gums and do nothing substantial. “Analysis paralysis” is not one of Obama’s faults; he spends too much time playing golf and skipping meetings to worry about little things like analysis.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Because I agree with Mitt Romney – is that complicated?

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Ahh so you are also the problem. Low information voter

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Romney was right, and he is right. Don’t like it? Tough.

Whitey Ford on March 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

The GOP is the enemy because they are just like Democrats. Why can’t you see that?

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

I believe you, and many others are very confused – at this moment.

I think I understand your “frustration” – perhaps as we approach the actual election you will turn your attention toward our opponents?

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I’ll agree that he’s right.

And that it’s a shame he led such a shitty, milquetoast campaign against such an easy target.

Making a solid bit of armchair quarterbacking today does not exempt you from the reminiscences of those who remember how you f*cked up and lost the big game a few years back; how you took a knee too soon, gave the other team the ball again, and they came back to win the game you should’ve easily won.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Ahh so you are also the problem. Low information voter

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Yeh – that’s me “low information” – coming from the man firing at his own troops.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I believe you, and many others are very confused – at this moment…

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Well, somebody is confused.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Making a solid bit of armchair quarterbacking today does not exempt you from the reminiscences of those who remember how you f*cked up and lost the big game a few years back; how you took a knee too soon, gave the other team the ball again, and they came back to win the game you should’ve easily won.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

No argument. My point is in looking forward – not backward.

I fully appreciate your post – 100%.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Why is it there is more venom for Mitt than Obama here at HA? Instead of complaining all the time about how somebody isn’t the perfect candidate, why don’t we rally around the candidate we do have, not the mythical “magic candidate” that didn’t exist? Most any Republican would have been better than Obama.

Tater Salad on March 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Astonishing comments in the thread – too many have no idea who the opposition is.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

The opposition is Obama.

The GOP candidate who failed to defeat Obama, who dared not mention Benghazi in the third debate because his internals showed the undecideds didn’t care about it ……….. was Romney.

Opportunity lost.

Sorry, I’m not going to forgive and forget over that strategical blunder.

fogw on March 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Well, somebody is confused.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I think the word “frustration” is at the root of our feelings.

Everyone is pissed off – and that manifests itself in arguments in all sorts of directions.

I hope as we approach election day – we get our focus together.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Sorry, I’m not going to forgive and forget over that strategical blunder.

fogw on March 18, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Keep in mind – an estimated 4m GOP voters staying home in 2010.

While Romney owns the loss – many on our side did not even join the fight.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

I dunno…seems a little self serving….but that’s just me.

nope.

*shrug*

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Is there anyone in the political realm that doesn’t do stuff that’s self-serving?

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I hope as we approach election day – we get our focus together.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM

I hope as we approach election day the Republicans nominate a conservative for the first time since Reagan, and stop attacking their base. I’m not holding my breath.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Ye

h – that’s me “low information” – coming from the man firing at his own troops.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM

No it is the GOP & wishy washy RINO’s like you that has been bombing conservatives while hiding in plain sight with democrats.

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

No it is the GOP & wishy washy RINO’s like you that has been bombing conservatives while hiding in plain sight with democrats.

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Please turn around and face the Democrats

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Why is it there is more venom for Mitt than Obama here at HA? Instead of complaining all the time about how somebody isn’t the perfect candidate, why don’t we rally around the candidate we do have, not the mythical “magic candidate” that didn’t exist? Most any Republican would have been better than Obama.

Tater Salad on March 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

This is why:

The GOP is the enemy because they are just like Democrats. Why can’t you see that?

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:12 AM

No nuance. No explanation. Just moral equivalence.

thebrokenrattle on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Keep in mind – an estimated 4m GOP voters staying home in 2010.

While Romney owns the loss – many on our side did not even join the fight.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Romney did his best to alienate the grassroots, he owns it.

idesign on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I hope as we approach election day the Republicans nominate a conservative for the first time since Reagan, and stop attacking their base. I’m not holding my breath.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

+1 my friend

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Romney did his best to alienate the grassroots, he owns it.

idesign on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

He does own it – 100%

However – Romney’s point in this article is also 100% correct.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I believe you, and many others are very confused – at this moment.

I think I understand your “frustration” – perhaps as we approach the actual election you will turn your attention toward our opponents?

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I doubt it. Too many voters on our side take their ball and go home if their guy doesn’t get nominated. Then spend the next 4 years bitching about it. I’ll give the dems credit. Once they pick a candidate they stand behind them. Our side….. not so much.

bsinc1962 on March 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The problem with Romney is he is too nice of a guy and won’t go for the knockout punch when he has the opportunity. He lacks the ruthlessness to be president.

HiJack on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The problem with Romney is he is too nice of a guy and won’t go for the knockout punch when he has the opportunity. He lacks the ruthlessness to be president.

HiJack on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

THIS

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

It doesn’t matter if he’s right since he was too pussified to win the position where he could act on his knowledge.

platypus on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I honestly think that Romneys mistake was that he assumed that people were intelligent enough see obvious…that appointing a college student with a good degree in business to the position of CEO of a large corporation, was not a good idea. Same thing with thinking a community organizer could = good president.

I think he believed that what was obvious to a majority of people, would win the day. A con man can con people with a good line of bullshit, but after time passes and the “fruits” of the con start to be apparent, people would wise up, and an ideological slug fest was not needed.

He was wrong. People were, and still are, that gullible.
That Obama can still have a 40% approval is unfathomable to me.

Mimzey on March 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I’m truly ashamed of the USA.

“It’s all GWB’s fault” — obama

“I told you so” — wussie Romney, who couldn’t knock out an idiot

Most of all, a land full of sheep, in the majority.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

It’s a little too late now.

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Huh? Romney made the same point in the debates. He was right about Russia, as was Palin. I’m glad he’s calling Obama and Clinton on their foreign policy clusterfark and holding them to account for their failures. We need more Republicans who will do the same.

whatcat on March 18, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The problem with Romney is he is too nice of a guy and won’t go for the knockout punch when he has the opportunity. He lacks the ruthlessness to be president.

HiJack on March 18, 2014 at 11:27 AM

The Primary Season proves otherwise. He is as mean and nasty as Obama when it comes to campaigning against conservatives.

astonerii on March 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The E.U. sanctions list targets members of the parliament and mid-level government officials. But the E.U. ambassador to Russia, Vygaudas Usackas, told the Interfax news agency that the sanctions list could soon be expanded. France announced that it may halt the $1.8 billion sale of two Mistral class warships to Russia, the foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, told France’s TF1 television channel.

The ships were due to be delivered in 2015, to become part of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, based in Crimea.

“If Putin carries on like this, we could consider canceling these sales,” Fabius said.

If the American electorate hadn’t swooned in 2012, President Romney probably would give $1.8 billion to the French and send those warships to the Black Sea with American helicopters on them.

President Romney probably would have approved enough LNG terminals to supply Europe’s natural-gas needs by now if they declared a total embargo on Russia.

Can we push the Reset button in the White House?

Steve Z on March 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Astonishing – Mitt makes a rock solid point – and yet so many on our side respond by attacking Mitt.

We are so fu_ked.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

I totally agree.

Mitt not only ran against the Domocrat nominee, he also ran against almost all of the media, the unions, and the government bearacracy which were silencing Mitt’s supporters.

It’s a miracle he got as many votes as he did.

Mitts not the loser, we all are.

Johnny 100 Pesos on March 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I dunno…seems a little self serving….but that’s just me.

nope.

*shrug*

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Is there anyone in the political realm that doesn’t do stuff that’s self-serving?

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

no

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Romney knocked the R competitors around better than obama.

He and his team are culpable for their loss. Period.

Too bad the land is stuck with a narcissistic thuggish moron.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Is there anyone in the political realm that doesn’t do stuff that’s self-serving?

GOPRanknFile on March 18, 2014 at 11:22 AM

No, but some go home and stfu.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

+1 my friend

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Communicating on the internet is hard, I think the main thing is people naturally assume the worst, most adversarial, interpretation, especially when someone doesn’t vehemently deny something you think they should be vehemently denying. So I appreciate that you hope for conservative leadership.

The problem is, I don’t think Romney is a conservative. If the Republicans were to nominate, for example, Sarah Palin (I know, unlikely) and the Demoncrats were to nominate a governor, say Deval Patrick or Patrick Quinn, who do you think Romney would vote for, in the privacy of the voting booth? I suspect the Democrat.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

After the first debate obama was certain he’d lose.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Mitt not only ran against the Domocrat nominee, he also ran against almost all of the media, the unions, and the government bearacracy which were silencing Mitt’s supporters.

It’s a miracle he got as many votes as he did.

Mitts not the loser, we all are.

Johnny 100 Pesos on March 18, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Mitt also ran against the Conservative grassroots…

Dumb move.

idesign on March 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Still, this is why times like these call for leaders with a clear view of the world and the ability to out-think their opponents.

Not any more. Today we’ll set the bar even LOWER!

GarandFan on March 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Your point is what exactly?

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 10:59 AM

My point is simple – Mitt is right – so put your focus on Obama and not on Romney.

Get over the last election and focus on the NEXT ELECTION !!!

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:02 AM

The point others are making is that Mitt Romney should have been
“right” when running his own campaign. If he followed his own
advice in his article, perhaps he would have even won!

It is galling for a weak, ineffectual leader to criticize another
weak, ineffectual leader. Romney’s words have no value. Also,
he is not telling us anything we don’t already know. Romney, like
others (McCain comes to mind) continue to blab so we will think they are relevant to the discussion.

I hope by stating that all of us should focus on the next election
you don’t mean that Romney is gearing up to run for a third time.

I think his all of a sudden “voice” means that the establishment
republicans are throwing him out there to help clear the field for either Christie or Jeb Bush. I think he is a party guy and doesn’t have an original political idea. He is a mouthpiece for
the lefty like repubs.

Amjean on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM

This thread has morphed.

It started with a debate over Romney’s comments about Obama’s weakness, today. A bit of an “I told you so” – from Romney

It morphed into a debate about Romney’s weakness.

We have lost our focus on who the enemy is TODAY – not yesterday.

IMO

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

You are 100% spot on the money.

Great post – and a great appreciation – IMO of course.

Thanks for that reply -

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The problem is, I don’t think Romney is a conservative. If the Republicans were to nominate, for example, Sarah Palin (I know, unlikely) and the Demoncrats were to nominate a governor, say Deval Patrick or Patrick Quinn, who do you think Romney would vote for, in the privacy of the voting booth? I suspect the Democrat.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I know a lot of people think like this and I’m trying to understand the reasoning: why do you suspect Romney would vote for the Democrat?

thebrokenrattle on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Not repeating the mistake of nominating statist Republicans is all about the future.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Maybe you think he’s a RINO but he would have been an organized and engaged leader. A real president is kept apprised by experts on everything going on everywhere. Now I’m sure we don’t have to keep track of Switzerland for instance but we do of many other areas of the world. You have to keep your hands on all the strings so you won’t be surprised and unready when something happens. We would have been infinately better off if he were president.

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Not repeating the mistake of nominating statist Republicans is all about the future.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Again – another good point -

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM

No, but some go home and stfu.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 11:32 AM

A resurrected loser is still a loser.

fogw on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Because I agree with Mitt Romney – is that complicated?

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Ahh so you are also the problem. Low information voter

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 11:14 AM

I slightly disagree. The only low information people that do frequent damage to the country are the Socialists who command control of the GOPe (McConnell, Bohenor, McCant, Grahmanesty, Peter King, et al).

Get over the myth of the low-info voter. Actually present a case that is compelling and people will vote for it. Coming off like a watered-down Dem – even unintentionally – will get you nowhere. Romney failed because he and his team couldn’t grasp that when the opportunity presented itself in 2012.

Thus, anything he says now will get him nothing but hostility, because he blew it when it mattered.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Why is it there is more venom for Mitt than Obama here at HA? Instead of complaining all the time about how somebody isn’t the perfect candidate, why don’t we rally around the candidate we do have, not the mythical “magic candidate” that didn’t exist? Most any Republican would have been better than Obama.

Tater Salad on March 18, 2014 at 11:18 AM

If you really believe this, you’re simply not paying attention.

And… we’re able to multi-task, so having a bit of angst for Mitt at the same time as having an undigestable amount of venom and bile for Obama is entirely possible.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

We have lost our focus on who the enemy is TODAY – not yesterday.

IMO

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Romney is an enemy to conservatives. End of story.
Yeah, he is and was right about Russia, but then again I was too as well as millions of other conservatives. The difference is that Romney detests conservatism with a passion.

astonerii on March 18, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Romney failed because he and his team couldn’t grasp that when the opportunity presented itself in 2012.

Thus, anything he says now will get him nothing but hostility, because he blew it when it mattered.

Myron Falwell on March 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

On 2010: That is as concise and as accurate a comment as I have seen.

Very well said.

jake-the-goose on March 18, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I know a lot of people think like this and I’m trying to understand the reasoning: why do you suspect Romney would vote for the Democrat?

thebrokenrattle on March 18, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Because vast swathes of ‘moderate’ Republicans like Democrats more than they do conservatives? Witness comments from a multitude of GOP ‘elder statesmen’ who will say very, very nice things about ‘their friends’ the Democrats, but have nothing but grief, bitter name-calling, and vows to crush their enemies – for conservatives.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 11:43 AM

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