Romney: It was an exciting roller coaster ride, but the ride ends

Last week, we learned that we’ll be hearing from Mitt Romney at CPAC on March 15, but in the meantime, Fox News snagged the Romneys’ first post-election interview to air this Sunday.

I’m inclined to agree with Byron York here: There’s a lot of residual anger out there over the shortcomings of Romney’s campaign machinery, but unseating an incumbent is also tough even in the best of circumstances. He bowed out gracefully from the public eye for awhile, took some time to reflect and let things simmer down, and I’m interested to hear what he has to say and further examine our mistakes.

Of course, Romney and his aides worked hard, but they were outplayed on many fronts by an Obama campaign that knew how to win.

A lot of the criticism directed at Romney is valid. He and his top advisers did make a lot of mistakes, big and small. But for a moment, perhaps, Republicans should appreciate one thing about Mitt Romney. After he lost, he has not disgraced himself and his party. And that is a lot more than can be said of the previous Republican presidential campaign. …

Romney lost and kept his mouth shut for a respectable period of time. His team hasn’t engaged in unseemly finger-pointing. And by staying out of the picture, he has allowed his party to begin the job of fixing its problems. Even in a bad situation, that’s still something to be thankful for.

Sidebar: I think David Weigel had a fantastic idea over at Slate for a way in which post-presidential candidate Mitt Romney could contribute to the national dialogue. The guy basically ran on his resume of solid business sense and managerial know-how; can I second that we give Detroit to Mitt Romney? The city is currently a hot mess of financial chaos, and it’s looking likely that Gov. Snyder is going to follow through on the state law that gives him the option to hire a fiscal-crisis emergency manager. Late in the game of the 2012 campaign, Team Obama started hitting Romney hard by purposefully misrepresenting his now-infamous 2008 “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” op-ed, and although in this case we’re now talking about the municipality rather that the auto industry, how much of a sweetly glorious yet highly productive poke-in-the-eye would it be if Romney took over the city’s finances and managed to pull them back from the fiscal brink?