All of this is offensive because it speaks to a politician who will say anything to curry favor with voters; the real world implications of his views be damned. Looking back to 2012, Romney was no doubt similarly aware that his professed policy of getting “tough on China” was not only an economically illiterate stance, but also one that, if implemented, would bring about global economic harm, a stock market crash, and if world history is any guide, perhaps war.
When we consider Romney’s overtly political utterances in a broader sense, what’s increasingly apparent is that the former candidate is rather self-unaware when it comes to winning votes. This matters because despite what we hear, the electorate in total isn’t stupid. Not only has the electorate historically tuned out politicians running on economy-sapping protectionist planks, but the electorate is increasingly wise to politicians so public with their lack of conviction.
Considering the Republican Party itself, members of it should view the 2012 results with relief. Not only were Romney’s promises about what he would do about China easily more economically crippling than anything President Obama proposed, it should also be said that Obama’s re-election was the best thing that ever happened to the freedom movement. Indeed, the electorate got to see up close the horrors of big government in the form of Obamacare’s implementation, and the long-term result will be a more skeptical electorate about politicians who define themselves through promises made with the money of others.