Would Mitt Romney be a Better President than Hillary?

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, , right and his former vice presidential running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a dinner at the Union Club where Romney will interview Ryan’s about Ryan’s new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Ryan is on tour to promote the book as he weighs a presidential campaign of his own. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, , right and his former vice presidential running mate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a dinner at the Union Club where Romney will interview Ryan’s about Ryan’s new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Chicago. Ryan is on tour to promote the book as he weighs a presidential campaign of his own. Photo: Charles Rex Arbogast, AP

If you’re Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or any number of other undeclared Republican hopefuls for the 2016 Republican Nomination for President, Mitt Romney has got to be driving you crazy.

Not only does he have better hair than you–and he does–he’s also a virtual press magnet. Any time he opens his mouth and says a combination of words that in any manner involve “President” and “Hillary Clinton,” he gets press time. And, really, let’s be honest: that second phrase is optional.

Probably the first is, too. All Mitt has to to do is appear in front of a camera, and BOOM! Is he running for president, again? the press asks, and some wealthy Republican donor, somewhere, stops writing a check to Rand, Chris, or Ted and says, “let’s wait and see.”

Meanwhile, it’s nice to be Romney. The voters already knows all the dirt there is to know about you (a clue: there isn’t much), they’ve already formed an opinion (they don’t hate you, even when they resent your money or raise an eyebrow at your religion), and they look back at election 2012–especially when they hear Russia is threatening to invade another sovereign nation or that barbaric, head chopping misogynists are setting up a new country in Iraq and Syria–and ask themselves: maybe we should have given the keys to the car to someone else?

In case you would rather read it, here’s the relevant part:

“You mentioned Hillary Clinton,” said host Chris Wallace. “Do you think you’d make a better president than Hillary Clinton?”

“No question about that, in my mind,” Romney said. “The American people may disagree with me. You’ve got to get this economy going. You have to have people who understand what it takes to create jobs and to help people come out of poverty, to help the middle class have a better and more prosperous future. You’ve got to have that understanding.

“You’ve also got to have people who’ve actually run something. The government of the United States is the largest enterprise in the world. You watched a president who just doesn’t understand how to make an administration work, how to interact with Congress, how to get things done.

“You have to have those things. And I don’t think Hillary Clinton has that experience. I look, for instance at her record as secretary of state — look, her record is Barack Obama’s record in foreign policy. It’s a disaster. … Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are two peas in the same pod.”

On the other hand, there’s Hillary (see what Romney did there?), who probably won’t run anyway, but who keeps getting put up next to Romney as his Democratic rival. Her substantive negatives aside, the campaign against her practically writes itself, and it has everything to do with Clinton Fatigue Syndrome mixed with voters’ buyers remorse: After eight years of Bill in the White House and sixteen years of Clintons as major political figures, (not to mention six years of a President that fails to inspire confidence), do we really want another Clinton in the White House?

Running or not, Mitt’s got a great gig. And the other presidential hopefuls can’t do anything about it.

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