On the night of the 2012 presidential election, if you had told me that there would be people pushing for Mitt Romney to be the GOP presidential nominee in 2016, I probably would have considered you to be insane. However, each day I’m hearing more and more about how “Romney would be the best candidate for 2016”. For those who have forgotten, let’s look back to 2012 at a very good dissection of the GOP presidential nominee and those who pushed for Romney to be the GOP nominee.
Redstate and others looked to the motivation for those pushing for Mitt Romney to be the 2012 nominee for the GOP. Remember ORCA? Ben Howe stated, “They say that the truth is the consultants essentially used the Romney campaign as a money making scheme, forcing employees to spin false data as truth in order to paint a rosy picture of a successful campaign as a form of job security.” Others also looked to the same consultants that Ben Howe mentioned and according to the FEC, two firms well connected to the RNC were paid over 150 million dollars during Romney’s 2012 campaign.
After the 2012 election the RNC put together a “five-member election post-mortem panel—officially named the Growth and Opportunity Project—is comprised of Mississippi RNC member Henry Barbour, Puerto Rico RNC member Zori Fonalledas, South Carolina RNC member Glenn McCall, Gov. Jeb Bush’s former chief of staff Sally Bradshaw, and former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer“. If you are wondering why we haven’t learned much from the RNC panel, perhaps we can look to Mississippi in 2014 and see where Barbour’s loyalty lies.
In 2016, if we the voters allow consultants to pick our nominee – shame on us!