Old Party Needs New Fresh Leadership
Romney Was Wrong
Mitt Romney took a back seat to the US presidency bid. According to the Associated Press, Romney publicly declined another bid for the United States presidency stating
I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.1
Romney supporters like myself sighed with sorrow at the announcement after the brief three weeks of hope that he would pursue the office. I suppose Romney looked at his options and saw that some more prominent Republicans like Jed Bush would be running for the Republican party nomination and his inclusion may fracture the party and hurt a Republican bid for the presidency entirely as he indicated in his press release.
Traditionally speaking, after eight years of one party in the White House, the American people trend toward the other party. Based on the last 40 to 50 years I would assume that a Republican will win the bid for the presidency and Congress will lose some Republican seats.
Romney is aware of this trend, I am confident; additionally, he takes note that fracturing the party can allow room for a change in that electorate behavior for the executive office. To avoid this he was out!
It didn't work! The Republican party fractured. Donald Trump became the president bringing with him and continuing a whirlwind of controversy.
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I want to talk about words and what they seem to mean and not mean in American politics.
Advice to GOP
When Romney advocated that the Republican party find someone new to steer its political aspiration for the presidential office I am certain he did not mean to support Donald Trump. Look at the things he said about the man!
According to CNN, Mitt "suggested ...that Donald Trump's election could legitimize racism and misogyny, ushering in a change in the moral fabric of American society."
Um, is that not what has happened, whether it is Donald Trumps fault directly or not. Racists of all kinds have found their voice under the watch of President Trump, and we're not just talking about the White people here!
Mitt continues, "I don't want to see trickle-down racism. I don't want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following. Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America."
Romney must have read some Tarot cards, or exercised a seership into the future because what presently constitutes the political and social climate for many Americans and citizens of other nations reflect his words! President Trump, leader of the free world, has become the meaning of division.
Are you ready to see some fresh faces in the political arena, younger faces?
Reading another article about substitution, the act of using less offensive ways to say the same thing, Mitt Romney has challenged his party to look for someone new. Apparently, the party continues to go to the same old standby people and he did not want to be one of them! (Check out this article for more about substitution according to wingedcentaur.)
After his announcement, Romney did not indicate that any of the republican prospects for nomination by the party were worth his attention and I think it is of great note that he declined to throw his support behind anyone. Even Romney was ready for a change and wanted a fresh face to lead the party forward, a fresh face other than Trumps
He waned the next generation to assert itself in the political realm and garner the attention of the party. I don't know if he means that he is a relic and needs to be tucked away along with all those in the game or that the party just needs a younger leader.
He is almost 70 years old. Maybe someone in his or her 50's may meet Romney's a definition of the next generation.
Romney seems to advise the Republican party to start grooming the rising generation of leaders who have not blabbed about his or her politics all over the nation--people like Mia Love from Utah.
Aside from being the first Republican African American Congresswoman, she is a fresh face. She does not fit the stereotype of what most would think when he or she thinks of a Republican. Love matches what Romney suggests for the Republican party, let the new generation speak!
Doug Ducey, the governor of Arizona is another voice. He nor Love has made any mention of running for president in the foreseeable future, but these are the current leaders of the Republican party that Romney seems to be suggesting should be heard.
One of the greatest concerns of the Republican party is the changing landscape of American society towards less traditional lifestyles. With the changing definition of family and marriage, these new faces may provide a way to continue to support the party position without alienating supporters or driving away potential supporters.
The psychological impact of putting a face like Mia Love's on the old party views changes the message dynamic. Instead of it being the 'old White guys party', it is the party's perspective that is important suddenly instead of race or socioeconomic status.
It seems that Mitt Romney has the party's interests in mind regarding his decision not to run and wants his colleagues to see the opportunity that he sees a real change. He revealed,
I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the Party and the nation.2
At sacrifice to his personal desire for the power offered by the office of president, Mitt Romney kowtowed for another person who may appeal to a broader scope of the electorate and the American people.
Trump filled the vacuum that Mitt left.
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© 2015 Rodric Anthony Johnson