Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON -- First Mitt Romney loses a presidential election that he was predicted to win in a walk. Then he appears some 15 months later on Sunday's "Meet the Press" to lecture the nation on how Republicans might lose the presidential election once again. "I don't think Bill Clinton is as relevant as Hillary Clinton if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016," Romney opined. Perhaps he forgot that Bill was elected president 21 years ago promising that a vote for him would mean acquiring two presidents "for the price of one." Romney, Hillary is actually pretty tightly entangled with Bill, now and forever. May I suggest that you read up on their peculiar relationship? They are even closer than Bonnie and Clyde.

Actually, Romney lost an election in 2012 against a failed president. His opponent, President Barack Obama, presided over a failed economy that is, by the way, still failing, a failed foreign policy that is still failing, and Obamacare, which is even more of a catastrophe today than it was in 2012. By the end of his pathetic first term, President Obama had made President Jimmy Carter presentable and Warren Gamaliel Harding appear as a great success. Taking his bows in the White House today should be President Mitt Romney, but he miscalculated. He relied on an Election Day online voter turnout scheme that was never tested until Election Day. Code-named ORCA, it utterly failed. Then there was another problem: Four million conservative voters stayed home.

Now we are going to have to bear Romney's recommendations as to how to win an election. He beat a field of has-beens and never-wases to finally win the presidential nomination, and we are supposed to think he is Ronald Reagan? If one is to take Romney seriously, Hillary's disastrous years in Little Rock and as First Lady are not relevant to 2016. Nor is what came later.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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