Steve Deace

No. No. A thousand times no.

Like a bad rash he keeps coming back. Like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees in a cheesy ‘80s slasher flick he cannot be stopped. Like the character Milton Waddams in the ‘90s cult classic Office Space he refuses to accept his firing.

He’s as resilient as Rasputin.

They fed Rasputin wine and cakes laced with cyanide and that didn’t work. They shot Rasputin and that didn’t work. They beat him to a pulp, even removing his penis according to legend, and that didn’t work. They couldn’t get rid of him until they bound his body and threw him in an icy river.

By no means am I suggesting we treat Romney the same way. I’m simply suggesting that some people just can’t seem to take a hint. You’d think that after you were rejected despite spending five years and a sizable chunk of your (and others) fortune to win the presidency– not to mention taking every side of each issue – you might come to the conclusion you’re not wanted. Especially given how quickly your base was willing to move on to the future the nanosecond after you lost. But some mosquitoes refuse to be swatted away.

The GOP establishment’s latest master plan that backfired has reemerged to “assert himself as a party elder,” whatever the Sam Hill that means. Normally elders are men of vision, wisdom, consistency, and substance.

Since Romney is none of those things he apparently fits right in as an elder in today’s dazed and confused Republican Party. See, in today’s Republican Party the loser gets the spoils. Jimmy Carter may gallivant around the globe as an international man of mystery, but he’s not been considered a serious player in Democrat Party politics since the embarrassment that was his presidency. Keep in mind that unlike Romney, Carter actually won the White House against an embattled incumbent president. Romney – ironically enough – finished with 47%.

Why anybody would take seriously a man who is only the third person in American history to lose to a president who actually lost support from his previous election is beyond me. It would be like today’s young NFL quarterbacks taking advice on how to win the Super Bowl from Tony Romo instead of Tom Brady.


Steve Deace

Steve Deace's nationally-syndicated radio show airs coast-to-coast each weeknight from 9-Midnight eastern, including many of the Salem Radio Network's top conservative talk stations in markets like New York City, Houston, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Minneapolis. His radio program has been featured in major media such as Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Politico, The Weekly Standard, and National Review among others. In 2013 he wrote the second-most shared column of the year for USA Today, defending "Duck Dynasty" and traditional American values. In addition to being a contributor for Town Hall.com, Deace is also a columnist for The Washington Times. He is also the author of the new book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, which includes a foreword by David Limbaugh and is endorsed by a who's who of conservative leaders. You can follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow.