Mitt Romney Columns on Townhall

  • Brian Birdnow - A New America Or a Mediocre Candidate?

    A New America Or a Mediocre Candidate?

    Brian Birdnow
    Posted: 11/20/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Democrats and their allies in the mainstream media are now galloping along in full-throated triumphalist mode, which, of course, is their right given the results of the November 6th elections. Despite the efforts of some GOP operatives to accentuate the positives of this election, such as the victories of Republican gubernatorial candidates in various states, it certainly wasn’t a win for the Grand Old Party. Last week many mainstream media scribes took their turns at “interpreting’ the meaning of the election, most of them barely concealing their glee.
  • Byron York - Governors Take Power as Balance Shifts Inside GOP

    Governors Take Power as Balance Shifts Inside GOP

    Byron York
    Posted: 11/19/2012 6:00:00 PM EST
    With Mitt Romney's defeat and the loss of Republican seats in both House and Senate, the balance of power in the GOP has shifted. Republican governors -- the one group that actually increased its numbers on Nov. 6 -- believe they should take a bigger and more influential role in establishing the party's direction.
  • Rich Galen - Watch the Governors

    Watch the Governors

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 11/19/2012 2:31:00 PM EST
    We know Romney was too conservative in the primaries and too moderate in the general. We know Romney didn't run enough ads in the Spring then ran too many ads in the Fall. We know Republicans depended too much on their turnout operation and too little on messaging. We know Republicans depended too much on messaging and too little on their turnout operation. We know the GOP and the Super PACs were too focused on fundraising and we know the Obama campaign raised more than enough money. We know … well, you know what we know.
  • Matthew Bowman - “The Twilight Zone” and Romney in 1961

    “The Twilight Zone” and Romney in 1961

    Matthew Bowman
    Posted: 11/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    My wife and I recently started browsing through classic Twilight Zone episodes. Seems like a reasonable thing for religious conservatives to do in the Obama administration’s America. But I wasn’t prepared for just how relevant it would be.
  • Steve Deace - A Fork in the Road, Part II

    A Fork in the Road, Part II

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 11/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The writer of the Book of Hebrews in the New Testament gives a very difficult but encouraging truth: “The LORD chastens those whom He loves.” No one wants to be chastened. It is not fun to be disciplined. Yet when God allows such accountability and suffering to take place, this truth teaches us it is because He loves us enough to correct us when we are wrong, lest we continue doing what can ruin us and those whom we love.
  • Celia Bigelow - The Ugly Youth -- I mean Truth -- About the Romney Campaign

    The Ugly Youth -- I mean Truth -- About the Romney Campaign

    Celia Bigelow
    Posted: 11/16/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Is it just me, or does a candidate actually have to reach out to constituents in order to win elections?
  • Mona Charen - Best Foot Forward?

    Best Foot Forward?

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 11/16/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Our large cruise ship sailed within view of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a gathering of conservatives sponsored by National Review magazine considered the wreckage of the 2012 election. Most of the writers and commentators on board agreed with Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Coalition that the last thing conservatives need to do now is to form a "circular firing squad." But lessons must be learned.
  • Maggie Gallagher - It's the Middle Class, Stupid

    It's the Middle Class, Stupid

    Maggie Gallagher
    Posted: 11/15/2012 9:30:00 AM EST
    And so it begins, like clockwork.
  • Steve Chapman - Electoral College Is Democratic, Not democratic

    Electoral College Is Democratic, Not democratic

    Steve Chapman
    Posted: 11/15/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In 2000, conservatives were obligated to explain why they supported preservation of the Electoral College even though it produced a victory for their candidate, George W. Bush. In coming elections, their devotion may face a sterner test: Will they favor it if Democrats win the White House even when Republicans carry the popular vote?
  • Thomas Sowell - The Need to Explain

    The Need to Explain

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 11/14/2012 3:13:00 PM EST
    The most successful Republican presidential candidate of the past half century-- Ronald Reagan, who was elected and reelected with landslide victories-- bore little resemblance to the moderate candidates that Republican conventional wisdom depicts as the key to victory, even though most of these moderate candidates have in fact gone down to defeat.
  • Celia Bigelow - Romney Lost OH, PA, and VA Because of the Youth Vote

    Romney Lost OH, PA, and VA Because of the Youth Vote

    Celia Bigelow
    Posted: 11/14/2012 11:29:00 AM EST
    It’s been more than a week since the election, and everyone is still Monday-morning-quarterbacking Governor Romney’s campaign. It’s annoying. Romney ran an honest and positive campaign, and we wish him the best.
  • Kurt  Schlichter - The Conservative Insurgency

    The Conservative Insurgency

    Kurt Schlichter
    Posted: 11/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In 1968, the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army insurgents rose up against the American and South Vietnamese forces in the Tet Offensive. They were wiped out, yet seven years later they were in control of the country. There are lessons there for us conservatives.
  • Thomas Sowell -  Is Demography Destiny?

    Is Demography Destiny?

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 11/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Some media pundits see in the growing proportion of non-white groups in the population a growing opposition to the Republican Party that will sooner or later make it virtually impossible for Republicans to win presidential elections or even to control either house of Congress. But is demography destiny?
  • Michael Medved - The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

    The Dirty Little Secret of 2012

    Michael Medved
    Posted: 11/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    To paraphrase the traditional Passover formulation honored in Jewish homes: why was this election different from all other elections? What makes 2012 stand out in recent political history, either as a temporary anomaly or a significant, long-term shift in the electorate?
  • Ken Connor - Romney in Retrospect

    Romney in Retrospect

    Ken Connor
    Posted: 11/14/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Well, it's finally over. After 18 months of intense political conflict, the American people chose to give President Obama another four years at the helm. Not surprisingly, there is a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking happening within the ranks of the GOP.
  • Paul  Kengor -  Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

    Executive Privilege: The 2012 Election and the Power of Incumbency

    Paul Kengor
    Posted: 11/13/2012 9:42:00 AM EST
    Mitt Romney lost the presidential race by only two percentage points. If the election had been held just a week earlier, when he was up in the polls, things might have been different. Nonetheless, Mitt Romney lost, and now a bitter debate has ensued over the future of the Republican Party, with liberal Democrats happily plunging into the debate.
  • Bill Murchison - A Flip-Flops President

    A Flip-Flops President

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 11/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    We mighta, coulda, woulda, shoulda, still-some-day-may elect a president serious about the matter of the nation's freedoms.
  • Cal  Thomas - Changing America

    Changing America

    Cal Thomas
    Posted: 11/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    A look at the electoral map indicates the Republican Party won in square miles. Unfortunately for them, electoral votes, not landmass, won President Obama a second term. Analysis from the Center for Responsive Politics estimated that total spending on federal elections would peak at nearly $6 billion, an all-time record. This spending included ads that carpet bombed swing states; yet we are still an almost equally divided nation. But America is rapidly changing.
  • Thomas Sowell - Nice Losers

    Nice Losers

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 11/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Mitt Romney now joins the long list of the kinds of presidential candidates favored by the Republican establishment-- nice, moderate losers, people with no coherently articulated vision, despite how many ad hoc talking points they may have.
  • Mona Charen - It's Hard to Be a Republican

    It's Hard to Be a Republican

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 11/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Even when the economy is terrible, when the incumbent Democratic president has not been able to demonstrate success on job creation or growth, and even when the standard of living for Americans is declining on his watch, the country will choose a Democrat "who cares about the problems of people like me" over the Republican. That alone is enough to make Republican heads spin for some time.