‘sometimes I think it’s a sin…”
Willard: “The Pious Lose”
You want something more concrete on the reasons that , while we got Obama, it’s very likely the nation would not have been much better off with a Romney presidency? (In our opinion, Romney is a childish, petulant ‘true’ loser but, had we successfully helped him win, like in the Gordon Lightfoot song we would have felt,”Sometimes I think it’s a sin,When I feel like I’m winning when I’m losing again”. )
The “concrete’ reasons are provided by Steve Hayward at Powerline, (bold pace our emphasis)
Quoting Senator Romney… “It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years.”
Hayward: I boldfaced “promoted” because Romney has unwittingly provided the devastating argument against his style of Republicanism. Yes, it is quite true that nearly all Republican presidential candidates—and presidents—have promoted tax reform, lower regulation, getting tough with China, and appointing better judges (and add in moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem), if by “promoted” you mean giving lip service to the ideas.
None of them have delivered on these “promoted” ideas (Reagan excepted, of course). The two presidents Bush botched judicial appointments, extended regulation, delivered little in the way of serious tax or spending reform, and did nothing serious with regard to China. I wish Romney had defeated Obama in 2012, but does anyone think this Massachusetts technocrat, who gave us the state-level version of Obamacare in the Bay State, signed up for a regional climate change cap-and-trade scheme, who appointed the egregious Gina McCarthy (Obama’s second EPA administrator) to be his environmental adviser, and appointed state judges who struck the first judicial blows for same-sex marriage, would have governed as a serious conservative had he won?