From Fox News:
Remember “binders full of women” – the awkward Romney phrase that turned into a meme that trended to the top of Twitter with the help of snarking journalists and celebrities? Romney made the comment to show he worked hard to hire women for top jobs in state government when he was governor of Massachusetts.
It seemed funny at the time. But now we know that many of those in the media and Hollywood who laughed at Romney’s phrasing turned their back on sexism and sexual misconduct occurring within their own professional and social circles. Now the idea of a CEO, studio executive or TV news producer having scores of resumes of women to choose from in light of the #MeToo movement doesn’t seem so hilarious.
Almost no losing candidate in modern presidential history has been able to spike the I-told-you-so football like Mitt Romney over the current crisis of confidence facing the country, both at home and abroad. And yet he still refuses to do so.
All the good feelings Romney has generated from the American people would go out the window the moment he would be sworn in as the next senator from Utah. Romney would most likely be entering a fractured Congress, perhaps with Democrats having majority control in both the Senate and House after the November elections.
A moral voice in the minority would be a breath of fresh air and a check on both parties, but it would not heal the political climate. Romney would coast through his election, only to hit a buzzsaw of “But Trumpism.” He did himself no favors reaching out for Donald Trump’s endorsement in 2012, only to speak out against him in 2016. He would certainly be reminded of daily if he were to become a senator.
Many pundits now regret obsessing over trivial issues with Romney, in the wake of what they view as a real existential threat to the office posed by President Trump. These issues included Romney’s wife’s car elevator, Romney’s juvenile haircut pranks and the way he traveled with his dog.
A lot of pundits would all turn on a dime and rehash this ridiculousness. But no matter how many people see Mitt Romney as the man on the white horse, he will never be that man.
In a better world, we would be entering the second term of President Romney’s presidency. North Korea would not be threatening nuclear war thanks to years of the United States turning the other cheek. Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have been granted the “flexibility” to invade Crimea and U.S. government computer servers. ObamaCare would most likely have been replaced and all this would have been done without a daily Twitter fight. But we don’t live in that world.
Mitt Romney is exactly the hero the Senate deserves, but not the one it needs right now. My advice to him is to stay tanned, stay rested. Focus on the family. In private among the ones you love, don’t hesitate to tell them you were right. Throw an endorsement behind a chosen candidate and rest assured that your legacy is safe. But don’t run, Mitt. It’s not worth it.