The single best political perch is currently enjoyed by a man who, after last year's election, no one expected to be anywhere near the arena. That man is Mitt Romney. After all, it was Governor Romney who played the role of alternative to Barack Obama for over two years, first as the front runner for the GOP nomination and then as the actual nominee for president.
Romney warned the electorate that President Obama was not the right man to continue to lead the country. He pointed to the president's first term, full of high unemployment, of slow, if any, economic growth and of non – existent foreign policy, among other failures, as reasons that four years of Obama presidency were enough.
Romney discussed his own successful background as a leader in the private and public sector to contrast to the marked lack of leadership displayed by Obama during his first term.
In the end, the voters did not agree with Romney and gave Obama another shot. The result: continued high unemployment, 7.6 percent as of last measure, a barely creeping economic recovery, more foreign policy uncertainty and, worst of all, a barrage of scandals that make Bill Clinton's second term look like a walk in the park.
Romney says he will never run for office again, and he truly may not, but one thing that Romney says is certain: on President Obama, he told us so.
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