Such a clear-cut triumph would seem a huge confidence-builder, but afterward, Romney seemed mostly concerned that Obama would come back and beat him badly the next time. “Sitting presidents have a very hard time in these debates,” Romney told the family.
“They feel like, who is this whippersnapper coming up here who knows nothing? And so they don’t prepare, and they just think they can waltz through it. Then they get crushed in the first debate, and then they come back.”
“He’ll be better next time,” Ann said, as always trying to build her husband’s confidence. “But you can be better next time, too.” Romney wasn’t buying it. Instead, he went into an extended monologue on how his father, former Michigan Gov. George Romney, was a better man than he will ever be.
As he spoke, Romney held the notes he had made during the debate (candidates are not allowed to bring any notes with them to the stage, but are allowed to make them during the debate). Romney pointed out that in every debate he began by writing “Dad” at the top of the paper.
Great. Romney not only was the one candidate who could not get in Obama’s face about Obamacare, but he had no confidence in his ability to even win a debate with the guy about anything.
In other words, he had “Grade A Prime Loser” tattooed on his DNA. But he was the Gentry GOP pick. We should always let them pick our candidates for us. Because they always pick winners.
Although I’d be hard-pressed to figure out how our post-2012 governance would have differed under Romney versus what we did end up with.
I mean, do you honestly think that Romneycare – whoops, I mean Obamacare – would have been repealed by now? Or that the Senate would not have passed scamnest for illegals, and the House wouldn’t desperately be trying to figure out how to do likewise? Or that the NSA wouldn’t still be scooping up every conceivable bit of data about every American it can get its hands on?