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Monday, August 4, 2014

Romney editorial says more about weak field

Letter to the Editor

In a recent editorial, The Telegraph attempted to make a case for why the GOP needs a guy like Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016.

While it’s easy to overlook the number of headaches Romney presented for the GOP during his last run, what stands out more in the editorial is a commentary on the sorry state of the Republican Party in the eyes of voters. ...

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In a recent editorial, The Telegraph attempted to make a case for why the GOP needs a guy like Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016.

While it’s easy to overlook the number of headaches Romney presented for the GOP during his last run, what stands out more in the editorial is a commentary on the sorry state of the Republican Party in the eyes of voters.

But first, we’re due for a brief history lesson.

Romney was the candidate who discounted the poor when asked about income inequality, awkwardly touted his “binders full of women” when talking about gender pay equity and arrogantly wrote off nearly half the country as irresponsible and dependent on government when talking behind closed doors to a high-dollar fundraiser.

But those candid moments on the campaign trail didn’t just reveal Romney’s flawed candidacy, they re-affirmed how many voters felt towards the Republican Party brand overall – out-of-touch and out-of-date. And since then, Mitt Romney and Republican leaders have done little to reverse public opinion.

This cycle, voters are hearing more about impeaching the president from Republicans than about bringing real solutions to the table. In states across the country, Republicans are championing policies that restrict women’s access to basic health care needs. Congressional Republicans use just about every excuse they can find to say no to raising the minimum wage that would benefit low-income workers and families.

While the editorial dabbles with some of the Republican revisionist history in order to find their ideal candidate, it ultimately says less about minimizing Romney’s damaged goods than it does about the current damaged brand of the Republican Party and its growing list of disappointing contenders for 2016.

Raymond Buckley

New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman