Slow and steady wins the race. — Aesop
In spite of his perhaps ill-advised turn to the right, Mitt Romney didn’t do badly in 2012. Republicans seeking a viable candidate might do well to give him another chance:
- Mitt is at least as well qualified as any of his rivals.
- Mitt has been carefully vetted; any weaknesses are well known and long ago discounted. Surprises are unlikely.
- Since Mitt would have little hope of winning the hearts of the far right, he wouldn’t need to seek their support. They would see no alternative but to stay home in any case.
- Compared to many of his rivals, Mitt would be seen as a moderate.
- Mitt has campaign experience, he might know better how to avoid mistakes this time.
- Mitt has a proven ability to raise money.
- Unlike some of his rivals, Mitt was born and raised a Republican. Republican party leaders should like that.
Political parties are sometimes unwilling to give a loosing candidate a second chance. Richard Nixon is one who succeeded on his second try; it could happen again.
Jeb Bush famously observed that a Republican might have to lose in the primaries to win the election. If Mitt were chosen by a deadlocked convention, he would go into the general election unscathed by nasty primary battles.