A Campaign Starting and Ending with Jobs

As soon as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney lost Tuesday night, the usual search for campaign scapegoats began. Fortunately, at least, one man will stand up for the campaign’s staffers, and that is the candidate himself. Instead of searching for blame, Romney has begun searching for jobs for the 400 staffers who devoted a year of their lives to his presidential pursuit.

According to The Washington Post, Romney thought of his staffers’ futures before his own.

…Romney, those close to him said, is not second guessing the counsel or work of his staff. After he spoke at Wednesday’s breakfast, Simmons said he spoke privately with Romney.

“I said, ‘So what are you going to do for the next few weeks? Let’s do something fun,’ ” Simmons recalled. “And he said, ‘Uh, I’m going to be really busy.’ He said, ‘I have 400 people to get great jobs for.’ ”

The candidate who understood how jobs are created will now help his aides find new ones.  For Romney, a long campaign ends with disappointment but not without dignity.

  1. Jim Chase

    Sounds like the losing candidate will be more focused on jobs than the winning candidate.

  2. AIG

    Apparently these are the traits that the majority of us consider “un-cool”, certainly not as cool as going golfing.  I’ve thought, since Tuesday, that this wasn’t Romney’s fault. Romney was the right guy. It was us. 

  3. Frozen Chosen

    Clearly America – or at least the blue portion – was not worthy of such a leader.

    Let’s see what the “cool community organizer”  can do for them…

  4. Astonishing

    Dignfied? I guess. But there is rich irony. Is it dignified or humiliating, or both, that the man who said he would put the country to work ends up looking for work for his own workers, that the “jobs” guy didn’t get the job done?

    Bill Kristol was right about Romney’s one-dimensional campaign: When your opponent accuses you of making war on women, you must answer that specific accusation, and chanting “jobs” is not an effective response; when your opponent accuses you of hating the poor, you must answer that specific accusation, and “jobs” is not an effective response; when your opponent says you are “not one of us,” chanting “jobs” is not an effective response.

    Not only did Romney lose the election, he also caused conservatives to lose ground on every issue, from foreign policy to heathcare, because he lacked the courage to engage in a real debate to defend conservative positions on anything except jobs.

    Apparently “jobs” is not the only thing Americans care about.

  5. tabula rasa
    Astonishing: Dignfied? I guess. But there is rich irony. Is it dignified or humiliating, or both, that the man who said he would put the country to work ends up looking for work for his own workers, that the “jobs” guy didn’t get the job done?

    So which conservative would have defeated Obama?

    Your suggestion that Mitt should feel humiliated because he’s going to help his employees find good jobs is one of the strangest, most tone-deaf comments I’ve seen on Ricochet.

  6. Diaryof1
    Astonishing: Dignfied? I guess. But there is rich irony. Is it dignified or humiliating, or both, that the man who said he would put the country to work ends up looking for work for his own workers, that the “jobs” guy didn’t get the job done?

    Astonishing, I am astonished! The answer to your question is overwhelmingly “dignified.” Romney is not humiliating, he is humble. This is the people’s problem. You cannot undo in one election season decades of free living, gluttony, self-absorption, total lack of discernment in allowing MSM to instruct your daily life and consciousness, and simply a long, slow drift away from solid grounding in faith, character, responsibility. This is a long game.

  7. Indaba
    AIG: Apparently these are the traits that the majority of us consider “un-cool”, certainly not as cool as going golfing.  I’ve thought, since Tuesday, that this wasn’t Romney’s fault. Romney was the right guy. It was us.  · 1 hour ago

    This brought tears to my eyes.

    What a story – wonder if CNN will cover this?

  8. AIG

    When your opponent accuses you of making war on women, you must answer that specific accusation

    I don’t know if you’re right or wrong, but there’s something to be said about not going down to the level of the Dems. I’m not sure if I want to win, if it means becoming like them. That would be worst than loosing. 

  9. wmartin
    Astonishing:

    Bill Kristol was right about Romney’s one-dimensional campaign: When your opponent accuses you of making war on women, you must answer that specific accusation, and chanting “jobs” is not an effective response; when your opponent accuses you of hating the poor, you must answer that specific accusation, and “jobs” is not an effective response; when your opponent says you are “not one of us,” chanting “jobs” is not an effective response.

    I would be happy to go a very long while without hearing from Bill Kristol again. We have had enough of his wise counsel for now.

  10. Indaba
    AIG

    When your opponent accuses you of making war on women, you must answer that specific accusation

    I don’t know if you’re right or wrong, but there’s something to be said about not going down to the level of the Dems. I’m not sure if I want to win, if it means becoming like them. That would be worst than loosing.  · 18 minutes ago

    Attack ads work. Ignore their rubbish on war with woman. Did you know Romney’s mother (or grandmother) ran for government? A great response would have been, “I grew up with strong women. Did you know my mother ran for government office? She was a role model for me. She would be disgusted at President Obama for trying to score cheap points with such appalling language. She would say that war is a very serious word. To throw it around like confetti, so lightly, is appalling. She would say that anyone who uses cheap shots like this is not suitable for the office of President.”

    Women like personalized stories about family life. Notice that his dead grandmother says the mean things.

    Collective Bargaining 101 – say “other people think you are a loser.”

  11. Ed G.
    tabula rasa

    Astonishing: Dignfied? I guess. But there is rich irony. Is it dignified or humiliating, or both, that the man who said he would put the country to work ends up looking for work for his own workers, that the “jobs” guy didn’t get the job done?

    So which conservative would have defeated Obama?

    …..

    The one that would have effectively responded to Obama’s framing and made arguments beyond “jobs”. The one that would have made a case for conservative positions on both pragmatic and emotional/value-based terms. The one that would have done a better job of framing Obama as incompetent, ineffective, out of touch, ideological over realistic, etc. The one that could have used all of Obama’s record to make the case rather than having to pull back on some of the important points.

    Romney is a good man, and I think his effort to help his staffers is dignified – so I part ways with Astonishing on that point. But I’m bitter because it seems that the criticisms that have been made all along of Romney in particular and a moderate strategy in general seem to have played a part in this loss.

  12. Misthiocracy

    This illustrates what’s so maddening to me about all this – he almost certainly would have been a really good president.

  13. AIG

    Indaba I agree with you, on a theoretical level, but this implies that the people who are swayed by such pathetic tactics have the cognitive capacity to be swayed back by reasoned arguments. Unfortunately, I no longer have faith in the voters of this country. 

  14. Red Feline
    Misthiocracy: This illustrates what’s so maddening to me about all this – he almost certainly would have been a really good president. 

    I think Romney would have made a good president too, Misthiocracy! His record shows that. 

    I think Romney ran a great campaign. If anything he was too dignified and civilized. I was disgusted watching Obama dancing up and down, shouting things like, “Romney is a liar,” and, Vote out of revenge”. What a contrast!

    My own thinking is leading me to think that what has changed is the way people live, the social environment. They NEED social programs because most people live in cities, and the old neighbourhood is no longer there. Families are often not there either because the members live in different cities. They are not around to help with the things that they used to do. Without social programs to help out, in times of need especially, most people would be in trouble. I know jobs are essential for the welfare of people, but perhaps more needed to be said about what the Republicans wanted to provide in the way of that help. 

  15. William Laing

    A mensch

  16. MJBubba

    So this nice story about Mitt Romney appeared in the Washington Post, safely after the election.  I heard very affectionate praise for Romney from Ari Shapiro on NPR this morning.  The mass media people who covered, attacked, undercut and dealt dirty as they served as an extension of the Obama campaign can now feel free to tell us what a nice guy they smeared all year, and he really isn’t the callous monster they made him out to be.    Meh.

  17. Francis S. Campbell

    I agree that undoubtably Romney is a good man who is a loyal and caring boss who truly wants to help his staff. Great, good for him. But how much better for us if he was a true core conservative that could have articulated to the nation what was at stake. Alas he is speaks the language of the right like a second language as he is and was not ideologically committed. He is just an experienced and excellent business man who ran on competency over ideology, just as one of his predecessors form Massachusetts did to the same fate. However, don’t get me wrong as far left this country has traveled since 1984 when Reagan carried 49 states even a great communicator like Reagan likely would loose today. But if we are to loose this Republic anyway as appears to be happening before our eyes, I for one would like to go down fighting for something greater then the sensibilities of soccer moms from Akron.

  18. Tony Martyr

     To which their response will be:

    “Governor, that’s a very generous offer, and I’ll of course gratefully accept any assistance you can provide.  But, to be honest, regardless of the outcome, I was expecting to have to go and find a job anyway. Because if the only reason I joined your campaign staff was to gain political preferment and a cushy government or party job after the election…well… I was kind of working for the wrong guy, wasn’t I?”

  19. CreditMgr

    Where are “great jobs” found?  Not in politically unconnected industries – think coal.  And not in the politically connected because they depend on the whim of the Dear Leader.  Not in expendable things, or companies servicing anyone connected to what people can do without, or find a cheaper substitute in a stalling economy.

    Romney could do all his backers a favor by saying where he sees great jobs in the economy we will get – not the specific companies, but industries and regions of the country, and skills required. 

  20. J. D. Fitzpatrick
    Indaba

    AIG

    When your opponent accuses you of making war on women, you must answer that specific accusation

    Attack ads work. Ignore their rubbish on war with woman. Did you know Romney’s mother (or grandmother) ran for government? A great response would have been, “I grew up with strong women. Did you know my mother ran for government office? She was a role model for me. She would be disgusted at President Obama for trying to score cheap points with such appalling language. She would say that war is a very serious word. To throw it around like confetti, so lightly, is appalling. She would say that anyone who uses cheap shots like this is not suitable for the office of President.”

    Women like personalized stories about family life. Notice that his dead grandmother says the mean things.

    Indaba, you’ve been giving some great advice for conservative campaigns the last few days. I hope some of the higher-ups take notice.