The following entry has featured in my Profile on LinkedIn since the beginning of 2013. It referred to an article I had posted on this website on 7 November 2012, in which I presumed that Mitt Romney had lost the presidential election for the simple reason that he had done just one flip-flop too many.
This article is about Mitt Romney’s vain attempt to make Barack Obama a one-term president. It is not a thorough analysis of what went wrong with the Republican presidential campaign. The title refers to my unremarkable assessment that one reason why people voted for Obama, or didn’t vote at all, may have been that Romney had done just one flip-flop too many. Claiming to be ‘severely conservative’ to win the nomination and then acting like a moderate to win the election, is not the sort of behaviour that the average voter, Democrat or Republican, particularly likes. So much for Romney. The parting shot is reserved for Paul Ryan. What will happen to him in 2016? Will he experience a backlash for having led his party up the garden path in the summer of 2012? Or will his fellow conservatives by then have forgotten how he helped them overcome their doubts about Romney’s conservative credentials by the single act of accepting to be his running mate?
We have now learned that Paul Ryan, who for weeks had maintained that he could ‘not yet’ support Donald Trump, has promised to vote for Trump. Clearly, Ryan is not experiencing a backlash for having led his party up the garden path in the summer of 2012, but in 2016 it may well be his turn for doing just one flip-flop too many.