So, basically, Mitt Romney’s on the short list for Secretary of State.
Those that have spoken with Romney say the pain and introspection over his 2012 loss hasn’t completely subsided. In February, during a private dinner at Adelson’s home before a group of Jewish Republican donors, the former governor held forth on foreign policy, analyzing the turmoil abroad. “He said he wished he could be president, because he wanted to deal with these problems,” said one person in the room.
At other times, he seems to reflect on his failings as a candidate. “In my case there were a long list of mistakes. So which one is at the top I can’t judge,” he joked lightheartedly to reporters on Friday.
Personally, I’m fine with installing the man as SecState. Mitt Romney is, personally, a decent and honest man; and the last three years have demonstrated that he was an eerily accurate prophet on foreign policy trends. Plus, putting him in that slot means that the next President will need to raid the pool of sitting Republican legislators and governors for Cabinet talent. This is nothing to sneeze at; Barack Obama blighted a remarkable amount of Democratic talent with his Cabinet picks. I’d prefer that we not make the same mistakes.