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Mitt Romney and 2012 GOP contenders politically 'unemployed'

Can Mitt Romney convince voters to hire him in 2012? he hasn't held a political office in four years
Can Mitt Romney convince voters to hire him in 2012? he hasn't held a political office in four years
AP

Landing a job while unemployed is hard for out-of-work Joes. But all of the top Republican contenders for 2012 will have a big gap in their political resumes by the time the primaries roll around.

Sarah Palin quit her job as governor of Alaska, and Mitt Romney hasn't had a political job -- apart from running for president -- for nearly four years.

Other top GOP contenders Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee have been out of office for several years as well. Tim Pawlenty is not seeking re-election as governor of Minnesota.

Political reporter for the New York Times Matt Bai writes that the lack of incumbency by the Republican contenders could benefit their candidacies at a time when anti-incumbency sentiment is stronger than ever.

Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan ran as former governors and won. Richard Nixon won in 1968 as a former vice president out of office for eight years.

But "you have to go back almost three decades — to the former vice president Walter Mondale in 1984 — to find a major-party candidate who didn’t hold an office on the day he clinched the nomination," Bai writes. "Which makes it strange that a number of Republican aspirants seem to be hoping for their own version of a jobless recovery."

It could help Democrats to paint a Republican challenger to President Obama as a "sideline heckler," not a true leader who faces crises from a position of responsibility, Bai writes.

Romney is the GOP front-runner at this stage, and he can point to a significant past record, including his four years as governor of Massachusetts.

But that's the trouble with having an actual record: Romney's single biggest achievement as governor was passing a universal healthcare bill he is struggling to differentiate from Obama's national law.

And yet, experience isn't all it's cracked up to be. Just ask Hillary Clinton.

Comments

  • Jed 4 years ago

    Mitt 2012!

  • Merrill 4 years ago

    Huck has a T.V. show, Palin has done some T.V., Romney hasn't worked a lick since be left Mass as Gov. to run for 2008 GOP presidential contender. Which means it will be WAY over four years Mitt has worked a lick.... it will be more like SIX plus years.

    Mitt quest for the power of the White House is scary. Despite Mitt attempts now in then to paint himself as a self sacrificing public servant, the truth is the influence, power and additional casting of high level contacts is the push behind Romney bit. Romney knows, that is he is able to seize governmental control, his church friends and allies in the Republican Party... Bennett and Hatch as well as Brother Reid on the Democratic side will give him more political clout than the current President and even the previous Bush Administration. Karl Rove who will be at Romney's side as the attack bull dog, for anyone who opposes Romney's agenda.

  • Ann 4 years ago

    Merrill, you are so right, Romney will take this nation into the dark-ages, and it will be impossible to over come, as Romney slides all of his closest of corrupt cronies in to political posts. Romney already side he wanted things to get more military, get rid of the State Department.

    People should see Mitt must have some kind of personality disorder due his single focus on seizing power.

  • Paul 4 years ago

    Mitt marriage must be casting its way to the rocks. Ann has MS and a recently was recovering from cancer, and Mitt has been doing endless coast to coast, north to south campaigning. Mitt must not be returning home to get shirt changes,as reported in Ohio last week Mitt was running off to Brooks Brothers because he needed a new white shirt.

    Why is Romney sounding more, and more everyday like John Edwards?

  • Romney 2012 4 years ago

    Merrill:

    Ascending to the Presidency through the electoral process is called a change in power. It's constitutional. It's what Obama did in 2008. If you call Obama's ascendancy "a good thing" then by definition Romney's acendency is just as constituional.

    I like it that you just can't make any good or coherent arguments critical about Romney or cite examples of how Obama is a better manager.

  • Romney 2012 4 years ago

    John Zorabedian (article's author):

    Mitt Romney has a job. He is the head of his PAC which is criss-crossing the country boosting candidates that can unseat democrats in 2010 - this year.

    Romney has effectively stopped Democrats in two recent key elections: Massachusetts and New Jersey.

    Romney has one of the most important jobs in America today: bringing the GOP back into power and unseating Pres Obama in 2012.

  • Eliot Ness 4 years ago

    Romney is too intertwined with Goldman Sachs, and linked to far too many other corrupt people who have brought devastation to this nations middle class.

    Romney says nobody has anything on him, but even Al Capone a known underworld figure could only be charged with lesser crime of income tax evasion . So, nobody saying no one has 'anything' on him, only means Romney has used his influence to keep things quiet, and thugs in all levels on the take.

  • Mark of Texas 4 years ago

    "Romney has one of the most important jobs in America today: bringing the GOP back" and bringing back

    1. Bringing back Mitchell and Jessen
    2. Bringing back DeLand and McCotter
    3. O.K. keeping Karl Rove employed, Bennett has since he took K. Rove under his wings in the late sixties, and seventies.
    4. Making sure women, and children can be tortured and their lives ruined.
    5. Putting Romney cronies and corrupties in power.
    6. Making sure the Patriot Act gets stronger and taking away more American's freedoms
    7. Giving corporations greater influence and power
    8. Making the Romney family a leading oligarchy** power** in America

  • Singsai 4 years ago

    Yes! Mitt is the real,why every one attack him,he is the target for every sources,he is the target for all American eyes,he is the hope for America,he is the scare and fear for the liberal and democrats,he is the most experienced to qualify for the presidency,he is the top in all American political now,he is the smartest person,the strongest leader,he is the man of leadership character,the most power full speaker,and the man that can turn America around,because he had turned himself to be a successor,developed himself from the bottom to the top,changed from bankrupt to success,they have nothing to blame,so they just blame him for that,but aren't help them,instead it will boost Mitt more and more,because America really need Mitt leadership to come to save America for America,no more Obama change democrats believe in 2012,no more Obama for socialism,no more America for Kenya.America will take the right man for the right job,the right leader for the right country,that man is Mitt Romney.

  • Mark of Texas 4 years ago

    "Romney has one of the most important jobs in America today: bringing the GOP back" and bringing back

    1. Bringing back Mitchell and Jessen
    2. Bringing back DeLand and McCotter
    3. O.K. keeping Karl Rove employed, Bennett has since he took K. Rove under his wings in the late sixties, and seventies.
    4. Making sure women, and children can be tortured and their lives ruined.
    5. Putting Romney cronies and corrupties in power.
    6. Making sure the Patriot Act gets stronger and taking away more American's freedoms
    7. Giving corporations greater influence and power
    *8. Making the Romney family a leading oligarchy** power** in America
    *9. And to cast the dark net of the SLC religious hegemony across the land, -- it is the day of the great and terrifying Gadiation Robbers who plunder and steal from people while beating and murdering them. (sounds right on the mark ) Their secret society involved murder, bribery, corruption of basic law --- and ‘secret’ tribunals. The purpose was

  • Mark of Texas 4 years ago

    *8. Making the Romney family a leading oligarchy** power** in America
    *9. And to cast the dark net of the SLC religious hegemony across the land, -- it is the day of the great and terrifying Gadiation Robbers who plunder and steal from people while beating and murdering them. (sounds right on the mark ) Their secret society involved murder, bribery, corruption of basic law --- and ‘secret’ tribunals. The purpose was to sized the seats of governmental control and take freedom away from the people.

    Mitt Romney equates to Gadiation Robber.

  • Joseph Smith 4 years ago

    "Mitt is the real,why every one attack him"--- Mitt is paranoid and needs to go on med's. Bull hockey people attack Mitt, Mitt is the batter, then he falls back in normal abusive batter tactics and tries to make himself out the victim. Time for your meds Singsai

  • Castro 4 years ago

    Hey! republican,you have the best leader now(Mitt) but you guy don't respect,so can you guy nominee me or some of my relative to be your nominee for president in to 2012,as the democrats didn't respect their leader,and they nominee Obama for their nominee,so Obama had already changed democracy to socialism in America now,so if you guy or America really want to change America, I will change from Obama socialism to communist,that is the perfect change you need,thanks you very much,republican.

  • Smith 4 years ago

    Joseph,Mitt will be the president in 2013,what ever you hate or love him,please stand in the right side of history,don't stand in the wrong side of history.I stand with Mitt,because Mitt is the right man for the right job,the right leader for the right country,I saw Mitt leadership,I love America,Mitt love America,Mitt protect America,Mitt had done the most good for America,Mitt had done the less bad for America,he most qualify for the presidency than other.

  • Mormon 4 years ago

    Merrill,Mitt has better vision for America,he want to rescue republican,and rescue America first,as he help do fun raising for the republican candidates to get elected in 2010,and so he will help do the same thing in 2012,that is the right thing from the right leader has to do to help the party and the nation.He is the perfect leader,because he got elected from the democrats state (MA)but he is a republican,it mean he went through even republican,democrats,independents,and all other party,all party saw his leadership and his character,even his rival,John McCain,he still help and changed to be his good friend.you remember that at the 2008 campaign,John hated him and attacked him,but he didn't hate John,he knew how to bring the rival to be his partner,that kind of leadership that America really need now and only Mitt can do that.Mitt knows where to help and when to do for the country and for all American people,Mike and Sarah has their TV show are good for both and for our party too.

  • Florida 4 years ago

    Castro I see you liked the rolex watches Mormon Bishop Hilliard took down to you -- knew mitt could count on your help! Thanks

  • Cesar Valenz 4 years ago

    The big different between MittCare v/s Obamacare is that Mittcare is in-tune with the US constitution as the state having the power not the Fed Gov, this way if I don't like the healthcare in Massachussets then I could always move to another state, but now the Obamacare took away from me the FREEDOM to choose a different healthcare within my own country now, so if I don't like the healthcare in the US I'll have to move to a different country. Can you see now how the Obamacare is unconstitutional

  • merrill 4 years ago

    Romney hasn't worked a lick since be left Mass as Gov. to run for 2008 GOP presidential contender. Which means it will be WAY over four years Mitt has worked a lick.... it will be more like SIX plus years.

    Mitt quest for the power of the White House is scary. Despite Mitt attempts now in then to paint himself as a self sacrificing public servant, the truth is the influence, power and additional casting of high level contacts is the push behind Romney bit. Romney knows, that is he is able to seize governmental control, his church friends and allies in the Republican Party... Bennett and Hatch as well as Brother Reid on the Democratic side will give him more political clout than the current President and even the previous Bush Administration. Karl Rove who will be at Romney's side as the attack bull dog, for anyone who opposes Romney's agenda.

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    I use to be for Romney, but last night I had a vision. That's right, an angel appeared me saying: "Hark! Jed Merrill why doth thou support a snake-oil salesman like our fallen brother Mitt Romney? Thy Creator is upset with your lack of wisdom Jed Merrill and calls upon you Jed to repent of your evil ways."

    I was shocked and stunned, and didn't believe a word, but the angel knew and said "Brother Jed! You are to repent of your silly support of Mitt Romney! "Mitt is a flip-flopper, milk toast in the eyes of your creator. Mitt will say Romneycare is different than Obamacare, because he has not other argument than to fall back to states rights. Behold, the creator reveals to you Mitt's spin, do not believe his serpent forked tongue!"

    The angel left and in his place were inscribed golden plates, I picked them up and ran, because gold is worth a lot now, but they were so heavy, I could not figure out how JS ran the way he did with his golden plates. His must have been fake.

  • Romney 2012 4 years ago

    John Zorabedian (article's author):

    Mitt Romney has a job. He is the head of his PAC which is criss-crossing the country boosting candidates that can unseat democrats in 2010 - this year.

    Romney has effectively stopped Democrats in two recent key elections: Massachusetts and New Jersey.

    Romney has one of the most important jobs in America today: bringing the GOP back into power and unseating Pres Obama in 2012.

  • Romney 2012 4 years ago

    Ah the logically fallacy of incorrect equivocation.....

    You see... not having a full-time government job and having a full-time government job is simply a distinction of not working for the Federal Government.

    It does not follow that Mitt Romney is not a viable and strong candidate, and a better manager than Obama would be, simply because the people aren't paying his salary.

    Romney said he would donate his salary back to the people. Will Obama?

    The point is that saying Romney hasn't worked a lick, because he hasn't been employed by the U.S. government is ridiculous.

    And Jed/Merril, my guess is that your vision hasn't endowed you with any additional intellectual abilities (that's the evidence that you were visited by an angel) to form coherent criticisms or arguments against Mitt Romney.

    Creating strawman arguments or fictions in your head only shows that your opposition to Romney is emotional rather than logical.

  • Realistic Democrat 4 years ago

    I see the crazies are out in force against Mitt Romney. I voted for President Obama in 2008, but won't be voting for him in 2012. President Obama talks a good talk but doesn't know how to being about positive change in America.

    I used to blame Bush for everything, but now I see that President Obama can't or won't do anything to create new jobs. He has expanded government too much, in my opinion.

    I am willing to give Romney a chance based on his track record.

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    "Romney said he would donate his salary back to the people." this means nothing, Romney has money he already looted it from others, it is power Mitt wants. With the power of the White House, the influence the salary of a president is a penny to what he can make.

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    Realistic Democrat sure your a realistic democrat, lol, you are a romneybot, or maybe Harry Reid. LOL

  • Romney History 4 years ago

    The people of Mass., did not learn from their history, they let Romney come in and take their liberty! Romney’s have never served this nation in the American Military, but have always used their position to take from hard working American’s.

    Romney takes after the family namesake, the HMS Romney ( a British vessel) confiscated a ship belonging to John Hancock, Romney was sent to Boston to enforce the Townshend Action in 1768. HMS Romney split apart after running a ground in 1804.

  • Romney 2012 4 years ago

    Jed (Romney history):

    Like I said, you don't have any coherent "logical" criticisms or arguments as to why anyone shouldn't vote for Romney. You're either for Obama or the GOP candidate, and, at this point Romney is the likely candidate. Sounds like you're gonna be stuck with Romney and all of your rhetoric will be, once again, meaningless.

    How many times have we heard the nonsense that Romney can't be President because he's wealthy by CREATING jobs in a myriad of successful businesses. It is Obama who literally takes from the people and spends it on his "pet" projects like it was his personal checking account enslaving the American public to long term debt.

    Romney turned a 3 billion deficit in MA into a 700 million surplus.

    Can your candidate top that Jed?

    Nope, I didn't think so.

    Keep up your hallucinations as long as you can Jed because President Romney will start cutting the size of government spending in 2012.

  • Big R 4 years ago

    Hey Guys, Here’s my take on all this. I’ve read the many comments up to this point and truly see all sides and can understand your viewpoints.
    I have followed Romney for a few years now and don’t believe he personally is for abortion. I know he loves his church which by the way is called, “The Church of Jesus Christ of latter days Saints.” He loves the Bible and loves the man who walked along the shores of Galilee.
    Mormons are firmly against abortion except in extreme cases where the mother may die by having the child and in cases of rape and incest. I know of unwed pregnant teens who sot the council of the Mormon Church to give birth to the baby and with the assistance of the Church adopted the babies into loving families. Thus the sin was not further added upon by the killing of a child but became an added joy into the lives of adoptive parents.
    Had Romney stood against abortion when he ran for Governor we would not be having this discussion today because he would have never got e

  • Donna 4 years ago

    No president in the America history ever laughing attacking America around the world as Mr. Obama is doing now,so who Obama really is? America's president or America's enemy? where America value? if America love America,believe America,and remember their founding father,what ever the economy will recover or not,they won't re-elect Obama any more,enough is enough,no more apology for America,we just need to protect America and lead America for prosperity,for better future,for better America,for higher America value in the world stage,for stronger America,for safer America,and so America will be the hope of the earth,and America will lead the world again,that can be done by Mitt leadership and his experienced.

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    Romney was not for abortion, you mean after his heart wrenching debate with Kennedy on Romney's near and dear relative who died during an abortion? How Mitt would back abortions due to the traumatic death of the girl? My Mitt how you flip. But then since The GIRL GOT PREGNANT BY A ROMNEY AND JUST HAPPENED TO WIND OF DEAD INSTEAD OF MARRIED, wasn't quite the dear relative Romney talked about in his debate with Kennedy. Romney is an opportunistic fake. And Mormon girls who are engaged and get pregnant get married, they don't wind of dead for the most part. So, exactly which Romney got the girl pregnant?! Too much abuse tied to the Romney family. Mitt is a snake oil sales man.

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    And what about that dear family friend of Romney's, the one Romney as a teen has his hair cut the same as. What about that Stake Presidents ( the dear Romney family friend) who's son who had an affair on his NEWLY married wife within a year of their marriage. The wife's family weren't church members and they had to send the girl out of the COURNTRY to keep her away from harassing Mormon's until the divorce was done. You people all are jerks!

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    The girl had to be sent out of the COUNTRY TO KEEP HER AWAY FROM HARASSING MORMONS

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    "Keep up your hallucinations as long as you can Jed because President Romney" --- So Romney is already calling himself president, wow they really are power hungry Hitlers. Why doesn't he run in Russia, it is more Romney's style.

  • Romney 2012 4 years ago

    Jed:

    You have quite the imagination. Using it isn't the same thing as reporting facts about Mitt Romney.

    Try and come up with a position, a principle, or a fact that we can check and evaluate, and then you'll be a part of the reasonable and rational culture.

    So, you don't like Mitt Romney. Please name a better candidate for the GOP that can win against President Obama.

    Which GOP candidate can appeal MORE to both Republicans, Independents and conservative Democrats.

    If your man is President Obama, then we'll understand why you've been using your imagination in place of facts.

  • Jed merrill 4 years ago

    You are singled vision Mitt 2012, all you care about is beating Obama, the truth is Romney brings nothing better.

    1.Romney health care plan is in place nation wide now.
    2. Romney is having people fired who do not agree with him
    3. Romney wants against the Geneva Convention torture
    4. Romney wants to be President
    5. Romney is friend of Wall Street
    6. Romney is tied at the hip to Goldman Sachs
    7. Romney lies
    8. American citizens have been set up as terrorist who have disagreed with Romney
    9. People were treated ruthlessly in Mormon Stakes the Romney family ruled, and their dad's friends who were staff of the various Romney campaigns ruled in leadership position.

    So, wants to be president, he is upset a black man is POTUS, a position Romney felt was a God appointed divine position he was to have along with his Marie ANN Antoinette wife.

    No, Thanks. if it is Obama vs Romney

    I will vote for Obama, we don't need a lunatic in office like Romney

  • Mitt Romney 4 years ago

    Romney 2012

    Listen folks, I want your vote. It's me! It's me! For President.
    I want the power of POTUS so I can put my fellow brother in the faith Mitchell and Jessen back in place, and we can come up with some real good tortures -- better than the ones before.

    Golly, gosh darn.. I just LOVE TO TORTURE people, it is fun to ruin people's life -- My family and I get a big kick out of it, we even let our close friends in on the fun!

    I will make sure every journalist who puts a negative pen to any of my actions are fired. And anyone else -- well I got lots of friends who will pick up the touche on that and batter them.

    Besides, I can become really rich as POTUS and so can all of my closest of inner crowd supporters! Vote for Mitt.. take a giant leap to adding a mountain more of corruption in Washington D.C.!

  • Jed Merrill 4 years ago

    That is no imagination. The Romney inner circle in their Mormon Stake were abusive. The young woman was sent out of the country by her parents, and the son was the son of the Stake President Romney's family was tight with, Romney liked the guy so much Mitt got his hair cut like him. Kids were sexually abused, and it was covered up.

    So who got the girl pregnant? Why didn't she just get married,if she was engaged to a Romney instead of dying in an abortion?

    Too fishy Mitt and Romney did state he was pro choice and would stay that way. Mitt lies... Mitt Lies... Romney's lie