Barack Obama may be the only one in Washington who wants to see Mitt Romney these days. The President has invited him to lunch at the White House Thursday “to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.”
Don’t look for Romney to get much hospitality from his party up on Capitol Hill, just a private meeting with former running mate Paul Ryan.
The GOP standard-bearer has become a non-person to many Republicans even though for the next four years he will be the titular head of their party. Evangelicals and other hardline conservatives are saying he lost the election because he was too moderate and the lesson for their party is that it must move farther to the right.
He seems headed to the land of the forgotten along with another former Massachusetts governor, Michael Dukakis, Democratic candidate who lost to George H.W. Bush in 1988.
Romney probably never recovered from his comments about self-deportation, the 47 percent and “corporations are people, too.” And he didn’t endear himself with his post-election statement that Obama won because of “gifts” he offered to the young and to minorities in the form of health care coverage, immigration reform and student loan reductions.
That loss, of course, prevented him from giving gifts of his own to his fellow one percenters and to those without car elevators at their homes, those with businesses who only want freedom from government regulation, those who want freedom from taxation and to those who believe, like him, that the solution to the high cost of going to college is to borrow from your parents.
The party doesn’t need Romney anyway, not as long as has guiding lights like Rush Limbaugh, Grover Norquist, Donald Trump and the Republican chorus at Fox News.
The Tea Party wing is scoffing at those in the GOP who are saying the answer is to moderate their views on immigration, women, abortion, gender preference, gay rights, Social Security and Medicare.
Party leaders apparently feel they already have enough diversity. On Thursday the House Republican caucus unveiled its roster of major committee chairman for the 113th Congress — all white males. Where’s the diversity? Some have dark hair, some are grey and others are bald. If that’s not enough diversity, you’ll be interested to know there will be only one African-American Republican (Rep. Tom Price of Georgia) and one Jewish Republican (Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia) in the entire 113th Congress.
It looks like the party’s Big Tent has a big UNwelcome sign on it.