Or is it that, having lost a Senate race to Ted Kennedy in 1994, the 2008 nomination to McCain, and the 2012 race to Obama, his opinion is no longer considered worth much?
Indeed, as Walsh writes:
The more I ponder the chimerical presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, the more I’ve become convinced it was all a practical joke played on gullible suckers by the GOP’s krack kadre of kampaign konsultants, a phantom “run” designed to hoover as much money out of the fat cats’ wallets as possible and deliver almost nothing in return aside from a few swing-state ad buys. How else to explain the nomination of a man long out of office, with a proven record of failure at the ballot box, who stood far from the intellectual center of contemporary conservatism or even establishment Republicanism? Who crushed his flawed and sometimes bizarre Republican competition for the nomination with money and scorched-earth tactics, but then mysteriously refused to engage with President Obama on all but the most timid, anodyne level?
Well, Michael, the press knew that Romney would be Obama’s weakest conceivable opponent, and went relentlessly to work making stuff up about Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and others to eliminate them from serious consideration — and nobody in the Republican establishment ever rose up to defend them, because Karl Rove and the rest of the establishment had already decided on the outcome they wanted.