Republicans 'running away' from Romney post-gifts comment against Obama
Republican Mitt Romney is rapidly becoming the candidate that his own party would like to forget.
Less than two weeks after his defeat to President Barack Obama in the White House race, members of his own party are fleeing from him with surprising speed, especially after his 'gifts' comments in which he said that the president won after bribing the minorities.
Unlike Romney, previous losing GOP candidates like senators John McCain and Bob Dole built up decades of goodwill that ensured a degree of respect and loyalty after their presidential defeats, Politico reports.
But there's little of that for this year's failed candidate, who was never part of the Washington establishment.
"Post Romney, post haste. That's I think where we are," Rick Tyler, the GOP strategist who attacked Romney as head of the pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, said.
"I don't get the sense that anybody really wants him to stay around, and I don't get the sense he wants to say around either," Tyler added.
According to the report, for his part, Romney has not spoken publicly since the loss on Nov. 6. The 'gifts' comment came on a conference call to top donors.
University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said McCain and Dole were well liked by at least some parts of the Republican Party structure.
"I just don't think Romney ever established an emotional connection with much of anybody in the party," Sabato said, adding: "He was essentially a cyborg designed to win the presidency, and when he failed he was placed in the disposal bin."
Following their losses, McCain and John Kerry returned to Congress and played substantial roles in policy and politics.
Both McCain and Kerry campaigned for their party's nominees this year. Kerry played an even larger role in prepping Obama for the debates as the stand-in for Romney and is now being considered for a Cabinet job in a second Obama term.
Romney, however, has no political job to retreat to, and is likely to take refuge in his family or the business world, where he spent the bulk of his professional life, the report added.