Yes, Mitt Romney Addressed CPAC With Dignity

So much for predictions that former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney would address CPAC and throw out a bunch of political red-meat or go on the attack. Or be met with indifference.

In fact, he gave a dignified and constructive speech: And he was embraced.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney appealed for the Republican Party to learn from the mistakes of his losing 2012 presidential campaign and, as conservatives chart their course forward, to look to GOP governors for a path to future electoral wins.

Romney received perhaps the most enthusiastic reception yet of any speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, with a packed auditorium offering him an extended standing ovation before he began.

He told the CPAC crowd that while he “left the race disappointed that we didn’t win,” he remained optimistic for future success — if the party learns from his campaign.
“We’ve lost races before, in the past, but those setbacks prepared us for larger victories. It’s up to us to make sure that we learn from our mistakes, and my mistakes, and that we take advantage of that learning to make sure that we take back the nation, take back the White House, get the Senate and put in place conservative principles,” he said.

The speech marked a reemergence of sorts for Romney, who has quietly returned to private life following his defeat.

And so (until the next battle in the party’s ongoing civil war) the Republican Party (for now) heals. And Romney gets at least some closure and is embraced by CPAC’s crowd for his political fight.

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  • dduck

    Aw, I feel sorry for the people that had a whole s____ load of vitriolic hyperbole ready to go after MR’s speech. Now, they might have to say he was lying and that the “real” MR will come out later. :-)

  • KP

    I thought he was going to deliver one of his many acerbic, curse-laden diatribes :)

  • Jim Satterfield

    It wasn’t all that positive. One of the things he said that shows why he and his party will continue to have problems is that he equated pessimism about conservatism with pessimism about the country. I don’t believe that conservatism as he and the current GOP are good for the country but it doesn’t mean I care about the United States any less.

  • dduck

    Yep.