As if there wasn’t enough evidence of the intellectual exhaustion of the GOP, now we have the bizarre spectacle of Republicans pushing for a third Mitt Romney presidential campaign in 2016:

Seriously, what is the question to which Romney is the answer–besides, of course, “Who spent four years as governor of Massachusetts bashing gay married couples and his own state?” Who trusts Romney? Who likes him? Who thinks he could actually govern successfully? You’d figure that the right-wing billionaires who want a president they can control would prefer to have someone who can at least fake giving a damn about non-billionaires on the campaign trail. Romney could never really put that trick off, despite his win in the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial race.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this “Third time’s the charm!” thinking is former Secretary of State George Shultz’s apparent embrace of the idea. Shultz is one of the few prominent voices on the right urging Republicans to embrace a federal carbon tax, but it’s impossible to imagine a President Romney (!) embracing such a concept, despite its economic merits. Especially after Romney shamefully–and shamelessly–mocked efforts to address the climate crisis:

Shultz may remember the days when Romney declared that he would not allow coal to kill people, and when he actually accepted mainstream science on climate. However, as Donald Fagen said four decades ago in the Steely Dan song “Pretzel Logic,” “Those days are gone forever…over a long time ago.”

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.