On Wednesday, a CNN panel of journalists suggested a possible future for fallen GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney: President Obama’s Secretary of Business.
With President Obama’s re-election secured, his cabinet will see some shuffling over the next several months. Suggestions for new offices have been thrown out over the past several weeks, with “Secretary of Business” popping up from time to time.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer suggested that Obama would benefit from appointing a few Republicans to his vacating cabinet positions, and suggested the POTUS court Mitt Romney for “Secretary of Business.”
“Look at what the president did last night in his speech,” Republican strategist Alex Castellanos said. “He said he was going to call Mitt Romney and talk about how to move forward together. That was incredibly generous and also incredibly smart politically.”
Blitzer suggested President Obama make a bold choice and appoint Mitt Romney to a secretary position, potentially of the Treasury.
“As soon as the president talked about Mitt Romney and calling him up, the social media was abuzz with the idea, what about appointing Mitt Romney as the secretary of Commerce,” senior political analyst David Gergen remarked. “Wouldn’t that be an interesting thing? I think it’s probably a non-starter, but it does emphasize, he does need a CEO business person.”
“The president suggested the other day maybe creating a new secretary of business,” Blitzer said.
“What if Mitt Romney was in that cabinet?” host Suzanne Malveaux wondered. “I mean, he brought Hillary Clinton, kept her close to him, by his side. So, you never know. It could be part of the strategy.”
The idea of a Secretary of Business has been floated before, with Obama himself suggesting it last week on MSNBC. Though his name hadn’t yet been attached to it, Mitt Romney scoffed that the office would amount to just “another bureaucrat.”
“I don’t think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street,” Romney, as a candidate, told a crowd of supporters in Virginia. “His solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat.”
Though the 2012 election unquestionably went to President Obama, keen observers have wondered what to make of the state of the electorate.
When you combine exit polling data on specific policies, the closeness of the popular vote, and the GOP’s renewed control over the House of Representatives despite the lowest Congressional approval in recent history, it seems unclear what the American voter is asking for.
Bipartisan solutions have become popular talking points lately, with President Obama reaching out to Romney for a post-election chat, a call for the election’s winner to govern as an Independent, and now, a suggesti0n from CNN for President Obama to work closely with Conservatives.
Here’s the video of CNN‘s Mitt Romney as Secretary of Business recommendation, via The Raw Story: