2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made no secret of his disgust with the state of politics in 2015. On several occasions, Romney has gone out of his way to criticize current frontrunner Donald Trump as well as the conservative uprising in Congress. Now, in a new interview with David Axelrod, Romney says the internet is partially to blame for the Republican rift.
“There was a time when we all got the news with the same facts, if you will,” Romney said on Axelrod’s podcast. “We had three networks we watched for the evening news. Most of us got newspapers. Everybody in the middle class got a newspaper, so we got the same facts whether we agreed or not with them.”
According to Romney, this was a better time. As people began to get their news from specialized internet outlets, things changed. He lamented the fact that people now are “not even getting the same facts,” failing to see things from outside their own limited viewpoint.
“And I think that divisiveness is one of the things that has led to Washington having such a hard time getting things done,” he said.
Romney makes a point. If you took a person who only got their news from a site like Slate and a person who only got their news from The Blaze, they would probably have very different views of the world. Now, most likely both of these individuals chose those news outlets because they conformed with their pre-existing beliefs, but there’s no denying the echo chamber effect.
To long for the days when Americans were spoonfed their news from only three centralized sources, though, is a bit much. It wasn’t extremist liberal news sites that crucified Romney for his 47% comment; it was the good old network establishment. It might ease gridlock if everyone was working from the same set of facts, but what good is that if those facts come laden with an invisible agenda?
It’s a shame these establishment types are so desperate to hang on to their Republican dominance because they’re missing out on one of the most exciting political revolutions in years. After years of apathetic complacency, conservative voters are finally excited again. At long last, we might have an election where we don’t have to grumble our way through the vote, dispensing timeless clichés like “the lesser of two evils.”
Alas, if the Romneys of the world have their way, Trump Fever will die off by the beginning of next year, Paul Ryan will ascend to the Speakership, and Mitch McConnell will hang on to his job until his last breath. The Republican Party will castrate the troublesome conservative caucuses and get back to the business of surrender. Er, compromise. All will be back to normal, and we can sit back and watch as Hillary Clinton slays Jeb Bush.
Welp, at least all of us folks in the land of new media will have something to complain about.