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Future prospects of Mitt Romney

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Amid the triumphant acclamation and the reluctant resignation of the two presidential candidates’ early morning speeches was the hint that politics is about to take a strange turn. President Barack Obama said: «In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.»

On the stump, Romney used to joke that he fully understands the unemployed because he has been unemployed for five years, since he stood down as the one-term governor of Massachusetts in 2007. More seriously, what does a man with a vast fortune, who doesn’t need to work, do after two failed runs at the presidency? Romney is 65 and in good shape. His religion and his upbringing suggest he should do something in the public good. But what? We have yet to discover what Obama said to Romney – and indeed to Paul Ryan – in the early hours of Nov. 7, but it is clear that there was something more than the usual niceties, writes Reuters.

It is 150 years since Abraham Lincoln, in his famous “Team of Rivals,” welcomed a defeated candidate to serve in his administration. And they were all from the same party. An overseas ambassadorship is the traditional bone thrown to an opponent from the same party, but that is plainly not right for Romney, whose foreign policy instincts could hardly be called diplomatic.

There are, however, jobs that desperately need doing, starting with finding a grand bargain with intransigent Republicans in the House that will prevent America from plunging down the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1. This is a big job for which Romney may be perfectly suited.

There is also Obama’s half-thought that he would like to establish the post of Secretary of Business to act as a “one-stop shop” instead of having “nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA or helping companies with exports.” When the notion was first mentioned, Romney made fun of the idea. “We don’t need a Secretary of Business to understand business, we need a president who understands business, and I do,” he said.

However, the idea of Romney serving Obama in some capacity may never be realized. In the heat of election night, anything may seem possible that in the clear light of the morning after is plainly impossible.

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