Influential political blogger Ezra Klein is urging Republicans to elect Mitt Romney as House Speaker.
"I'll admit it: When I first proposed this to my colleagues it was just a joke. But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made," Klein writes in a column published Friday on Vox.com
Klein says there are several solid reasons why Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a two-time presidential candidate, is a good pick for the job being vacated by Rep. John Boehner of Ohio.
"Virtually every sitting House Republican endorsed Romney for president in 2012. They were willing to make Romney not just the leader of their party, but the leader of the country," Klein writes.
"If you can trust a man with nuclear weapons, you can probably trust him to manage floor debate."
In addition, Romney is "good at building the kind of coalitions House Republicans need."
"Romney, remember, was the first Republican to win the party's presidential nomination after the rise of the Tea Party," Klein writes.
"The GOP was exceptionally fractured at that point, and Romney — who came from Massachusetts, had long identified as a moderate Republican, and had passed the precursor to Obamacare — still managed to win the nomination.
"That was an almost remarkable feat, and it's a skill set the House Republicans badly need."
Also Romney is "very, very good" at raising money, a major part of the speaker's job, according to Klein, who in 2011, was named by GQ as one of the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C.
"Mitt Romney was a management consultant who specialized in turning around failing organizations. And what are House Republicans right now but a failing organization?" Klein writes.
He adds: "Romney is an unemployed 68-year-old, and given that he did his best to secure the most challenging job in the country, there's little reason to believe he's really ready for retirement."
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