Lauren Ashburn asks around:
Historian Douglas Brinkley, author of the bestselling book Cronkite, argues that life in politics is over for the man who could have been president. "There is no such thing as a Romney Republican," Brinkley says. The former Massachusetts governor’s move to the center and his flip-flopping on such issues as abortion, health care, and tax cuts during the campaign left many wondering just exactly what he stands for. "He’s not going to be beloved by the conservative movement. Not when you lose when unemployment is 7.9 percent."
The obvious place for Romney to hang his hat, says Brinkley, is back in the world of business, where the Republican made a fortune as an aggressive dealmaker at Bain Capital. "The only thing he seems proficient at is making himself money," he says.