Lanhee Chen, who was 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s chief policy adviser, said on Monday that he has joined the campaign of Republican candidate Marco Rubio as an adviser.
Chen, 37, has been sought after by a number of Republican presidential campaigns this year for his policy experience.
Chen is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California, a position he will retain while also assisting Rubio.
Chen was a key adviser for Romney during the former Massachusetts governor’s march to the 2012 nomination and during the general election campaign, which he lost to President Barack Obama.
He told Reuters he decided to help Rubio because of the Florida senator’s fluency in a number of public policy issues and challenges facing the United States.
The political consultant/adviser world is not much different than the NFL head coaching ranks: a good ol’ boys club where mediocrity, and often failure, is more often than not rewarded. So Romney hired McCain people, now 2016 candidates are hiring Romney people, and the Republicans wonder why they’ve won the popular vote in only one presidential election in the last quarter century.
At this point in what appears to be the GOP’s death spiral, this is more like the human version of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. True, the advisers may have more recycle value, but any Republican candidate for 2016 would do well to remain clear of the stink that was 2012.
Both Rubio and Ted Cruz are still quietly going about their campaign business, waiting for Donald Trump to implode, a scenario that will look less likely as we get nearer the end of the year if he’s still leading all the polls.