He is doomed to be forgotten -- deliberately forgotten, like Bush.
... There is very little political gain to be had from knocking Mitt at this point. Romney is persona non grata in the Republican party. I can’t remember a presidential candidate flaming out this completely in defeat, the landslide losers Goldwater and McGovern included. Though Romney may be temporarily useful as a scapegoat for all that ails the GOP, his afterlife in that role is evaporating fast and he will soon be as little mentioned by Republicans as George W. Bush. ...Frank Rich, NYMag
This is a lot of forgetting for one party, and the irony is that there not a single, current member of the Republican leadership who doesn't also deserve burying and forgetting. But they're not going anywhere, unfortunately, and 2016 may see a repeat of 2012, says Rich.
Even Marco Rubio is caving.
Rubio may be a young and ostensibly bright, modern, inclusive new-style Republican, but he didn’t waste a single second before hedging Romney-style and tossing in a pander to the creationists who vote in the Iowa caucuses. If the new generation of conservative politicians still must kowtow to the most reactionary part of their base — presumably on abortion rights and gay rights as well — that is good political news for Democrats (if not for women and for gay people). And there’s more good news, too. On a post-election trip to Texas, I heard reliably that Rick Perry is all but certain to run for president again. Rand Paul has said publicly that he too might make a go for it, and Rick Santorum has indicated likewise. Michele Bachmann is back in Congress, and will she be able to resist the call? Hard to imagine. So all we need is the return of Herman Cain — and, of course, Trump — and the stars will be in complete alignment for Hillary or whomever in 2016. ...Frank Rich, NYMag
(Also here in Texas, Republicans will find it's going to be no picnic trying to obliterate their embarrassments. Appearing on those Tahoe, F-150, and Beemer bumpers now are new, fresh, undusty, unfaded bumper stickers with W's face and "Miss me yet?")