Why does Mitt Romney appear tonight at CPAC? To carve a future (monarchist) dynastic path to politics like Bush and Kennedy; a final investment for his children, his friends and his aunties here in the 11th hour? Possibly because he can’t let go of the conviction that he is not one of them, when he is not, and sadly, has never been. He has an unearthly, spooky quality, says Noreen, my dental hygienist, among the staunchest conservatives in New Hampshire. He lives here in New Hampshire, kind of, but is among us and not of us. He governed Massachusetts and was not one of them, while Gov. Bill Weld, New Yorker Brahmin, fit in easily. He has tried to be so many things to so many people — a Mormon pioneer and a westerner, a Midwestern industrialist native son, a New England liberal — and has worn so many masks, that he can no longer find his face. And now he is in a panic.

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To merely surmise, he feels he can in his “rite of exit” from the political world prop up the Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump must send Russia powerful message through tougher actions McCain, Coons immigration bill sparks Trump backlash Taking a strong stance to protect election integrity MORE contention, for Rubio is now and always has been and wanted to be the Dan Quayle of our age. He is the immaculate manifestation of the imagining of a passing, geriatric generation which meets in their own reclusive revivalist tent. And there the “stale and moss-covered” visualize themselves again as young: Suppose we were not 66 now with bad knees and expanded prostates, but young, and Cuban too? And tragically for America, Bush the Second, venerable now and a storied painter of dogs, was one as well.

Rubio will not restore the old. It doesn’t work that way. The Beatles have landed and they landed Thursday at a filibuster by Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon: War in Afghanistan will cost billion in 2018 Overnight Finance: Senators near two-year budget deal | Trump would 'love to see a shutdown' over immigration | Dow closes nearly 600 points higher after volatile day | Trade deficit at highest level since 2008 | Pawlenty leaving Wall Street group Rand Paul calls for punishment if Congress can't reach a long-term budget deal MORE. The generations do not change by scraping the moss off the geriatric set. They begin the world again; it is not a preservation league, it is metamorphosis. And Mitt Romney, like Jeb Bush, could not possibly understand.

Because they are not warriors. Romney is a man whose will is stronger than his faith. It is an enormous will but doesn’t know where to turn or when to stop. It is a will that destroys faith, destroys truth and blocks the path to new awakenings. It is a will that wears masks and drives relentlessly in the same direction and finds only sickness in “the returning and rest” that my Book of Common Prayer — the old contraband edition — claims will bring salvation.

And that is the lesson of being 66 for Romney, for Bill and Hillary. It is time to turn around for our own salvation, lest we remain despised at the end. For the disregarded and left behind, poisonous and vengeful after paying for the football themselves and restored the old athletic field out of their own pocket, always lead into the fatal end game.

The politics of Romney and Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Meghan McCain: Melania is 'my favorite Trump, by far' Kelly says Trump not likely to extend DACA deadline MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Tech: Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up hack | Apple considers battery rebates | Regulators talk bitcoin | SpaceX launches world's most powerful rocket Overnight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach MORE (R-S.C.) is intramural sport; they are the Ford guys and the Chevy guys of a long Hamiltonian tradition of American nationalism and globalism. What Rand Paul, with Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSasse statement: Trump nominee who spread conspiracy theories has a ‘tinfoil hat’ Coalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill For the sake of our democracy, politicians must stop bickering MORE, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Sarah Palin, Utah Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’ National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE, South Carolina Sen.Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTrump rallies Republicans: ‘We’re just getting started’ Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA Steve Wynn resigns as RNC finance chair after sexual misconduct allegations MORE and a few others bring is a new vision that might be called — to coin a phrase — “Federalism.” Like Andrew Jackson, Rand Paul and company bring an awakening to the heartland. Like Jefferson, this new generation awakens again states rights, sound money and constitutional government. Or as the Daily Paul puts it more elegantly: “Peace. Gold. Liberty.”