Mitt Romney lost the election and that’s that. He’s gone and nobody really cares that much.

Except Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank, a liberal by any standard. For some reason he wants Romney to do something, anything to help with the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Milbank doesn’t say what, but he’s upset Romney, who has the power to do exactly nothing, isn’t doing more to help. From his column today:

In his first public comments since election night, the defeated Republican presidential nominee issued a statement Monday announcing his next step. An appeal to national unity? A charitable initiative?

No, he announced that he was rejoining the [Mariott] hotel chain’s board of directors. …

It was emblematic of the tone-deaf, I-have-some-great-friends-that-are-NASCAR-team-owners moments that contributed to his loss. The country is in a crisis, political leaders in a standoff, and Romney is joining his buddy’s corporate board. …

Romney’s post-election behavior has been, in a word, small. Never again, likely, will his voice and influence be as powerful as they are now. Yet rather than stepping forward to help find a way out of the fiscal standoff, or to help his party rebuild itself, he delivered a perfunctory concession speech, told wealthy donors that Obama won by giving “gifts” to minorities, then avoided the press at a private lunch with President Obama.

Who knew Romney was so needed?