Skip to comments.Why the "Mitt Romney for President" Talk Won't Die
Posted on 07/17/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Will Mitt Romney run again for president? The question seems absurd. Aside from a single commanding debate performance against President Barack Obama, he was not a very good candidate in 2012.
After failing in his first attempt at gaining the Republican nomination four years earlier, Romney struggled across the finish line against weak, underfunded primary opponents whose best days were mostly behind them. He then promptly lost to Obama in November.
In fact, Romney has only won one general election in twenty years of running for office. He will be fourteen years removed from that lone victory in November 2016. His overall electoral track record is frankly less impressive than Harold Stassens.
Yet the speculation wont go away, even if some find it ludicrous. There are a few reasons for this. First, despite Romneys protestationsasked by the New York Times if he planned to run again, he replied No, no, no, no, no. No, no, nohes maintaining an awfully high profile for a defeated politician who currently holds no office.
One minute he is in the news criticizing Obamaand 2016 Democratic front runner Hillary Clintonon Russia and Ukraine. The next he is accusing the president of fundamental dishonesty concerning Obamacare. After that, hes munching burgers with Jimmy Fallon. The man is practically ubiquitous.
Romney has also remained active supporting Republican candidates running in the midterm elections, even taking sides in contested primaries. While some of that is to be expected of party elders, Pat Buchanan reminds in his new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority, that Nixons 1966 campaigning proved critical in getting him a second shot at the GOP presidential nomination.
Finally, there does seem to be at least a little bit of grassroots support for Romney. A Draft Mitt petition has claimed over 56,000 signatures. Two recent polls have showed Romney with a commanding lead in New Hampshire, including one where he trounces previous Granite State frontrunners Chris Christie and Rand Paul.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Romney friend, flatly predicted his man Mitt will run again in 2016and win. Saying Romney has been proven right on a lot of stuff, Chaffetz concluded, I think he will be the next president of the United States.
Stranger things have happened. In his maiden run for office, Romney lost to Ted Kennedy by 17 points in 1994. While this was the Democratic stronghold of Massachusetts, that year the Republican governor and lieutenant governor were reelected with 71 percent of the vote and the Republican state treasurer was reelected with 62 percent.
That was still considered good enough of a showing against the liberal lion of the Senate for Massachusetts Republicans to travel to Utah hat in hand more than a half a dozen years later to essentially beg Romney to run for governor. Jane Swift, the Republican acting governor at the time, was deeply unpopular and unlikely to win a full term. Polls showed her losing to all the top Democratic gubernatorial candidates, while Romney was beating them all. Romney accepted their entreaties, Swift stepped aside, and he was the next governor of Massachusetts.
That said, it is very hard to look at how difficult a time Romney had in beating Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and a virtual merry-go-round of self-immolating conservatives and think he has a shot against a field potentially including Christie, Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, and his 2012 running mate Paul Ryan.
If a conservative candidate who could compete with Romneys money and organization on anything like even termsthink Rick Perry before the fallcould have held it together, its likely Romney would have lost the nomination in 2012. (Perry clearly is entertaining the idea of a second presidential candidacy.)
Romneys 47 percent of the vote against Obama is certainly better than he did against Kennedy. If minority turnout receded to its pre-Obama levels, all other things being equal, he would have a steady shot at a Democratic candidate. But Romney failed to come anywhere near as close as either Nixon or Al Gore did. It was the close, disputed nature of their defeat that kept Nixons comeback possible and rumors of a Gore comeback alive.
Perhaps like Sarah Palin last time around, Romney realizes that the possibility he will run maximizes his power and influence within the party even if he never ultimately takes the plunge. (Also like Palin, he seems to have learned next to nothing from his defeat.)
In politics, anything is possible until Dick Morris predicts it will happen. But Id bet against Romney 2016 ever getting off the ground.
But Romney should go home.
Cruz - West 2016
Democrats are ecstatic about “supporting” Romney for Republican candidate. They’re the ones probably talking it up.
Even if you don't like Mitt Romney and blame him for losing the election, you have to admit that he was right about everything during the debates.
Of course his chances of being right were vastly improved by thefact that he was facing a commie, kenyan, muzzie, community organizer that hasn't gotten ANYTHING right in five plus years - (unless he is purposely trying to destroy this Country, as I suspect).
Sure wish he was president now
Willard spent a billion dollars and all he had to show for it was flipping IN and NC from Blue to Red. A card board cut out labelled as GOP POTUS candidate would of flipped those two states two. Go away and enjoy your mansion in La Jolla.
Why all of the speculation when he has repeatedly stated he isn’t running?
Willard RINOney - pro-choice, big crony capitalism, GOPe, cultist.
Same here. I’d take anyone over the evil America hating evil bastard we’ve got now.
Romney was never right, never truthful in his life. Will say ANYTHING if he thinks it will help him get elected. He’s a complete fraud and the voters see right through him.
Reagan never lost the dog vote.
Mitt will always be toast.
Yet when it comes to The Fraud, the voters are clueless. If qualifications were important Mitt would have crushed The Fraud and Scott Walker would today be the candidate hands down but far too much of the electorate they are irrelevant.
Walker is the man the Left fears and hates with venomous passion. So, of course, “conservatives” will do their best to torpedo him in favor of someone who has NO chance with a socialist electorate.
Except for the fact that Candy Crowley is not from Kenya you are correct.
That is an easy one.
Because the GOPe only knows how to lose elections and they want to keep their record intact............
President Mitt Romney? It would be better than President Clinton or President Fauxahonsets (Liz Warren), but it would be worse than President Ted Cruz or President Scott Walker.
ping for later
You're right, of course. Cruz is Romney's sole Republican party contender.
Cruz has stated that he wants to see Obamacare tossed, rescinded, junked. I will only vote for that, regardless of party.
Romney's track record demonstrates his total on-boardness with Obamacare, to put it lightly. I REFUSE TO VOTE FOR THAT, and I don't care what boogey-man Democrat liberal alternatives Republicans shake at me claiming that by voting for their leftist, I'm voting "against" those other worse leftists, because that is a loser's game. Always has been, always will be, and a lot more Americans know it than people think.
Either Cruz or someone like him gets the Republican nomination in which very few Americans, let alone conservative Americans, have a real voice ... OR ... 2016's presidential race will be a replay of 2012 in essentials, and Americans will be fed up.
It is becoming more and more apparent that liberals are the minority in America, but their powerful political representatives, leftists like Cochran in Mississippi, Republican, and Romney, with his shady plays in manipulating the primaries last time around, are in office because they only have the support of a minority. They have to cheat and play dirty pool.
Disenfranchised Americans are fed up because a minority has seized control of what used to be a servant, but which this liberal minority is morphing into a dangerous master. Americans want to vote for turning it back into a servant, but they have no candidate, and THEY KNOW IT.
Romney had a chance.
Romney was our nominee last time.
Last time I actually supported him, because Palin chose not to run.
I do not support Mitt now. Mitt will not win.
Sit down Mitt.
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