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Why the "Mitt Romney for President" Talk Won't Die
The National Interest ^ | July 17, 2014 | W. James Antle III

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 Stassen’s.

Yet the speculation won’t go away, even if some find it ludicrous. There are a few reasons for this. First, despite Romney’s protestations—asked by the New York Times if he planned to run again, he replied “No, no, no, no, no. No, no, no”—he’s maintaining an awfully high profile for a defeated politician who currently holds no office.

One minute he is in the news criticizing Obama—and 2016 Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton—on Russia and Ukraine. The next he is accusing the president of “fundamental dishonesty” concerning Obamacare. After that, he’s 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 Nixon’s 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 2016—and 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 Romney’s money and organization on anything like even terms—think Rick Perry before the fall—could have held it together, it’s likely Romney would have lost the nomination in 2012. (Perry clearly is entertaining the idea of a second presidential candidacy.)

Romney’s 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 Nixon’s 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 I’d bet against Romney 2016 ever getting off the ground.


TOPICS: Massachusetts; Campaign News; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2016; bush; chrischristie; gop; obama; palin; republicans; romney
Had to get the obligatory Sarah Palin insult in there. And notice not one mention of Ted Cruz?
1 posted on 07/17/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUMR!!


2 posted on 07/17/2014 11:57:04 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
reagan didn't make it the first time.

But Romney should go home.

Cruz - West 2016

3 posted on 07/17/2014 11:59:34 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democrats are ecstatic about “supporting” Romney for Republican candidate. They’re the ones probably talking it up.


4 posted on 07/17/2014 11:59:35 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Why the "Mitt Romney for President" Talk Won't Die

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).

5 posted on 07/17/2014 12:04:07 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (I want 0bama to make history - First to be IMPEACHED and REMOVED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure wish he was president now


6 posted on 07/17/2014 12:04:11 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


7 posted on 07/17/2014 12:08:43 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why all of the speculation when he has repeatedly stated he isn’t running?


8 posted on 07/17/2014 12:11:40 PM PDT by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Jim Robinson

Willard RINOney - pro-choice, big crony capitalism, GOPe, cultist.

Nah.


9 posted on 07/17/2014 12:14:19 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: dalebert

Same here. I’d take anyone over the evil America hating evil bastard we’ve got now.


10 posted on 07/17/2014 12:17:17 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

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.


11 posted on 07/17/2014 12:18:40 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: FatherofFive

Reagan never lost the dog vote.

Mitt will always be toast.


12 posted on 07/17/2014 12:26:11 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


13 posted on 07/17/2014 12:41:58 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: arrogantsob
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Why can the voters see thru one fraud and not another? Good question.
14 posted on 07/17/2014 12:56:37 PM PDT by WatchOutForSnakes
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To: The Sons of Liberty
he was facing a commie, kenyan, muzzie, community organizer

Except for the fact that Candy Crowley is not from Kenya you are correct.

15 posted on 07/17/2014 12:59:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is an easy one.
Because the GOPe only knows how to lose elections and they want to keep their record intact............


16 posted on 07/17/2014 1:23:11 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


17 posted on 07/17/2014 3:53:56 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I ai-pprove this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

ping for later


18 posted on 07/17/2014 4:17:18 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em Danno!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; BlackElk; Norm Lenhart; All
Good call.

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.

19 posted on 07/17/2014 5:19:40 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


20 posted on 07/17/2014 5:21:33 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines; 2ndDivisionVet
Why all of the speculation when he has repeatedly stated he isn’t running?

My guess is that it's because Romney's whole M.O. has been to say one thing and do or say another, his word means zip.

21 posted on 07/17/2014 5:32:26 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Jim Robinson
[Romney]’s a complete fraud and the voters see right through him.

Amen.

22 posted on 07/17/2014 5:33:33 PM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Jim Robinson

This guy is like Dracula.


23 posted on 07/17/2014 5:39:15 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: Jim Robinson

I agree, but he would be better than the kenyan; of course ANYONE would.


24 posted on 07/17/2014 5:49:59 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (I want 0bama to make history - First to be IMPEACHED and REMOVED!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Of course the guy had to zing Governor Palin. Libs love to tell us how inconsequential she is because of the money they get off the resulting website hits.

IMO, money is also the reason Romney remains attractive to the Establishment. His network of high volume donors makes him a fundraising dynamo. Which results in overflowing coffers for the Party.

It always about the Benjamins.


25 posted on 07/17/2014 6:02:58 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The high donor class is obsessed with Mitt. They think he is out of central casting to be president. The problem is that he’s a weak candidate because people do not trust him. The donor class does not understand or accept that. Because Mitt was “right” about what he said against Obama, they think he can no win. No he can’t. He proved that twice.


26 posted on 07/17/2014 6:10:39 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Look at RCP polls on the GOP nomination, and you’ll see the conservative vote currently being divided among several potential candidates. Otherwise, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie wouldn’t look nearly as strong.

If divided the poll results between moderates and conservatives as a group, you would see that those on more to the right, collectively, are getting about 60% of the vote. Based on that, once the field narrows, I can not imagine someone like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or Mitt Romney getting the nomination this time.


27 posted on 07/18/2014 3:18:40 AM PDT by zencycler
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To: FatherofFive

14 is Biblical, read your Bible. The number always comes up in my life and Romney can run again. You people don’t know everything. You could be wrong. But Lord forbid when any of you ever admit that? And what is it that you hate about him so much again? People who make up stupid rules about what can and can’t be done are just stupid. Don’t ever tell God no. With him, anything is possible, including the fact that you are all wrong.


28 posted on 07/26/2014 8:09:00 AM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: Bratch

Say what you will about Palin, but she sure is making a killing off of her service in politics. In fact, it’s where the majority of her wealth comes from. Romney by contrast, hasn’t taken one dirty, rotten cent from his time in service. Who’s the real servant? By a person you know their fruits. And all I see from Palin is the fact that she makes a whole bunch of money from her “service.” Time to post those propoganda style pictures now of Romney that have been doctored to make sure you keep people hating him. Where’s the one where he looks like a used car salesman with the gold tooth? Think about what you people are doing. What this shows is that people on this site have messed up priorities. It’s never ok to lie about someone or to try and build hatred against another person. If you have the truth on your side then why all the fake, doctored pictures of Rommey slandering his character. Shouldn’t your words be enough? Think about it. And also consider, propoganda is an art that Hitler perfected. I woulnd’t be using ANY of his tools!


29 posted on 07/26/2014 8:15:58 AM PDT by rodeo-mamma
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To: rodeo-mamma

Actually I was complimenting Governor Romney’s fund-raising acumen.

He’s spent years networking and developing political contacts throughout the country. It’s what makes him (to the GOPe) an attractive and formidable opponent.

As for Governor Palin, she nearly went bankrupt as a result of her service to the Republican party and, AFAIK, not one person in the GOP establishment tried to help her while she was getting buried under frivolous ethics charges.

I have no problem with her using her notoriety to generate income. IMO, no fair-minded person should either.


30 posted on 07/26/2014 8:37:05 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The rumor that the GOP it’s grand old self will become extinct is even more persistent, and more popular as well! :-)


31 posted on 07/26/2014 8:44:26 AM PDT by Theophilus (Be as prolific as you are pro-life.)
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