Sort of. Maybe.
Mitt Romney has told donors that he considering a run for the White House in 2016. Because, if Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie weren’t enough to pique your interest, a man who has already run for the office twice and lost should definitely make you pine for the days when we chose our elected leadership with physical trials through a gauntlet.
Okay, so that was American Gladiator. But admit it, you’d like to see them have to run The Gauntlet on their way out of each and every debate. Anyway, Mitt Romney will accept your donation now.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney , the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, told a meeting of donors Friday that he is considering another White House bid in 2016, people present said.
The possibility of a third Romney bid could upend the emerging GOP field, coming as top Republican donors are starting to rally behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Mr. Romney made the remarks during a session Friday afternoon with a few dozen top GOP donors in midtown Manhattan, according to people present.
Of course he did. He also has not given a timetable for establishing his exploratory committee, but did note that events overseas have led him to believe he could be successful this time.
Now, I don’t fully believe Mitt Romney will eventually run for anything. This isn’t because I have some fantasy that someone with incredible libertarian ideals and a totally marketable personality will somehow materialize out of thin air at the last second. It’s because Mitt Romney has a certain degree of “I told you so” that he can leverage from comments he made and positions he took in the 2016 campaign, but with all of the same negatives and, likely, all of the same attitudes about campaigning. Romney is too stiff, too moderate and too unwilling to take any risk in pursuit of higher office, and while he won’t be running against a savvy Obama campaign a second time, the tactical landscape at play in the next cycle is already established.
I think, instead, Romney is taking advantage of his goodwill with “Establishment” Republican donors, and using his ability to fundraise among the party’s wealthy elite to make himself a kingmaker in the next cycle. Now that we know Romney was correct in his assessment of Russia, the economy and, for that matter, Big Bird’s longevity as a public television staple, he thinks that he can translate that trust in his policy advisors to a newer, fresher candidate. Unfortunately, that candidate will probably just be the newer, fresher Bush, but hey, a girl can dream.