A Romney Revival?
3:10 PM, Jul 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It seems these days, everything's coming up Romney. There's talk the two-time presidential candidate and the 2012 Republican nominee ought to run for the job again in 2016. Writing in Politico magazine, Emil Henry makes "the case for Mitt Romney" and draws comparisons to Richard Nixon's political resuscitation after eight years as vice president, a failed presidential run in 1960, and a failure to win the California governor's race two years later:
And Romney hasn't exactly disappeared from the political scene. He's made some high-profile endorsements in this year's Senate races, including rising political star Joni Ernst of Iowa. The latest is a little more predictable, though perhaps no less effective, with the former Massachusetts governor endorsing former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown last week in the latter's bid for Senate in neighboring New Hampshire. (Like Romney, Brown lost in 2012.)
Here's a new video from the Brown campaign featuring Romney's endorsement speech, which sounds very similar to the standard Romney stump speech from 2012:
And now, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is selling bumper stickers (for $5!) featuring the old Romney 2012 logo and claiming that "Romney was right"—a pithier version of the old "don't blame me, I voted for..." standby.
"The fact that it turned out that Romney WAS right at so many issues, from Obama's saccharine approach to global threats to ObamaCare," says NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring, explaining the genesis of the bumper sticker.
In fact, the Romney vindication ship set sail as early as last fall, when BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins suggested Romney might have been "right about everything," from Russia's aggressiveness to Detroit's bankruptcy. In March, the Washington Post made a similar suggestion. The release earlier this year of Mitt, a documentary showing a softer side of Romney, won acclaim in some political circles.
So does America need Romney, now more than ever? Early polls of the unformed GOP field shows Republicans are interested in Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Paul Ryan (Romney's 2012 running mate). Most of the men on that list have made some moves that signal they're planning on running.
As for Mitt? Don't count on it. Take it from the man himself:
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