The chorus of support for yet a third presidential run by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney seems to keep growing. Do GOP insiders really feel like they can avoid a party civil war between the likes of the Bush wing versus the Ted Cruz and Rand Paul types if they re-nominate Mitt Romney again? Only time will tell.

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Monday, on the show Hardball with Chris Matthews, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), told Matthews that he believes Romney will run again in 2016 and that he will win this time around.

“I think he actually is going to run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Chaffetz said. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do.

“I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run, and I think he will be the next president of the United States.” [Emphasis added]

Romney has been the center of much speculation recently, with former treasury secretary Emil Henry making the case for Romney in Politico and a Quinnipiac poll in which 45 percent of respondents said the country would be better off if Romney had won the 2012 election.

Why the sudden nostalgia for Mitt Romney among many in the GOP? The 2012 cycle was a mess with Newt Gingrich, et al., trying to run Romney into the ground and vice-versa over who is “more conservative” on the issues. Sure, Romney is pretty well vetted at this point but is that now the standard?

Is the third time the charm?


  1. Rep from Utah — the Mormon State — supports another Mormon.

    Just too funny to take seriously.

    Mitt & Hillary will both be nonentities come 2016…so why waste time reporting on them…?!

  2. The last time a loser was nominated again was Adlai Stevenson–1952 and 1956. And the only reason is that he was the darling of Eleanor Roosevelt.

    That was more than a half century ago.

    Before him: Tom Dewey (1944 and 1948).
    William Jennings Bryant (1896 and 1900 plus 1908)
    Charles Pinckney (1804 and 1808)

    Does anyone remember Presidents Stevenson, Dewey, Bryant, or Pinckney?

    NOBODY has lost the election the first time and won the second time. That’s why Dems would love to see Willard on the ballot again.

      • True, but the Richard Nixon of 1968 was nothing at all like the Richard Nixon of 1960. Also, there was the historic anomaly of the Solid South flipping from Dem to GOP that year.

        HOWEVER, if Dick had run in 1964, he would have lost worse than Goldwater. So the rule stands.

        On the other hand, if Willard had the brains and balls that Nixon had, running around the country to collect chits, he could come back in 2020. But he won’t.

        I would not be surprised if Willard does try in 2016. He has always had a sense of “entitlement.”

        • “The World according to Goethe!”
          You made a general statement “NOBODY HAS LOST the election the first time and won the second time.” There was nothing granting exceptions or reasons specified . Also the reason you give are based on speculation and opinion NOT A RULE ….both of which you are entitled to.
          Lastly it was the country which changed in 1968 not Mr. Nixon.

          • Bob: So petty. While it’s true that Nixon lost once and won later, that’s not the topic here. It’s about Willard–now. And I did note that if he followed Nixon’s example, skipped an election, and EARNED the nomination, he might win.

            As for Nixon, if you think he was the same person in 1968 that he was in 1960, you must not have been alive then.

            You’re just upset that you made a ridiculous claim, and when asked to support it, you couldn’t.

            I provided historical evidence.

            The issue was whether Willard should run THIS time, and I stand by my claim that this is the “next time,” and no one has won in THIS situation.

            If you want to be more petty, you could point to Grover Cleveland, who won, lost, and won. But that also does not apply to Willard.

            Have you come up with any substantiation for your claim that the country is leaning left? I say it’s still leaning right.

            And my basis is that the right has the Supreme Court, the House (for the foreseeable future), filibuster power in the Senate, the majority of governors, and of state legislatures. The left has the presidency and a tentative hold on the Senate, which most people think will be lost next year.

            The country is leaning right.

            • Goethe:

              You accuse me of not staying on topic and then you go on one of your tirades on a subject we spoke about a week ago. Perhaps you should get your facts straight before making foolish statements and need to get corrected. Focus eh?

              President Nixon won for a number of reasons besides the one you mentioned. Among them being Bobby Kennedy was killed (he would have surely won in my estimation),Humphrey because he was Vice President under LBJ had to run under LBJ’s shadow, Nixon ran on the platform of “Rule of Law” after the Democratic Convention riots in Chicago and most importantly Mr. Nixon said he had a secret plan to end the Vietnam War.
              I “mustn’t have been alive” in 1968? I was 21 year’s old and stationed in Vietnam. Where were you?


            • Bob;
              Give the kid a break — in 1968 Goethe was having his diapers changed infrequently… probably in a hippie commune… and obviously not enough, since a lot of his posts still carry that liberal poo stench….:)

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