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.
Report from AL.com:
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?