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I know this news broke on Friday but what can I say? That Christmas tree isn’t going to take itself down and drag itself to the curb. The bottom line is that Mitt Romney has all-but declared his intention to launch a third campaign for the presidency and he did so in a not-so-subtle way.

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Report from the Washington Post:

Mitt Romney forcefully declared his interest in a third presidential run to a room full of powerful Republican donors Friday, disrupting the fluid 2016 GOP field as would-be rival Jeb Bush was moving swiftly to consolidate establishment support.

Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, has been mulling another campaign for several months, but his comments Friday marked a clear step forward in his thinking and come amid mounting tensions between the Romney and Bush camps.

“I want to be president,” Romney told about 30 donors in New York. He said that his wife, Ann — who last fall said she was emphatically against a run — had changed her mind and was now “very encouraging,” although their five sons remain split, according to multiple attendees. [Emphasis added]

Advisers said Romney discussed the race with his family over the holidays, when they spent time skiing in Park City, Utah, but he insisted that he has not made up his mind whether to run. Advisers said he recognizes that he would not be able to waltz into the nomination and that the intra-party competition is shaping up to be stiffer in next year’s primaries than it was in 2012.

Getting the spouse on board with the run is usually step one. Now that it seems the Romney family is ready to ride the roller coaster yet again, Mitt seems fairly committed to resurrecting his 2012 campaign and pursuing his goal of the presidency. So I guess the only remaining question is Bush/Romney or Romney/Bush? I hope that begins our discussion.

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  1. As for Bush/Romney or Romney/Bush, the Dems could not ask for a more perfect opposing ticket. Both these guys unabashedly appeal most to bankers and vulture capitalists–alienating not only the GOP base, but also 99% of us (U.S.).

    The strongest ticket might be JEB/Rand or Rand/JEB, but I can’t see JEB playing second fiddle, and I don’t think Rand would give up his senate seat for a shot at a “warm bucket of (spit).”

      • Do you think Huck would take number two? [I just realized that might be a bad choice of phrase after the “spit” reference above.]

        Anyway, yeah. The GOP has been holding together a tent with a lot of seams. Rand can bring libertarians (who are blind to, or forgiving of, his flip-flopping), while Reverend Huck has a solid lock on social conservatives, which have lost their initiative.

        Rand/Huck would be an end-run around the JEB express. They could pander to everyone JEB wants to ignore. . .

        • I don’t think Huck wants the number 2 spot, hence sitting out 2012 until he has another run at the top spot. I just think the circumstances will require the GOP to bring together the factions which Huck and Rand represent with Rand’s group being the more sought after since evangelicals are not voting Democrat but they might sit out unless their views are adequately represented on the ticket.

          The thing is though, they (Rand/Huck) are pretty opposite in terms of the scope of government, etc…

          • Huck might take number 2, if you’re right about why he skipped 2012. You thought he just didn’t think he had a good chance that year.

            Some run as veep, figuring if they lose, the top of the ticket is history, but number two might be next in line. He could follow Lieberman’s lead of not really trying to win as veep candidate, thinking he’d have “Joe-mentum” the next time to be top dog.

            So, if you think Huck skipped 2012 to find a better year, he might try veep this time, hoping Rand would lose, and put him in better position for 2020. At 65, he could still run then.

    • ….or at least the megabucks. Romney has mega donors from the NE, so does Christie, Bush has mega donors from Florida and probably Texas.

  2. In all probabilities, Rand Paul won’t run as 1st or 2nd with Mike Huckabee. Although Rand Paul does have two personalities, he is too politically savy to get dragged down.

    Mike Huckabee has a large base support among evangelicalChristians. The group that can’t accept
    the separation of church and state. Mike Huckabee has the soft charm of an old time southern traveling preacher. The only thing factually known about Governor Huckabee’s term as governor of Arkansas is that Huckabee granted 1,033 pardons and commutations in his years as governor of Arkansas. The acts of clemency benefited the stepson of a staff member, murderers who worked at the governor’s mansion, a rock star and inmates who received good words from their pastors. The rock star, of course, was Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones

    In answer to a Freedom of Information requests for “a copy of all information” on the Huckabee administration’s computers the day he left office. Beebe’s office provided a January9 memo addressed to Huckabee from the Arkansas Department of Information Systems, reporting that all of the gubernatorial hard drives had been “crushed under the supervision of a designee of [Huckabee’s] office.” The replacement cost to the state of Arkansas was 335,000 dollars.

    Very few of Mike Huckabee’s gubernatorial papers exist, these records were selected by his office and given to his alma mater, Ouachita Baptist University. However, no one has been allowed to view these records.
    Supposedly, due to funding hang-ups and other delays the records won’t be accessible for an unknown time. He and his handlers have also taken steps to block access to videotapes of his sermons, spanning his 12 years as a Southern Baptist minister.

    Still, Mike Huckabee says that he is a staunch advocate of government transparency. He proposed disclosing every federal government expenditure online within 24 hours. “You could find out exactly where every dollar of the federal budget goes, down to what it cost to mow the courthouse lawn in your hometown
    at a federal courthouse”. Now, I like that proposal. And, Lawd,Lawdy, Miz Claudy, he also promotes “Common Core”.

  3. Goethy & Nate:

    Rand wont accept religious wackadoo Huck even if Huck begged him.
    It’s not the South’s Evangelists that matter anymore — but the color votes!

    It will be interesting to see if Rand will go for a black VP — Ben Carson (hoping to pick up some major black votes, which I don’t see as happening, since blacks vote 90% Democrat, and Ben Carson will be seen as second banana only), or go for the crucial ever-growing Latino vote.

    My prediction is that Rand Paul will pick a Latino woman for his running mate — a twofer — making this an unbeatable combo!
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    Contrary to this winning combo — Hitlery Clinton cannot pick a female for running mate (two females will be one too many), so she is stuck with a SUBORDINATE MALE (and this won’t play out well, regardless of the media brainwashing attempts to put down men).
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    On Rmoney: “I want to be president” — and I want a toilet made out of solid gold…but, it just ain’t in the cards this time, again …….

    • Surfisher:
      (1) You’re such a hero-worshiper. Rand is not his dad. Rand is a realist, not an idealist. If he thought he could grab power, he’d pick Elizabeth Warren as his veep.

      (2) The religious right is a sleeping tiger. They are, pretty much by definition, fanatics. So they will work hard to whip up more moderate religionists if they think they can get their guy as veep (the only risk is that the top dog might be assassinated–because “God told them to do it”).

      (3) The Black vote is not significant. First, Blacks are only 14.1 of the population, relatively few are registered, and few of them actually vote. And it’s not likely that many of them would vote for a Republican, JUST as it’s not likely that southern whites would vote for ANY Democrat.

      (4) A Latino woman would be a good choice, since Hispanics do show a willingness to split ticket–and moderate whites might like the novelty.

      (5) If Hillary is smart, she’ll pick a pit bull for veep–someone like Webb, if he’d take it. The veep is supposed to be the “bad cop,” who tears into the opposition, letting the top of the ticket remain “above politics.” Dems pick pansies like
      Biden, Edwards, Lieberman, Gore. . .while Pubs usually pick killers like Palin, Cheney, Agnew, Nixon. . . .

      (6) I think Romney is gambling that there will be so many Pub candidates that he’ll sneak through. But, uncharacteristically, the GOP establishment hasn’t chosen it’s anointed one ahead of time. If JEB and Christie both duck out, Romney could be the establishment candidate, but Christie doesn’t look like a duck, walk like a duck, or quack like a duck. . .

  4. I think it’s funny that this post was meant to be about
    Willard, but all the posts are about other candidates. Nobody is saying, “oh, yeah,
    Willard, good idea.”

    And
    like Surfisher’s comment, “Romney says I want to be president,” yeah,
    and I want to be pope.

      • Don’t get me wrong. I like having an easy target for ridicule. I was just saying how funny it is that he says, “I wanna be prez,” and we immediately start talking about other things.

        Willard/Hillary would be a hilarious campaign, since they both have 24-carat tin ears! They both say really obnoxious stuff–and don’t even know it. Like she was time and he is unemployed–priceless.

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