Mitt Romney continues to plot his 2016 comeback by taking another step towards opening the door to what could be a disastrous campaign against Hillary Clinton.
In a New York Times Magazine profile Mark Liebovich described way of keeping his foot in the door,
Romney, for his part, is noticeably playing along. He recently told a radio host that he was not planning on running for president but allowed that “circumstances can change.” A recent column by the conservative pundit Byron York noted that Romney had kept in close contact with many of his advisers and aides. As we spoke, Romney compared the barrage of 2016-related questions to a scene in the film “Dumb and Dumber.” After Jim Carrey’s character is flatly rejected by Lauren Holly, she tells him that there’s a one-in-a-million chance she would change her mind. “So,” Romney told me, embodying the character, “Jim Carrey says, ‘You’re telling me there’s a chance.’ ”
This was the obvious opening for me to ask if there was a chance. Romney’s response was decidedly meta — “I have nothing to add to the story” — but he then fell into the practiced political parlance of nondenial. “We’ve got a lot of people looking at the race,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Earlier this month, Romney claimed that he would be a better president than Obama or Hillary Clinton. The talk about it being someone else’s turn to be the Republican nominee has been replaced by some overt door opening to a run in 2016.
Mitt Romney still believes that he should be president. Romney got routed by Obama in a blowout, but Mitt still thinks that he could have won. Romney is selling off houses in order to look more like a regular guy. He is still in touch with his campaign advisors and staff. In May, Republicans launched a draft Mitt movement.
In June, it was reported that big money Republicans were trying to cut a deal with the RNC to clear the 2016 field for Mitt Romney. Some of the conditions that have to be met for Romney to run include, “Mitt Romney wants the GOP donor class to pledge all the money to him — up front — as a means of scaring other possible serious candidates out of the race so that he can preserve the money for the general election. He wants the field cleared — the same way the Democratic field is being cleared right now for Hillary — so that he, too, can arrive at the GOP convention Fresh, Full of money and ready to Feast on Hillary — and President Obama’s — record. If these conditions are met, he will make a third run for the White House.”
A third Romney run would be a dream come true for Democrats. Romney is convinced that he can use Benghazi to defeat Hillary Clinton. If the Republican establishment doesn’t find a candidate, it will surprise no one if they return to Mitt Romney.
Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party would have a field day against Romney. Getting to run against Mitt again would be a dream come true for Democrats. Romney wants to be president. Republicans have no real front runner, and the result could be a crushing victory for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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