What makes a two-time loser like Mitt Romney think he can win the next presidential election?
Just after Jeb Bush was announced as the great Republican hope, suddenly Mitt Romney has appeared as the other GOP savior.
Since Romney allegedly used his own money in his last two runs (or is that completely true?) I have to respect his willingness to take such a risk again. But the entire idea seems delusional to me. First, he lost to John McCain who lost to Barack Obama, then he lost to Barack Obama directly. Why would he do any better in 2016?
But CNN reports, “Romney tells donors he’s considering 2016 bid.”
Mitt Romney told an audience of Republican donors in New York on Friday that he is seriously considering a third presidential bid.
“Mitt told the group of 30 or so guys that were there that he is considering a run for the White House and that they could go tell their friends,” a source in the room told CNN. The Wall Street Journal first reported the comments.
Though his loyalists and supportive donors have floated his name as a potential candidate for the better part of a year, Romney himself has been more reticent about mounting another White House bid after his 2008 and 2012 losses.
But Romney’s outlook has changed in recent weeks, according to people who have spoken with him recently, and he seems to be more serious than ever before.
Romney has kept in close touch with his donors, many of whom have become close friends over two presidential cycles, according to one source close to Romney who was not at the meeting in New York but is familiar with his thinking. Romney hosts an annual retreat each year in Park City for policy discussions—and used the two most recent gatherings in 2013 and 2014 to introduce them to potential 2016 presidential candidates including Rand Paul and Chris Christie. (Jeb Bush was invited to speak last summer, but could not attend because of previous commitments, including his father’s birthday).
Many of Romney’s New York donors, who are in frequent touch with him, had suggested a lunch or get-together when Romney was in New York, which resulted in the meeting with donors on Friday as he was on his way back from Charlie Baker’s swearing in as the new governor of Massachusetts, this person said.
Former aides to Romney have said that his thinking about the race has evolved over several months, particularly after he had time to reflect on being back on the campaign trail for the midterm races. As former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has moved toward a bid, many donors had pressed him for a signal about his level of interest.
“He had not closed his mind on this, and today was the day that he decided to share that with the group of people he was with,” the source familiar with Romney’s thinking said. “His conviction that the country is on the wrong track is very strong. He’s very concerned with America’s role in the world. Nothing has changed on that.”
What is left completely unexplained is how Romney would be any different than Jeb Bush on any of the domestic issues that really concern Americans. “America’s role in the world” is code, as everyone knows, for increasing the burden on taxpayers in order to ensure that the world becomes more dangerous for Americans. Bush and Romney are both dedicated to that “role.”
Remember, Romney’s inner circle knows that he lost the election because he is not a conservative. As Gary DeMar wrote back in 2012, “Romney Advisor Blames “Far Right” for Romney Loss.”
The following comment on Breitbart’s site says it all for those who did not trust Romney’s conservative bona fides:
“We haven’t moved Right at all. The fact is that we’ve moved so far Left that we ended up nominating Mitt Romney — the ultimate Establishment, Liberal, Rockefeller Republican candidate We nominated the guy who invented RomneyCare (the prototype for ObamaCare), the guy who donated to Planned Parenthood, the guy who had a program to use taxpayer money to pay for abortions, the guy who kicked the boy scouts out of the Olympics to appease gay rights groups, the guy who said he would always defend a ‘woman’s right to choose,’ the guy who bragged about having tough control laws in Massachusetts… we nominated THE MOST LIBERAL REPUBLICAN IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY and they still say we need to move further to the Left. How much further to the Left can we move?!!
Conservatives, even those who voted for Romney, were suspicious of Romney and his advisers.
Compared to Romney, John McCain appeared conservative. Perhaps Romney is hoping that Jeb Bush will make him look conservative to the Republican base.