It is quite probable that Mitt Romney opted out of the race because Bush offered him a prize to do so.
Good news and bad news reported by Reuters yesterday: “Romney opts against 2016 run for president.”
Republican Mitt Romney opted out of the 2016 presidential race on Friday after considering whether to run for a third time, telling supporters it is time for the next generation of Republican leaders to seek the White House.
“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said in a statement that he read to supporters in a conference call from New York.
Romney three weeks ago told a private donors meeting in New York that he was might jump into the race. In his statement on Friday, he said the reaction to his potential candidacy was both surprising and heartening and noted his leading position in some polls.
“So I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard fight,” Romney said.
This is good news, because Mitt Romney is a terrible candidate to restore Constitutional sanity to the United States. This is bad news since it means the Statist Republican Establishment is uniting behind Jeb Bush, another candidate who would be poisonous to liberty. No doubt Mitt has been promised a Cabinet post or some other carrot to keep him out of the fray, and from siphoning Bush votes.
Constitutionalists need to learn a lesson here: Running six opposition candidates against the Establishment’s chosen Golden Boy is a sure prescription for a loss. Bush supporters will quietly goad on—and throw money at—lesser candidates to keep them in the race just long enough to ensure a Bush nomination.
If it’s Bush versus Cruz, Rubio, Huckabee, Carson, Paul, etc., Bush will win. Advocates for liberty need to get together, swallow personal pride, and unite behind one or two… or we might as well get ready for another Bush on the ticket… and another Republican loss in 2016.