I confess, I have had enough of Mitt Romney, but apparently many people in America still want the guy to run… again in 2016. According to a University of New Hampshire/WMUR-TV poll, 30 percent showed support for the two time failing former governor among current GOP runners. Apparently, some are thinking Mitt Romney 2016 has a shot.
Fox News reports:
Despite the seemingly long odds of a Romney entry into this field, the buzz has been percolating for a long time, and has grown unchallenged by anyone in Romney’s inner circle.
If there is such thing as a Romney revival, it would have begun last August when the Republican National Committee held its summer meeting in Boston at the very same Westin Hotel and Convention Center where Romney watched his candidacy wither on Election Day 2012. At the meeting, several Romney insiders began to light-heartedly ruminate about the plausibility of a third Romney run with delegates, guests and even a few political reporters.
Eleven months later, Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Romney friend and supporter, is publicly making pro-Romney mischief, arguing that the rest of the potential GOP field in 2016 doesn’t cut it.
“I don’t see an emerging front-runner right now and to have somebody who’s able to raise a billion dollars and convince the public, the majority of the public, that he’s the right person for the job. If there is a void, I think Mitt Romney jumps into that or gets recruited to jump into that,” Chaffetz said.
Make no mistake, putting Romney in the mix of potential GOP presidential candidates was purposeful. In fact, when the documentary titled Mitt came out, I said that it was something to keep him alive for the future. Even his campaign site is still signing up emails for their list.
Sadly, even without Romnye the UNH poll showed that if the election were held today, 19 percent of likely Republican primary voters would vote for Chris Christie. Again, pretty sad pickings.
However, a recent Zogby poll shows Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as a front runner. According to that poll, “the junior Senator from Kentucky polls 20%, followed by “Establishment” candidates New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with 13% each. In fourth place is Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with 8%, then Florida Senator Marco Rubio 7%, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindahl 4%, and New Mexico Governor Suzanna Martinez, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley all with 1% each.”
The poll also showed what was taking place on the Democrat side of things. “The Zogby poll of 612 likely Democratic primary voters shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dominating the pack with 52% support. Her closest challengers are Vice President Joe Biden with 8% and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren with 7%. Others posting numbers are Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer with 4%, and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb with 3%.”
While Clinton continually won’t come out and say she’s running, we all know she is. This is exactly why a true conservative Christian leader must take the healm. I’m not talking about a whimp either. I’m talking about someone who talks the talk and has a record to back up their talk. Romney has already demonstrated that he would not fight Barack Obama. What will he do if he’s faced with a woman (yes, there is a joke there somewhere)?
Personally, I don’t think senators would necessarily make good governors. Just take a look at the current occupant, who was a one term senator. However, I’m open to the idea. Yet, perhaps we should be considering those men who have actually led in some fashion and governed, even if they have not held a state governing office.
For the GOP to put up Mitt Romney again, after his failure in 2012 and his inability to get the nomination in 2008 is just going to be another abject failure. And make no mistake, it wasn’t because a lot of Republicans didn’t vote for him. It was because they knew his record as a governor, and it wasn’t conservative. But watch and see if he doesn’t get mentioned more and more.
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