Hat/Tip to Newsmax and Politico.
He tried to tell America during his ill-fated 2012 run for the President of the United States, but it seems he wasn’t listened to. Well at least it’s for sure that Obama didn’t believe him or listen to him, judging by Obama’s spectacularly awful year and half since winning his second term.
In the nearly 20 months since Mitt Romney lost the election to President Barack Obama, many of the former Massachusetts governor’s predictions have played out on the world stage.
For instance, Romney called Russia the nation’s “number one geopolitical foe”; he pledged strong support for Israel amid tense relations with Iran and other neighbors; declared that corporations are “people” — and said that illegal immigration remained a continued threat to the American economy.
As a result, Mitt Romney’s popularity is increasing.
As many realities have developed in the U.S. and abroad, Romney’s popularity has increased in national polls — and it is believed that he is considering a White House run in 2016.
“Mitt Romney, in retrospect, was not omniscient,” Bradley Blakeman, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, told Newsmax. “He saw what was there to be seen. He saw the world as it was — not the way he wished it would be.
And Blakeman is right, if it weren’t for bad news, Obama wouldn’t make the news at all.
“Obama believed that he could change the world with just his presence on the world stage and with his words. His hope was naïve and impossible,” Blakeman added. “He was running for president, not messiah.
“He never has been able to match his words with deeds. And, today, if it were not for bad news — Obama doesn’t make news.“
The vindication of Romney being right when he warned of Russia being our biggest geopolitical foe during the debate where Obama quipped, “…the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” is leading some to make the case for a Romney run in ’16.
Romney recognizes well the historical odds against becoming a repeat nominee. In the film Mitt, which documents his two presidential campaigns, he is captured at a fundraiser making an “L” on his forehead to depict how a failed nominee becomes “a loser for life.” “We just brutalize whoever loses,” he says. We can assume George McGovern, Michael Dukakis, Bob Dole, Al Gore, John Kerry and John McCain came to a similar conclusion.
Will Romney be different from these other failed nominees? Could he defy the odds and make a comeback presidential bid capturing the GOP nomination after all the doubt, second-guessing and blame that accompany such a loss? According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, many Americans seem to think so—45 percent of voters said the United States would be better off today with Romney as president.
So does all this mean that Mitt is considering another run in ’16?
That was also the question on not just the minds but the lips of many at a recent private gathering in Utah known as the E2 Summit, Romney’s now-annual retreat for high-profile politicians, policymakers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, top bundlers and, of course, a core group of long-time Romney loyalists. (Disclosure: I served in multiple roles in the 2012 campaign, including adviser to the economic team, television surrogate and fundraiser.) Although the subject was not on any agenda or the topic of any speech or breakout session, virtually every meal, cocktail hour and coffee break included quiet ruminations over whether Romney could successfully run again.
The event was off the record, so I need to honor those ground rules, but suffice to say that many of speakers, some of the brightest lights of the Republican Party, and with no particular allegiance to Romney, saw great merit in a Mitt resurgence.
Well only time will tell. As for my editorial comment on this, I will say that Mitt Romney was not my first choice in 2012, but once he became our nominee, I lent him my 100% support. Party dissent, name-calling and pulling for your particular dog in the fight is what primaries are for, but once we get a nominee, we need to do all we can to put that person in the White House.
I’m thinking that America would already begin to be looking much different with a President Romney, had things turned out differently in ’12.
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