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September 25, 2014

Byron York: Romney 2016 Is Real

PLEASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE let this happen.

Nearly all of Romney's 2012 circle of advisers, finance people, and close aides remains intact. Many developed an extraordinary loyalty to Romney, who, in turn, has kept in close touch with them. Romney talks to some of them quite frequently in conversations that cover daily news, foreign and domestic policy, Hillary Clinton, the Republican field -- everything that might touch on a 2016 campaign. "Virtually the entire advisory group that surrounded Mitt in 2012 are eager for him to run, almost to a man and a woman," says one plugged-in member of Romneyland.

A significant number of Romney's top financial supporters from 2012 have decided not to commit to any other 2016 candidate until they hear a definitive word from Romney. They believe they are doing it with the tacit approval of Romney himself. "Spencer Zwick has never said specifically to everyone to keep your powder dry," says the plugged-in supporter, referring to Romney's former finance chairman who remains very close to Romney. "But the body language, the intonation, and the nuance are absolutely there."

Ok, body language is a little bit of a reach but if people around him aren't hearing no, then it's at least a maybe.

Oh and you know who isn't ruling it out? Ann Romney.

CAVUTO: One scenario out there, Mrs. Romney, is that Jeb Bush doesn't run after all, and your husband will size up the landscape and that a lot of his supporters, past and present, said, you have the name recognition, you have the Reagan example of the third time was the charm for him, and that it's been done before.

ROMNEY: Mm-hmm.

CAVUTO: And -- and that would be appealing.

ROMNEY: Well, we will see, won't we, Neil?

Maybe the Romney's are just trolling us. If so, well played. But...Mitt's a very successful and competitive guy. I doubt losing to Obama and then being proved right after the fact is sitting well with him. The fact that he won't shut up and go away (all the Meet The Press type appearances and op-eds he's done in the last year or two), shows how much the loss rankles him.

His poling popularity will disappear once people are reminder why they didn't vote for him in the first place and there wasn't anything he predicted that you didn't read about first on blogs.

And the issues isn't whether or not Mitt would be a better President than Obama, it's that he'll never win. Ever.

Let's end the charade once and for all that the GOP is anything approaching a dynamic and conservative party. So yeah Mitt, run. Clarity is good. Also...hilarious.

Strangely related (via @allahpundit): Ebola patients are reported to be rising from the dead in Africa.


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