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Is Romney Setting Himself Up to Challenge Trump in 2020?

One thing I’ve learned in years of watching and covering politics. Just about every governor or senator thinks they could, just maybe, become president. And once they start running for the office, they never give up until they incur a terminal illness.

Mitt Romney got so, so, so close. He thought he was going to win election night in 2012. But he lost, because he was a lousy candidate who didn’t particularly stand for anything.

Of course, he doesn’t know that. What he does know is that he is 71, and his last chance to be the big president dude will be in 2020. Someone is going to oppose Trump in the Republican primaries or run a serious independent candidacy in the general election. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, for sure. But Kasich doesn’t solve the problem establishment-oriented Republicans think Trump has, which is that they think he’s crazy. Because Kasich is kind of kooky too.

But Romney probably figures that the one thing he’s got going for him is that he the most normal, least unconventional-seeming person on the planet. He’s a soothing glass of whole milk compared to Trump Monster Energy drink.

According to Politico, Romney, virtually assured to win his own Senate race in Utah, is suddenly campaigning for House Republicans. There is NO reason for a senator or future to do that unless he is trying to build up chits.

After spending most of the past year quietly tending to his own race, Romney is using his formidable national profile and expansive political network to elect embattled Republicans across the country. Weeks before his virtually assured election to the Senate, the 2012 Republican standard-bearer is issuing endorsements, appearing in TV ads and fundraising for hopefuls up and down the ballot.

The burst of campaign activity is a stark reminder that the 71-year-old Romney will arrive in D.C. as much more than a typical freshman senator — and shows how he plans to use his prominence to reward allies and forge relationships.

Romney is going to bat for candidates for offices ranging from the state legislature to the U.S. Senate. Among those getting help is Rep. Mia Love, a deeply vulnerable Republican from his own state of Utah. She recently released a TV commercial featuring Romney speaking directly to the camera and declaring: “I’ve known Mia Love for many years. I trust her.”

Romney’s push has extended from Mormon-heavy Arizona, where he traveled last week to headline a rally for Senate hopeful Martha McSally, to the Northern Virginia suburbs, where he’s donated to Rep. Barbara Comstock. He has weighed in for Utah’s entire U.S. House delegation: In addition to Love, he’s cut a TV ad for Rep. Rob Bishop, hosted a campaign event for Rep. Chris Stewart, and on Wednesday evening joined Rep. John Curtis for a phone-banking session aimed at helping the congressman turn out the vote.

And he could also solve the problem of women fleeing the Republican party. I mean, the guy’s got binders full of them!

Romney Announces Senate Run With Contrast to Trump

Well, Mitt Romney is back, he announced Friday that he’s running for Senate, and there’s little chance he won’t win. And he’s setting himself up as the anti-Trump – now, of course, that President Trump failed to offer him the job of Secretary of State, which it seems he would have taken.

From his opening campaign video:

Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world. Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion. And on Utah’s Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect.

Get it?

So another moderate Republican, aka “Severe Conservative,” comes to Capitol Hill to accommodate Democrats and sacrifice the conservative agenda. He’ll be a member of all kinds of gangs of six and gangs of eight trying to reach deals with Democrats. And he’ll lead the Donald Trump is Horrifying Caucus in Washington.

Well, at least the video nice to watch. It opens with Romney standing a Roller Derby rink – okay, I guess that’s maybe something from the Salt Lake City Olympic he ran – and includes some beautiful shots of Utah. And of course Romney looks nice and casual, as all super-wealthy politicians do, and for the first time in decades finds himself in a diner where he hears the thoughts of average people.

Orrin Hatch to Resign, Anti-Trump Romney Likely to Succeed Him

Sen. Orrin Hatch announced that he will retire from the Senate in in January 2019, providing an opening for Mitt Romney to run for the seat, which he is expected to do.

Romney, as you may remember, led a moral crusade against candidate Donald Trump, casting him as a fraud who would subvert the republic. That is, until Trump considered him for secretary of state, at which point Romney’s sentiments change. No doubt, once in the Senate, he’ll be back on the warpath against Trump, unless in line again for a more powerful position.

Trump’s Utah Agenda: Keep Romney Out of the Senate

President Trump is traveling to Utah Monday on official business, but the backstory of his visit is preventing Mitt Romney running for Senate, according to Politico.

From the Politico story:

Donald Trump is going all out to persuade seven-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to seek reelection — a push aimed in no small part at keeping the president’s longtime nemesis, Mitt Romney, out of the Senate.

Romney has been preparing to run for Hatch’s seat on the long-held assumption that the 83-year-old would retire. Yet Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is now refusing to rule out another campaign — a circumstance Romney’s infuriated inner circle blames squarely on the president. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn’t like the idea of a Senator Romney.

The president’s mostly behind-the-scenes campaign to sway Hatch will burst into public view on Monday, when he arrives in Salt Lake City to hold a well-choreographed event designed to showcase his affection for the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman.

Well, Romney can hardly be furious. He practically led the opposition to Trump among Republicans during the campaign, making some grand moral statement against him, and then, once Trump won, turning around and dropping his resume on Trump’s desk seeking to become secretary of state.

I mean, surely someone as well versed on both moral rectitude and rank opportunism as Mitt Romney can comprehend a political maneuver by someone whose butt he’s alternately kicked and kissed.

Romney to Run for Senate if Hatch Does Not

I don’t know, Utah is a pretty deeply red state. Why can’t Utah send the Senate a severe conservative?

According to Utahpolicy.com:

Sources tell UtahPolicy.com that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire.

Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate will jump into the 2018 Utah Senate scrum if Hatch opts not to.

So far, Hatch has not made up his mind as to whether he’ll run for an eighth term in 2018. He has previously said he was planning on running as long as his and his wife’s health holds up.

Hatch is 105 and had been in the Senate since the 19th century, but that never stops them from running again, so Mitt may not get his shot.

Romney vs. Holyfield: The Weigh In

Five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Mitt Romney weighed in Thursday for their “fight” Friday evening for Utah’s Charity Vision, a nonprofit that provides eye care for patients in developing countries.

Romney weighed in at 179 pounds while Holyfield was a little heavier, coming in at 236.5.

Romney looks to be in great shape, yet Holyfield is a 142,000:1 favorite against the former presidential contender, the one chance being that Holyfield develops rapidly metastasizing cancer in the ring and dies before chemo can be administered.

No, those aren’t the real odds.

Romney Not Running for President

Mitt Romney announced Friday morning that he will not run for president in 2016.

220px-Mitt_Romney_by_Gage_Skidmore_7Romney, who made the announcement during a statement by phone to supporters, withdrew from consideration even though he tops polls of potential candidates for the Republican nomination. His decision would most obviously seem to benefit Jeb Bush, who is seen as the other most palatable choice for moderates and establishment Republicans.

A copy of the statement was obtained by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

It what is being interpreted as a dig at Bush, Romney said he was ceding the stage to “the next generation” of GOP leaders:

I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee. In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.

I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president. You can’t imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside, especially knowing of your support and the support of so many people across the country. But we believe it is for the best of the Party and the nation.

But Romney’s statement was not entirely Shermanesque. Romney said he thought he could win, though he noted it would be difficult. And in response to the hypothetical question of whether “there are any circumstances whatsoever” might develop that would get him to change his mind, he said, “that seems unlikely.”

But alas, not impossible.

Romney? Really?

Well, Mitt Romney apparently thinks what the country needs is Mitt Romney, and so he is, as White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deadpanned Tuesday, “considering getting the band back together again.” He’s calling his old donors and telling them to keep their mouths and their wallets shut, contacting former operatives and telling them he’s going… Continue Reading

Will Gruber Ruin the Romney Revival?

MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare whose comments disparaging Americans as stupid have gone viral, may not just be helping topple his own creation. He might also short-circuit the political revival of the man he worked with on a similar scheme, Mitt Romney, who was assisted by Gruber in creating Romneycare. The avalanche… Continue Reading