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!