You just had to know that Mitt Romney wasn’t going to just piss off and go away gracefully. He didn’t just slink off into the sunset to a life of political exile and great material wealth after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the 2012 election and when he announced that he wasn’t running this time around it was hard to take him seriously. Now, just like that recurrent case of incurable herpes that can never be vanquished, the Mittster may be getting ready to re-enter the scene as the man on the white horse who will rescue the GOP establishment from the hated Donald Trump. There are reports that the deep-pocketed donors are less than thrilled with the current field and are practically down on their knees begging God that Romney will reconsider and carry the day since it is getting pretty clear that Jeb! is in way over his head.
Romney is said to be appalled at how Trump has rocketed to the lead in polls and like the typical elitist snob, thinks that the Donald is uncouth and unsuitable as the GOP nominee. According to a story from New York Magazine entitled “Romney Is Horrified by Trump — and That’s Restarting ‘Mitt 2016’ Talk”:
As Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican presidential race, frustration and panic have become high enough to make some inside the party Establishment pine for a candidate they roundly rejected as recently as January: Mitt Romney. Romney himself has become one of Trump’s most vocal detractors inside the party. “He’s someone to whom civility means a lot. The whole Trump thing really bothers him,” a close Romney adviser told me — and some Romney-ites are only too happy to talk up the prospect of their man jumping into the race if the Establishment fails to stop Trump, whose support in Iowa and New Hampshire is currently greater than Jeb Bush’s, Scott Walker’s, Marco Rubio’s, Chris Christie’s, and John Kasich’s combined.
“Mitt wants to run. He never stopped wanting to run,” a senior member of his 2012 team told me. Other Romney-ites, watching this cycle’s candidates falling short, feel a sense of vindication after all the attacks they endured after Romney’s failed 2012 bid. “These guys like Walker and Perry, they were big deals in their states, but you get them onto the national stage and it’s a different story,” a former Romney adviser told me. “It’s like they were in middle school, and now they’re freshmen in high school and they’re getting their faces slammed in the toilets.”
Mitt is either an egomaniac or a lunatic who believes that he is the chosen one to fulfill the Mormon “White Horse Prophecy” but the man is driven by something. The establishment is going to spend millions of dollars in a shock and awe barrage of negative advertising against Trump in September in the hope that something can finally stop him even though he has survived several concerted attempts to take him down already. If the September media onslaught fails to mortally wound Trump and voters don’t start to warm up to John Ellis Bush, then Romney may be just the man to take on the varmint. It would almost be like a real life version of Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider” with Mitt as hired gun Marshal Stockburn being brought in to solve a problem for the wealthy town boss and anyone who saw the movie knows how well that turned out.