3:10 PM, Jul 7, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
It seems these days, everything's coming up Romney. There's talk the two-time presidential candidate and the 2012 Republican nominee ought to run for the job again in 2016. Writing in Politico magazine, Emil Henry makes "the case for Mitt Romney" and draws comparisons to Richard Nixon's political resuscitation after eight years as vice president, a failed presidential run in 1960, and a failure to win the California governor's race two years later:
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.
And Romney hasn't exactly disappeared from the political scene. He's made some high-profile endorsements in this year's Senate races, including rising political star Joni Ernst of Iowa. The latest is a little more predictable, though perhaps no less effective, with the former Massachusetts governor endorsing former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown last week in the latter's bid for Senate in neighboring New Hampshire. (Like Romney, Brown lost in 2012.)
Here's a new video from the Brown campaign featuring Romney's endorsement speech, which sounds very similar to the standard Romney stump speech from 2012:
And now, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is selling bumper stickers (for $5!) featuring the old Romney 2012 logo and claiming that "Romney was right"—a pithier version of the old "don't blame me, I voted for..." standby.
"The fact that it turned out that Romney WAS right at so many issues, from Obama's saccharine approach to global threats to ObamaCare," says NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring, explaining the genesis of the bumper sticker.
In fact, the Romney vindication ship set sail as early as last fall, when BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins suggested Romney might have been "right about everything," from Russia's aggressiveness to Detroit's bankruptcy. In March, the Washington Post made a similar suggestion. The release earlier this year of Mitt, a documentary showing a softer side of Romney, won acclaim in some political circles.
So does America need Romney, now more than ever? Early polls of the unformed GOP field shows Republicans are interested in Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Paul Ryan (Romney's 2012 running mate). Most of the men on that list have made some moves that signal they're planning on running.
As for Mitt? Don't count on it. Take it from the man himself:
Asked whether he still had the presidential "bug" ahead of 2016, Romney kept the focus on Brown.
"I got the bug to help Scott — that's about it," he said.
12:01 PM, Jul 1, 2014 • By FRED BAUER
In late June, the Pew Research Center released "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology." Breaking the nation's voting public into seven types (plus one type that does not regularly vote), Pew aims to give a more granular perspective on the nation's body politic. Pew's political map can be a helpful tool for Republicans and conservatives looking to chart a path to a sustainable governing coalition.
9:08 AM, May 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Paradise for the most dedicated supporters of President Obama would look like an eternal campaign. It would, in fact, be an eternal campaign. The speeches about hope and change would never end and there would be no messy governing to attend to. One could promise passionately, to make the Department of Veterans Affairs the envy of the world and say things like:
8:04 AM, May 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Rick Perry of Texas criticized President Barack Obama's Washington-centric approach to solving problems in a Sunday appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. Perry was asked by host David Gregory about the recent botched execution of a convicted murderer in neighboring Oklahoma and the announcement from Obama that his administration would be "analyzing" the use of capital punishment in various states. Perry said he was confident about how Texas administered executions, and then offered a critique of Obama.
5:33 PM, Apr 21, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the freshman Democratic senator from Massachusetts, did not say whether or not she thought her fellow Democrat, Hillary Clinton, would make a good president. ABC News's David Muir asked Warren the question in an interview airing Monday night on ABC.
"Do you think Hillary Clinton would make a good president?" Muir asked.
"I think Hillary Clinton is terrific," Warren said. "We've gotta stay focused on these issues right now."
5:01 PM, Apr 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Nebraska senator Deb Fischer will travel next door to Iowa in support of a fellow female Republican running in a tough primary for U.S. Senate. According to a press release from ShePAC, a conservative women's group, Fischer will go to Des Moines later this month to campaign for Joni Ernst, who is running for the seat currently held by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin. Ernst is locked in a primary battle with four other Republican candidates, including leading candidate Mark Jacobs.
6:38 PM, Mar 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who defeated Republican Scott Brown in 2012, has sent out a fundraising email to encourage supporters to donate to New Hampshire Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown announced Friday he is forming an exploratory committee to run against Shaheen for her U.S. Senate seat. Warren's email urges people to "beat Scott Brown again."
Read the email below:
8:47 AM, Mar 12, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that "America is a great place for second chances" when asked about running for president in 2016. Perry, appearing on Kimmel's show Tuesday night while on location in Austin, teased the idea of running again after his failed 2012 bid.
"Are you going to run for president again?" Kimmel asked, adding, "Obviously, maybe this isn't the place you want to announce it."
"It's probably not the place I want to announce," said Perry. "This is not the crowd I want to make the announcement to."
Remains open to 2016 presidential run.7:00 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Rick Perry is in a good mood, and it’s not just because it’s his 64th birthday. Tuesday is primary day in Texas, and for the first time in what seems like forever, his name’s not on the ballot. The office he’s made his own—with paintings of the Texas landscapes and framed photos of recent war heroes from Texas—for the last 13 years will belong to someone else next January. But Perry doesn’t sound wistful in the twilight of his term.
6:01 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Matt Doheny, a House candidate in upstate New York, lost his two previous bids for the seat. His more recent defeat, in 2012, came after photos and video surfaced of Doheny, then engaged, kissing one woman and canoodling with her and another woman outside a Washington, D.C., restaurant. Doheny had been attending a GOP-sponsored candidate workshop in Washington.
5:41 PM, Aug 19, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe of Virginia has emailed its supporters likening Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli to failed 2012 Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.
10:42 AM, Aug 13, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign is refusing to answer questions about allegations the campaign paid for endorsements before the Iowa caucuses last year. Jesse Benton, a longtime Paul aide who is now campaign manager for Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, has not replied to requests for comment after an audio recording surfaced whereby an Iowa state senator, Kent Sorenson, admitted he had received a $30,000 check from high-level Paul campaign official, accepting the money in exchange for switching his support from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul.
8:04 AM, Jun 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum spoke Thursday at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington about the failure of the Republican party and its presidential nominee to speak to the concerns of middle class and working people. Politico's James Hohmann reports:
9:14 AM, May 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Republican National Committee announces that it's filing a Freedom of Information Act request for the release of all "Benghazi Emails Between Obama’s Reelection Campaign and State Department." The RNC's press release reads: