Hosting the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” Schieffer said he's been told that 2012 GOP nominee, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, might run for president again in 2016. This column reported Romney's apparent interest in running in 2016 and then also signs that he is preparing to run for president again. The more “moderate” Republican In Name Only (RINO) leadership of the party appears to have considered MSNBC “Morning Joe” show host Joe Scarborough before making a major push to get former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to run in 2016.
Schieffer said he has a source that says Romney could run if Jeb Bush does not run for president in 2016. “I have a source that told me that if Jeb Bush decides not to run, that Mitt Romney may actually try it again,” Shieffer said on the program yesterday.
There are at least two key factors involved that are driving the jockeying for 2016 that we're seeing. The pro-immigration RINOpublican establishment is desperate to insure the GOP nominates a candidate they can approve of, out of fear that the GOP base will instead nominate a more consistent conservative nominee like Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The GOP establishment has an extreme fear, that is unwarranted, that the TEA Party and conservative base will move the Republican Party “too far” to the right, and insure the defeat of the GOP in the 2016 election. Therefore, the RINOpublican establishment seeks to do everything it can to once again engineer the nomination of a more moderate Republican in 2016.
Romney, I suspect, believes he has learned from his mistakes in 2012 and believes, if given another chance as Republican nominee, he would win the election in 2016. Romney is considered acceptable by the GOP establishment who supported him in 2012 when he ran as a McCain type moderate. While Romney campaigned as a Reagan conservative in 2008 and has maintained conservative leaning positions on marriage, abortion, immigration and other issues, he appears to be prepared to run as the “mainstream conservative” who can get support of the establishment as well as the conservative movement. Romney, if he runs, will claim to be the only candidate who can unite the various factions of the GOP and beat the Democrats in 2016.
I think Romney believes he can pull this off, and perhaps knows that Jeb Bush is not going to run, because clearly, the wacky comments on immigration by Bush can only be viewed as an attempt by Jeb to disqualify himself from running in 2016. I suspect Jeb Bush doesn't really want to run, and it making his best effort to disqualify himself, because he can't just simply come out and say he doesn't want to run for president.
In the end, I see Romney running for president again. His primary competition for the nomination will be former 2008 rival, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and one of either Ted Cruz or Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
The bad news for the far left is this, all of those candidates are social issues conservatives (including Romney) and one of them will be our next president. This country is not going to elect Hillary Clinton or Andrew Cuomo as our next president.
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