Is Mitt Romney Making a Comeback?

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney faced a sound defeat in 2012 when he challenged sitting Democratic President Barack Obama for his second term. And with that loss, the Republican politician mostly faded into the background — until he reemerged as one of the few conservatives to speak out against Donald Trump.

Romney paid for that opposition — then-president-elect Trump enjoyed humiliating the GOP statesman by dangling a potential cabinet appointment, only to snatch it back once Romney appeared to beg for the job.

Now, a full year later, Romney is toying with the idea of once more heading into the political arena — this time to be a senator. But that may not be as easy as it sounds, thanks to a petty, vindictive president who doesn’t know how to forgive and forget.

This time, Romney is considering running for office in Utah, not Massachusetts. “The former GOP presidential nominee is huddling with Utah’s class of GOP power brokers, contacting the state’s major political donors, and hitting the trail for candidates running in local races amid mounting speculation that the state’s longtime senator, Orrin Hatch, will retire,” Politico reported in mid-November. “Romney is also raising money for House and Senate Republicans, winning him favor with GOP leaders ahead of a treacherous midterm election.”

But having Romney in the Senate could be a disaster for the president. Romney already proved he won’t “yes man” Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, and any chance that he could be brought to the president’s side was torpedoed by the embarrassing secretary of state appointment power trip.

Even now, President Trump is pushing hard for Hatch to declare that he will serve another term, blocking any chance that Romney could run for office and gain even more power. When President Trump visited Utah, he expressed his hopes that the senator would ”continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come,” CNN reported, causing reporters to ask him if he was trying to keep Romney on the sidelines.

While both the president and his now unofficial — but still very much involved — advisor Steve Bannon appear ready to wage a war to keep Romney out of office, it’s unclear if they have the ability to make that happen.

“It seems unlikely that many Utahns are waiting breathlessly to see who Bannon thinks should be their next senator — or Trump for that matter,” writes political reporter Margaret Hartmann. ”Trump received just 46 percent of the vote in the heavily Republican state, with independent Evan McMullin taking 22 percent of the vote. In poll conducted two months ago, 75 percent of Utahns said Hatch should not run again, and Hatch came in third in a theoretical 2018 Senate race. The winner by far: Mitt Romney.”

That’s particularly bad news for the president, who aims to weed out any anti-administration GOP senators as soon as possible. His tireless targeting of and bickering with Republican Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker — both of whom are now considered what has become an endangered species of “moderate” Republican senators — shows that President Trump wants less “McConnell-esque” politicians in the GOP and more extremists eager to go along with his racist, anti-healthcare, anti-women, pro-big business agenda.

Meanwhile, Romney is already throwing a wrench in that plan. Earlier this week he spoke out against voting for a Republican just to support the party.

“No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity,” Romney stated in a tweet in reaction to the GOP and the president offering full endorsements of Alabama Republican Roy Moore, the senate candidate accused of sexually harassing minors. The statement was a solid rebuke not just to those who are endorsing Moore, but also seemed to chastise those who voted for the president.

Hatch is expected to make his decision on retirement within the next few weeks, and then we will see if Romney has a chance to make his comeback, or if President Donald Trump managed to sideline him for a few years more. Either way, you can be certain that whether he is running for office or not, Mitt Romney’s period of silence is over.

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47 comments

Marigold A
Marigold A1 days ago

Just goes to show that anyone can run for office. The outcome is up to voters or the lack thereof.

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 days ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 days ago

Noted.

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Winn Adams
Winn A2 days ago

:-(

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Winn Adams
Winn A2 days ago

Who?

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Elaine W
Elaine W3 days ago

An interesting possibility.

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Barbara V
Barbara V3 days ago

Romney is an absolute a hole. I still remember his referring to seniors as "useless eaters," which he WOULD. Another bigoted, prejudiced horror connected with the GOP. It's either get rid of the GOP or suffer the consequences.

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Roberta G
Roberta G3 days ago

Romney is an honorable and respected man, regardless of political party. trump is neither honorable or respected. I know which of the two I prefer.

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Just Human
Just Human3 days ago

It's a sad state of affairs when the likes of Romney sounds almost reasonable.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E3 days ago

brian f
Every President for the last few decades has promised "Health care"
The Clintons tried to put forth a plan as did other Presidents. President Obama DID get his foot in the door at least for millions of YOUR citizens to have the best he could negotiate.
brian you have a serious problem with negativity and you certainly don't make anyone want to vote for things the way YOU put them forth.
Grow UP and try being positive , even here. BOT.


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