The PJ Tatler

Romney 'Assessing' Whether to Enter Race

Just what the GOP nomination race needs: a has-been loser already rejected once by the American people.

It’s hard to tell from the article whether this “boomlet” is coming from Romney’s own people or the eternally clueless donors who think they can find the unicorn under all that cow manure.

But you have to suspect that Ann Romney is sending up a trial balloon to see what falls from the sky. She appeared this morning on the Kilmeade and Friends radio show:

“All I can say is, we are in New York City, Mitt’s been with me a lot today, over the last few days and we have been walking the streets and people are screaming out there windows, I mean people on the street, people stop us on the street, everyone is saying ‘come, get in, jump in’, we hear it, we get a lot of phone calls, people are calling all the time, from our past donors saying ‘it’s time to think about it again’. We are assessing, it’s not like we are making a different decision, we are on the sidelines, we made a decision in January not to jump in. Like everyone, we are mystified by this race and entertained at the same time but there’s a lot of ups and downs in a primary and we went through this too by the way in our race, a lot of ups and downs. It’s a long way from being over. There is going to be a lot changes and I can guarantee you, in not too much more time, the same thing is going to be happening on the democratic side. There is one thing for certain and that is, there is a lot of distrust for Washington right now, a lot of frustration, a lot of anger. It is out there, both on the right and the left, you know we are participating and watching like everyone else is.”

(Brian) Not Ruling it out entirely?

“It’s not even like we are talking about it Brain, I can say other people are talking to us about it but we, Mitt and I are not even ready to talk about it.”

Politics certainly is weird. When the presidential bug bites, its effects appear to be permanent. That’s because there are aspects to campaigning for president that are incredibly seductive: the crowds, the press, the attention, the idea that you can make a difference. All of this speak to the man who has everything, who has accomplished virtually all that can be accomplished in his chosen field.

So, what the hey? May as well play world leader for a few years and get a mention or two in the history books, right?

To stand the pummelling from the press and your opponents, to endure the endless circuit of speeches, glad handing, begging cash from donors, and a thousand other annoyances — one must be possessed of a gigantic ego and supreme self assurance. In Romney’s case, he will probably rule out a run. But for a moment or two today, he must have gotten a thrill from seeing his name connected once again with the presidency.

Are these really the kind of people we want as president?