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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Draft Mitt Movement Picks Up Steam

Posted by on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

There's some lettering in a box right on the front page of that says it, in case you're wondering:

This website is not paid for by Mitt Romney

But the petition to draft Mitt Romney now has over 115,000 digital signatures, and the website promises that "All petition signatures will be hand-delivered to Mitt Romney." On Facebook and Twitter, they're sharing Mitt-centric memes:

They're comparing him to Ronald Reagan, who was also a governor who won on his third presidential run. They're retweeting people who ask "Could Romney III be like Rocky III?" They're bragging about "MittMentum" and slagging other 2016 presidential contenders. The only people who aren't for drafting Mitt? Mitt's people:

The problem is, according to Romney's former finance chairman and "sixth son" Spencer Zwick, "Mitt is not supporting this."

"This organization has absolutely no bearing on Mitt Romney running for president. He says he's not running for president and nothing this organization can do will change that ... The organization has no merit. None," Zwick told the Deseret News.

In conclusion, I hope the Draft Mitt movement keeps going all the way to Cleveland 2016. This idea that Mr. 47 Percent is the absolute best the Republican Party has to offer is frankly intoxicating.


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Posted by treacle on August 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 2
Reagan unsuccessfully tried to get the nomination in 1976, but when was his other attempt? 1972? In any event, he didn't lose the general and then manage a comeback. Has there ever been a presidential candidate who lost in the primary, four years later lost in the general, and then came back and won the general? Nixon seems the closest, but even he licked his wounds for eight years.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 4, 2014 at 4:28 PM · Report this
115K represents - what? - maybe one-tenth of 1% of the total number of votes cast in the 2012 presidential election? Of which Romney received 47% or about 61,000,000 votes. So basically, he's being asked to run in 2016 by an insignificant sub-set of conservative voters. I don't think even he could be swayed by that tepid degree of support.
Posted by COMTE on August 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
sperifera 4
Ohhhhhhh, Raindrop........
Posted by sperifera on August 4, 2014 at 4:49 PM · Report this
Gay Dude For Romney is in heaven.
Posted by Clayton on August 4, 2014 at 4:53 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 6
@2 - That's a very specific set of circumstances, but Grover Cleveland did lose the general election of 1888 and then won four years later.
Posted by MacCrocodile on August 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM · Report this
Wow. Talk about setting yourself up. Comparing him to Ronald Reagan, are they? The President who raised taxes I don't know how many times, expanded government by a factor of three or four, had more indicted officials in his inner circle than any other president in our history, and simultaneously talked about eliminating taxes, reducing the size of government, and waging peace on our enemies -- great politician to compare your candidate to, folks. Side of mouth, may I introduce Other Side of mouth?
Posted by Calpete on August 4, 2014 at 5:08 PM · Report this

But, Saint Ronnie is revered by the Right! None of your pesky facts matter to these people - in their eyes Reagan not only could do no wrong (!), but furthermore, they consider him the greatest president of all-time, except maybe for Washington.
Posted by COMTE on August 4, 2014 at 5:24 PM · Report this
raindrop 9
@4: Extremely remote. Ann, especially, and the boys are very reluctant to go through it all over again and I doubt that Mitt could be persuaded. But you never know.

It's far too early. There is plenty of time for a dark horse to emerge for ether party.
Posted by raindrop on August 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM · Report this
@2 're the late Pres Nixon - my favorite campaign slogan " Don't change Dicks in the middle of a screw, 're-elect Nixon in '72!"
Posted by pat L on August 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM · Report this
America just can't resist those Harvard B School grads! Our U S of A is just one big old Case Study!
Posted by pat L on August 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM · Report this
Dougsf 12

For this analogy to work it would have to be revealed the establishment hand-picked Obama's challengers in order to continue his presidency. Unless, of course, Romney is Mr. T, but then he'd have to call out MIchelle and end up losing anyhow.

Also someones running mate would have to get shoved and suffer a heart attack.
Posted by Dougsf on August 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 13

But Cleveland actually was president. So we've established that, if you're president, and you lose reelection, maybe you can be reelected later. But a perennial loser like Romney? Americans don't like losers.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 4, 2014 at 6:47 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 14
@13 - I'm just saying, it just takes once to break a pattern that everybody "knows". The past losses hurt him, but they don't count him out completely. If he ran again and got the nomination, he'd still close to 40% of the popular vote at least. Or a new record could be set for a landslide victory. I don't know.
Posted by MacCrocodile on August 4, 2014 at 7:09 PM · Report this
I think it unlikely Romney will run again. Nor do I think Jeb Bush will run in 2016. Assuming the Republican party remains on its current path the crop of 2016 Republican candidates will be a shit storm of vicious crazy (as opposed to the shit storm of stupid crazy that it was 2012) that no sane person would want to participate in.

Posted by Machiavelli was framed on August 4, 2014 at 7:41 PM · Report this
@10, pat L: thanks for that wonderful quote from the late, great George Meany. One my other favorite Meanyisms: Dick Nixon, before he dicks you.

Also responsible for a wonderful quip about youth in Asia for Nixon, which at first blush seemed like a comment on the war, but when said as all one word took on a whole new meaning.
Posted by gnossos on August 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM · Report this
fletc3her 17
If nothing else, McCain made Romney look good in comparison. Palin was exponentially worse than whoever Romney ran with.
Posted by fletc3her on August 4, 2014 at 8:46 PM · Report this
Knat 18
In the future, any time Slog mentions Mitt Romney, could you give him the same sort of treatment that Santorum gets?
Posted by Knat on August 4, 2014 at 8:49 PM · Report this
sperifera 19
@9 - Sadly, Mr. Romney was the cream of the crop in 2012, and remains there as the mid-terms approach. It's hard to believe that a dark horse wouldn't already be in the whisper/discussion phase at this point, it just doesn't work that way anymore (on either side).
Posted by sperifera on August 4, 2014 at 9:13 PM · Report this
Somehow I read Draft Mitt Romney as in force Mitt Romney to enlist in the military and I imagined him being dropped with a parachute to the edge of ISIS controlled territory somewhere near the Syria/Iraq border. I guess I was wrong.
Posted by Gavel Anvilbottoms on August 4, 2014 at 10:42 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 21
@17 Heh, you're right: it took me way longer than I'd have guessed to dredge up the name "Paul Ryan" from my moth-eaten memory cells.

And you're right about McCain. At least he has the minimal quality for a respectable politician: he can fake sincerity. I can tolerate him for that.

Whereas Mitt is too transparently smug and entitled to fool anybody, and Palin is too stupid to do ANYTHING correctly.

I guess that makes Ryan the most dangerous of these also-rans, since he's just an empty suit full of vicious ambition. Kinda reminds me of Nixon...
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on August 4, 2014 at 11:08 PM · Report this
I like how they're keeping the Aquafresh-esque logo around.
Posted by The CHZA on August 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM · Report this
SIGH. Spoliers: Rocky Balboa won his title in Rocky II. By Rocky III he had become comfortable and complacent in his celebrity, and LOST his title to hungry up-and-comer Clubber Lang (Mr. T), leading to a crisis of confidence and eventual comeback (and win) aided by his new friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Posted by duffellduffell on August 5, 2014 at 4:00 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 24
I hate to say it, but Mitt might be able to beat Hillary Clinton: for one thing, he's neither Clinton nor Bush, but also there's a lot of people - including the women-who-hate-other-women crowd, who don't want Clinton, and he's a passable alternative for them.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on August 5, 2014 at 6:35 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 25
@24, I agree, Clinton is oddly divisive amongst Democrats and frankly many of them will stay home if she's the choice in November 2016. The only thing that could help her is if there are really energizing candidates and initiatives down ballot from her for progressives to get excited about.

Romney could win not because he's any good but because the Democrats can't get someone who excites their base. Right now 2016 lenas slightly to the Democrats...barely.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on August 5, 2014 at 7:08 AM · Report this
@25 Given the likely choices for Republican candidate, I sincerely hope that sane people could at least get to "hold their nose and vote" against that shit.

I do agree about divisive and am certainly in the anyone but her camp for the primary. On the other hand, a significant portion of the Republican-leaning part of my family have expressed interest in voting her into office.

Unfortunately, there's Hillary, maybe Biden, maybe Schweitzer, perhaps Bernie to at least pull things to the left, the draft Warren faction and what?
Posted by Call Some Talent Up From Triple-A on August 5, 2014 at 8:50 AM · Report this
I don't like dynasties. Romney wanted to be a dynasty following his father, and Clinton is following her husband. So, since I don't like either of them for that, I can hold my nose and vote for Clinton. I also don't like shitstorms of vicious crazy.
Posted by originalcinner on August 5, 2014 at 10:02 AM · Report this
IndicaDogwalk 28
Republican bigots are so desperate they are willing to resurrect that guy? Fucking depressing. Poor bigots - they have no obvious leadership strong enough to grab the presidency. Fucking morons - what do they expect? Most of the USA isn't as stupid as they are, and most of us are interested in progressing FORWARD into the future, not into some fake-1950's Leave it to Beaver bullshit world of lies.

Republicans deserve the trouncing they are going to get. Fucking worthless shits.
Posted by IndicaDogwalk on August 5, 2014 at 1:13 PM · Report this
Good luck with all that.
Posted by Patricia Kayden on August 5, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this

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