Barbour Shares Some Folksy Insights on a Romney Run

My grand-daddy used to say you don’t learn much from the second kick of a mule.

— Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), quoted by Bloomberg, on Mitt Romney running for president again.

Before Mitt Romney Cared About the Middle Class

When I watch John Edwards from time to time get up and talk about two Americas. I’m tempted to — well, offer an expletive like, ‘Baloney!’

— Mitt Romney, quoted by CBS News in 2008, before his newfound concern about income inequality in America.

It’s a Theme!

Mitt Romney’s out to seize this moment
When some fans want him to be our president.
As the rich got richer,
The poor got poorer,
But Mitt’s gotta new compassion for his 47 percent!

Romney Starts with Lame Campaign Jokes Already

Let me state unequivocally that I have no intention of running for U.S. Senator of Massachusetts.

— Mitt Romney, quoted by CBS News.

More Republicans Voicing Doubts About Romney Run

The third time is not a charm. And as much respect and admiration as I have for Governor Romney I’m not one of those who is encouraging him to enter the race right now. Again, I just don’t think there’s much to be gained by a third kick here. I don’t think it’ll work out for him.

— Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), quoted by TPM.

Christie Almost as Unpopular as Palin for GOP Nominee


Of Republicans would not like to see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie run for the Republican nomination for president, while just 29% would, according to a new CBS poll. But 44% say no. Only former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s numbers are more underwater: 30% of Republicans say they’d like to see her run, but 59% disagree. In contrast, 59% of Republicans would like to see Mitt Romney jump into the 2016 race, while 26% believe he should stay out.

Noonan: There Is No Such Thing as ‘Romneyism’

There was something known as Reaganism. It was a real movement within the party and then the nation. Reaganism had meaning. You knew what you were voting for. It was a philosophy that people understood. Philosophies are powerful. They carry you, and if they are right and pertinent to the moment they make you inevitable. … There is no such thing as Romneyism and there never will be. Mr. Romney has never encompassed a philosophical world. He has never become the symbol of an attitude toward government, or an approach to freedom or fairness. “Romneyism” is just “Mitt should be president.” That is not enough.

— Peggy Noonan, writing in the Wall Street Journal.

Hatch Thinks Third Time’s the Charm for Romney

“I’d like to see him very badly run again. I think if he did decide to run, this third time, he’d win.

— Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), in an interview with Yahoo News, on Mitt Romney.

Paul: Romney Run the ‘Definition of Insanity’

It’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. … A couple of months ago he said that he’d had his chance and it was time for somebody new. He was probably right when he said that. I think we do need somebody and something new.

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), to the New Hampshire Journal.

Paul: Romney Is ‘Yesterday’s News’

If Romney runs to the right of Jeb Bush, he’ll still be to the left of the rest of the party, so it may be a difficult spot to occupy. Look, I like Governor Romney, I like him personally, I think he is a good person, I think he was a great businessman. But you know that’s yesterday’s news.

— Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), quoted by the Louisville Courier Journal.

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