Mother Jones was in Utah for the return of Mr. 47%… no really.
Wow, things sure have gotten dire for the supposed-moderate wing of the Republican Party. Over the weekend, just days after Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his primary to a tea party upstart, a group of business-minded GOPers convened in Park City, Utah, where they pined for what might have been. Let the Mitt Romney Resurrection begin!
With a theme of “The Future of American Leadership,” the conference had been convened by Romney, and included a host of Republican officials who have been speculated to be the nominee in 2016: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. But despite the presence of those bigwigs, attendees were still looking to the past. Near the start of Friday, according to theWashington Post, MSNBC host and former congressman Joe Scarborough called for a Draft Romney movement. “This is the only person that can fill the stage,” Scarborough was quoted as saying.
Scarborough wasn’t alone; Romney’s major donors joined the chorus of calling for his return, and former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (himself a potential 2016er on the Democrats’ side) offered a lukewarm endorsement of the cause. “He would be a giant in a field of midgets,” Schweitzer said. Romney’s supporters have tried to repair his image since his failed presidential bid, pointing to instances like Russia where they claim he was right all along.