Like boxers who refuse to be counted out, you have to give credit to politicians who withstand the rigors of campaigning, lose and then get up and try again.
Ronald Reagan did it (and we’re sure he glad he did). Hillary Clinton did it, and we’re hoping she’s done with the whole circus.
But another name has just floated to the surface: Mitt Romney. Not for president, but perhaps for the Senate.
He himself hasn’t announced any intention to run in 2018, but this week, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch mentioned Romney as figuring into his own plans for retirement.
Per The Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) says he would consider retiring if Mitt Romney ran to replace him.
Hatch told National Journal in a Wednesday interview that he hasn’t made a decision yet on whether he will run for reelection in 2018.
“I know I made a comment that I’ll likely run for reelection. I haven’t made that final determination,” he said.
“There are a bunch of reasons to do it, a bunch of reasons not to do it.”
He mentioned his “wonderful wife,” saying she “put up with me going 18 hours a day back here and then out there in Utah.” He also noted he had established the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, which he has to work on.
“So these are things that are pulling at me,” he said. “If I could get a really outstanding person to run for my position, I might very well consider it.”
Hatch pointed to Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a former governor of Massachusetts, when asked if he had anyone in mind to replace him.
“I’ve expressed interest to him,” he responded. “I can see why he might not want to do it, but I can also see why if he did it, it would be a great thing for America.”
The 83-year-old Hatch was first elected to the Senate in 1976. Sure seems like a good time to bring in some new blood.
Not sure Mitt Romney fits that bill. Romney does seem like a smart and decent man, but sadly we know those aren’t necessarily qualities that help you succeed in politics.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]