This just in: A new Iowa poll says Mitt Romney is miles ahead in a poll of 2016 Republican caucus participants.
Run, Mitt, run.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has dropped a hint or two that might be thinking about a third run for the presidency in 2016. He lost the GOP nomination to John McCain in 2008, then got thumped — surprisingly, in the eyes of many — two years ago when President Obama thumped with a decisive Electoral College victory.
“Circumstances could change,” Mitt said recently when asked about a possible run once again for the White House.
What might those circumstances be? Only he and, I presume, his wife Ann, know the answer. OK, throw in his five sons; they’ll know when something is up.
Frankly, I’d like to see Mitt go again. I am curious to see if the Olympic organizer/business mogul/former Massachusetts governor has learned from the mistakes that might have cost him the White House in 2012. Will he steer clear of “47 percent” comments? Will he refrain from saying that “corporations are people, too, my friend”? Will he forgo making $10,000 wager offers on a debate stage with other Republican rivals?
He might also be a bit more specific than he’s been about how he’d handle these international crises differently than the man who beat him in 2012.
For my money, Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the candidate to beat in 2016, even though she’s looking less inevitable than she was looking about six months ago.
Mitt, though, could give her a tussle.
You go, Mitt.