The Huffington Post has some excerpts from a new book called Collision 2012 by Dan Balz, all about the 2012 presidential election. The excerpt reveals that the Romney family in 2010 took a vote on whether he should run for president again and the vote was 10-2 against it — with Mitt being one of the no votes.
“Mitt Romney had other reasons to think that not running might be the wiser choice. Winning as a moderate from Massachusetts who happened to be Mormon was always going to be difficult. “A lot of the thinking on the part of my brothers and dad was, ‘I’m not sure I can win a primary given those dynamics.’” Tagg Romney said. The prospective candidate also knew the sheer physical and family toll another campaign would take. “He’s a private person and, push comes to shove, he wants to spend time with his family and enjoy his time with them,” his son said. “Even up until the day before he made the announcement, he was looking for excuses to get out of it. If there had been someone who he thought would have made a better president than he, he would gladly have stepped aside.” …
In an interview with Balz that’s placed at the very end of “Collision 2012,” Romney explained that he ultimately decided to run when he saw the other (leaving-something-to-be-desired) candidates in the GOP field.
“I didn’t think that any one of them had a good chance of defeating the president,” he told Balz, “and in some cases I thought that they lacked the experience and perspective necessary to do what was essential to get the country on track.”
I get so tired of this “if someone else had stepped up I would not have run, but no one did and I’m just so selfless that I reluctantly decided to do it” nonsense. Donald Trump is using a similar line now about 2016. Do they not realize how unbelievably arrogant that sounds? “No one anywhere near as good as me is in the race, so I am forced by my sheer brilliance to do it. The nation needs me.” Jesus, get over yourself.