Mitt Romney told his inner circle that he has decided not to run for president in 2016. He hasn’t made a public statement but word of his decision is flying around. Here’s the New York Times version.
Romney made the decision, which he didn’t quite say was final and unalterable, after consultations with his top advisors. Here’s how that went, according to the Times:
In a more than four-hour meeting last week, Mr. Romney’s top staff members and trusted advisers from 2012 relayed a sobering reality — they supported Mr. Romney and thought he would be the best president, but they did not necessarily encourage a third run.
One by one, loyal supporters talked about surveying their troops from 2012, and finding that the enthusiasm and support were just not there. Some Iowa precinct leaders were not coming back, and even in New Hampshire — where Mr. Romney had won the primary — the mood was described at best as “cautiously optimistic.” The situation with donors was also going to be an uphill climb.
This strikes me as good news for Romney and his family, and also for Jeb Bush who will be that much closer to being the consensus choice of the establishment wing of the Republican Party.