Mitt Romney Is In Demand This Week
For a losing presidential candidate, Mitt Romney sure is in demand this week, even in his somewhat disaffected home state of Massachusetts.
Nationally, Romney is an obvious spokesperson for the rather rocky week being had by Obamacare. Aside from his 2012 opposition to the law, both Romney and Obama like to point out that Romney led the rollout of a similar health care reform as governor of Massachusetts. (This means different things to the different men.) And so there he was, wife Ann Romney by his side, on CBS’s This Morning Friday, where he was asked if he’d like to offer the nation a big, “I told you so.” (He declined, at least literally.) Still, he argued that rollout issues were one thing, but Obama’s assertion that no one would lose a health insurance plan was the greater offense.
Meanwhile, here in Massachusetts, Romney’s name has cropped up a lot alongside headlines about a potential bid for the 2024 Boston Olympics. It was reported that Romney was advising “an elite group including some of the area’s most powerful business leaders, developers, and construction experts,” who were exploring a bid for 2024. That makes sense as he’s both a former governor and former head of the 2002 Salt Lake City games.
Also considering a bid is a new legislative committee, and the State House News Service reports this morning that they’d like a word with Romney, too:
“I’m sure the commission would love to hear from Gov. Romney,” said Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat who wrote the bill creating the special legislative commission.
Donoghue said, “I know he has been in touch with the private group who has been looking at this very seriously and we would certainly love to hear from him…
Perhaps this praising press is why Mitt and Ann seemed so laid back on CBS, joking around, and asserting, as ever, that Romney is really a funny guy. Reasonable minds can disagree there, but no doubt he’s at least more relevant this month than is typical.