I first became aware of the “bring back Mitt” movement among establishment-type Republicans last month when Politico gave the world The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016. This was authored by definite partisan (a former Romney staffer and fellow private equity guy), but appeared in a not especially partisan outlet. This seems to be becoming a pattern.
Last week, The Washington Post published As Democrats avoid Obama, Romney is in demand on the midterm campaign trail. This is obviously not a place where one expects a GOP slant, but this story was written by former National Review Online scribe Robert Costa.
Now today we have the UK’s Telegraph (a conservative bent, but among the largest non-tabloid papers in the country) with Could Mitt Romney ride to the rescue of the Republican Party?. This week’s partisan author is Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller. The story includes a Pat Buchanan quote, complete with a thoughtful plug for his new Nixon book.
Of course, the next one of these stories to reconcile itself with the fact Romney was busy last summer making sure everyone understood he never really wanted to be president in the first place will be the first.