Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who has transformed into one of his generation’s most preeminent Rockefeller Republicans, believes Mitt Romney should run for president again in 2016.
Speaking to about 300 guests at “a luxury resort in the Rocky Mountains” with other potential GOP presidential hopefuls like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Scarborough reportedly urged the establishment donors and insiders to being a “Draft Romney” movement.
“This is the only person that can fill the stage,” Scarborough said at a summit hosted by Romney, according to a Washington Post report.
Scarborough and other attendees may not have realized that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) was ousted last week because he was seen as emblematic of an ossifying Republican Party that favored cronyism over free markets. That was why Romney could never appeal to blue-collar American workers and similarly situated minorities in 2012 who dislike the GOP when it is perceived as being in bed with big-business crony capitalists seeking corporate-welfare handouts.