Some Republican establishment operatives and their big donors want former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to run again in 2016–but they won’t go on record with their comments.
An anonymous establishment operative told left-wing BuzzFeed that the 2016 GOP field, which is considered as strong as 2012’s was weak, has “gotten so bad” from the establishment’s point of view that donors are “looking back fondly on the good old days of 2012.”
“You know what a lot of them say to me? I think we need Mitt back,” the anonymous source told the liberal outlet.
A recent poll of 2016 presidential primary voters in New Hampshire found that Romney was still leading in the Granite State, but other polls have shown that the Republican establishment figures still have not learned the lessons from 2012.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, while former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, though she was not included in the poll, had the highest favorability rating among Republican presidential primary voters.