Update: Romney has apparently thought things through and won't seek a third bid. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee." Here's the full statement.
Ahhh, yes — this is what you want to see on a Friday morning: Mitt Romney is running for president. For a third time. After getting crushed twice. But he's confident! And he's a man of the people! He is Willard Mittens Romney goddammit, and he now has a deep concern about poverty.
Anyway, Mittens is expected to hold a conference call with supporters to discuss his current plans for 2016 sometime within the next hour. According to The Daily Beast, he's expected to announce the creation of a presidential exploratory committee. If the report is accurate, that means he's in for 2016, and he thinks he can beat Jeb Bush — and whomever the Koch Brothers plan to support with their $889 million war chest. But the presidential election is 19 months away, so the entire dynamic of the race will shift, at least, forty-thousand more times.
So, in the meantime, let's remember the finer points: For example, here's Romney 2.0, campaigning in Michigan in 2012. It's where he proclaimed that he absolutely adores Michigan's trees. "The trees are the right height," he says. Goddamn right they are.