Mitt in 2012? Romney's stock is on the rise in the party, writes Alexander Mooney for CNN, and the former Massachusetts governor is showing all the signs that he's antsy to run again. For starters, he's currently schmoozing with the conservative elite on a Caribbean cruise, the same venue that first put Sarah Palin on the right's political radar.
Romney himself disavows such talk, but several aides say they expect an another run. If the economy continues to flounder, "there will be certainly be a draft Romney movement," predicts one conservative pundit. Mooney also notes that when Romney dropped out this year, he did so not in a hometown speech—the usual venue—but in a speech to grass-roots activists. "He is now in a better position to garner more conservative support because of it," said the pundit.