Eric Cantor may be comforted to learn that a canny GOP politician can shed the "loser" tag in less than two years, if Mitt Romney's recent progress is anything to go by. Romney has been quietly rebuilding his political brand since his 2012 loss and aims to become a kingmaker in the GOP fight to regain the Senate this fall, the AP finds. Romney's annual "Ideas Summit" in Park City, Utah, begins today and guests at the private event are expected to include Republican heavyweights and potential 2016 contenders like Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee.
"I don't think he's ever been more popular than he is today," Romney's former campaign finance director says. There have even been rumors of a 2016 run, but Romney allies say the 67-year-old is now more interested in trying to shape the party's future. The GOP chairman of the county that includes Park City, however, says Romney would have a "good shot" at winning the nomination and his name would be welcome on the ballot. "I think it would be a positive reaction. I don't think Americans, as a whole, are better off now than they were two years ago," he tells the Park Record. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)