If you even remotely follow the news today, you’re well aware that Mitt Romney has announced he will not make a third run for president in the 2016 election. After months of non-committal answers from the former Massachusetts governor, ultimately his wife Ann proved correct in that her husband will not attempt to defy the odds.
Because Romney was so wishy-washy about his intentions for the past half-year or so, the chattering class has been especially chattery. Most people kept their bold predictions to themselves and, surprisingly, a lot of people got it right that Mitt won’t run.
But here are seven political pundits and politicians who apparently got it wrong — whether they outright declared Mitt will run or, even worse, asserted that he will definitely be the nominee. (All of this could change, however, if Romney continues his streak of unpredictability and decides to jump in at last second.)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz
This Utah Republican told Chris Matthews on July 7 that “I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run and I think he will be the next President of the United States.” Like Romney, Chaffetz is a devout Mormon.
The Fox News contributor, Newsmax columnist, and former Clinton pollster told The Fox Report on August 3: “Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee in 2016.”
In early October, the Fox News primetime star told a hopeful Ann Coulter: “I think Mitt Romney’s going to be the nominee, as it stands now. I really believe that he’s going to do it, because there’s nobody else getting any traction.”
The MSNBC contributor and New York Times correspondent’s self-contradictions on a Romney run sort of mirrors that of Mitt himself. In June, Barro threw “cold water” on Romney predictors:
I'll be on @allinwithchris at 840, pouring cold water on your hope that Mitt Romney will be the 2016 GOP nominee.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 21, 2014
But then in October, he was certain of the opposite:
Btw if we're laying down our markers, here's mine: I believe Mitt Romney will be renominated.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) October 6, 2014
And then today, after the news broke, he displayed a sense of humor about it all.
Two weeks ago, the famed Democratic analyst told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “Mitt is going to get in and go to the right.” Pressed on whether he’s certain, Carville added: “Of course he’s going to get in and he’s going to run against [Jeb] Bush from the right.”
As late as this morning, the Game Change author was sure Romney would throw his hat into the ring:
To be clear: I don't know what @MittRomney will say this morning, but every talk I've had w/ Mitt World leads me to believe he will run
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) January 30, 2015
The Daily Beast’s Sources
Oof. Upon learning that Romney would have an 11 a.m. press phone call, The Daily Beast wrote up an exclusive report claiming internal sources indicate Mitt will run. The rest is history:
We got it wrong. Mitt Romney is not running for President. http://t.co/se9pQApY5X
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) January 30, 2015
Of course, the weirdest part of all: It appears as though Dick Morris finally got something kind of correct.
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