I guess this is the new trend these days. You suspend your campaign, but you don’t drop out because maybe you have enough delegates to throw your weight around come convention time. Because Edwards didn’t technically quit, he just suspended his campaign too.

So Mark Halperin is saying it’s going to come at his CPAC speech today.

Is this a smart move? Don’t know yet, but I think we all know we’re going to see Romney again in four years. At least that’s the common wisdom because few think the Republicans can win the election this year. I wouldn’t be so sure about that, especially if Hillary is the nominee, but let’s just say the Dems win. After 4 years of another Clinton, the right will still be clamoring to have a candidate like Ronald Reagan. And since nobody is going to let Fred Thompson near a podium again, Romney fits that bill. Plus, he’s out of the political game and so he’ll have 4 years of not making any laws or flip flopping on abortion, etc., so he won’t seem so hard for conservatives to swallow.

At least that’s my guess. He may be vying for the VP position, but something tells me he’s not interested in that.

TPM has heard similar rumblings too.

His campaign confirms that he wants to run in 2012…but he wants to drop out so McCain can win?

Don’t those two things contradict each other?

Romney clearly hoped to preserve the goodwill of his party for another possible bid in 2012. He intends to run again in four years, according to a senior member of his inner circle.

“He should be president. 2012,” the confidant e-mailed after talking to Romney.

“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Sen. Clinton or Obama would win,” he said.

“And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”

Wow. Get a load of that last line. If a Democrat gets elected we’re surrendering to terror.

Whatever Mitt. Thanks for the memories…

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