Mitt Romney has returned to the public radar seven months after losing the presidential election, granting carefully parsed out interviews and timely statements that get more aggressive with each news report.
As the week plays out, it’s all about “Experts and Enthusiasts,” a three-day summit organized by Mr. Romney that begins Wednesday in Park City, Utah pairing up high-profile politicians, tycoons, investors and the proverbial “thought leaders” of the Republican Party.
On the motley guest list: Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Obama strategist David Axelrod and Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman.
“They represent very different perspectives in the Republican Party,” says Mr. Romney. said.
The conference has a $5,000 registration fee, incidentally. Eldest son Tagg Romney also plays a role: his private equity firm Solamere Capital is a partial sponsor of the meeting.
But there’s recreation afoot as well. There will also be skeet shooting, golf and horseback riding in the scenic countryside, all in the company of Mr. Romney and wife Ann.
What does it all mean?
“This is just the next round in the internal civil war in the Republican Party. Romney is obviously trying to reorient it to be more business-friendly and to get away from the social issues,” University of Nevada political science professor David Damore told the Deseret News.