My colleagues Josh Kraushaar and Alex Roarty have taken note of ex-Sen. Rick Santorum's big-time loss in his 2006 bid for re-election -- and rightly so, given just how badly Sen. Bob Casey beat Santorum across virtually all demographic groups and geographic areas.
But Mitt Romney's re-election bid -- or lack thereof -- deserves its own scrutiny. Romney said Sunday morning he didn't seek another term as governor of Massachusetts in 2006 because it wouldn't have been consistent with the reason he ran in the first place.
"I went to Massachusetts to make it different. I didn't go there to begin a political career, running time and time again. I made a difference. I put in place the things I wanted to do. I listed out the accomplishments we wanted to pursue in our administration. There were 100 things we wanted to do. Those things I pursued aggressively. Some we won. Some we didn't," Romney said. "Run again? That would be about me. I was trying to help get the state in best shape as I possibly could. Left the world of politics, went back into business."
But there are plenty of signs Romney was contemplating another term before he announced he'd skip the race in December 2005.