Does America need Mitt Romney?
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It must be said that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) had a not-so-good week there toward the end, waffling on Iraq. "Jell-O," said The Washington Post's Dana Milbank (and "afraid of his shadow and nakedly calculating"). "GOP lawmakers flabbergasted," said The Hill. "Does Jeb Bush even really want to be US president?" asked The Telegraph.

Possibly not. But coincidentally, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyWhat sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one Trump endorses Romney in Utah Senate race Obama failed on Russia; Trump must get it right MORE had a very good day on Friday, there in the ring bare-chested — his shirt ripped off him — going mano-a-mano, as Ernest Hemingway liked to say, against the great and good former undisputed world champion Evander Holyfield. And was there ever a better sport than Romney for accepting that challenge?

Holyfield and Romney's Charity Vision fight may have suddenly jogged a collective shift away from a long, painful conservative brain freeze. Conservatives, said Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R), are experiencing Bush fatigue. But this is the question which will now be quietly, surreptitiously asked, and asked with increased anxiety: If we are finally tiring of Bushes and Clintons and the old irrelevant families, are we not still just getting used to Romney? Does America maybe just need Mitt Romney?

Because it may be now that we are finally coming out of the mental lag, laziness and abdication of the citizen's responsibility that has led us to such acquiescence in accepting the old families. But now if Jeb Bush is circling the drain, there is only one candidate left in the proposed lineup for 2016 who registers in the first rank, governor of a large "initiative" state: former Texas Gov. Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryTrump, Pence to address CPAC this week Overnight Energy: EPA penalties for polluters cut in half under Trump | Court orders regulators to implement Obama efficiency rules | Sully weighs in on Pruitt's first-class travel Energy Department to invest .5M in projects aiming to improve the performance of coal MORE (R), who draws only 2.8 percent in New Hampshire primary polls.

The higher marks are going to spirited newcomers: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulDem wins Kentucky state House seat in district Trump won by 49 points GOP's tax reform bait-and-switch will widen inequality Pentagon budget euphoria could be short-lived MORE (R), Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioColbert: Students taking action on gun violence 'give me hope' Lawmakers feel pressure on guns Florida lawmaker's aide fired after claiming shooting survivors were 'actors' MORE (R) and Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE (R), a rising generation with impressive new thinking. But as a supporter of much of that thinking, I would suggest that the new generation has not yet fully formed as a political entity and none of these are likely to beat possible Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

The 2014 race brought in talented Republican others, including Sens. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstKimmel writer tweets amount NRA has given lawmakers in response to shooting prayers Both sides of immigration fight unhappy with Senate debate White House plays defense after FBI testimony MORE of Iowa and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseThe 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework GOP senator on indictments: 'Mueller just put Moscow on notice' Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections MORE of Nebraska, who add maturity, balance, creativity and substance to the new conservative thinking. Republican Rep. Steve RussellSteven (Steve) Dane RussellHouse Oversight Committee opens probe into sexual abuse of gymnasts WATCH: 'Accidents can happen,' GOP rep says about possible shutdown WATCH: GOP rep says Trump and media need to ‘call a truce’ MORE of Oklahoma is a rising champion. Russell will perhaps present the archetype of the rising generation: a mild-mannered and cordial U.S. Army Ranger who served in Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a brilliant writer, thinker and orator.

This group will advance conservatism to its future and its only future and most likely it will be America's future as well. But it is not of greatest utility to send a new generation to the presidency before it is fully formed, before the true and lasting leaders have emerged and before the generation has affirmed and institutionalized uniform, seasoned positions.

Without Bush, there is left only a thin line of seasoned politicians in the lineup. But recall what happened last August in Iowa. Polls had shown Republican aspirants for 2016 bunched together between 9 and 11 percent. Then after almost offhand comments on the Hugh Hewitt radio program when asked if he would run in 2016, Romney said, "Circumstances can change, but I'm just not going to let my head go there." The press perked up. Then in a USA Today/Suffolk University poll, the former Republican presidential nominee came up with a whopping 35 percent of the vote in an Iowa Republican caucus, while the others remained in single digits.

What if he were put up again today, this week, after playfully taking Evander Holyfield to the mat? He would likely do very well in Iowa, potentially replacing Bush as the establishment representative. Then going to the Romney's second home turf in New Hampshire, he would have it.

There are some things that when they happen, just seem destined to happen.

Quigley is a prize-winning writer who has worked more than 35 years as a book and magazine editor, political commentator and reviewer. For 20 years he has been an amateur farmer, raising Tunis sheep and organic vegetables. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and four children. Contact him at