From the Huffington Post:
Tagg Romney said his father "wanted to be president less than anyone I've met in my life," according to the Boston Globe.“He had no desire,” the eldest Romney son said. “If he could have found someone else to take his place ... he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention."Tagg Romney told the paper that his father was resistant to running because of his unsuccessful 2008 bid for president.
I have no idea why someone would run for president if they did not actually want the job. It seems like one of the stupidest things in the world to do. Campaigning, fundraising, the extreme invasion of privacy, and so much more are things that one has to deal with when running for higher office, especially the highest office. It is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for private people.
This has to be a slap in the face for Republicans and conservatives. Many people n the right did not even want him to win the nomination. Many people questioned his conservative bonifides. Many people noted that he has had multiple positions on a host of issues. In a lot of ways, there were other candidates that were more tried and true conservatives compared with Mitt Romney and trult wanted the job. I would even submit that there were candidates that may have been better suited to tackling President Obama's re-election bid.
I honestly do not even understand why Republicans chose Mitt Romney as their nominee. I guess they thought that because of his supposed business acumen he was better suited to fixing the economy. Perhaps they thought he would be best able to take down President Obama. I do know, having talked with some Romney supporters, there was the "anyone but Obama" mentality that was prevalent on the right (similar to the left's anyone but Bush mentality in '04 which yielded similar electoral results to '12). Apparently, the guy they chose did not even want the job.
The real lesson here is for those who plan on running for office in the future. Do not run unless your heart is actually in it. A half-assed campaign will be the result and those tend to be obvious to voters. You will only make a fool of yourself and whatever supporters you end up garnering. I doubt anyone wants to take the election pounding that Mitt Romney took. You're either all in, or all out.