When even the guy who had the foresight to tattoo the logo for Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential bid thinks the former Massachusetts governor lacks the requisite sound judgment to necessary to mount a successful run for president in 2016, it really puts things in perspective.
It seems that everyone has had the opportunity to weigh in on the potential for a third presidential bid by Romney except Eric Hartsburg, the man who enjoyed a brief moment in the spotlight when he had the Romney 2012 logo permanently inked onto his face. Kudos to BuzzFeed for rectifying that.
In an interview, Hartsburg initially seemed willing to entertain the prospect of Romney running for president once again, but he quickly came to the conclusion that the former governor would only embarrass himself… Yes, really.
When Eric Hartsburg first heard Monday that Romney was considering another bid for the presidency in 2016, his first thought he told BuzzFeed News was “maybe there is something in it for me.”
But Hartsburg quickly realized that he did not think Romney could win.
“He’s going to say something later on to mess it up,” he said. “You are waiting for him to shoot himself in the foot. It’s going to look real good and then — bam something else — he screws it up.”
“It might be too late for that guy,” Hartsburg concluded after advising the prospective three-time candidate to play it safe.
Hartsburg received $15,000 in 2012 from a Republican on eBay to get the tattoo, but has apparently used some of that money to receive two laser treatments in the last two years in order to have it removed. Today, much like Romney’s political prospects, the famous tattoo is a faded shadow of its former self. How apropos.