"The conservative heir apparent". That's what Matt Lewis called Mitt Romney just two days after Romney halted his presidential bid.
Lewis makes a good argument that Mitt Romney's star is only beginning to shine. A virtual unknown only a year ago, Romney has now become a household name. This newfound popularity and the dedication Romney has shown to the GOP, including his gracious departure from the race, helps solidify his position as "the next in line." Similar to Ronald Reagan, who lost in 1976 only to win four years later, Mitt Romney is the GOP's de facto frontrunner heading into 2012 and even 2016.
Over the next few years expect to see Romney rise to influential leadership positions within the conservative movement. You will continue to hear his name until he becomes President Romney.
America, witness the birth of something extraordinary: ROMNEY REPUBLICANS. This new breed is only beginning to breathe, but it will become a powerful force in the not-so-distant future. Count on it!
To read the full text of Lewis' excellent article click here.