So reports Politico's Andy Barr: a spokesman for Romney says the former Massachusetts governor's "focus right now is on helping other Republicans run for office, and that is how he will be spending his time." Politicians always reserve the right to change their minds, especially when it comes to announcement about seeking or not seeking a particular office, but this makes sense--as Marc noted earlier, Romney would have to prove he's a resident, and even then, his chances might not be that good. He'd be risking a lot, too: if he lost, it could nix his chances at the White House in 2012, and in order to get elected, he'd have to undergo a conversion from his present social conservatism. It was fun to speculate about Romney's chances, albeit for just over half a day. Maybe we'll get to speculate again, but it appears unlikely.

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