For what it is worth, The Daily Beast reports Romney is running, and Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin offers . . .
To be clear: I don't know what @MittRomney will say this morning, but every talk I've had w/ Mitt World leads me to believe he will run
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) January 30, 2015
While it’s conceivably possible Romney would gather his closest friends in one call, and then his top donors in another call scheduled later, just to say, “Hey, I’m not running . . . ,” he could declare that any way he likes, and wouldn’t need all this dramatic build-up. Then there’s this news from yesterday:
David Kochel, a former adviser to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney and a longtime Republican strategist, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee.
Why the public Romney decision now? Perhaps to ensure no more former staffers or supporters jump onto the Jeb Bush bandwagon.
UPDATE: Nope, he’s not running, Hugh Hewitt reports.