Mitt Romney is certainly sounding and looking like he is ready to run in the 2012 presidential election.
Romney spoke to a very friendly Conservative Political Action Conference or CPAC crowd in Washington on Feb. 18 and rated standing ovations as he ticked off the faults of President Obama's administration.
Politico writer Ben Smith noted the difference between Romney's stiff 2007 appearance at CPAC with his speech this week.
"His fundamental weakness in 2008 was his seeming discomfort in his public skin. He's more at ease now, though part of his past -- his role in reforming health care in Massachusetts while he was governor -- could still raise questions about his real political identity. But his aides believe he's successfully cast himself as a mature political figure, and the 'adult' among potential Republican challengers to Obama in 2012."