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The following was written by Hal Boyd for the National Review. To read the full article, click here

Political commentator Bill Kristol opened his speech to the Sutherland Institute’s annual gala in Salt Lake City earlier this month by noting how delighted he was to have spent time that evening with two of his favorite politicians: Senator Mike Lee and, of course, “Senator” Mitt Romney.

The crowd’s laughter morphed into approving applause at Kristol’s winking reference to the prospect of a Romney run. Kristol, meanwhile, proffered a faux apology to Romney, seated in the audience.

A Dan Jones Utah Policy poll released earlier this year recorded Romney with an astoundingly high 71/25 percent favorable/unfavorable rating in Utah. Even 45 percent of Democrats in the state viewed him favorably. (For perspective, the same poll had the state’s popular sitting governor, Gary Herbert, at 63/29 favorable/unfavorable, Senator Mike Lee at 51/33, and Senator Orrin Hatch, whose seat Romney would theoretically be seeking, at 46/47.) And among self-identified “active” Utah Mormons — perhaps the state’s most important voting bloc — Romney’s split rose to 88/10.

If the steel-jawed, Olympic-saving septuagenarian becomes Utah’s next senator, he would for the first time be representing a core constituency in near-total sync with his own views. And his supporters contend that this dynamic could make for his finest political hour.

To read the full article on the National Review, click here.