Mitt Romney was in Iowa recently to help drum up support for Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst:

But some can’t help but wonder if his visit might mean something more:

More from WaPo’s Rucker and Bob Costa:

Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and now the tacit head of the Republican Party, visited Iowa as part of a feverish nationwide tour designed to help the GOP take control of the Senate. He has insisted that he is not interested in running for president a third time. But his friends said a flurry of behind-the-scenes activity is nudging him to more seriously consider it.

Romney has huddled with prominent donors and reconnected with supporters in key states in recent months. Because of the vacuum of power within his party and the lack of a clear 2016 front-runner, confidants said Romney is grappling with this question: If drafted, would he answer the party’s call?

Further juicing the speculation was a Des Moines Register-Bloomberg News poll released over the weekend showing that Romney is the only potential 2016 candidate who would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) among likely Iowa voters, 44 percent to 43 percent.

That’s great and all, but at this point, is Romney really the right man for the job?

Not everyone was so polite about it:

Hey, don’t forget about SMOD