Well, that will be the effect of his speech today. The man who lost a very winnable race four years ago, will give a speech today explaining why Donald Trump, who he praised extravagantly four years ago after the Donald endorsed him, is unfit to be the Republican nominee:
The rapidly intensifying effort by the Republican establishment to dislodge Donald Trump from the top of the party’s presidential nominating race will star 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, who is preparing a speech for Thursday when he’ll lay out his case against the front-runner.
With Trump’s convincing victories on Tuesday, the single biggest day of voting in the Republican race, Romney was motivated to make a more formal case against him in hopes of keeping him from coalescing more support, according to a Republican source familiar with Romney’s plans. Romney has voiced criticism for Trump in recent months, including his attack last week on the New York businessman’s refusal to release his tax returns.
Romney doesn’t believe Trump is the right person to lead the party, the Republican source said. A number of mainstream Republicans are falling in line with Trump, and Romney wants to speak up before more people go that route, the source said.
While making the case against Trump at the Hinckley Institute of Politics Student Forum at the University of Utah, Romney will not endorse one of his opponents, two people familiar with the former Massachusetts governor’s plans said. Romney will, however, praise Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Romney’s comments will be focused on “the state of the race,” likely echoing past criticism of Trump for failing to release his tax returns, and not decisively distancing himself from the Ku Klux Klan.
Go here to read the rest. Now, as it happens, I completely agree with Romney that Trump is a terrible standard bearer for the GOP, but this speech is a terrible idea. If there is another man other than Romney who more embodies the term “Republican Establishment” I don’t know who that is. Romney’s speech will merely give instant credibility to Trump’s claim that he is the candidate of grass roots Republicans against an out of touch, and politically tone deaf, Republican establishment. Think about it for a moment: Romney has always been viewed with suspicion, rightly, by the conservative core of the Party. After his defeat at the hands of Obama in one of the most mismanaged Presidential campaigns in modern history, most Republicans view him as a man of the past, if not the man responsible for four more years of the Obama disaster. Are there any Republicans already not anti-Trump he will persuade? Indeed there are! He will persuade millions of Republicans that the leaders of their party are not only tone deaf politically, but stupid. This is a huge political plus for Trump and Romney, a good man by all accounts, is so out of touch with the ordinary voters of his own party that he has no clue. I can think of no other single event in this campaign that underlines more strikingly why so many Republicans believe that they have an un-redeemably bad Party leadership, and that they might as well roll the dice with Trump.