Mitt Romney to Endorse Donald Trump

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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.

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17 Comments

  1. Please stop describing him as a “good man by all accounts.” The Godfather of Obamacare is is not a good man on at least one account.

  2. I recall a fifties college class where the class debate was exactly about this; should we listen more to a failure, because he has had the experience, or a winner?

    These are certainly interesting times, as the system is being tested to it’s extreme parameters. One can safety assume that it will never be quite the same after this election.

  3. “Please stop describing him as a “good man by all accounts.” ”

    He is charitable, a good father, and from what I have read a good boss. That makes him a good man in my books, no matter how much I differ from him politically.

  4. Unless Romney has a true bombshell to reveal, then I see no purpose to this. I think the number of people who enthusiastically supported Romney and value his insight AND who are currently Trump supporters is microscopic, and I doubt many fence sitters even will be influenced by Romney other, than as you say, run to Trump.

  5. I’ve always thought the same about his personal life. But, his advocacy of statist solutions such as Romneycare and global warming tell me he is not a “good man by all accounts.” The rise of the leviathan to encompass all aspects of our lives, including even the substance we exhale, is not good. It is evil. Just ask Bart Stupak if you can make a deal with the devil. Our government is too big. It would be anathema to any of the founders. Romney’s arrogance that all it takes is just the right technocrat to make it all work disqualifies him in my book as “good by all accounts.”

  6. With enemies like Romney who needs friends. Trump will have a heyday with this. The Republican Party is getting everything they deserve. They have become irrelevant. If they can’t persuade Rubio to drop out now they should just keep quiet and let the chips fall where they may. Badmouthing Trump will only alienate his supporters, discourage voting, or help Hillary. Stupid is as stupid does.

  7. I understand the appeal of sarcastic headlines, but this one threw me. I spent 20 minutes looking around the internet for confirmation that Romney was going to endorse Trump, and ultimately couldn’t remember where I saw the headline first, so I assumed it must be a breaking story that hadn’t reached across the internet yet.

  8. I agree with Donald that notwithstanding Romneycare and Romney support of global warming hysteria, Mitt Romney is basically a good man. However, he did get along with and seek support from Donald Trump is 2012, so his disparagement of Trump now is hypocritcal. Is Mitt miffed that he didn’t get the Presidency?
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    On a related note, virtually all my LDS friends on Facebook roundly condemn Trump and look forward with great anticipation to Mitt Romney’s pending speech. Joseph Smith, founder of the LDS Church, made a White Horse Prophecy in 1843 or so regarding the LDS Church and the future of the United States. Latter Day Saints would go to the Rocky Mountains to be a great and mighty people (identified figuratively with the Whie Horse in Revelation), and the US Constitution would hang like a thread, to be saved by the rider on the White Horse (which I assume LDS people thought would be Romney). I am not disparaging LDS people when I write this (as I said, I have friends who are LDS and I adrmire them greatly while I fundamentally disagree with their religion). It is just that I think it exceedingly unlikely that prophecy will come to pass (e.g., Romney takes the mantle of candidacy and defeats everyone to be President in 2016). But hope springs eternal. I also think that perhaps Romney (not unaware of the White Horse Prophecy) wanted to be that man on the white horse (or at least regarded as that man), and is vasty disappointed that did not occur (due to his own fault in his weakness in attacking the Islamic ingratiator occupying the Oval Office).

  9. Lucius – Occam’s Razor. There’s no need to speculate on someone’s motivations for doing something that’s completely consistent with his stated thinking.

  10. Quite true, Pinky. But the reaction of my LDS friends does seem to indicate that they feel as strongly about bringing to pass the White Horse Prophecy as Evangelicals and Pentecostals do about hastening the day of the Rapture. It is fascinating to behold. And when my Evangelical and Pentecostal friends protest for Trump and against Romney, I just point out that the LDS folk are doing for their prophecy what Evangelicals and Pentecostals have been doing for theirs all along. Of course that usually doesn’t sit very well with eithher party. Sadly I have a talent at pi$$ing everyone off equally. 😉

  11. Someone made the point on MSNBC that the Romney points will be used against Trump in the Fox debate…and then there’s the Megyn Kelley vs. Trump piece of the cage fight. And that means that non-content will continue and bar brawling will continue on the Republican side….perhaps with
    Rubio holding on to the Trump orangy tanning oil point of last weekend. Only in the general election can we hope for figures on tax revenues versus outflows…maybe…maybe.

  12. I’m an independent that receives GOP fund-raising requests.
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    The guy is speaking. I can’t stand it. Now, I have on TV a re-run of “Life Below Zero.” It just seems appropriate.
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    The conservative monarchists/royalists and professional (serial election losers) GOP elites are going nuts. You know: them conservatives that voted Obama in 2008 . . . .Some say they’ll vote for Hillary if Trump is the GOP nominee, which tells me more about the no-good rats than it does about the pathological liar and sociopathic harridan that will be in prison in 2017.
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    So, I will return the next GOP fund-raising mailing (prepaid postage) with expletives written all over it.

  13. Fundraising paper is acceptable in the recycle bin, TShaw.
    Looks like Hilary is eminently happy with another supporter.
    It is too bad that there exists party politics in this world. Voting in primaries requires a declaration at the entrance table at the local voting place, where irrelevance is counted.

  14. I think that the operations at the DOJ would be less discriminatory, among other things, when the next President is not a Democrat, the party that fought having God as part of its ‘platform’ and then decided to use Him to keep “c”atholic votes. Donald Trump is far above such blasphemy. That is the reality.

  15. . Well….Romney’s attack went unmentioned in the debate. Rubio talked too much against Trump so that you didn’t hear his own positions. Cruz did a similar thing but added democratic history as villain. Trump got hurt the most by Megyn Kelley giving detail on the huugeness of the class action lawsuit against Trump University. Kasich seemed like a person while the other three seemed like fictional roles on stage…until a Fox moderator brought up his campaign video linking Trump and Putin as in a symbiosis of sorts as to ruling tendencies. We’re in trouble.

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