What once seemed like a snarky joke is beginning to look like a stark reality in the 2016 presidential race, and no one is changing their shorts more often than Republicans at the prospects of a Trump nomination for the party. Not only are numerous notable Republicans stating they would rather vote for a Democrat than vote for Trump in the general election, but Mitt Romney has even dusted off his 2016 aspirations with a scathing hit speech he delivered against Trump at the University of Utah, Thursday.
Apart from calling Trump a “cheat” and a “fraud,” Romney also said:
‘His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump mortgage? A business genius he is not.’
Romney isn’t just venting to the media about Trump, though. He has a wild plan to take his straight-shot ascendancy to the Republican nomination down—one that hasn’t been pulled off, as Rachel Maddow pointed out Wednesday night, since the 1968 democratic convention, and that did not go well.
Romney’s plan? Essentially, he wants every candidate to stay in the race and have voters give landslide victories to whichever candidate is most popular in that state, thereby reducing the number of delegates Trump might receive from state to state—death by a thousand cuts.
A source “close to Romney’s inner circle” told CNN:
‘It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention.’
With Trump’s campaign withered as a result, and the remaining candidates’ campaigns having cannibalized each other’s in the process, an obvious vacancy for a strong front-runner will emerge. Naturally, of course, Romney, would be there to step right in and take the reigns, which would make some sense if his Hail Mary political play were to prove successful, having saved the Republican Party for ruin.
‘If the other candidates can find common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism.’
It’s interesting to note, having often been accused of seeming too “plastic,” Romney has never come across so real, so human and genuine, as he did tearing down Trump in the video above. He spoke with assurance, and power. Had he always spoken so plainly, perhaps his political star would have burned brighter.
Or, perhaps this is Romney’s last moment to shine and save the day? As the New Yorker so humorously pointed out,
‘Americans Nostalgic For Republican Who Only Wanted To Screw Over Forty-Seven Percent Of Them.’
Romney might look like a hell of a good prospect to the Republican Party at this point, voters’ wishes be damned.
This is how terrified many Republicans are that Donald Trump could take the party nomination, maybe even – gulp! – the presidency. Rest assured, the entire left feels the same way.
According to CNN, “two senior Republican Party insiders” claim there is a lot of buzz being generated around Romney’s plan, but no one is sure it can really be pulled off. Still, those sources believe the plan is being heavily explored at this time, despite Republican National Convention Chairman Reince Priebus claiming to have heard no such thing so far.
It makes sense, though; If the Republican Party truly loathes the prospects of a Trump nomination—just organize an end run to cut off his delegates and stick a handpicked replacement in for the nomination. This is Code Red, after all. The sirens are blaring, the lights are flashing and the sprinklers are raining on everyone’s heads. It’s no wonder Mitt Romney has mistaken it all for the limelights. Better get him to make-up.
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