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Trump panic

The Republican establishment is nearing full-blown panic about Donald Trump.

The demise of Trump’s candidacy has been predicted by centrist Republicans and the media alike virtually since the day it began. But there is no empirical evidence at all to suggest it is happening.

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Draft Mitt

Will the GOP try to draft Mitt Romney? A recent poll shows that Romney would win the New Hampshire primary if he were on the ballot.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

November 27, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Posted in Politics

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  1. “Will the GOP try to draft Mitt Romney?”

    Now you are really trolling.


    November 27, 2015 at 9:28 PM

    • Ann Coulter says Trump should pick Romney as his running mate, and let Romney handle the financial stuff.

      Dave Pinsen

      November 28, 2015 at 2:24 AM

      • It wouldn’t be a bad combination in theory. I think Romney would have probably made a good President, but he just isn’t going to get there by winning an election where he will be demonized as a rich corporate monster and instead of fighting back, he accepts the premise.

        But the Democratic attack ads against not one but TWO born rich guys running on the GOP side writes itself. Maybe Romney could be Secretary of Commerce instead.

        Mike Street Station

        November 28, 2015 at 8:36 AM

      • And the evidence that Romney knows more about money than Trump is… ?


        November 28, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      • But the Democratic attack ads against not one but TWO born rich guys running on the GOP side writes itself.

        I don’t know about that. Attacking Trump for being rich simply won’t work, because he owns being rich, prides himself on it, and everyone knows he’s rich. And if they go after Romney, Trump will just say, as he has before, “Romney’s not rich – I have a Gucci store worth more than him”. Plus, Hillary (if she’s the Dem nominee) isn’t well positioned to go after anyone for being rich, given the buck raking she and Bill have done over the last 15 years.

        Dave Pinsen

        November 28, 2015 at 7:43 PM

      • “I don’t know about that. Attacking Trump for being rich simply won’t work, because he owns being rich, prides himself on it, and everyone knows he’s rich.”

        It’s funny that Romney plays the expected role of being a low-key, modest dynastic inheritor but Trump, despite also being a dynastic inheritor, plays the role of the loud-mouthed self-made man. It’s probably politically smart. Trump looks and sounds like a self-made man even though he isn’t, it makes his wealth be respectable rather than alienating. Romney just looks like an out of touch rich boy.


        November 29, 2015 at 12:56 AM

  2. One key indicator that the establishment, both left and right, is in full panic about the chances of Trump upsetting their applecart is that this week they began rolling out in earnest the “fascist” charge. The left regularly accuses Trump of using dogwhistles, but what’s a bigger dogwhistle than calling a major political candidate a fascist in a country where politicians actually get asked whether they’d go back in time to kill baby Hitler in his crib? Hollywood’s view, aired every year in some variation on TV or film, is that a decent man stops a fascist by any means necessary. There are plenty of dumb crazies in America and these pundits and journalists are clearly hoping that one of them gets the message and takes some shots at the man calling for their overthrow.


    November 27, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    • Richard, the last sentence of your comment reminds me of this very dark moment in the 2008 Democrat primary:


      November 28, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    • EVERY Republican candidate, without exception, is called a Nazi / fascist / Hitler wannabe.

      And the slur comes harder and faster after they win.


      November 28, 2015 at 7:35 PM

      • Maybe by pseudonymous internet commenters, but the serious usage of the term by “mainstream” news outlets in the last week is without precedent in the 20 years I’ve been following politics. John Kasich is running an ad directly equating Trump with Hitler and the perpetration of the Holocaust, using the “When they went after the Jews, I didn’t speak up because I was not a Jew….” meme.


        November 29, 2015 at 12:06 AM

      • Reagan was endlessly called a Nazi. There’s a new Netflix doc called Best of Enemies about the ’68 debates between Vidal Gore and Bill Buckley. Gore calls Reagan a Nazi during those debates (at that early date). He also called Buckley a crypto-Nazi. The Left loves calling people Nazis.


        November 29, 2015 at 10:27 AM

      • Gore Vidal was an out-of-the-mainstream queer iconoclast who later praised Timothy McVeigh, which is not what I’m talking about. We’ve got the governor of Ohio and mainstream news outlets running this, not an errant shot here and there but a full arsenal, and it’s dishonest to pretend this is not extraordinary. But it wouldn’t surprise me that Reagan, who was shot by a lunatic a few months into his term, also received this level of irrational vitriol from a threatened establishment.


        November 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

  3. Mitt Romney is probably terrified of entering the 2016 race. He knows that Trump would find and tear up every personal weakness and insecurity he ever had.

    “Romney is a loser. We all counted on him to win last time and he failed. Obama has been a disaster. Terrible economy, no jobs, everything a mess. Romney lost. If he couldn’t beat Obama last time, he can’t beat Hillary now!”

    Romney doesn’t want to be torn up like that. No one does, but I’m sure Romney bitterly regrets losing last time and Trump knows it.


    November 27, 2015 at 11:07 PM

  4. This works from the premise that “running for President” can mean either:
    a) seeking your party’s nomination in the primaries
    b) representing your party in the general election.

    This is not true. You can do a) several times, fail, and be allowed to do so again, but not b). You lose the general election, you kiss the White House bye-bye..

    Since the end of WW2 only two candidates have ever been a major-party general election candiate for President more than once: Adlai Stevenson (Dem ’52 & ’56) and Richard Nixon (’60 & ’68), and think of how improbable Nixon’s comeback seemed at the time. Today? Fuggedaboutit!


    November 27, 2015 at 11:21 PM

  5. I want to win, and a Romney candidacy makes me nervous based on his performance in 2012.. The Democrats will go after him again as an out of touch one percenter. Remember Ann Romney and the dressage horses? He comes off as dispassionate.

    Jabo (@JaboInPA)

    November 28, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    • The problem is not that “they” will go after Romney – which is the normal and predictable thing that an opposition party is expected to do.

      The problem is Romney’s flaccid response to the attacks on him. He doesn’t defend himself, and he doesn’t punch back. He just sits there smiling weakly like a pussy while his enemies (including other Republicans) vomit all over him.

      We don’t need another goddamn “graceful loser” GOP candidate. Fuck that shit.


      November 28, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    • If Romney had projected as much personality as this guy in the video he might have won.

      Bottom line, white proles and bourgeoisie both want a forceful person who will protect their interests. Trump has signaled that he will do that. Romney never did.


      November 28, 2015 at 11:16 AM

  6. It would be funny if the Republican Party establishment took the position that they are their to serve their constituents; therefore if their constituents want Trump, then of course the Republican Party establishment will support him wholeheartedly.


    November 28, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    • “It would be funny if the Republican Party establishment took the position that they are their to serve their constituents…”

      Oh you’re cracking me up! The GOP has signaled pretty clearly that they serve the donors.

      Mike Street Station

      November 28, 2015 at 12:54 PM

  7. Mitt believed he deserved to be President for being rich. I at least believe that Trump actually wants to be President because he thinks he could do a good job, rather than viewing it as his patrician birthright.


    November 28, 2015 at 9:49 AM

  8. The populist revolt against the Republican establishment has been building up since Perot ran in 1992. You had the Buchanan runs, Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012, and now Trump. The disasters of the two Bush presidencies have discredited mainstream Republicanism and it intellectual supporters in conservative organs like “National Review”. Average people don’t want the endless wars, uncontrolled immigration and pandering to blacks that the Republican leadership keeps dishing out and is frustrated they aren’t being listened to. Trump is really tapping into that frustration. The country is really running out of time to turn things around and most people vaguely sense that.


    November 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

  9. To hell with Romney. Just another establishment rich guy who would make the country better for other rich guys and do NOTHING to reverse the utter civilizational collapse. To recap:

    -corporations are people my friend
    -Paul Ryan: open borders and “free trade”
    -clearly for open borders and easily cowed into submission on that when he was trying to lie and be tough about it

    Trump supported Romney and Romney constantly turns around and poo-poos Trump at every turn. Trump got tired of supporting awkward wimps in the GOP and took matter into his own hands.

    We need Presidents like Trump and then Sessions and then eventually anti-feminists in there as well. It’s the only way (outside of bloody civil war) America is restored. Otherwise, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN and it’s just going to get worse.


    November 28, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    • Allowing groups of people, including corporations and other entities, first amendment rights is fully in keeping with the meaning and intent of the constitution. You may not like it, but the founders never intended to hamstring collective speech. Nor is there a good reason for doing so. You wouldn’t propose, would you, limiting freedom of the press to newspapers with single owners?

      You are absolutely correct about open borders.


      November 29, 2015 at 10:34 AM

  10. This ad was seriously a killer


    November 29, 2015 at 12:49 AM

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