Today Republican Mitt Romney made a big speech denouncing his party’s leading presidential candidate Donald Trump as a “phony and a fraud.” Of all people to deliver that message! Mitt Romney had his chance but showed the very weakness before vicious smears and attacks that Trump, to the delight of many long-suffering Republican voters, repudiates. If Romney were nearly this forceful against Obama four years ago he would be president. As bin Laden once said, when people see a strong horse and a weak horse they are naturally drawn to the former. And nothing is more revolting than Republicans like Romney, who, like the presidential nominee before him John McCain, are forceful only when attacking other Republicans while they cower before Democrats.
After seeing the Trump phenomenon these last six months, about strength and confidence and attitude as much as anything else, how can Republican leaders be so clueless as to think Romney, of all people, is the one to take down Trump? Romney, the guy who let Democrat operative Candy Crowley, masquerading as a TV journalist, push him around when she jumped into a debate to defend Obama (with misinformation to boot). Romney let it happen, but Trump never would have. Moreover, Crowley never would have tried that with Trump because she would have known that Trump would rip her apart. Weakness, as they say, is a provocation.
If Republican leaders are really serious about stopping Trump, they would induce Rubio to drop out and coalesce behind Cruz. Rubio’s betrayal on amnesty and illegal immigration still infuriates a large segment of Republican base and caps his upside. Moreover, he seems too young, too unseasoned, and doesn’t have the intellectual heft that Cruz has – he showed he can be rolled by fast-talking Democrats like Chuck Schumer. I’m for Cruz. I know he isn’t a perfect candidate – way too much of that Southern Baptist preacher shtick for one thing. Yes, Republican leaders hate him because he doesn’t play their go along – get along insider Washington game, but nevertheless their choice is Cruz or Trump if they want a shot to win in November, or rig the convention against Trump and destroy the party.