Republicans are so desperate to stop the insanity that they are seriously considering drafting Mitt Romney to run against Trump and Carson.
Philip Rucker and Robert Costa revealed in the Washington Post:
Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.
Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands.
According to other Republicans, some in the party establishment are so desperate to change the dynamic that they are talking anew about drafting Romney — despite his insistence that he will not run again. Friends have mapped out a strategy for a late entry to pick up delegates and vie for the nomination in a convention fight, according to the Republicans who were briefed on the talks, though Romney has shown no indication of reviving his interest.
When a guy who got crushed in a landslide by President Obama in 2012 is your emergency candidate, you’ve got serious problems. The Republican establishment has no candidate. The media and money men love Marco Rubio, but Rubio leads in exactly 0 states. Jeb Bush is a dead man walking who is only staying in the race in the hopes of using the Republican convention rules to gain the nomination.
One of the points that the media has consistently overlooked is that the RNC changed their convention rules so that their primaries don’t mean anything. According to the convention rules, delegates are free to change their minds and support whoever they want, which means that a Trump or Carson could have the nomination taken away from the at the Republican convention.
Republicans are terrified that a Trump or Carson nomination would hand the White House and Senate to Hillary Clinton along with cutting into their House majority and hurting the party down the ballot. The GOP doesn’t want Mitt Romney because he can win the White House. They a Mitt-like candidate because even if he loses, he won’t take the rest of the party down with him.
Mitt Romney may return because Republicans have no idea how to stop Ben Carson and Donald Trump. What the party leaders don’t understand is that the crazy won’t be denied. They can either ride the wave of insanity or be carried out to sea. Either way, Democrats are looking good for 2016.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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