Mitt Romney on Donald Trump may be accurate, but his credibility is still very low.
As I wrote earlier about Mitt Romney on Donald Trump, the 2012 GOP candidate is more worked up about Donald Trump than he ever was when he was running against Barack Obama.
Yesterday, on “Meet the Press,” Romney doubled down on his opposition.
Also, as reported by AP, Romney declared that Donald Trump “is not a Republican in any sense of the word.”
Chuck Todd asked a few question about the greatest evidence that Mitt Romney is right that Donald Trump is not a true Republican. I refer, of course, to the fact that Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012. Mitt Romney didn’t get the nomination in 2008, arguably because he was seen as less conservative than John McCain. His record on government-managed healthcare, same-sex marriage, and abortion, all raised red flags. His rhetoric on trade was very similar to Donald Trump’s as he himself pointed out when Trump endorsed him.
It is amazing to me that Mitt Romney claimed to have heaped such high praise on Donald Trump because of Romney’s generosity. He would have been much more credible it he had simply admitted that he flattered Trump to get his endorsement and make the most of his endorsement. Evading any acknowledgement of the universally recognized truth did not help him appear sincere.
Trump says he has converted on abortion, homosexual marriage, and other issues. Personally, I doubt that Trump is reliably conservative, any more than Mitt Romney was.
But Mitt Romney entirely lacks credibility to say who is Republican and who isn’t.
In fact, if Mitt Romney’s highest priority was making sure a Republican who is not Donald Trump gets the nomination, he would endorse Senator Ted Cruz . He starts saying some nice things about Cruz but he is obviously hoping that Marco Rubio or even John Kasich wins the nomination. He is still hoping for a nominee who is liberal like he is, even though the voters plainly don’t want such a candidate and they dilute Trumps opposition.
So, ultimately, Mitt Romney on Donald Trump may sound energized, but in fact, when it comes to strategy, he is still “low-energy.”
Of course, there might be another reason for his refusing to endorse Cruz. He may not want to alienate any factions in the GOP because he’s hoping they will make him the nominee. The Washington Times noted,
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, refused Sunday to rule out becoming the nominee again this year at a brokered convention, though he insisted he couldn’t imagine that happening.
“I don’t think anyone in our party should say, ‘Oh no, even if the people of the party wanted me to be president, I would say no to it.’ No one is going to say that,” Mr. Romney said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
If that’s what Romney wants, and if that is what the RNC might do, then they are dangerously self-deceived. A coup of that magnitude will damage the Republican Party far more than Trump winning the nomination.