Wash. Post: Unhappy Establishment Republicans Want To Draft Romney

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MITT ROMNEYFearing one of the two current front-runners, Donald Trump and Ben Carson, might actually hang on to win the GOP nomination, some top Republicans are in panic mode, beginning to think of drafting Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee, The Washington Post reports.

Trump, the billionaire businessman, and Carson, the retired neurosurgeon, are drawing support for their outsider status and lack of political background, but party elites fear that their ideas won’t play as well with general election voters likely to face Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has been on the national political stage since the early 1990s as first lady, U.S. senator from New York and as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

And that could hurt the party downticket, even threatening to turn the Senate back over to the Democrats, many fear.

Megadonor Charles Koch and others are so far sitting out of the race, perhaps waiting for one of the more conventional candidates to emerge as the front-runner.

In this year of the outsider, typical surges by nontraditional candidates don’t apply, the Post notes. Instead, Trump has sat atop the field since shortly after announcing his campaign in June, and he’s been able to effectively swat down every attack against him.

Carson, a devout Seventh-day Adventist, meanwhile, draws evangelicals.

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Should either be taken down, their base might not align with a traditional candidate, but simply not vote, the Post observes.

Romney has insisted he will not run, but that hasn’t stopped his friends from drawing up a strategy for him to pick up delegates in a late entry and make a move during a convention fight, the Post quotes insiders.

Former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean said many people he talks to have a “Pollyanna-ish” hope that Trump and Carson will fade.

“Then we’ll talk some more and I give them a reality check,” he said. “I’ll say, ‘The guy in the grocery store likes Trump, so does the guy who cuts my hair. They’re probably going to stick with him. Who knows if this ends?'”

“I’m not a happy camper,” said Peter A. Wish, a member of Romney’s 2012 National Finance Committee. “Hopefully somebody will emerge who will be able to do the job,” he said. “I’m very worried that the Republican-base voter is more motivated by anger, distrust of D.C. and politicians and will throw away the opportunity to nominate a candidate with proven experience that can win.”

Electability isn’t the only concern.

“We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job,” one strategist told the Post. “It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?”

“This business has turned into show business,” said former Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, a John Kasich supporter. “We can’t afford to have somebody sitting in the White House who doesn’t have governing experience and the gravitas to move this country ahead.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Unlike the Romneys, Hillary Clintons, Rubios’,who have some party operative write up a convenient platform for them,hold their electorate in snide contempt and could interchange to the other side of the aisle ,, with barely creating a stir, (As A Beltway crowd cynical line goes “The key to success in politics is sincerity. if you could fake that, you have it made “! )Sanders ,Rand Paul, Jeremy Corbyn [in the UK] Cruz ,Carson,Santorum have one big in common :they are ” real” You might support or oppose what the stand for- but they are ” real”

  2. WOW !

    “We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job,” one strategist told the Post. “It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?”

    In other words ,they’re admitting they rather lose the election again ,than actually allow the “foolish public” pick someone they like ?!And they are actually verbally stating,what we long suspected, that they prefer Hillary to real republicans?!

  3. There is NO way the L O S E R, Mittens Romney will EVER get even close to getting the Republican nomination! All the stupid RINO’s aught to jump in the lake! Their time has passed.

  4. The big problem with the so-called “conventional” “establishment” type candidates (of the Republican party) — who are also often known as “Moderate Republicans” — is that they are just that! Yes, the problem IS that they are MODERATES! At http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moderate, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “moderate” as “average in size or amount, neither too much nor too little, neither very good nor very bad . . . . . professing or characterized by political or social beliefs that are not extreme.” So a “moderate” concept of something means an idea about the issue that is very “mild,” that does not say anything significant in either direction. Now, if the whole issue is just a “mild” item, well, then a “mild,” “moderate” approach to it should be fine. But most issues in life are not like that! Most issues in life — and especially most issues facing the government of a nation — are very serious crucial items that require significant strong, yes, “extreme” action.

  5. Specifically, especially with regard to the moral issues — of opposing the wicked deed of abortion and/or of opposing the wicked entity of Toeiva — some Moderate Republicans are hesitant to be seen as taking a strong open stand. Again, they do not want to be viewed as being “extreme,” and they especially do not want to be viewed as being followers of “The Religious Right.” ————— (Of course, as Torah Jews, we must realize that we most absolutely ARE from “The Religious Right” — actually from the FAR RIGHT of “The Religious Right” — AND WE ARE UNABASHEDLY PROUD OF IT!!!!!!!) ————— From what I know, it seems that the Republican candidates who have sounded the most strong on the moral issues are: Mike  Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, and Ben Carson.

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