WASHINGTON, March 3, 2016 – Gov. Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee of 2012 that ran against a sitting Democratic president whose minions sold weapons to a Mexican drug cartel, who claimed a deadly terror attack on Americans in Libya was the fault of an American-made anti-Islamic video, who rammed an unpopular and expensive healthcare monstrosity down the throats of the American people, whose stimulus spending of nearly $1 trillion accomplished nothing, whose “shovel-ready” infrastructure jobs never materialized – will deliver a speech intended to derail the GOP’s best hope for winning the White House, Donald j. Trump.
Speaking at the University of Utah, the big loser of the 2012 presidential campaign said he understands “the anger Americans feel today” but urged GOP voters to forget the phony, fraudulent and unfulfilled promises of faux conservative GOP politicians to reduce the size of government, secure our southern border and oppose President Obama’s agenda.
Romney insisted that Republican voters move past their disappointment with Republican lawmakers to whom they gave control of Congress; the ones that used their power to fund everything from Obamacare to Obama’s amnesty for illegal immigrant “Dreamers.”
No, insists Romney, it is Donald Trump whose promises are “worthless.” And in what sounded a lot like sour grapes, Romney lamented that, unlike him, voters appear willing to give Trump “a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
If what Romney says turns out to be true, that hat will represent a more tangible benefit to GOP voters than anything given to them over the past six years by the likes of former GOP House Speaker John Boehner, current GOP Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
In a telephone interview broadcast on NBC’s “Today” show, Trump said, “Mitt Romney is a stiff. Mitt Romney… really failed last time . He was going against a president that should have been beaten. The president was not doing well and he should have been beaten. The should have been an easy election. The problem is nobody came out to vote for Mitt Romney, and I’m talking about Republicans.”
Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said Romney’s speech represented nothing more than “the establishment [GOP] circling the wagons.”
When the old American Whig Party collapsed in the 1850s, its last elected U.S. president, Millard Fillmore, said, “May God save the country for it is evident that the people will not.”
The people Fillmore so detested would later nominate and elect Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln president of the United States.
Lincoln did what timid Whigs failed to do: excise the evil institution of slavery from the Constitution, bringing it into compliance with the Declaration’s “self-evident” truth that “all men are created equal.”
It’s not easy for the defenders of a corrupt GOP’s status quo – Mitt Romney for one – to recognize their impending political doom than it was for the forgotten “stiff” Millard Fillmore.