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Newt Gingrich Rants About ‘Berserk’ Mitt Romney’s Anti-Trump Efforts

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This is from Western Journalism. 

I guess that Mittens magic underwear shrank and is cutting off the blood flow to his brain.

“I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird …”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who Republican president candidate Donald Trump has said is on his vice presidential short list, Monday derided Mitt Romney’s efforts to stop Trump.

“It’s pathetic. … I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.”

In March, the former Massachusetts governor launched a blistering attack on Trump, calling him a “phony” and a “fraud.” The speech added momentum to the #NeverTrump movement — Republicans and conservatives who say they will never support the billionaire’s candidacy.

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Since Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee after the Indiana primary, Romney reportedly has been at the center of GOP figures who are trying to find someone to run as a third-party or independent candidate, but those efforts have not come to fruition. Romney, the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, has said he will not run.

Gingrich on Monday said that Romney’s efforts produced little more than noise, calling them “not particularly effective … Objectively it has not hurt Trump, who I suspect by the way will carry Utah.” Utah is Romney’s home state.

During his interview, Gingrich was asked how he would advise Trump on changing his campaign style.

“It’s like going to Sam Walton and saying, ‘Hi, I’ve got these great retailing ideas. Why don’t you do small boutiques and only sell high end products,’” Gingrich said, referencing the founder of Walmart.

The former speaker dismissed concerns that Trump does not hew to the GOP orthodox line on issues including taxes and the minimum wage.

“His potential for tearing apart the left is vastly greater even than [Ronald] Reagan’s,” Gingrich said. “He’s willing to be politically incorrect.”

Gingrich has noted that although Trump may be unorthodox, so is American politics.

“This is a country that elected a peanut farmer to the presidency,” he said. “This is a country that elected an actor who made two movies with a chimpanzee to the presidency. Donald Trump is a great showman; he’s also a great businessman. I think one of the differences between my party and the other party is we actually go to people who know how to create jobs. We need to be open to new ways of doing things.”

h/t: The Hill

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Romney met privately with Kristol to discuss third-party candidate

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This is from CNN. 

Mitt Romney and William Kristol are a big part of the problem with the Republican party.

Romney turned voters off in 2012 what makes Kristol think he would do any better in 2016.

Washington (CNN)Mitt Romney met privately with leading conservative columnist William Kristol this week to discuss how best to get an independent candidate into the presidential race.

The meeting on Thursday comes as anti-Donald Trump conservatives cling to hope that a viable third-party candidate could offer an alternative to the billionaire businessman and the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, told CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel that he’s working to get a strong independent candidate and wanted Romney’s thoughts on who it might be, how it could be done and whether Romney would help — to which Romney agreed.
Kristol then suggested that Romney should consider whether he “might be the candidate” — although Kristol qualified the remark by saying he’s not “actively working to get him to run.”
A message left with a spokeswoman for Romney was not immediately returned. The meeting was first reported by The Washington Post Friday night.
Romney in the past has said he is not interested in an independent run. In January 2015, he floated the idea of mounting a third presidential bid as a Republican before saying he wouldn’t seek the GOP nomination. Since then, he’s become perhaps the most notable anti-Trump Republican, delivering a sweeping broadside against the now-presumptive nominee back in March when he called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud.”

THESE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WON’T VOTE FOR DONALD TRUMP IN ELECTION

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This is from Newsweek.

I have a question for John McCain and Mitt Romney, Where was the fire to attack Obama like you are attacking Donald Trump?

Updated | We’ve been hearing it for months: Many established Republicans won’t support Donald Trump if he becomes their party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

But after his most recent victories in six northeastern states at the end of April and his sweep in Indiana on Tuesday, the New York billionaire is fewer than 200 delegates short of earning the required 1,237 to clinch the nomination. And as of Wednesday, he’s the only remaining GOP contender in the race, after both Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns.

Since Tuesday night, when Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus urged the party to unite behind the real estate tycoon, several prominent Republicans have publicly said they won’t back Trump in the general election. And some have said they will skip the Republican National Convention, scheduled for July 18 through 21 in Cleveland.

Trump’s inflammatory remarks toward immigrants and women have given pause to some members of the party, while others differ on his policy stances (or lack thereof) on issues including the economy, foreign affairs and international trade, to name just a few. Led by conservative blogger Erick Erickson, a pocket of Republicans are now trying to draft a third-party candidate to prevent Trump from taking the White House. Meanwhile, a small number of established members of the party have publicly supported the presumptive nominee. Below is a look at who has said what…so far.

Not Boarding the Trump Train

Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House

The country’s top Republican and the party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee said on Thursday that he’s not ready to back Trump, signaling the mogul’s uphill battle in uniting the party in the next six months leading up to the general election.

“What a lot of Republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards,” he told CNN Thursday. “We want somebody who takes these conservative principles, applies them to the problems and offers solutions to the country that a vast majority of Americans can vote for, that they want to be enthusiastic about.”

Trump responded with a snarky comment, saying, “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.”

he two are expected to meet next week to discuss GOP principles.

Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee

Arguably the loudest and one of the earliest opposing voices against Trump, Romney in March called him a “fraud” and “phony” in a speech ahead of Utah’s caucuses. At an awards gala in Washington Thursday night, the former Massachusetts governor and ex–GOP nominee said he has no intention of supporting the mogul and won’t attend the party’s summer convention.

“I happen to think that the person who is leading the nation has an enormous and disproportionate impact on the course of the world, so I am dismayed at where we are now. I wish we had better choices, and I keep hoping that somehow things will get better, and I just don’t see an easy answer from where we are,” he said.

Former President George H. W. Bush

The 41st president briefly entered this year’s election cycle to support the dismal campaign of his son, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Now, Bush Sr. has said he won’t attend the summer convention. “At age 91, President Bush is retired from politics,” spokesman Jim McGrath toldThe Texas Tribune Wednesday. “He came out of retirement to do a few things for Jeb, but those were the exceptions that proved the rule.”

Former President George W. Bush

Like his dad, the 43rd president “does not plan to participate in or comment on the presidential campaign,” including not attending the national convention, said his personal aide, Freddy Ford, according to the Tribune.

Jeb Bush, Former Florida Governor and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

In a Facebook post Friday afternoon, Bush congratulated Trump on his victories, acknowledging the businessman tapped into Americans’ widespread feelings of anger and frustration. “Trump has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character,” he said. “He has not displayed a respect for the Constitution. And, he is not a consistent conservative. These are all reasons why I cannot support his candidacy.”

Once a rising GOP star, early in the race Bush was considered the party’s front-runner. But Trump repeatedly laid into him during debates and on the campaign trail, famously calling him “low energy.” With anemic poll numbers, Bush dropped out of the race in February.

Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator From South Carolina and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Graham has been vehemently anti-Trump for months now, and the South Carolina senator sent a series of tweets Friday reaffirming this, expressing his discontent for both Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, her party’s likely nominee. Graham said it’s difficult to believe that Trump could be a presidential choice in a country as large as the United States. He also vowed not to attend his party’s convention.

“I also cannot in good conscience support Donald Trump because I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative, do not believe he is a reliable GOP conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander-in-chief,” he said. “I will enthusiastically support Republicans for other offices in South Carolina and throughout the country.”

John McCain, U.S. Senator From Arizona and 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee

Although he disagrees with Trump’s views on immigration, the Arizona senator has told the media he will back the billionaire because the voters seemingly have chosen him as the party’s nominee.

“I want to emphasize, I have taken every election with the utmost seriousness. I take this one with the utmost seriousness,” he said, according to CNN. Earlier in his campaign, Trump said McCain, a former prisoner of war in North Vietnam, was considered a hero only because he was captured.

Still, McCain doesn’t plan to attend the RNC this summer, saying he must focus on his campaign for Senate re-election. His true thoughts seem to have been revealed in audio leaked to Politico and published Thursday in which McCain said he fears Trump could damage his hopes for re-election. Speaking on the recording with donors in April, the senator acknowledged the frustration among Hispanic voters, many of whom are anti-Trump because of his previous comments that Mexican immigrants are “rapists” and “criminals.” Hispanics comprise 30 percent of the vote in Arizona.

Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator From Nebraska

Sasse, who took office in 2015, first spoke out against the mogul in aFebruary 28 Facebook post, saying he “can’t support Donald Trump.” This week, he again took to Facebook in a widely covered post to emphasize the country needs an “adult” leader.

“Although I’m one of the most conservative members of the Senate, I’m not interested in an ideological purity test, because even a genuine consensus candidate would almost certainly be more conservative than either of the two dishonest liberals now leading the two national parties,” he said.

Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ newly elected Republican governor congratulated Trump and acknowledged that he seemingly has clinched the party’s nomination “fair and square.” Still, he says he won’t vote for the mogul or attend the convention.

“Some of the things he said about women and about Muslims and about religious freedom, I just can’t support. At the same time, I do believe Secretary Clinton has a huge believability problem,” he said Wednesday. “This makes this a very difficult election, I don’t think just for me, but I think for a lot of people.”

All Aboard the Trump Train

Rick Perry, Former Governor of Texas and 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

Perry, who was a candidate for president in 2012 and the first contender to drop out in the current election, once called Trump’s campaign “cancer on conservatism” that threatened to metastasize into a movement of mean-spirited politics. But lo and behold: The former governor now supports Trump and is even open to being his running mate.

“He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country, and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people, and he will listen to them,” Perry told CNN. “He wasn’t my first choice, wasn’t my second choice, but he is the people’s choice.”

Dr. Ben Carson, Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

The retired neurosurgeon, who for a moment in the fall pulled ahead of Trump in some polls, formally backed the front-runner in March. After the mogul’s win in Indiana Tuesday, Carson said he thinks Trump would consider a Democratic vice president (even though the candidate has said otherwise). He’s helping to lead Trump’s process in selecting a running mate.

“If there was a Democrat who strongly upheld the Constitution, believed in personal responsibility, a hand up rather than a hand out, fiscal responsibility, strong military. We’d be willing to talk to them. If you know of any such Democrats let me know,” he told MSNBC Friday morning. “But clearly you need people who are consistent with the views that the president has.”

In an interview with NewsmaxTV in March, Carson said Trump has promised him a role in his potential administration. He said the candidate “will surround himself with very good people.” When asked whether he would be one of those individuals, Carson said, “I will be doing things as well, yes…certainly in an advisory capacity.”

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey and Former 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate

No, Christie isn’t being “held hostage” by his longtime friend, Trump. He even said so. The New Jersey governor also isn’t a “full-time surrogate” for the former reality TV star. Christie was one of Trump’s former 16 GOP presidential rivals, but like Carson, shortly after he ended his campaign, he endorsed Trump for the presidency. Widespread criticism followed from his constituents about spending too much time out of his home state campaigning for the candidate, and a group of six New Jersey newspapers called for his resignation in a joint editorial.

During a press conference Thursday, Christie vowed to reach out to Speaker Ryan and find out his specific concerns about Trump becoming president.

“Donald’s my friend. He’s been my friend for 14 years,” said Christie, whose name has been tossed around as a potential Trump vice presidential choice. “If he picks up the phone and calls and asks me to do something that I can do, to help his cause to be elected president, I’ll do it. But it has to be consistent with my responsibilities here.”

WHOA: What Trump Did To This BLACK Man In 2013 Is SHOCKING

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This is from Clash Daily. 

This does not sound like anything Hitler would have done.

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Does this look like something that someone who is compared to ‘Hitler’ would do for someone? Please forward this to Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck.

A bus driver who prevented a suicidal woman from jumping off a bridge in Buffalo, New York, has been handed a $10,000 check from Donald Trump and showered with gifts for being a hero.

Darnell Barton, 37, had just picked up 20 high school students on the afternoon of October 18 and was driving over a bridge when he spotted a woman standing along the railing on an overpass, leaning over the traffic below.

He pulled over and counseled her into coming down, leading real estate mogul Trump to write a letter saying: ‘Your quick thinking resulted in a life being saved and for that you should be rewarded.’

Although Trump didn’t personally hand Barton the reward check, the $10,000 was passed through Mayor Byron W. Brown’s office to be handed to the bus driver.

Trump wrote: ‘Although I know to you it was just a warm-hearted first response to a dangerous situation… it saved her life.’

Barton was also interviewed by celebrity chef Rachael Ray on Wednesday for her daytime TV show.

Barton has not spoken to the woman he helped save since the incident, but says he plans to do so when the situation deserves.

He has not yet decided what to do with his check but has spoken of starting a foundation.

‘I have my personal executive board, called my wife. We haven’t sat down and had an opportunity to plan or anything of that nature yet’, he said to the Buffalo News.

Read more: Daily Mail

LOU DOBBS: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan Are ‘Despicable’…’They’re Absolutely…’

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This is from Clash Daily.

Lou Dobbs just went off on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the most epic way ever. Do you think people are starting to wake up to just how disgraceful Republicans have become?

Lou Dobbs: Who does Romney think he is? Romney is nothing more now, obviously than a tool of the ossified, far too entitled Republican establishment. A Washington cartel of K-Street and Wall Street lobbyists… The same cartel that has orchestrated two recent election losses. Most recently Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, both of whom have attacked Trump with greater energy than they ever mustered for President Obama for example… Romney spent 18 minutes savaging Trump in his speech in Salt Lake City… Meanwhile, the other half of hell’s ticket, Paul Ryan, now as usual is spewing cliches and distortion.

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First on CNN: Team Romney explores blocking Trump at RNC

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This is from CNN Politics. 

Mittens where was this type of fight when you lost to Obama in 2012 and lost to McCain in 2008?

We the great unwashed as you RINO Elites think of us will not stand for you and Ryan waltzing in to steal the nomination.

Washington (CNN)Mitt Romney has instructed his closest advisers to explore the possibility of stopping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, a source close to Romney’s inner circle says.

The 2012 GOP nominee’s advisers are examining what a fight at the convention might look like and what rules might need revising.

“It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention,” said the source.

Romney is focused on suppressing Trump’s delegate count to prevent him from accumulating the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.

But implicit in Romney’s request to his team to explore the possibility of a convention fight is his willingness to step in and carry the party’s banner into the fall general election as the Republican nominee. Another name these sources mentioned was House Speaker Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate in 2012.

You don’t have to read too far between the lines of the speech Romney gave Thursday at the University of Utah to see the imprint of this plan. He urged voters to support the candidate most likely to prevent Trump from racking up delegates in their states — saying he’d back Florida Sen. Marco Rubio if he were voting in the Sunshine State, Gov. John Kasich if he were voting in Ohio, or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the states where he polls as Trump’s strongest foe.

“If the other candidates can find common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism,” Romney said.

According to the source, Romney does not expect Rubio, Cruz or Kasich to emerge as the single candidate that can accumulate 1,237 delegates and outright defeat Trump before the convention. So the only way to rob Trump of a victory would be to keep him from reaching that magic 1,237 number.

Most Republican states allocate their delegates proportionally, or in a hybrid format that gives delegates both to the statewide winner and at the congressional district level. This means rather than winnowing the competition down to a single Trump alternative, it could make more sense for all of the current candidates to stay in the race for a stop Trump movement, according to one source.

In addition, two senior Republican Party insiders told CNN that the convention scenario is now dominating a lot of conversation in GOP fundraising circles. To be sure, both of these sources are skeptical about Romney being able to execute this plan, but both believe that there is a real attempt underway to try to do this.

In the meantime, they said to look for Republicans like Romney to continue to cast doubt on Trump’s business record and to keep pushing for him to release his tax returns.

“His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who worked for them,” Romney said of Trump during his speech Thursday. “He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks, and Trump mortgage? A business genius he is not.”

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about reports that Romney would try to block Trump at the convention, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said he had not heard about that or had any conversations about that.

“Not really. This is the kind of conversation that’s so far way from where this process is at. There are 1700+ more delegates to go,” he said, adding later, “I just think it’s a waste of time playing those matrix games right now.”

If creating doubt about Trump’s success starts to pay dividends and the convention plan were to come to fruition, these Republican Party insiders believe it will likely drive Trump into a third party candidacy in the fall.

Trump has repeatedly threatened an independent run if he isn’t treated “fairly” by Republicans.

After Romney attacked Trump in a blistering speech Thursday morning, Trump hit back by mocking Romney’s 2012 loss at a campaign rally in Portland, Maine — pointing to Romney’s efforts to secure Trump’s endorsement.

“He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees’ — he would have dropped to his knees,” he said.

He said of 2012: “That was a race, I have to say, folks, that should have been won. … I don’t know what happened to him. He disappeared. He disappeared. And I wasn’t happy about it, I’ll be honest, because I am not a fan of Barack Obama, because I backed Mitt Romney — I backed Mitt Romney. You can see how loyal he is.”

Trump said Romney thought about running again in 2016, but “chickened out.”

Trump fires off preemptive attacks on Romney

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This is from World Net Daily.

Mittens is a two time loser that could not win in a uncontested race for dog catcher.

It is time for him to STFU and go away.

Twitter: He’s a ‘failed candidate’ who ‘doesn’t know how to win’

Donald Trump, Republican front-runner, took to Twitter to fire off a range of preemptive attacks against former and failed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney – preemptive because of the widely reported and much-anticipated press conference the ex-governor is due to give Thursday morning about the billionaire’s White House aspirations.

In one post, Trump wrote: “Why did Mitt Romney BEG me for my endorsement four years ago?”

Another: “I am the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn’t know how to win. Hillary wants no part of ‘Trump.’”

Romney lost his own presidential bid against President Obama in 2012, and again in 2008, during the Republican primary against Sen. John McCain.

In recent weeks, he’s taken to the public podiums to attack Trump, and call him a less-than-desirable candidate for the Republican Party. Advance excerpts of his planned Thursday morning speech include references to Trump as a “phony” and “fraud” who’s “playing the American public for suckers,” as WND reported.

Trump, who’s leading national polls and who just won big on Super Tuesday – bolstering his delegate count to 319 compared to second-place Sen. Ted Cruz’s 226 – has been fighting many within his own party for campaign respect.

In another tweet Thursday morning, he wrote: “I have brought millions of people into the Republican Party, while the Dems are going down. Establishment wants to kill this movement!”

And another: “Failed candidate Mitt Romney, who ran one of the worst races in presidential history, is working with the establishment to bury a big ‘R’ win!”

Yet one more: “Looks like two-time failed candidate Mitt Romney is going to be telling Republicans how to get elected. Not a good messenger!”

And another, shortly after Romney’s announced press conference made the media waves: “Just another desperate move by the man who should have easily beaten Barack Obama.”
Mitt Romney – preemptive because of the widely reported and much-anticipated press conference the ex-governor is due to give Thursday morning about the billionaire’s White House aspirations.

In one post, Trump wrote: “Why did Mitt Romney BEG me for my endorsement four years ago?”

Another: “I am the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton. I am not a Mitt Romney, who doesn’t know how to win. Hillary wants no part of ‘Trump.’”

 Romney lost his own presidential bid against President Obama in 2012, and again in 2008, during the Republican primary against Sen. John McCain.

In recent weeks, he’s taken to the public podiums to attack Trump, and call him a less-than-desirable candidate for the Republican Party. Advance excerpts of his planned Thursday morning speech include references to Trump as a “phony” and “fraud” who’s “playing the American public for suckers,” as WND reported.

 

Trump, who’s leading national polls and who just won big on Super Tuesday – bolstering his delegate count to 319 compared to second-place Sen. Ted Cruz’s 226 – has been fighting many within his own party for campaign respect.

And another: “Failed candidate Mitt Romney, who ran one of the worst races in presidential history, is working with the establishment to bury a big ‘R’ win!”

Yet one more: “Looks like two-time failed candidate Mitt Romney is going to be telling Republicans how to get elected. Not a good messenger!”

And another, shortly after Romney’s announced press conference made the media waves: “Just another desperate move by the man who should have easily beaten Barack Obama.”
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/03/trump-fires-off-preemptive-attacks-on-romney/#S8tH4E3HlLDB0XBy.99

Op-ed: Fractured GOP’s uniter? Mitt Romney is still in the wings

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This is from The Salt Lake Tribune.

I voted for Romney in 2012, I sure as Hell will not vote for him again.

It would not be much of a surprise if the Establishment Republicans try to put in Mitt.

The author of this article is wrong  George Washington was born in 1732 and not 1753.

It was George Washington’s 284th birthday.

Plan B seemed simple enough.

Before George Washington’s 263rd birthday the field of Republican presidential candidates would dwindle down to a precious two — most likely moderates John Kasich and Jeb Bush. Marco Rubio would be the outlier. Donald Trump and his triple comb-over would be but a comic reminder of just how ridiculous things could have become. The mainstream would be firmly in control. Popular vote, not party bosses and brass knuckle dickering, would have shown the door to all the one-trick conservatives and sputtering demagogues.

Instead, the primary in South Carolina leaves the GOP awash in fears that the anti-establishment tsunami sweeping through both parties could carry Trump to the nomination and into the White House.

Such anxieties are premature. The numbers are on plan. Voters are collectively confirming that moderates are the base of the party of Rockefeller and Reagan. The rub is no announced candidate can win the nomination outright, which means the nominee will come by way of negotiation at the party’s convention in July. The process could trigger internecine warfare the likes of which the GOP has not experienced since 1964, when doctrinaire conservatives seized control and propelled the party to its worst defeat ever.

As troubling, none of them can beat Hillary Clinton in November. She is smart, remarkably resilient, and vetted under fire at home and abroad. She has even politely endured the flailing arms and frantic rhetoric of Bernie Sanders.

This is not what Plan B anticipated.

The 2016 election was said to belong to the GOP, never mind the fact that the party has been routinely blowing them since 2008, when Sen. John McCain selected absurd Sarah Palin as his running mate. Trump is this cycle’s Palin. While angry party members and independents love him (like they “Feel The Bern”), the mainstream resists. A recent poll in Utah, the most reliably Republican state in the nation, revealed that a Clinton v. Trump general election would likely be a dead heat. Presciently “Other,” Utah’s faceless third choice, fared just as well.

In Utah, “Other” is a placeholder for their new neighbor Willard Mitt Romney. These dreamers are not alone. In November, a Boston Globe poll claimed Romney would win New Hampshire with 36 percent of the vote were he a candidate, relegating Trump a very distant second place at 14 percent.

Will the Republican muddle persuade Romney (or attract a fresh face like the billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg)? Most likely, party leaders are already turning to the vetted, reasonably well-liked but always coquettish Romney.

Fully aware that some party faithful believe he is too rich, too disingenuous, too good-looking, and too Mormon likely convinced him to avoid running a third time. Yet, he coyly admits that his wife Ann favors it, despite her ongoing struggle with multiple sclerosis. Their five sons are evenly divided — two approve, two oppose and one is undecided.

The record shows that Mitt Romney craves being needed almost as much as he yearns for redemption.  He was the congenial and focused young leader the founders of Bain & Company drafted to right their off-kilter partnership. Later he mounted an impressive attempt to dislodge the iconic Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. He rebounded, by rescuing squeaky clean Salt Lake City from the taint of corruption brought on by the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and graft at the highest levels of the International Olympic Committee. Then he rushed home to Boston to be redeemed by the liberal Commonwealth that had rejected him just eight years earlier.

Perhaps his newest neighbors in leafy Cottonwood and his summer friends around Lake Winnipesaukee foresaw another Romney opportunity as they sensed disarray in the party. But at this point, don’t expect him to mount a floor fight at the convention. In 2008, he ducked a battle that would have secured him the vice presidential nomination that, instead, went to Palin.

Favorable polling numbers a year ago almost drew him in. His eyebrows raised again in November when the Boston Globe poll showed him trouncing everyone in New Hampshire. And he’s been thinking about it ever since. His chief fund-raiser Spencer Zwick, whom Mitt regards as a sixth son, has long insisted that Romney would answer a call to unite the party. Begging and pleading could do the trick.

If redeemed, the stage will be arranged as he likes it, and just in time for the authentic moderate Romney to emerge. From the outset, that was Mitt’s Plan A.

Cruz: Media, Establishment’s ‘Chosen One’ Rubio Is Unelectable Like Dole, McCain, Romney

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This is from Breitbarts Big Government.

If by some strange twist of fate Marco Rubio should get the GOP nomination, I will vote for him.

If by some even weirder twist of fate Little Jebbie Bush gets the nomination, I would not vote for him.

At a Thursday event in Weare, New Hampshire, presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) labeled opposing candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the media-anointed “chosen one” for the GOP establishment but ultimately unelectable like prior failed nominees.

Cruz compared the number three candidate out of Iowa to past establishment candidates Bob Dole,

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) , and Mitt Romney — the candidates touted as the “electable one(s)” to win the GOP nomination but went on to lose in the general election. The Wall Street Journal reported that he claimed Rubio’s surge is tied to a coordinated push for a Democrat-leaning candidate. According to Cruz, Rubio “has agreed with the Democrats the most.”

“I understand that in the media newsrooms and in the Washington establishment circles, Marco is the chosen one,” Mr. Cruz said outside a sports bar here. He went on to dismiss Mr. Rubio’s third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, which Mr. Cruz won. “In the media’s telling, bronze is the new gold.”

Cruz slighted Rubio’s Iowa performance, saying the media is painting a “bronze” finish as “gold.”

Rubio celebrated his third place position in the Iowa caucuses behind Cruz and Trump as a big win. He did come out far ahead of fellow establishment candidates Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Chris Christie. His finish within range of insurgent candidate Donald Trump came as a surprise to many.

A CNN poll released Thursday has Rubio jumping in New Hampshire to number two at 18 percent behind front-runner Trump, who is at a commanding 29 percent. Cruz sits at third in the poll with 12 percent.

Early predictions in the 2016 GOP race for the presidency tagged Jeb Bush as the establishment golden boy just waiting for formal coronation. But with Rubio in the spotlight, now Bush stands waiting in the wings to pick up the slack should Rubio falter or the establishment winds switch yet again.

With New Hampshire just days away and the establishment set gunning for position there, Rubio could edge out the competition in the long haul if he pulls out a strong result. Bush and Christie are taking shots at Rubio in efforts to raise their positions in the race.

Jeb Bush questioned Rubio’s qualifications again on Thursday, asking what accomplishments the junior Senator has to show for his ambitions and as a politician. Christie compared Rubio’s time in the Senate to that of Barack Obama. Christie’s campaign is also using a Morning Joe interview with failed 2016 candidate Rick Santorum, where Santorum, who is now endorsing Rubio, said of the freshman Senator, “The bottom line is, there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishment.”

Rubio is firing back against the establishment label, telling Sean Hannity on Fox News that he rejects labels and he’s not an “establishment Republican.” He then argued that he overcame establishment candidate Charlie Crist and that his opponents in that race went on to participate in Bush’s presidential campaign.

Top GOP official seeks McConnell ouster as Senate leader

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This is from The Washington Times. 

Not only does RINO Mitch McConnell but so should Chairman Reince Priebus as he was responsible, along with the Establishment Republicans for  Mitt Romney.

The House needs to step up and toss Weeping Willie (Boehner) now and not wait for him to leave in October. 

‘GOP brand is being damaged,’ RNC vice chair says

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With John Boehner now departing as House speaker, an influentialRepublican Party official is now seeking the ouster of another GOP leader who has frustrated conservatives: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell needs to resign!!” LouisianaGOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting.

 

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