Friday, March 04, 2016

Cilizza: Romney's attack on Trump "bolsters" the GOP frontrunner

While the Washington Post is largely unhinged over the Donald Trump candidacy, Chris Cilizza hits it on the head as he discusses Mitt Romney's condemnation of the Republican frontrunner.
This, you might think to yourself, is, finally, the moment when the establishment — such as it is — stands up to Trump, screaming "enough" at the top of its lungs and, in so doing, bringing the party back from the brink of an total electoral disaster.

You would be, almost certainly, totally wrong. In fact, being attacked by Romney is more likely to cement Trump's hold on the nomination than loosen his grip on it. Here's why.

Romney is the face of the establishment. He's just the sort of guy the party loves — a measured statesman who views running for office as a civic duty. He's "serious." He has "gravitas." He is "trustworthy" and "steady."

He's also the embodiment of everything Trump has built his entire campaign against. Romney is too cautious, too mannerly, not tough enough for Trump's taste. He's the face of a Republican Party that lost twice to Barack Obama. He's part of the problem, not the solution.
And Cilizza goes on the say that Romney's assault will "bolster" Trump.


Holding My Nose said...

Rumor has it that the ghosts of Thomas Dewey and Harold Stassan will soon be attacking Trump.

John Ruberry said...

John C. Frémont--the Republican standard bearer in 1856--has been summoned too.