Wicked Commentary

 “It’s a suicide mission,” said the Republican Party Chairman.

Reince Priebus was commenting on a Washington Post story about Mitt Romney and William Kristol’s plot to recruit a third-party conservative candidate to sink Donald Trump.

Several big-name Republican “consultants” and “strategists” are said to be on board. Understandably so, given the bucks involved.

With the kind of cash that sloshes around in a presidential campaign, there should be no shortage of super PAC parasites at the enlistment office.

Still missing, however, is the kamikaze pilot who gets just enough fuel to make it out to the fleet. Efforts to recruit Sen. Ben Sasse, loudest of the “Never Trump” leaders, appear to have foundered.

Second thoughts set in this weekend when the Nebraska State Republican Convention voted thunderously to chastise Sasse for persisting in his anti-Trump antics, now that the Republican nominee has been decided by the voters.

Among others sounded out for the mission are ex-Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. All have begged off.

Apparently, Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 nominee, personally sounded out both Sasse and Gov. John Kasich, who will be hosting the Cleveland Convention where the coronation of the Donald is to be held.

How Kasich could expect to beat Trump in November, when he lost every state primary to Trump, save his own, is unexplained. And, indeed, Romney’s recruitment of Kasich raises a question.

If Romney believes that Trump is an unacceptable nominee and would be an intolerable president, and that Republicans have a moral obligation to prevent this, why does Romney not man up and take on the assignment himself?

Now, admittedly, Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, where Romney attended, does not have a long tradition of producing suicide bombers. Yet, Romney is asking others to undertake a mission that will kill their careers and make them pariahs in their party, but will not do it himself.

His father shared Romney’s mindset: If the voters have made a mistake, you are not obligated to support it. Just days after Sen. Barry Goldwater locked up the Republican nomination in the California primary, Gov. George Romney was at the Cleveland governors conference plotting to stop him.

Richard Nixon arrived to encourage Romney to step out onto the tracks in front of the Goldwater express. Romney thought better of taking Nixon’s counsel. But he did join Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in denouncing his own party for coddling extremists, and refused to endorse Goldwater, as son Mitt is refusing to endorse Trump.

It was after that Cleveland Convention that Nixon ruefully told me, “Buchanan, whenever you hear of a group forming up to stop X, be sure to put your money on X.”

In 1968, George Romney was so far behind Nixon in the early polls he dropped out, two weeks before New Hampshire. Though he quit the race, at the Republican Convention in Miami Beach, he allowed his name to be put in nomination for vice president, to protest Nixon’s selection of Spiro T. Agnew.

Agnew crushed him. But whatever you say about the political savvy of George Romney, he was stubborn as a bull in his convictions, and he had the courage to go down to defeat fighting for them.

Son Mitt, however, is pushing others into doing what he will not do.

Why is Priebus right when he calls the entry of a third-party conservative in the presidential race a “suicide mission”?

Such a candidate would siphon off votes that would otherwise go to Trump, bring down the ticket, and result in Hillary Clinton becoming the 45th president.

That would mean the next three justices on the Supreme Court would be in the tradition of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. And that would mean Roe v. Wade would never be overturned, affirmative action would be forever, and the social revolution that declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right would roll on.

A Clinton presidency would also mean Obamacare is forever.

The Romney-Kristol collusion thus overlaps nicely with the interests of the Clinton campaign and the agenda of the Beltway media elite.

By scheming to divide the Republican base, they are colluding to bring about the defeat of the Republican Party. And that means Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the White House.

In 1980, Republican Congressman John Anderson, defeated by Ronald Reagan in the primaries, refused to endorse him, and ran as a third-party candidate.

As of June, Anderson had 24 percent of the vote and Reagan was losing to President Carter. Fortunately, as Anderson moved left, he began to sink and draw as much from Carter as from Reagan.

What the Never Trump folks refuse to face is this transparent reality:

Either Trump or Clinton is going to be the next president. To the degree they succeed in wounding or killing Trump’s candidacy, they advance Clinton’s chances of succeeding Obama.

The Romney-Kristol cabal is Hillary Clinton’s fifth column inside the Republican Party.

So old Mitt Romney is willing to sacrifice the political career of another politician instead of himself. What a truly spiteful man!

So far he has not been able to get anyone to suicide for him.

And as far as the party goes, if they were to do this, the party is gone. People will leave in droves. So their mission to “save the party” will just backfire on them, if they have any luck in doing this.

Is Mitt on a Suicide Mission?

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Comments on: "Romney’s Suicide Mission" (14)

  1. Oh yes it would be a suicide mission for whoever. He’s right about that. If I understand the length of their ideal scheme it would be to siphon both or prevent both from getting 270. Which seems like a real long shot. In that event it would hand off to the House of Reps to make a decision. Well, like things are not bad enough already. And somehow they believe they would benefit in that. I don’t know why.

    It’s a pure spite play as Buchanan puts it. Romney is a dirtball. And he doesn’t seem to want to go quietly. That man irritates me dang near as much as Hillary and Obama. Strange the Cruzers aren’t saying much about the Mitt-rat.

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    • peppermintfarm said:

      Bull, the scenario you paint sounds ludicrous for the GOPe and these cry babies headed by the Romney/Kristol goofy team.

      I don’t see how they think this could help either. Will these sore losers ever give up their scheming and just accept that if they don’t like it, they can just sit it out this time around. Have a drink and cry in your beers Romney/Kristol. I’ve never seen such a bunch of jerks trying to throw off the people’s choice.

      And who do they think they are for bloody sake? So these 2 get to decide for us who are nominee is after he’s won the delegates necessary. And Trump will get the 1237 needed. He’s only 100 from it and Oregon tonight will add to that.

      Ditto on spite and dirt-bag Romney. Right now he is irritating me more than Hillary. There will be time enough to be irritated by her, the woman who belongs in prison.

      The Cruzbots are silent because they think this Romney scheme will work for them and Cruz will be picked. Hate to burst their bubble but he’s not the man they want.

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      • willibeaux said:

        Yo Pepp….As far as I’m concerned Willard is a has-been. He should just fade away and count his possessions.

        Thanks for the great article.

        oohrah!!

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        • peppermintfarm said:

          Yo Willi! I think Willard the Rat will be a complete goner after all these schemes he’s pulled this time around. He’ll fade all right into the dust bin of history as one of the biggest cry babies of all time. He and Kristol.

          And did you see where Paul Ryan got only 38% favorable rating for his tactics against Trump? He’s another one on his way OUT.

          Yo welcome Willi!

          OoRah! 😀

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        • Willi, his ego won’t allow that. He wants the next guy to lose to satisfy himself. At least he lost all by himself.

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          • peppermintfarm said:

            Bull, exactly! Funny how others got the message right away that they would be the lambs sent in for the slaughter of their political careers. Who did he think he could fool? Maybe Romney should put Kristol up to run. I bet he’d say NO too.

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  2. The GOPe have made it no secret that they would rather have HildeBeast than Trump. That would ensure their cushy jobs and money making back door schemes for at least another 4 years. And probably a lot longer than that if we were to lose this time.

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  3. peppermintfarm said:

    Terry, you are absolutely right. I always say “follow the money” and like you said that is what is going on here. That is the fear the money grabbing GOPe types are so afraid of. Trump threatens their cozy, corrupt system. Well we can’t have that now can we?

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  4. Candace J Mounger said:

    I’ve been a republican all of my life as were my parents. This circus that the RNC has created has made me decide to switch to the independent party as soon as this election cycle is over. Buncha idiots. GO TRUMP!

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    • Candice, I understand what you are saying. I can’t register as an Indie in my state because I had done that and could not vote in the primaries. So had to switch to Republican whether I liked it or not. We have one good senator I always want to make sure I can vote for.

      Yes! Trump 2016!

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  5. I sure hope this the last we ever see and hear from Romney. Really don’t give a crap what the loser has to say.

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  6. Dave, I think now that Romney has given up his bid for a 3rd party candidate we won’t hear from him any longer. And no one wants to either. He’s dead meat now for every being a candidate for anything. He ruined himself.

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