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Stupidity Is Trumping Comedy in the GOP

By Friday, 04 March 2016 05:03 PM Current | Bio | Archive

One of two things is true:
  • Mitt Romney and the Republican Establishment found their true calling in comedy.
  • Or, they are the dumbest people in America. And in a culture that values all things Kardashian, that’s saying something.
But given how serious Romney was, playing the role of elder Republican statesman in trashing Donald Trump, it is painfully obvious that stupidity trumps comedy in the GOP.

Too bad they didn’t do this before the Oscars, as there would have been plenty of remakes for this melodrama: "Dumb and Dumber," "Failure To Launch," "The Jerk," "Fury Road." Or, even Divine Secrets Of The Ya Ya Republican Sisterhood.

But even Hollywood couldn’t script this farce.

Trumpeting his own horn, Romney referred to Trump supporters as “suckers” in a desperate attempt to derail Trump. In doing so, Romney personified another movie, "Psycho," and his epic blunder will completely backfire.

Granted, credible Republican statesmen are scarce (the Party’s own fault since it has coronated candidates “whose turn it is” rather than developing charismatic leaders), but the worst person to deliver such a message was Romney, especially since he sought Trump’s endorsement during his presidential runs.

Surprised? Don’t be.

After all, Romney was the worst candidate that GOP elites could have chosen to oppose President Obama, in what should have been a slamdunk election.

Yet that’s what they did.

The proof was in the pudding. Despite spending millions after his unsuccessful run in 2008, Romney was still routinely losing 7 of 10 Republicans in the 2012 primaries — even after he had all but locked up the nomination.

Did paternalistic Party leaders listen? Nope.

They, not the rank-and-file, knew “best,” and the coronation proceeded.

Despite President Obama presiding over the worst economy since the Great Depression, voters still rejected Romney, including Republicans, as three million fewer voted for Romney than John McCain.

A majority believed:
  • America was on the wrong track.
  • And, government was too large. Yet Obama won. Why?
Because Romney ran to win an election, not the argument.

He was incapable of relating to the middle class, and the “Anyone But Obama” strategy backfired, because it’s never enough to run against something.

Romney was unable to articulate what he stood for, resulting in “Anyone But Romney.”

Throw in his flip-flops, monumental gaffes, late release of tax returns, pandering to minorities, and an unprecedented aloofness, and his landslide defeat was easily predictable.

And yet, what did Romney and party leaders do? They blamed Chris Christie, because he worked with the President in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

You simply can’t make this up.

Then they came up with ways to “reinvent” the Party and “win elections.”

So it’s not without irony that the very same people who guaranteed a Romney “landslide” were writing the playbook for winning in 2016, and now are telling voters whom not to vote for.

The establishment’s credibility gap has become an almost unbridgeable chasm.

Romney looks like a jealous malcontent. His money is dwarfed by Trump’s fortune, and in that world, size matters. And Mitt is green with envy at the reception lavished on Trump. As the Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher once said, “The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.”

Mitt could still enter the race by getting on the ballot in California (the biggest prize) and New Jersey, potentially siphoning enough delegates to deny Trump the magic number —leading to a brokered convention, where all bets are off.

That would, without exaggeration, be the end of the Republican Party. There would be a massive civil war, millions would permanently bolt, and an inevitable third party candidate would assure a Democratic victory.

Sound crazy? Sure, but since when has that ever factored into the establishment-thinking of both parties? It has been a long-held rule, especially in big city machines, that it’s better to lose an election than lose control.

That mindset is becoming the de facto policy of a GOP hellbent on stopping Trump at any cost — President Hillary Clinton notwithstanding.

Romney’s pomposity will backfire, causing Trump’s base to dig in against the establishment they feel has betrayed them. And it will cause many undecideds to break Donald’s way because they despise being given marching orders.

Maybe a Trump candidacy assures a Clinton victory, and maybe The Donald as GOP standard-bearer leads to big Republican. But with a wildly unpredictable electorate, and Hillary Clinton being the ultimate insider at a time when anti-Washington feelings are at a fever pitch, it would be a mistake to write off Trump.

The GOP should let the chips fall where they may, stop playing God, and take a hard look in the mirror.

If it doesn’t, the “elephant” in the room may be on the verge of extinction.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.


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Republican statesmen are scarce. The party has coronated candidates, rather than developing leaders. The GOP should let the chips fall where they may, stop playing God, and take a hard look in the mirror. If it doesn’t, the “elephant” in the room may be extinct.
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