It would appear the GOP donors underwhelmed with the likes of Jeb Bush and Scott Walker and fearful of Donald Trump are trying to renew efforts to recruit Mitt Romney, if NRO’s Eliana Johnson and Elaina Plott are correct.
I believe this would be a mistake. It would simply reinforce Republicans as a party of elites with a tin ear and play right into Trump’s hands. While Romney is a smart man and would have made a far better President these past couple of years than Obama, he simply does not resonate with people. If Romney couldn’t beat Obama on his record or lack thereof in 2012, he isn’t going to fare any better than 2016.
For Heaven’s sake, there has been exactly one evening devoted to debate among the 17 GOP hopefuls. Let’s not write them off before the second debate on September 16th. I single out Carly Fiorina in particular. Relegated to the so-called “happy hour” debate last month, she excelled. Let Fiorina have a chance to go toe to toe with Trump and see what she can do. It’s the American way. But given that the RNC and CNN are including national polls that were conducted prior to the August debate, there is a good chance that Fiorina might again be relegated to the kiddie table. If Fiorina does make it, she’ll have to get past Chris Christie.
I say all this so that we can give the candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring a full hearing before turning out of desperation to a candidate whose campaign is almost certainly guaranteed to result in another Democrat in the White House.
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