According to former Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone, the Republicans are so desperate to keep the New York billionaire away from the nomination, they might draft none other than Mitt Romney into the race. In an interview with World Net Daily, Stone said the party would throw Marco Rubio under the bus if he couldn’t carry Florida on March 15.
“Rubio has been given until Tuesday and if he doesn’t win the Florida primary, the establishment GOP leaders have decided to dump Rubio in favor of drafting Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee who lost to Barack Obama in 2012,” Stone told WND. “If Rubio cannot win Florida, then Rubio drops out and Romney is in.”
It’s hard to imagine that scenario, but it would explain why Romney suddenly jumped into the fracas last week with his shot at Trump’s taxes. Romney was seriously considering a third bid at the White House last year, but he ultimately decided that Jeb Bush had secured too much donor support to make it worth his while. He’s been quiet about the 2016 race, but he’s almost certainly lamenting that decision, given how things have played out.
Now, not even the most optimistic Republican could believe that Romney will somehow triumph where the other 17 candidates have failed, especially getting into the race at such a late date. But if the RNC has decided, as many insiders suspect, to thwart Trump with a brokered convention, they only need to make sure he doesn’t reach the minimum level of delegates needed to automatically get the nomination. At that point, they can basically do whatever they want. In point of fact, Romney doesn’t need to run at all. They can simply award him the nomination in July.
Even if Trump does win the nomination, though, Republican donors have discussed rallying around a third-party candidate. Whether that turns out to be Romney, Michael Bloomberg, one of the current Republican candidates, or someone else, it would be a ground-shaking event. It would almost certainly put Hillary Clinton in the White House as well, and it could have disastrous effects on the continued viability of the Republican Party.
Whether you think Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to the Republican Party or the worst, there’s no room for this shady maneuvering. If the party doesn’t want to support Trump, fine. If they want to run ads against him, go for it. If they would prefer Clinton to Trump, well, that’s their business. But if they go beyond that and intentionally subvert the will of the voters, they are finished as a national party. They will never be able to talk about democracy again without being laughed out of the room.
A Trump nomination is a risk, no doubt about it. But the GOP needs to start coming to terms with him. And if they don’t like what the voters have done this year, they need to go back, do another “autopsy,” and figure out why millions of Republicans want fresh blood in the White House. To answer the call for an outsider with the same guy that ran last time is absurd and pitiful.