The GOP Establishment Is So Worried They’re Thinking About Mitt Romney For 2016

Just when you thought the Republican primary couldn’t get any more hilarious, it gets even better.  Some people are actually talking about Mitt Romney as the possible savior of the 2016 Clown Car.

“There is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them,” The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Donald Trump’s polling numbers seem to go nowhere but up, while other candidates have occasional spikes but fail to maintain the momentum. An excellent establishment example is Carly Fiorina, who got a substantial bump to second place after the debate in early September. However, her campaign seemed unable to capitalize on it and the numbers plummeted. Similarly, Chris Christie held an early lead, but when Huckabee announced, somehow Christie’s numbers began the slow decline to embarrassment. Jeb Bush also remained high until the end of June when Donald Trump announced officially he was running and began his attacks. Now, even Wall Street has picked a new horse.

No one likes these candidates, and the only voters excited about the election are the far-right Tea Party members who seem to be leaning towards Trump. Every once in awhile the spikes might happen, but they’re so short-lived that there’s no real pathway to victory for any candidate, much less a winner the establishment can get behind.

But, when the skies of the GOP seem dark, when the polls are down, when the party’s emotions begin to turn as blue as the electoral map, someone actually has the idea “heck, fire, let’s put the dog on the roof and call up Mitt Romney!”

“According to other Republicans, some in the party establishment are so desperate to change the dynamic that they are talking anew about drafting Romney — despite his insistence that he will not run again. Friends have mapped out a strategy for a late entry to pick up delegates and vie for the nomination in a convention fight, according to the Republicans, who were briefed on the talks, though Romney has shown no indication of reviving his interest.”

Romney announced back in January that after two unsuccessful (and one very embarrassing) campaigns for president, he would not be running again. Comedy writers everywhere were disappointed, but were already overwhelmed with the clown car of candidates. As much fun as it would be to have Romney back as a punching bag, it just isn’t in the cards.

Florida doctor and major Mitt Romney funder Peter A. Wish doesn’t seem to know what to do. He said that he doesn’t care much for his options for the GOP nominee,

“I’m not a happy camper,” Wish said. “Hopefully somebody will emerge who will be able to do the job,” but, he added, “I’m very worried that the Republican-base voter is more motivated by anger, distrust of D.C. and politicians and will throw away the opportunity to nominate a candidate with proven experience that can win.”

As far as the establishment goes, this is the bed that you made with the right wing to get people in office. Now you’re mad that you created a monster? Maybe this time you’ll learn.

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