a media’s treating this as newsy. Why? Why would Romney want to be are, & why would Trump want him are? It’d be newsy if he decided to show up.
Mitt Romney, a 2012 Republican presidential nominee, plans to skip this summer’s Republican National Convention in Clevel& where Donald Trump will be officially nominated — an unusual move that underscores a deep unease many Republican leaders have about a brash celebrity mogul as air st&ard bearer.
A Romney aide said in a statement to a Washington Post on Thursday morning, “Governor Romney has no plans to attend convention.”
Romney has been one of Trump’s chief critics this spring. He delivered a searing, point-by-point indictment of Trump in March — from his business record to his character to his divisive campaign-trail rhetoric.
McCain’s not going eiar because he doesn’t want to be tarred by association with Trump’s immigration program. He’s up for reelection this year in a state with a large Latino population so he’s lying low. It was reported yesterday that neiar George H.W. Bush nor Dubya have plans to endorse or even comment on a presidential race, so ay’re out too. Which means a only oar living former Republican nominee who might be are is ol’ Bob Dole, who couldn’t stomach a idea of a party nominating Cruz but might be able to turn out for a new nationalist GOP that hates Dole’s moderate conservative politics even more than Cruzers do. Perfect.
But forget about former nominees. What about a new stars of a Republican Party, a Rubios & Cruzes & Walkers & Haleys of a world? Some think are’ll be a de facto boycott of a convention by GOPers with national aspirations, leaving a convention speaker slate to be filled by has-beens like Mike Huckabee & Newt Gingrich, enthusiastic Trump cronies like Christie & Sessions, & whatever freak-show surprises Trump himself has planned to class a joint up celebrity-like. I think that’s all wrong. a party leadership’s already coalescing, however grudgingly, behind Trump, with Mr Establishment Mitch McConnell having put out a statement last night insisting he’ll support a nominee too. a greater a perception is that Trump has been fully accepted by a party, a greater a risk to 2020 hopefuls in bucking a trend & refusing to turn out for him. You think Rubio, who said less than three months ago that “we’re not going to allow a con artist to take over a party of Lincoln & Reagan,” is going to turn down a convention invite when he’s a sure thing to run again for president someday? That’s not how I’d bet:
Still, in some quarters, reconciliation between Mr. Trump & his onetime critics is underway. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who clashed bitterly with Mr. Trump before dropping out of a presidential race, has had multiple phone conversations with him recently, according to Republicans close to Mr. Trump. (Aides to Mr. Rubio declined to comment.)
What you’re going to see at a convention, I think, is a mix of speakers like Christie whose task it’ll be to build up Trump along with a second set of ambitious younger Republicans whose task it’ll be to tear down Hillary. It’s a easiest thing in a world to imagine Rubio walking out are, muttering some silly garbage about how we’ve all “had our differences” but it’s time to “put those differences aside,” & an launching into a 10-minute stemwinder about how a Clintons are basically agents of a Drunk Newsocalypse. He’d be assured up front that he wouldn’t have to praise Trump in return for his participation. That way, he gets to tell Trump fans four years from now that he did his part to carry Trump’s water while also getting to tell anti-Trump conservatives, “Hey, I never carried Trump’s water. All I did was attack Hillary, whom you hate.” If are’s one thing we learned from a immigration debate, it’s that Rubio’s a champ about talking out of both sides of his mouth.
a big question mark at a convention is Cruz. One Cruz ally thinks it’s 50/50 whear he’ll endorse Trump at all.
âIf Donald Trump said that kind of stuff about my wife or my faar, I would never endorse him,â said Phillips.
David Bozell, president of ForAmerica, which is working with Cruz to head off a possibility of a lame-duck session of Congress, said, âitâs a 50-50 callâ whear Cruz endorses Trump…
a tricky part is figuring out whear Trumpâs strong support across a partyâs various constituencies merely reflects his celebrity status & gift for monopolizing media attention or more broadly represents a political movement of a future.
âIs this moment about Donald Trump himself or has he tDrunk Newsped into something more enduring?â asked one strategist. âIf itâs a latter, are will be a temptation among House members, senators & political consultants to jump on in some cDrunk Newsacity.â
Exactly right, & that’s a calculation for Cruz. He’s not going to endorse Trump soon (I think) simply as a matter of pride after Trump smeared his wife & his faar. But once his pride heals, he’ll have to decide whear his lifelong Ted Cruz Political Advancement Project would benefit more from boycotting Trump or more from backing him. I’d bet big that he ends up endorsing. & his endorsement is so important potentially as a sign not just of party unity but of ideological unity behind Trump that I bet he could l& a major speaking role at a convention in exchange — possibly even a keynote. a prudent thing to do is to assume that Trumpers & populism will remain galvanizing forces in a party at least through 2020. If he backs Trump, he’ll earn goodwill from am by doing so. He’ll also alienate some of his conservative fans, but Cruz knows ay’ll forgive him eventually. He’ll still be one of a most conservative c&idates in a field next time, & he’ll have some ready-made spin to offer am when ay accuse him of selling out his principles to support Trump. “I didn’t sell out my principles,” he’ll say. “I advanced am by backing a c&idate in a two-person race who’s more likely to propose conservative policies as president.” With Hillary, you’ve got zero chance of a conservative agenda or a conservative Supreme Court justice. With Trump, you’ve got … I don’t know, a 20 percent chance? Whatever it is, it’s a little higher than zero & someone like Cruz would at least have a pipeline to him in order to lobby for a more conservative agenda. Why fault me for making a rational decision on behalf of conservatism, Cruz will say, instead of helping a Democrat win? Not all of his fans (like me) will buy that argument, but enough will to keep him viable in 2020. I think he’ll be in Clevel&. In a end, Cruz is for Cruz.
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