Wait just a moment. Republicans were encouraged by Mitt Romney to vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Ohio Republican primary just this week. Now Romney wants establishment Republicans to vote for Texas Senator Ted Cruz in Tuesday’s Utah Republican caucus. On Friday Mitt Romney went to his Facebook page, and posted the following:
This week, in the Utah nominating caucus, I will vote for Senator Ted Cruz.
Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.
The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention. At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Senator Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible.
I like Governor John Kasich. I have campaigned with him. He has a solid record as governor. I would have voted for him in Ohio. But a vote for Governor Kasich in future contests makes it extremely likely that Trumpism would prevail.
I will vote for Senator Cruz and I encourage others to do so as well, so that we can have an open convention and nominate a Republican.
As the Democratic party begins to unite around Hillary Clinton, the GOP is stuck on itself, having too much pride to accept change. When Mitt Romney ran for president in 2012, he was soundly defeated by President Barack Obama, as Obama was selected for a second term in office. Romney lost all west coast states, he lost in the Midwest, and he lost in the Northeast; three regions of the country that must be won in order to be elected to become the President of the United States.
The Republican party can no longer be the party of the country club if it wants to win the presidency in 2016, or beyond for that matter. Donald Trump has a message that is resonating with blue collar workers all over the United States. Many people who have voted for Democratic candidates for years are turning to hear Trump speak, then they vote for him when its time to vote.
The GOP is losing a lot of ground to the Democrats during this time that the Republicans don’t have a nominee that they are coalescing around. The fact that the establishment doesn’t like Trump has absolutely no bearing on whether or not he can win in November. We need to remember that the GOP establishment didn’t want populist Ronald Reagan either when Reagan was knocking out primary wins back in 1980.
The Republican establishment is placing its bets on a campaign that will not win the Republican nomination. This is very intentional. By having a contested convention, Mitt Romney can argue for a place on a second ballot or beyond, and if the establishment has its way, it will be quite happy to make Romney the party’s nominee, Trump’s supporters be damned.
Isn’t that the real reason that the establishment has sent Romney out to campaign for others? By ingratiating himself with the Republican establishment once more, and their donors, Romney is making plans to steal the nomination from Trump, if he can.
The disaffected voter, the voter who lost their house or job or maybe both during the recession that began in 2008, the hard working 40 hour a week blue collar worker, and even the evangelicals have signaled that they do not want an establishment candidate. They want a person with no political experience, an ordinary Joe, or Donald as is the case this year, and the election results so far in 2016 bear out this conclusion.
This is the second campaign for president that Romney will lose. An easier prediction to make is that Trump will wrap up the Republican nomination for president long before its time for the party convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Trump had some choice words for Romney last night. Speaking at a campaign rally at the Infiniti Event Center, in Salt Lake City, Utah, Trump blasted Romney as a “choke artist”, and challenged Romney on his Mormon faith, saying, “The evangelicals have been so amazing. Do I love the Mormons?”
Trump continued, saying, “I have many friends that live in Salt Lake. I have a lot of friends. By the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did this guy choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe. Are you sure he’s a Mormon? Are we sure?”
Trump wanted to let his audience know just how much he has an appreciation for the Mormons who have worked for him. “I’ve had many Mormons work for me. They give to the church. They constantly give. Sometimes I’d make the payment directly to the church. They say they don’t want to be tempted by keeping the money. They’re amazing people and its an honor to be with you tonight, those of you that are Mormon”, said Trump.
Trump has more than half the delegates he needs to secure the nomination. Mitt Romney has zero delegates, but acts as if he is in a position to tell people how to vote. The people that lose out when Romney does this are the people who need to believe in a candidate that they can support wholeheartedly. While one could say that seeking a contested convention would be a good thing for the party, such an event would disenfranchise those blue collar, middle class voters, some of them Democrats, who have been coming out to support Trump. What; is Romney saying that all of those people, the people in the twenty states that Trump has won so far, that they don’t count? That somehow now all of them are supposed to be okay with voting for Cruz, because that is who you say voters in Utah should be voting for.
I have greater faith in the choices that the common folk make versus the Washington inside the Beltway establishment, and you should also. Who is to say that present Republican leadership is the best thing for us? The establishment Republicans? Really, now?
How about this: If you live in Utah, vote for Trump or Kasich to deny a vote to the candidate who created the 2013 government shutdown, and to decisively send a message to the Republican establishment that it should be the voters, and not the politicians, who decide who is the best candidate for the party.
Having 52% of the delegates he needs to win the nomination, Trump is the logical choice in Utah. If you vote for Trump or Kasich, you will deny the Republican establishment your vote to take the United States right back into the same gridlock we have now.
The people want actual change from someone who is not a politician. They want things to be different from what they are now. So ask yourself, do I want things to be the same politically as they are today in the Republican party, or do I want for things to be different.
For Utah voters here are your choices:
- Ted Cruz, the newly annointed establishment candidate.
- John Kasich, the proven state administrator and Ohio Governor.
- Donald Trump, the only person in the Republican party running for president who is not a sitting politician.
Americans are saying they want change. Seeing the choices above, people have a reason to have hope for a better future. That begins with electing someone other than a politician to the presidency. That decision is clear, and it begins and ends with Donald Trump.