Is Mitt on a Suicide Mission?

By Pat Buchanan

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USA –  -( “It's a suicide mission,” said the Republican Party Chairman.

Reince Priebus was commenting on a Washington Post story about Mitt Romney and William Kristol's plot to recruit a third-party conservative candidate to sink Donald Trump.

Several big-name Republican “consultants” and “strategists” are said to be on board. Understandably so, given the bucks involved.

With the kind of cash that sloshes around in a presidential campaign, there should be no shortage of super PAC parasites at the enlistment office.

Still missing, however, is the kamikaze pilot who gets just enough fuel to make it out to the fleet. Efforts to recruit Sen. Ben Sasse, loudest of the “Never Trump” leaders, appear to have foundered.

Second thoughts set in this weekend when the Nebraska State Republican Convention voted thunderously to chastise Sasse for persisting in his anti-Trump antics, now that the Republican nominee has been decided by the voters.

Among others sounded out for the mission are ex-Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks. All have begged off.

Apparently, Romney, the Republican Party's 2012 nominee, personally sounded out both Sasse and Gov. John Kasich, who will be hosting the Cleveland Convention where the coronation of the Donald is to be held.

How Kasich could expect to beat Trump in November, when he lost every state primary to Trump, save his own, is unexplained. And, indeed, Romney's recruitment of Kasich raises a question.

If Romney believes that Trump is an unacceptable nominee and would be an intolerable president, and that Republicans have a moral obligation to prevent this, why does Romney not man up and take on the assignment himself?

Now, admittedly, Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, where Romney attended, does not have a long tradition of producing suicide bombers. Yet, Romney is asking others to undertake a mission that will kill their careers and make them pariahs in their party, but will not do it himself.

His father shared Romney's mindset: If the voters have made a mistake, you are not obligated to support it. Just days after Sen. Barry Goldwater locked up the Republican nomination in the California primary, Gov. George Romney was at the Cleveland governors conference plotting to stop him.

Richard Nixon arrived to encourage Romney to step out onto the tracks in front of the Goldwater express. Romney thought better of taking Nixon's counsel. But he did join Gov. Nelson Rockefeller in denouncing his own party for coddling extremists, and refused to endorse Goldwater, as son Mitt is refusing to endorse Trump.

It was after that Cleveland Convention that Nixon ruefully told me, “Buchanan, whenever you hear of a group forming up to stop X, be sure to put your money on X.”

In 1968, George Romney was so far behind Nixon in the early polls he dropped out, two weeks before New Hampshire. Though he quit the race, at the Republican Convention in Miami Beach, he allowed his name to be put in nomination for vice president, to protest Nixon's selection of Spiro T. Agnew.

Agnew crushed him. But whatever you say about the political savvy of George Romney, he was stubborn as a bull in his convictions, and he had the courage to go down to defeat fighting for them.

Son Mitt, however, is pushing others into doing what he will not do.

Why is Priebus right when he calls the entry of a third-party conservative in the presidential race a “suicide mission”?

Such a candidate would siphon off votes that would otherwise go to Trump, bring down the ticket, and result in Hillary Clinton becoming the 45th president.

That would mean the next three justices on the Supreme Court would be in the tradition of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. And that would mean Roe v. Wade would never be overturned, affirmative action would be forever, and the social revolution that declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right would roll on.

A Clinton presidency would also mean Obamacare is forever.

The Romney-Kristol collusion thus overlaps nicely with the interests of the Clinton campaign and the agenda of the Beltway media elite.

By scheming to divide the Republican base, they are colluding to bring about the defeat of the Republican Party. And that means Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the White House.

In 1980, Republican Congressman John Anderson, defeated by Ronald Reagan in the primaries, refused to endorse him, and ran as a third-party candidate.

As of June, Anderson had 24 percent of the vote and Reagan was losing to President Carter. Fortunately, as Anderson moved left, he began to sink and draw as much from Carter as from Reagan.

What the Never Trump folks refuse to face is this transparent reality:

Either Trump or Clinton is going to be the next president. To the degree they succeed in wounding or killing Trump's candidacy, they advance Clinton's chances of succeeding Obama.

The Romney-Kristol cabal is Hillary Clinton's fifth column inside the Republican Party.


Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

  • 30 thoughts on “Is Mitt on a Suicide Mission?

    1. How can any rational individual compare Hillary Clinton political accomplishments to Trump’s? In the politics domain, Donald Trump is not even qualified to serve as Hillary’s personal secretary (no pun intended).

      1. President Trump might keep the bull dyke around to shine his shoes. There is no way the bull dyke will be able to lie her skank a*ss out of the a*ss whipping President Trump will put on her in Nov. “TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY” !

    2. Romney is a wanabee Kennedy… But doesnt have that pedigree, just money…They’re all afraid…reminds of the Movie “Dave” someone who will shake up the establishment and expose both media and the Democratic Socialist Liberal political agenda literaly driven “brainwashed” into our society…

    3. Romney has and always will care about himself only. He is a piss*ant and a goddamn coward. He won’t dare run himself (not to win but to ensure Hillary does and not Trump) because there would be no place he could hide. He believes what he thinks is more important than millions of Trump supporters and voters. He thinks he speaks for everyone and we are too stupid to know who to vote for. Just a holier than thou coward !

    4. In the last Presidential Election, We didn’t leave Romney, HE LEFT US!

      Now, he is irrelevant…. He simply needs to STFU if he cares about the long-term future of America.

    5. My entire adult ( life, I have watched the Reputridcan Establishment crush the populist candidate(s), and foist their Establishment stooge on the voters. They snort derisively and say, “Where else you gonna go? Shut up, hold your nose, and vote for my errand boy.”

      This year, the shoe is on the other foot. The incompetence and cowardice of the Republican Establishment has spawned heretofore unseen voter ire and turnout. For once, the Establishment stooges have been crushed, and a populist candidate, however dubious, is left standing.

      Put up or shut up, you Establishment knuckleheads. Morons like Lindsey Grahamnesty stomp their foot, and say, “I didn’t get my guy, I’m going home.” Pappy and Dubya pout and say, “I’m STAYING home.” You do that. For decades, you have told us to hold our noses. It is YOUR turn to hold YOUR nose.

      If the Establishment stabs its nominee in the back, the Republican party is as dead as Sarah Brady. Not only will all the Trump voters forever wash their hands of the party, I am confident that my fellow Cruz voters will as well. I KNOW I will. Something better will rise from the ashes, but it will be several extremely painful years of Liberal monopoly. I only hope that America will survive the interim.

      Good Job, Mr. Buchanan!

    6. Tex there are many proud white men out here that love our country too much to vote for Trump. Read Mr. Sowell’s post in Todays articles. I respect your ability to speak your mind. However the possibility of Nuclear Warfare is too dire to risk. We can defend our homes against many things, but not nukes.

    7. Someone approached that coward Cuban? His movie chain was the first to kowtow to North Korea and not show The Interview. He should be given a quart of yellow paint for his belly, and forgotten. As for Mitt, the man only in touch with 1% of the people, he should take his silver spoon and jam it up his butt. (After he removes his wife’s strap-on)

      1. I just want to give everyone a heads up on the POS JohnC ! First,the SOB has stated on this site that Hussein Obama should be treated with respect and dignity (he said that) ! Second,recently the fool wants to talk constantly about NKorea nuking the U.S. ! The best thing to do with this parasite is not to reply to him ! He wants someone to ask him about what he means by nukes ! JohnC is a really sick SOB ! Off the chart nuts !

    8. Proud White Men all over this country will put big Donald Trump into the White House ! That makes this win so so sweet ! ‘TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY’ !

    9. That only shows Romney’s character as a person. I was so glad he didn’t win as president before because he only thinks of himself and his ambition. He will say that he is doing this for the country just like his father which is bullshit. Do they really think they are the only capable and qualified people to run the country? That is why this country runs to the dirt every time people like him is elected into office. I’m beginning to think that these people are making money from the Clintons to divide the republicans.

      1. I think that the coward Romney really didn’t like it when President Trump said that he could had made Romney drop to his knees and beg four years ago for his endorsement and money ! Romney is a holier than thou scum bag and coward ! This was after Romney had his press conference in Utah trashing President Trump. (Trumps numbers skyrocketed immediatley after the Mormon scumbag spoke) Whenever Trump is trashed by Romney,media,etc. his numbers always skyrocket ! The coward is bitter and desperate. He just can’t accept that Trump is president and he never will be. LMFAO !

    10. Too late. Mitt already committed professional suicide when he failed to stand up to Kandy Krowley.

      The question in the headline should be about Mitt being a suicide bomber.

    11. Romney is talking to that idiot Kasich about running as a third party candidate ? That sissy Romney don’t have the balls to run himself so he’s talking to that idiot Kasich about doing it. Knowing how dellusional Kasich is he will probably tell Romney that he will be his huckleberry. If that douche bag Romney convinces anyone to do this they would have no place to run and no place to hide !

      1. Yeah right,Trump has gotten more votes already than any other Republican candidate in history,including Romney. Plus,only 2/3 of the states have voted so far. I guess the reason Romney is so concerned about Trump is because he’s unelectable? Who is going to beat Trump,the bull dyke? The bull dyke can’t even shake the 75 year old socialist,and he keeps kicking the bull dykes ass. Plus,Trump hasn’t even got started on the bull dyke yet ! The socialist party is coming unhinged ! LMFAO ! This will be the easiest Republican win in history ! ‘Texas,like a whole other country’ !

    12. Romney is just a candy assed sissy trying to get that moron Kasich to run as a third party candidate ? (On some kind of moral high grounds) The thing with that moron Kasich is that he might really be considering it. He might tell that holier than thou Romney that he will be his huckleberry. EITHER ONE OF THEM SON OF A BIT*CHES WOULD BE ABLE TO HIDE ! Maybe that moron Kasich realizes that but I doubt the candy assed Mormon does ! That’s why he is trying to ‘set up’ a moron like Kasich instead of running himself !

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