Donald Trump addressed a campaign-style rally at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and went off on the former pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, a man Trump labeled as “pathological,” in a 95-minute tirade. “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” asked Trump of support for his rival, Dr. Ben Carson. The Washington Post reported today that Trump seemed off on this night, as the almost always-punctual Trump was forty minutes late and “His voice was hoarse, his hair mussed, his tone defensive.” Promising to answer questions, Trump instead launched into a “95-minute-long rant that at times sounded like the monologue of a man grappling with why he is running for president — and if it’s really worth it or not.”
Trump spent some time angrily attacking Carson, claiming that he has a “pathological disease” with no cure, similar to being a child molester.
“If I did the stuff he said he did, I wouldn’t be here right now. It would have been over. It would have been over. It would have been totally over,” Trump said. “And that’s who’s in second place. And I don’t get it.”
Party leaders and elite don’t get it either, as they worry about Trump and Carson, and with good reason, said the Washington Post. The reason for the panic is that there is a growing feeling among the party elite that Trump or Carson at the top of the ticket guarantees a Hillary Clinton presidency, with a very good chance of losing the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.
The answer is Mitt Romney, of course. The problem is that Romney does not seem interested in jumping in the race and time is playing against him and the wishes of party leaders. According to the Washington Post, many of Romney’s 2012 National Finance Committee members have “Sat out the race so far, including Peter A. Wish, a Florida doctor whom several 2016 candidates have courted.”
“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.”
However, few have gone on record calling for a revival of the “Romney dream,” but that time may come sooner rather than later. It must be on Trump’s mind too that Romney could revive his candidacy. Trump on Wednesday repeated an oft-stated criticism, saying Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, “choked like a dog” against Obama in the 2012 election.
However, this is the year of the “outsider” as evident by the polling successes of Trump and Carson. There is a feeling that Romney may be the only “establishment insider” that could overcome this feeling of anger toward “insiders.” The Republicans are turning their lonely eyes to Mitt Romney. He may be their only chance for 2016 to mitigate the damage done to the Grand Old Party.