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Gary Johnson and Bill Weld: Yes, weve spoken to Mitt Romney and hes considering an endorsement
Hot Air ^ | July 28, 2016 | Allahpundit

Posted on 07/28/2016 2:13:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Via Red State, Romney already said he’d take a look at Johnson in an interview with CNN last month (excerpted in the clip below) but that was hypothetical and qualified by concerns over libertarian support for legal weed. Johnson and Weld are telling you now that things are in motion. Does Romney have anything to lose at this point by going the whole nine yards and endorsing a third-party candidate? He’s already gone eight yards in refusing to back Trump, and he saw what sort of reception Ted Cruz got for the lesser offense of politely avoiding an endorsement. Any Republican bridges that Romney might burn by backing Johnson have probably already been burned. And if anyone has the money and connections to rebuild them later, after hard feelings have softened, it’s Mitt.

The calculus for Romney at this point is simple: What would backing Johnson achieve? It would be a forceful rejection of Trump, of course, but Romney’s already criticized Trump about as forcefully as one can. His feelings about the Republican nominee aren’t in doubt. An endorsement would be a nice one-day headline for Johnson to help raise his name recognition, but any Republican who might be open to hearing Romney out on this has probably already thought through the possibility of voting third-party. If you’re a Republican or a conservative who’s decided that you can’t in good conscience support Trump, you know your choices — Johnson, Hillary, a write-in, or no vote. Romney doesn’t add anything to that. On the contrary, backing Johnson would leave him on the hook if, against all odds, Johnson piles up enough votes to damage Trump in a decisive way somehow this fall. Trump’s fans would spend every day until Election Day laughing in Romney’s face and taunting him that his support for the libertarian hasn’t moved a single voter, which would be more or less true, but if Johnson then surprised everyone with a larger than expected share of the popular vote, Romney would instantly become the GOP’s scapegoat-in-chief, the man who singlehandedly wrecked Republicans’ chances. I don’t know if even Mitt’s dough could unburn those bridges.

The real value to Romney in backing Johnson, I think, would be the personal satisfaction he’d get from supporting a candidate who stands for small(er) government while most of the “true conservatives” who jeered him as a flip-flopping RINO go face-first into the tank for a center-left nationalist authoritarian. And that satisfaction, I’d bet, would be considerable. If he really is done with running for office and feels he can afford to piss off Republicans — until they come crawling to him for donations in 2018, I mean — then why not do it? He’d be making the same basic bet (albeit with much lower career stakes) as Cruz, that in time Trump will come to be seen as anathema within the party. If that happens, the payoff for Cruz will be anointment as the leader of a newly reinvigorated conservative Republican Party. The payoff for Romney will be a political legacy that he was, in the end, more of a principled conservative than nearly all of his harshest right-wing critics. Nothing to lose at this point.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)


TOPICS: Campaign News; Parties
KEYWORDS: bishopromney; gruberedbyromney; johnson; loserromney; lping; mittromney; mrromneycare; mrromneymarriage; rino; romney; romneycare; romneymarriage; romneypolygamy; trump
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Is Allahpundit actually David Frum?
1 posted on 07/28/2016 2:13:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t HotAir connected to Erik Erickson somehow? I know it’s anti-Trump at least.


2 posted on 07/28/2016 2:15:16 PM PDT by MNDude (God is not a Republican, but Satan is certainly a Democrat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Romney actually trying to make himself more irrelevant?
What a loser! LLLLLLLLLLL!


3 posted on 07/28/2016 2:15:29 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

So Romney is going to take a look at someone’s Johnson??!!


4 posted on 07/28/2016 2:16:43 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Now, that’s a game changer ...LOL


5 posted on 07/28/2016 2:16:48 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: MNDude

I think Michelle Malkin used to own it, but she sold it.


6 posted on 07/28/2016 2:16:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: tet68

I’ll set out across the country tonight to find someone that cares about Romney’s endorsement.

I’ll bring food and water enough for three weeks.

I’ll get back to you.


7 posted on 07/28/2016 2:16:52 PM PDT by dp0622 (The only thing an upper crust conservative hates more than a liberal is a middle class conservative)
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Good. An automatic “death knell” to Johnson...


8 posted on 07/28/2016 2:17:00 PM PDT by Colofornian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Three leftist losers. Still, should take more votes from Hillary.


9 posted on 07/28/2016 2:17:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unreadable, never misses an opportunity to use 50 sentences when one would do. Worst writer on the inter webs.


10 posted on 07/28/2016 2:18:02 PM PDT by major-pelham
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Ooooooh, you’re BAD.

Oh, you can call me johnny, and you can call me Jim
but DON’T call me Johnson!


11 posted on 07/28/2016 2:18:49 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Via Red State...”


12 posted on 07/28/2016 2:18:53 PM PDT by MNDude (God is not a Republican, but Satan is certainly a Democrat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mr. Trump doesn’t need the endorsement
from a dog-abusing, chronically-lying,
grubering, backstabber like the RAT Willard Romney.


13 posted on 07/28/2016 2:19:24 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("When a crime is unpunished, the world is unbalanced.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This just in! Romney likes Johnson


14 posted on 07/28/2016 2:19:45 PM PDT by Donglalinger
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To: MNDude

Hot Air belongs to Salem Media. That should be ‘nuff said.


15 posted on 07/28/2016 2:21:21 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: tet68

It’s called “wandering off into the fever swamp”.

Mitt Romney never had all that much faith in the regular party apparatus of the Republicans in the first place, he just used it to leverage himself into a perch from which he could not be dislodged until he had assured the continued presence in the Oval Office of the Current Occupant.

Benghazi was a GIFT he never bothered to glance at, let alone unwrap and expose it for the massive fraud that was being pulled on the American people.


16 posted on 07/28/2016 2:21:47 PM PDT by alloysteel (Of course you will live in interesting times, Nobody has a choice, now.)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Bong hits for Joseph Smith?


17 posted on 07/28/2016 2:21:53 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Take it Easy, Chuck. I'm Not Taking it Back -- Donald Trump)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So Johnson will take away Colorado, the pot state from Hillary? Or maybe give Utah to Hillary, that’s it.


18 posted on 07/28/2016 2:22:05 PM PDT by Rebel2016
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If you have to ponder for 10 minutes on whether anybody cares about Romney’s endorsement, then guess what? Nobody really cares. Mitt has made himself a Backstabber Extrodinaire, persona non grata this election cycle. A year ago, who would have ever predicted that Chris Christie would be better thought of by conservatives compared to Mitt?


19 posted on 07/28/2016 2:24:01 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP-e has lost sight of the fact that life will continue after NOV 2016.

Clearly, they don’t want to be a part of it.


20 posted on 07/28/2016 2:24:36 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Rope. Tree. Politician/Journalist. Some assembly required.)
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