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What does Mitt Romney gain from Donald Trump endorsement?
The Toronto Star ^ | February 2, 2012 | Mitch Potter, Washington Bureau

Posted on 02/02/2012 11:01:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

LAS VEGAS—It’s Donald Trump’s world. Mitt Romney just diminished himself in it.

That’s the lasting impression left by Thursday’s media frenzy in Las Vegas, where Romney steered his increasingly momentous drive for the Republican presidential nomination into the cartoon arms of a clearly delighted Donald.

Endorsements come, endorsements go — and in most elections, they don’t mean all that much. Especially coming from self-aggrandizing hype factories on the sidelines.

But in making the pilgrimage for what was essentially a ring-kissing ceremony inside Trump’s gilded hotel on the Vegas strip, Romney appears to have gone carnival barking up the wrong tree.

Barely a month ago, the real estate mogul and reality television star suffered an epic humiliation when his plans to host a presidential debate fell apart, not least because Romney wanted nothing to do with the “clown show.”

While nobody wore big red noses inside the Trump International Hotel, the effect was the same.

Romney himself picked up on the irony in his brief remarks after pronouncing himself “delighted” at the backing of the orange-haired billionaire.

“There are some things you just can’t imagine in your life,” said Romney. “This is one of them.”

Trump milked the moment for all it was worth, acknowledging his many previous criticisms of Romney in a sidebar with reporters but claiming he now knows the candidate better.

“He’s smart. He’s sharp. He’s not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country we all love,” Trump declared. “So Gov. Romney, go out and get ’em.”

With that, Trump pressed the flesh, clutching Romney with a two-hander as his head swivelled to mug for the cameras. Romney kept his part of the handshake to a single hand, all the while staring rigidly at Trump, denying photographers the two-shot.

Romney exited backstage, where his travelling entourage now includes Secret Service protection — another strong signal that while the race goes on, he is the man to beat.

But if there was any doubt who got the lift from this spectacle, Trump made his exit right through the heart of the media mob, quoting his way to the front doors of his hotel in a slow-moving scrum before hopping into one of two black Chevy Suburbans — relevant again.

Even before Thursday’s scene in Vegas, the U.S. political media were abuzz with mockery bordering on self-loathing over the premium they were paying to Trump’s pledge of a “major announcement.”

Initial reports by the Associated Press, the New York Times and Washington Post, among others, wrongly predicted he would endorse Newt Gingrich. So as the Vegas moment approached with the promise of clarity, a media circus seemed assured, even if Trump stood alone at the podium.

But the fact that Romney came to collect — a gesture he did not make two weeks ago when Jon Huntsman dropped out of the race and promptly endorsed him — gave America’s political press the excuse it needed to make this the news of the day.

Among the 75 Romney supporters at the Trump announcement was Dawson White, 38, an expat Montrealer who now lives and works in Vegas as a financial adviser.

“This doesn’t seal the deal for Romney. But I have no problem with how much coverage this is getting,” said White.

“It’s obvious now that there is a very strong chance Mitt Romney could become the next president of the United States. It’s not the reporters’ fault. He’s now a big story wherever he goes.”

Still, there was plenty of blowback after the joint appearance over the optics of Romney’s decision to so vividly re-validate the musings of the The Donald.

The move placed a megamillionaire candidate already struggling to connect with impoverished U.S. voters in the warm embrace of the country’s most bilious billionaire. It also enables President Barack Obama’s re-election machine to attach Trump’s colourful assortment of loose-cannon fire directly to Romney.

Interestingly, Fox News, the unabashed bastion of American conservatism, played down the Trump card, with one on-air host, Shepard Smith, wondering tongue-in-cheek when Shakira and Big Bird would announce their endorsements.

Fox followed up with a poll of its own that showed 6 per cent of respondents saying they would be more likely to vote for a Trump-backed candidate versus 31 per cent who said they would be less likely.

But the response from the Democratic National Committee was perhaps more telling. Rather than craft a pointed rebuttal to the Trump-Romney alliance, the Democrats simply forwarded the Romney campaign email to their press list.

Evidently, on this day, they calculated Team Romney had already done their work for them.

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: backstabberomney; loserromney; nevada; newt; romney; saboteurromney; spoilerromney; trump; wsj4bain; wsj4sharia; wsj4wsj; wsjvsamerica
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does Mitt Romney gain from Donald Trump endorsement?

One of the two or both are thinking that this will be some kind of signal to business and industry that Mitt is the one in whom they should place their trust; however, Trump is to business and industry what the P.T. Barnum aspects of entertainment is to society at large. Both exist and prosper to the extent that industry or society is doing well, but neither industry or society is doing well because Trump or Barnum exist.
41 posted on 02/03/2012 4:17:55 AM PST by aruanan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hmmm...I think a better question is; ‘what will Trump lose after endorsing OBomney?’

42 posted on 02/03/2012 4:19:27 AM PST by harpu ( "'s better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: hoosiermama

I have been following the case, but it is not main stream and I doubt in the end it will make a difference.

With all the rulings of 0bamacare as unConstitutional won’t stop implementation next year...what is a GA ruling going to do to actually stop 0bama.

They don’t care at this point and no...some sorry GA ruling isn’t going to stop them at this point.

The BC issue is just a mile marker on our way to hell.

43 posted on 02/03/2012 4:25:14 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He gains NJ communists and the Soprano vote.


44 posted on 02/03/2012 4:38:24 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (Hey repubic elite scumbags... jam mitt up your collective arses!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
After listening to Trump speak many times on TV news shows, and on Hannity a thousand times, it really just doesn't add up that he chose Romney simply because he thinks he's the best candidate. There has to be some other reason. I think Newt would have gotten more positives from a Trump endorsement. I think Romney gets negatives.

It just looks like one rich white billionaire in cahoots with another.
45 posted on 02/03/2012 4:47:24 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: G Larry
Assurance that Trump won’t run 3rd Party.....mostly

he article hit it square on - Romney was Larry to Trump's Moe.

When I heard the spinning arrow had stopped on Mitt for the endorsement, I couldn't help wonder if Trump wasn't trying to act a spoiler to have a bigger influence down the road - I was assuming that he knew that more people would look upon his endoresement as unfavorable rather than favorable to whoever he endorsed. It would be interesting how many would have considered it a positive/negative if Newt had been chosen as the vehicle to get the Donald's face on the screen.

46 posted on 02/03/2012 4:53:21 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: G Larry

I was about to say less votes but you make a good point, they promise Trump some way he can make a few more million, ease up on restrictions for his business etc and then they know he cannot run third party.

Trump , only the idiots out there thought he was a republican anyway.

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To: HiTech RedNeck

agree, take the party back form the north east beltway elitist types.
we the people remember, not we the elitist out of touch with America

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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Since the story was floated that Trump would be endorsing Gingrich, it’s a subtle jab from the Romney camp.

49 posted on 02/03/2012 5:42:21 AM PST by scrabblehack
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To: trebb

“...assuming that he knew that more people would look upon his endoresement as unfavorable...”

Uh...his ego shield him from any such perceptions.

50 posted on 02/03/2012 6:04:08 AM PST by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Alternate Headline: Romney Secures Comb-Over Voting Bloc

51 posted on 02/03/2012 6:22:31 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What does Mitt Romney gain from Donald Trump endorsement?

He gets to hold a wolf by the ears. Reliable scuttlebutt I've often heard is that Trump dislikes Romney personally. That is way more than you need to get dinged by Donald Trump.

52 posted on 02/03/2012 6:32:12 AM PST by Lady Lucky (I like to fire people. I don't care about the poor.)
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To: Lady Lucky

Donald Duck- will throw Mitt dummy under the bus when
he has the chance- he is not conservative- is morally
bankrupt- he just wants to be a washington power broker.

Mitt gets nothing for this just headlines for 2 seconds

53 posted on 02/03/2012 6:36:11 AM PST by mj1234
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To: onyx


54 posted on 02/03/2012 7:02:30 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trump made a fool of himself yesterday. First Romney dissed him on the debate and then Romney kept the announcement as short as he could to keep the notoriety to a minimum and now is distancing himself from Trump.

55 posted on 02/03/2012 7:13:22 AM PST by CynicalBear
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To: CynicalBear
I would have gained some respect for Romney had he told Trump to f**k off. The party needs to rid itself of this self-promoting ass-clown.
56 posted on 02/03/2012 7:48:40 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
A focus on China, which this administration and the previous ones have not found the urgency to address. Piracy, currency manipulation costs companies loss of revenue, Americans income and trade/deficit=jobs. OB Buddy, special advisor Jeffrey Immelt of GE moving X-ray business to China from Wisc. investing $2 billion in China
57 posted on 02/03/2012 8:52:45 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: Christie at the beach

I watched a half hour of a CNN show last night (keep your friends close your enemies closer type thing). Candy Crowley was interviewing Trump, and played older clips of him trashing Romney. Too funny.

58 posted on 02/03/2012 10:11:02 AM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Trump endorses Mitt!

YAWN. Neither are Conservatives, so why would anyone here care? For that matter why would anyone care?

59 posted on 02/03/2012 10:26:47 AM PST by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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