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If this story in today’s WaPo and headlined at Drudge is true, the Party hierarchy is so panicked that some of them want to draft the loser who got them in this mess to begin with.
Less than three months before the kickoff Iowa caucuses, there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites about the dominance and durability of Donald Trump and Ben Carson and widespread bewilderment over how to defeat them.
Party leaders and donors fear that nominating either man would have negative ramifications for the GOP ticket up and down the ballot, virtually ensuring a Hillary Rodham Clinton presidency and increasing the odds that the Senate falls into Democratic hands.
The party establishment is paralyzed. Big money is still on the sidelines. No consensus alternative to the outsiders has emerged from the pack of governors and senators running, and there is disagreement about how to prosecute the case against them. Recent focus groups of Trump supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire commissioned by rival campaigns revealed no silver bullet. …
According to other Republicans, some in the party establishment are so desperate to change the dynamic that they are talking anew about drafting Romney — [read it here]
And Trump just could not possibly stand up against the nefarious Romney death star?
Look, I am not a Donald Trump fan, and I do worry that he cannot win against Hillary in the general election. I am equally as dubious that Dr. Carson is equipped to take on the Democrat-media complex that derailed Herman Cain in 2012.
But resorting to a pre-Obama election strategy is like rolling back the Pentagon to pre-9-11 alert status. Romney cannot win, simply because 3 million-plus conservatives who object to everything from his overly-sprayed hair to his religion will not vote for him.
When are GOP leaders going to get it? Well, a better question may be Why do they completely get it and still refuse to change?
Because they do get it, and they would rather lose the general election than give in to conservatives.
The GOP has lost touch with the base of its party and its base is angrier than anything the leadership can comprehend. The party and its establishment pundits joined with Democrats in the last two elections to diminish or destroy tea party favorites like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and even the tea parties themselves; and now they are scrambling for a way, not so much to win the 2016 election as to hold on to their leadership rolls within the party.
Memo to GOP Leaders: You created this monster, guys; now own it.
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