Ah yes, I see the GOP leaning voters just clamoring for another Romney run. It’s not like Romney and his ilk are one of the reasons Republicanish voters are so angry or anything.
The Post article says that the establishment guys are afraid that if Trump or Carson or someone else, perhaps Rand or Cruz who catches an updraft at the right time, wins the nomination the GOP will lose in the general election. But that is not really their biggest fear. They actually fear most what happens if someone outside of their club WINS the presidency as a Republican. Then the establishment guys are quickly relegated to the margins if not the political wilderness. That’s a lot of relatively powerful people quickly put out to pasture.
They hate Rand (they have always hated Rand), they hate Trump, they hate Carson, they hate Cruz. But these are the folks voters like. So what does that tell you?
(From The Washington Post)
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.
In normal times, the way forward would be obvious. The wannabes would launch concerted campaigns, including television attack ads, against the front-runners. But even if the other candidates had a sense of what might work this year, it is unclear if it would ultimately accrue to their benefit. Trump’s counter-punches have been withering, while Carson’s appeal to the base is spiritual, not merely political. Even if someone was able to do significant damage to them, there’s no telling who their supporters would turn to, if anyone.