Reagan's 11th Commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican," might be overlooked when actual candidates go at each other in the heat of a campaign. But it should apply especially to a former presidential nominee of the Republican Party. Ironic then that Mitt Romney would cite Reagan's famous "Time for Choosing" speech delivered by then Governor Reagan in support of Barry Goldwater, the 1964 Republican candidate for President. There was nothing supportive about Romney's speech delivered on Thursday.
Here's an excerpt from the transcript delivered at the University of Utah in Salt Lake:
If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.And on and on it went from there. Don't you wish Mitt Romney had gone after Obama that hard?
Let me explain why I say that. First on the economy. If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession. A few examples. His proposed 35 percent tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war and that would raise prices for consumers, kill our export jobs and lead entrepreneurs and businesses of all stripes to flee America.
His tax plan in combination with his refusal to reform entitlements and honestly address spending would balloon the deficit and the national debt. So even though Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.
But you say, wait, wait, wait, isn’t he a huge business success? Doesn’t he know what he’s talking about? No, he isn’t and no he doesn’t.
Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business, he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not.
Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. You know, we have long referred to him as “The Donald.” He’s the only person in the entire country to whom we have added an article before his name, and it was not because he had attributes we admired.
The news media that has built ratings success from the Trump Show these past six months has largely ignored Trump's weak points as laid out by Romney. But they will turn on Trump the moment he becomes the Republican nominee. Does anyone remember how the media loved "straight talk maverick" John McCain when he criticized Bush but savaged him when he ran against Obama?
If and when Trump becomes the nominee the storm will start. He won't be able to deflect the waves as easily as he dismissed Mitt Romney's criticism!