By cutting a deal with birther Donald Trump, Mitt Romney has furthered his image of being completely unelectable, and done a huge favor for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
It appears that Mitt Romney not only negotiated for Donald Trump’s endorsement, but he also cut a deal with the birther/reality TV star to keep Trump out of the race as a third party candidate. Time’s Mark Halperin is reporting that Trump has agreed to not launch a third party candidacy for president if Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination.
The problem for Romney is that polling has shown that Donald Trump’s endorsement hurts more than helps the candidate that he supports. A Pew Research/Washington Post poll found that Trump’s endorsement would make more Republican primary voters (20%) less likely, than more likely (13%) to support the vote for the candidate that he endorsed.
Trump turns off Republican voters, but the damage is even more severe with all voters. Only 8% of registered voters said that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate that Donald Trump endorsed. Twenty eight percent said that they would be less likely to vote for a Trump backed candidate, and 63% said that it would make no difference to them who Donald Trump endorsed.
The fact that the Romney campaign was so desperate to try to boost their conservative bona fides that they courted the endorsement of Trump speaks volumes about their continuing insecurity over their ability to motivate conservative voters, but the whole Trump endorsement makes no sense because Donald Trump is totally toxic, and was NEVER going to run for president
Trump is the embodiment of GOP racism towards Obama. At various times during his pretend run for president, he questioned President Obama’s birth certificate, questioned his college transcripts, claimed to have a great relationship with “the blacks,” and blamed African-Americans for Obama’s election. After yesterday’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor comments,” Romney has has outdone himself, and taken another step towards killing the image of moderate Mitt who can win in November.
The Obama campaign should be doing cartwheels at the thought of Mitt Romney cozying up to Donald Trump. From now until November, every single one of Trump’s insane statements will have the phrase Romney supporter attached to them. By getting Trump’s support, Romney has also managed to align himself with Newt Gingrich’s partner in their child janitor enterprise. Trump is synonymous with the extremism of the birther issue, and Romney is going to have a hard time moving back to the middle after accepting Donald Trump’s endorsement.
As the Republican base continues to push Mitt Romney more towards the extreme right, nothing could possibly make Obama For America happier than to see Donald Trump touting the virtues of Willard “Mitt” Romney. By bringing Trump into the fold Mitt Romney has now gone birther, and this can only help President Obama win reelection in the fall.