Friday, March 4, 2016

Donald Trump vs. Mitt Romney - Super Tuesday Edition

Trigger Warning:
It's gonna be one YUGE battle...
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Mitt Romney had been promising us all week that he would deliver a YUGE...erm...huge speech on Donald Trump and the state of the GOP primary race.  There was much speculation on what, exactly, Romney's message would be.  Most of the pundits agreed that the speech would be Mitt Romney riding in like a white knight to save the GOP establishment from the barbarian Donald Trump.  

Mitt Romney delivered his big speech Thursday morning, and let's just say there were many, many shots fired.  Here's the speech in its entirety:
I'll sum it up for those of you who don't have 18 minutes to watch it: TRUMP BAD, YOU WHO VOTE FOR HIM ARE STUPID, ROMNEY SMART, HURR HURR HURR!

Mitt Romney's speech was an 18-minute lecture from a two time failed presidential candidate.  He couldn't secure the Republican nomination in 2008.  In 2012 he lost to a weakened Barack Obama after a disastrous campaign.  Now, of course, Mitt Romney comes back out of obscurity to tell us that he knows how to win a presidential campaign.
I know, right?
Mitt Romney's speech wasn't to try and convince the Trumpkins that their candidate is bad and they should feel bad.  Hell it wasn't even to sway the undecided Republican voters in the states that still have to vote.  Mitt Romney's speech was purely to boost the morale of the GOP establishment.  He wanted to assure them that all hope was not lost; that the GOP establishment still had a shot at beating Donald Trump.  Mitt Romney just happens to have set himself up as the last, great hope of the GOP establishment.  I wouldn't be surprised to see him declare his candidacy soon.  I'll bet the GOP establishment tries for a brokered convention that turns Romney into the nominee.

Of course Donald Trump couldn't let such shade be thrown without responding to it.  Later that day the Donald took a few minutes out of a campaign stop in Maine to fire back at Mitt Romney:
Damn, son.  Donald Trump comes right out of the gate, calling Mitt Romney "irrelevant," and a "failed candidate."  It's worth watching the full video, even though it's a long one.  Why?  Mainly because Donald Trump hits back at Mitt Romney on specifics.  He tells the audience exactly why he believes Romney failed back in 2012, and why they shouldn't bother listening to him.  Donald Trump then responds point by point with specifics about his business dealings.  In essence he tells the audience at his rally, an audience which is already going to vote for them, why they SHOULD vote for him.

I took away two very different messages from both of these speeches.  Mitt Romney was the wise old mentor/father figure coming in to chastise the children who had run amuck.  Donald Trump, by contrast, was the down to earth guy chatting with a bunch of friends.  One of the two was arrogant and condescending, while the other actually gave a damn about the people he was talking to.

Strangely enough, the arrogant and condescending one WASN'T the one the GOP establishment fears most.

Don't take my word for it, though.  Watch both videos and decide for yourself.  Let us know what you thought of the speeches.

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