Desperation Moves: Romney Plots To Block Trump At Republican Convention

Tyler Durden's picture

Only in America's so-called democracy could a proven "loser" so vehemently and shamelessly condemn a current "winner" with the goal of overturning 'we, the people's' prospective leader in favor of himself. In the latest (and most desperate) action from the neocon establishment, CNN reports Romney has instructed his closest advisers to explore the possibility of stopping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention (by revising rules for instance). As The GOP self-immolates, perhaps Romney - as the mouthpiece of the establishment - should pay heed to Florida Governor Risk Scott who explained "I trust the voters, so I will not try to tell the Republican voters in Florida how to vote." Democracy, indeed.

Following his attack speech this morning, CNN reports that Romney is quickly mobilizing Plan B...

Mitt Romney has instructed his closest advisers to explore the possibility of stopping Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, a source close to Romney's inner circle says.


The 2012 GOP nominee's advisers are examining what a fight at the convention might look like and what rules might need revising.


"It sounds like the plan is to lock the convention," said the source.


Romney is focused on suppressing Trump's delegate count to prevent him from accumulating the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination.


But implicit in Romney's request to his team to explore the possibility of a convention fight is his willingness to step in and carry the party's banner into the fall general election as the Republican nominee. Another name these sources mentioned was House Speaker Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate in 2012.

Because nothing says "success" like an old establishment "loser" when the American people are screaming out for change... and not this kind of change (again)...

According to the source, CNN reports that Romney does not expect Rubio, Cruz or Kasich to emerge as the single candidate that can accumulate 1,237 delegates and outright defeat Trump before the convention. So the only way to rob Trump of a victory would be to keep him from reaching that magic 1,237 number.

Most Republican states allocate their delegates proportionally, or in a hybrid format that gives delegates both to the statewide winner and at the congressional district level. This means rather than winnowing the competition down to a single Trump alternative, it could make more sense for all of the current candidates to stay in the race for a stop Trump movement, according to one source.


In addition, two senior Republican Party insiders told CNN that the convention scenario is now dominating a lot of conversation in GOP fundraising circles. To be sure, both of these sources are skeptical about Romney being able to execute this plan, but both believe that there is a real attempt underway to try to do this.

Even Lou Dobbs was shocked...

Perhaps Mr Romney should listen to Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott:

Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott is not endorsing a candidate in the party's presidential race ahead of his state's March 15 primary.


"I have made it my practice to not get involved in primaries because picking the Republican candidate is the voters’ job," Scott wrote in a statement posted to Facebook on Thursday.


"The political class opposed me when I first ran for office, they did not want a businessman outsider, but the voters had other ideas," he said.


"I trust the voters, so I will not try to tell the Republican voters in Florida how to vote by endorsing a candidate before our primary on March 15," Scott continued. "I believed in the voters when I first ran for office, and I still believe in them today."

Ah - we love the smell of democracy in the morning; or is that the burning smell of a Republican party on fire? As The Patriot Post's Nate Jackson so eloquently sums up the farce:

Millions of Americans are fed up with the establishment of both parties. And the Republican base is fed up with nominees like Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney, all of whom lost to younger, more energetic and appealing Democrats. So naturally, the solution to that frustration yielding the rise of Donald Trump is to … roll out Mitt Romney to denounce him. That’s exactly what the last GOP presidential loser did Thursday.


But the most important takeaway is that the messenger is deeply flawed, which will only reinforce in the minds of Trump supporters that they should stand by their man.

That said, Romney’s speech isn’t for Trump supporters. It’s to stem the tide of elected Republicans conceding the nomination to Trump without continuing to fight.

Romney lost in 2012 because he implemented ObamaCare in Massachusetts before there was ObamaCare. He was a moderate technocrat who spoke conservatism as a second language. That doesn’t mean he would’ve been a bad president; on the contrary, his generally non-ideological philosophy and his history of turning around both companies and the Salt Lake City Olympics perhaps uniquely qualified him to serve at that moment in American history. But he lost, despite the fact, as Trump said, he “should have beaten Barack Obama easily.”

Even Trump’s endorsement couldn’t save Romney in 2012.


Going forward, Romney’s advice is simple:

“[T]he rules of political history have pretty much all been shredded during this campaign. If the other candidates can find common ground, I believe we can nominate a person who can win the general election and who will represent the values and policies of conservatism. Given the current delegate selection process, this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in Ohio, and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.”

Translation: Aim for a brokered convention. If Trump loses in such a way, however, it would surely drive away Trump supporters, and Trump himself would no doubt launch a third-party run after having been not “treated fairly.”

So we have many in the establishment signaling they would be just fine with a Washington dealmaker like Trump — Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and others come to mind, but also conservatives like Jeff Sessions. And we have conservatives like Sen. Ben Sasse and a growing list of others who vow not to support Trump. Many among the conservative intelligentsia (for lack of a better word) also have declared Trump unacceptable. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and John Kasich show no signs of exiting the race, even amidst growing calls on the Right for a Cruz/Rubio unity ticket.

Now we have the two previous Republican nominees denouncing the current Republican frontrunner. Are we witnessing the collapse of the Grand Old Party? And is there any way to win a gimme election this year with such a fractured party?

Source: Ben Garrison

And in tonight's debate (the 23781st we believe), Trump destroys Romney with his response to the first question:

"He was a failed candidate. He should have beaten President Obama very easily,"


"He failed miserably. And it was an embarrassment to everybody, including the Republican Party."


"So I don't take that. And I guess obviously he wants to be relevant. He wants to be back in the game."

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Duc888's picture



Why don't these idiots just go quietly into the night?  Seriously.

Stuart's picture

Would be difficult to imagine a bigger slap in the face to the public and a FU to democracy statement than this.   GOP Establishment to public: "We don't care who you, through the delegate count actually elect.  We know better than you do.  Even though your choice has more votes, actually won fair and square, our votes mean more, so we're going to speak for you and pick the candidate ourselves.  Why? because we're the establishment and we know better than you."

I think I saw this movie before.  Was called the French Revolution. 

Msg to Establishment: Do ya feel lucky punk?, well do ya?

NoDebt's picture

Somebody needs to explain Romney's idiocy to him, and quickly.  I'd recommend a speed of approximately 2300 feet per second.



RafterManFMJ's picture

If Trump isn't the nominee and chooses not to run as an Independent, I will personally vote for Hillary or the Democratic candidate, let's burn this fucker down! I may even campaign for them.

Fuck you you fucking cuckservatives, you pieces of human shit.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

There's a mugging going on in Detroit tonight. 5 men and a woman have ambushed Trump. Is it too late to give Chris Wallace rabies shots? The man is foaming at the mouth.

HRH of Aquitaine's picture

Probably. I hope his insurance at FOX covers the usual HIV cocktail because Wallace is probably infected after sucking so much cock.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I'll vote for Hillary with a smile if those fuckwads fuck up the will of the registered Republicans.  This is what happens when you dont hang traitors.

The Saint's picture

I've really lost a lot of respect for Romney.  What he is trying to do is the exact thing that is making Americans so angry with the establishment.  I'm sick of it.  Get the fuck out of this election Mitt!

Tom Servo's picture

Dear Mittens,


Die in and eat a bowl of fire dicks.





RAT005's picture

In case anyone missed the details.  The scumbag traitors didn't say to vote for a candidate they think is better than Trump.  They said in each state vote for whom ever might best be able to finish first.  Cruz in TX, Rubio on FL, Kasich in OH, etc. Then with Trump having less than the majority they will pick who they want. 

And news flash,  Trump has less than majority now. 

Mr. Universe's picture

I really liked the part where Mittens scolded us that if the Donald was elected there would be a recession. I thought that's a ringing endorsement if ever. Anything has to be better than this depression we are already in. It's as though the whole world has gone to crazy town. Let the Deflation games begin!

CrazyCooter's picture

Stayed up late. Fox is rolling over and sucking up to Trump.

The R's aren't in control any more - they haven't been for a while - but they are learning about the situation now.

Between now and the nomination tells everything. Pat attention.



VinceFostersGhost's picture





Why don't these idiots just go quietly into the night?  Seriously.


Don't know.....I'm not a psychopath.

Tarzan's picture

Newsflash, the establishment is in the tank for Hillary, even the "Republican" establishment.

All this ringing of hands claiming they don't want Trump to be nominated because Hillary will beat him in the General is total Bullshit third rate propaganda.  They wanted Jeb to be nominated and take the fall for his sister! 

They're scared to death Trump will be Nominated, because he will annihilate Her!

Tall Tom's picture

Concerning Mitt Romney I am Jack's absolute lack of surprise.


Prediction 1 has been validated.


Next prediction...


Hitlery CUNTon will be indicted in July.


Hmmmm...Pass the popcorn

Nutsack's picture

Romney is a cuckholded bi-sexual faggot for the greedy lying socialist jew FED.

exi1ed0ne's picture

She will never be indicted.  She would have been already if they planned to at all.  This is the Bart Chilton effect - string along the faithful as long as you can and then shit all over them.  She WILL be the next president.  Not because I like the lying criminal trator, but because she is backed by the oligarchy. 

Freddie's picture

I stopped watching TV a long time ago but I still like Lou Dobbs and also Stuart Varney.

Ted Cruz showing he is the Bush Klan/NeoCons/UniParty Plan C.

Jeb was Plan A. Rubio Plan B. Cruz is Plan C and Mitt is probably Plan D.

Cruz is using Jeb's finance people now.

Check out this beauty - Chad Sweet - ex-Goldman, ex-Morgan Stanley, Chertoff zio guy, Ex-DHS and Ex-CIA.

Tell me the Bushes/Clintons/Obola/MIC Deep State are not all connected to See Eye Aye, Goldman, Morgan and the rest. 

See Eye Aye, like the UN, CFR,NWO, was a Rockefeller creation.


Chad Sweet, chairman of Cruz’s presidential campaign - he is a partner with Chertoff

Ted Cruz’s Closest Counselors Are Neocons

Chad C. Sweet

Chad Sweet is a Co-Founder of The Chertoff Group, a global advisory firm and investment bank exclusively focused on the security sector. Mr. Sweet formerly served as the Chief of Staff of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prior to becoming Chief of Staff of DHS, Mr. Sweet worked as an investment banker at the firms of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as well as served in the CIA’s National Clandestine Service. more >>>

Nutsack's picture

Either Ted Cruz is Jewish, or you are yet another in a long line of ignorant buffoons who has no clue of the etymology of the word 'neocon'.


Why do idiots repeat "big words" when they don't know what they mean?

ebworthen's picture

Exactly.  Romney criticizing Trump is the biggest endorsement Trump could hope for.

Go have some ice cream and kiss your Wife Mitt, you worthless Establishment Toady!

pillory-hillary's picture

its important to see romney NOT as the flawed and distasteful person that he is but rather the tool of the establishment hydra defending its territory through manipulation outside of a democratic framework.

he is a lightweight but they should not be taken lightly.  this IS the uncloaking of the beast system

LetThemEatRand's picture

"I've really lost a lot of respect for Romney."

Not quite sure how to respond to that.

economessed's picture

As a math statement, it would have placed "Romney Respect" asymptotic to zero on the X axis....

Implied Violins's picture

Simple: it's NIRP.

(Negative Interest in the Republican Party)

Duc888's picture



Government need...: "I'll vote for Hillary with a smile if those fuckwads fuck up the will of the registered Republicans."


Respectfully, you missed the whole point.  That is exactly what the Establishment (the owner of both teams) wants you to do.  The owner wants you to vore for Hillary, or anyone but Trump.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Yes, but the tyranny of a Shillary Presidency could be the last step toward an interesting breakup of the USA, something I see as inevitable and very welcome.

Rhett72's picture

I have said for some time that Hillary will be the first female President of the United States.  And she will also be the LAST President of the United States.

Redhotfill's picture

I thought the Debt Brother was going to be the last prez.

milking institute's picture

Fuck Fox,notice on trumps biggest strength,the jobs issue,he was not asked to comment all the others where. another beatifully orchestrated smear job,fucking sick!

Boscovius's picture

I'll never forget the smirk on that little cocksucker Chris Wallace's face when he asked Ron Paul if he was "electible".  Fuck him, and his Mom.

J S Bach's picture

"Why don't these idiots just go quietly in the night?"
Because TPTB have extensive dirt on ALL of them - and when the blackmailers say "jump into the arena!"... they must.

Redhotfill's picture

Wow do they have pictures of Mittens making love to his underage plural wives? Or does Mittens just like little boys?

booboo's picture

The only consolation here is that the self destruction of the Republican Party will lead to the implosion of the Democratic Party since they have a symbiotic relationship and cannot exist one without the other. Good fucking riddance!

robertsgt40's picture

It is truly amazing what the criminal elite will do to get Hitlery installed in the WH.  And that folks is the end game. If this woman is allowed to take the reins, this country is finished. 

WestVillageIdiot's picture

To watch Romney is to watch somebody that is completely fucking lost in the world.  He was born with a silver spoon wedged in his ass, his daddy being governor of Detroit, or Michigan, or whatever the fuck it was.  There is a great moment on Mad Men when they call old man Romney an idiot.  Well, old man Romney, your son followed in your footsteps.  You raised a sociopathic fuckup that just can't understand how much the world hates him. 

But there is some good that will come from Romney's antics.  Romney will be completely disgraced.  Plus, he will end up in the garbage compactor, Star Wars style, that already holds Rosie O'Donnell, Megyn Kelly, Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio (now that Roger Ailes has thrown him to the wolves), and soon Hillary "if it feels right you must indict" Clinton.  They can all go down that stink filled drain, as they wonder, like warden Norton, how Donald "Andy Dufresne" Trump got one over on them. 

I am not a huge Trump fan but I love the fact that he understood how to be the next step in the Tea Party movement.  And have I said lately, "and fuck you, too, Mitt"? 



max2205's picture

Romney will regret his speech.




Oldwood's picture

They did something similar but to a much smaller contingent with Ron Paul, and it contributed to Romney's failure. Doing the same will be death to the Republican party....proving tehir desperation and delusion. They are convinced that they MUST retain their power, even if they lose the presidency, but what they are not considering is the blow back that will scorch them from the face of politics and government.

Trump for all of his shortcomings is a DIRECT response to the republican establishment's failure. Choosing to not risk their power in real fights against the progressives has only PROVEN their weakness and obsession with their own power.

FreedomGuy's picture

I listened to Romney's praise of Trump when Trump backed him in his election bid, 2012. I am not a Trump fan, either but I sure as hell despise a backstabbing, two-faced, good-times-only friend like Romney.

It would be one thing if Romney said something softer like, "Trump and I have been friends a long time and I appreciated his support in the past. However, I feel we have better candidates for our party than my old friend, Donald Trump. Therefore, I endorse..."

Romney came out fists swinging and insults flying. He didn't talk that strongly about Barack who really is a fraud.

Personally, Romney is the big low class loser in this along with the establishment that put him up to this.

NoDebt's picture

Congratulations.  You are now seeing how they truly are.  How they have ALWAYS been.  

You never thought they'd do this, did you?  Kinda shocking?  You're awake now.  Come on out in the kitchen and let's get you some coffee.  Glad to have you back in the world of the living.  We've been waiting for you.

FreedomGuy's picture

If I were Trump, I'd use this politically. I'd replay the tape with Romney's rousing comments about me and then say, "This is what I am up against folks! This is the backstabbing Washington insider elites! One day they tell you one thing like they are your friend and the next day they are completely opposite! I never treat my true friends like this. Vote for me and I will cut the head off this snake"

I think he'd increase his popularity across both parties.

Freddie's picture

+100  This will show the public how evil these people are.

It was the GW Bush Neocon/Globalist takeover which is Deep State See Eye Aye.

It started with LBJ killing JFK and the Rockefeller's See Eye Aye.  It goes further back to the Federal Reserve and banksters genocide of 1.1 million American men and the takeover of the south from The Civil War.

And even further back when the 7th President of the USA Andrew Jackson beat the central bankers even though they tried to kill him more than once.

Funny how the Bush klan especially Poppy turns up at the start of wars (Prescott banking WW2), Poppy LBJ whacking JFK and Vietnam, the attempted murder of Reagan followed by the prion, Gulf War 1, 2, Afghanistan, Balkans, Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Yemen and on.

All Bush/Clintons/Bush/Obola.  The same Deep State gang. 

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

The real battle is between the duopoly 'd' and 'r' moneywhores and the proletariat. Trump needs to stake out some positions that appeal to Reagan Democrats.  Jobs for America, no tax breaks for corporations who have run for the cover provided by the tax structure known as the Double Dutch sandwich. The 'make Mexico build a wall' line was awesome.  He should follow that with a 'make Japan filter the nuke material from the Pacific' and 'make China build a coal dust net' line.  And dont forget 'Womyn's rights in the Middle East now'.  Only by shaking loose the disaffected voters from both duopoly positions can Trump prevail.

anonnn's picture

Suggestion to make justice for the  99.9%  :

No dual passports for American citizens.

Make illegal for any US cirizen to claim citizenship of any other country.

Dual passport status is a fraud.  Impossible to swear allegiance to the laws of 2 or more countries.

Farqued Up's picture

I'll advise you only once, a hint to the wise is sufficient, you would be very wise to get another passport. You and all other ZHers will become targets when the final solution of one world fucks take over.

Besides, who are you to tell any other person how to live his life? Are you an authoritarian or just dumb? I can't believe you are voluntarily walking into their prison with no escape papers, comrade.

BarkingCat's picture

impossible to swear allegiance to INTERESTS of more than one country.

Laws you obey whatever country you are in.

LetThemEatRand's picture

It's truly mind-blowing to see the Republican establishment come out and all but say that the Red Team/Blue Team thing is a hoax.  How else does one interpret "I'll vote for Hillary before Trump" from these guys?

Oldwood's picture

The republican establishment has been more than happy to lose elections. The vast majority of them keep their offices and staff election after election given their power of incumbency. They can make lots of noise, make meaningless motions and sounds, and then hit the trail demanding more contributions to save us from the teeth of the monster of which they provide the legs. They reap untold money from lobbyists begging and demanding protection from the monster.

Republicans WILL NOT SAVE US, because we are their food source and the sacrificial lambs when needed.

But make no mistake. Progressives are our enemy and our republican leaders only care to the extent of keeping us desperate and dependent upon them. When that dependence is threatened, THEY ARE THREATENED.