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March 02, 2016

Mitt Romney To Give Speech Tomorrow, Before Debate -- Gee, I Wonder Which Candidate He's Going to Endorse?!?!

It's just so hard to predict.

David Frum makes a point I wanted to make, and would have made, if I were still on Twitter:

A lot of these guys claim to be #NeverTrump, and willing to do anything to stop him.... except the only thing they're willing to do is agitate for Mario Romo. Trump is, in their telling, a racist demagogue who threatens democracy itself, but they still will not consider Cruz as an alternative. It's just gotta be Mario Romo and his huge, luxurious amnesty.

But even the slowest trains will eventually pull into the station:

I don't understand why these guys don't get that the very things about Mario Romo they love so much -- he is a status-signaling High Avatar their fairly-small class; he's wildly, and dishonestly, pro-amnesty -- are major turnoffs for many GOP voters, particularly those currently on the Trump Train who, one would hope, could still be brought into the fold in November for a different GOP candidate.

There seems to be this idea that working class whites will just follow Mario Romo if this claque's dreams of foisting him on the GOP should come to fruition. There seems to be this class-based idea that naturally, a lower-caste enlisted man wants to follow his higher-caste college-educated officer, so if we can just jam Mario Romo into that officer slot, the enlisted men will come along and do what God made him to do, fall in line behind the Better-Made Man.

It still does not dawn upon them that their army is in full mutiny and is not willing to accept any leader but one they choose themselves.

Let me just point out that if Trump is really the threat these guys all claim to believe he is, they would be willing to entertain unifying behind a guy who is, per their private claims, "the guy I actually agree with more."

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