from Zero Hedge:
Last Thursday, in a speech delivered at the University of Utah, Mitt Romney blindsided Donald Trump in what amounted to a scathing indictment of the billionaire’s ability to lead the country.
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said, in an apparent effort to play party elder. “If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession,” Romney continues, hitting Trump on the economy. “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.”
More important than what Romney said (after all, it’s not as though he’s the first person to essentially call Trump a demagogic lunatic who has no business being President) was what his speech represented: all-out panic on the part of the GOP establishment.
This is it folks. Trump is on the verge of winning the nomination and although most still think he can’t beat Hillary, the national election is a wildcard. If Trump can go from laughingstock to presumed GOP nominee in nine months, there’s no reason to think he can’t ride the populist wave all the way to The White House.
With diplomats the world over voicing their concern, and with America’s reputation on the line (of course we can debate about what’s left of that reputation after Bush and Obama) heavyweights from across America’s political aristocracy and business community are scrambling to figure out how to derail Trump’s momentum. In short, the Michael Bloomberg deus ex machina isn’t coming and Joe Biden isn’t likely to ride into the race in a red Camaro and save the day either, so what now?
That question, apparently, was on the agenda at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, a secretive affair held on Sea Island, Georgia.
“The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump,” Huff Post writes. Here’s a list of attendees:
- Apple CEO Tim Cook,
- Google co-founder Larry Page,
- Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker,
- Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
- political guru Karl Rove,
- House Speaker Paul Ryan,
- GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ben Sasse (Neb.),
- Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (Mich.),
- Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas)
- Kevin McCarthy (Calif.),
- Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.),
- Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.),
- Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas)
- Diane Black (Tenn.)
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