Former GOP Presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday to discuss the GOP Presidential nominating race.
The very beginning of the interview gave a glimpse into the politics and mind of Joe Scarborough, as he poured praise upon Romney, even encouraging the failed candidate to try one more time. If listening to Joe beg the super-centrist Romney to run one more time wasn’t enough to get you a little nauseous, wait until you hear the glowing praise that Mitt heaps upon the GOP’s establishment candidates.
Himself a longtime establishment “guy,” Romney of course gave the kindest review possible for his buddy Jeb Bush and even mentioned Chris Christie and John Kasich in his top tier of candidates!
Romney also took a swing at Hillary Clinton as he wondered why it was that Clinton could walk out onto the stage smiling but not really seem to be smiling. He must have noticed, as we did, that Clinton’s New York speech was robotic, almost as if someone had typed the speech into a computer and allowed the computer voice to read the speech aloud.
The point is… Hillary is as enigmatic and exciting as a roadkill.
ROMNEY: Well, those that want me in there are great friends and loyalists, but I think a lot of people have to agree with the conclusion I reached, which is if we’re going to win in November of ’16, our best shot is if we have someone who represents a new face, a new generation of political leaders, whether it’s Jeb Bush or Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and John Kasich, you know, Carly Fiorina and on and on, we have got a lot of very good people that are looking at this race and people want to take a look at them. Frankly, I think people are impressed with what they see.
BRZEZINSKI: Any major stand-outs at this point? Did you pare it down to that group?
ROMNEY: That’s among those. I mean, I could go on with a longer list. But I think at this stage, you have to be very impressed with the precampaign work, which Jeb Bush has carried out. He has put together a first-rate organization and he has raised a lot of money. And I’m sorry, the truth is that to run a campaign these days, you have to have the funds to get you from state to state and to run advertising and to get your message out and I think he’s done that better than anybody else.
There are others, however, that have done a great job activating supporters around them. I think you have seen some great speeches and rallies from Marco Rubio and Scott Walker, and that list will probably grow as time goes on.
BRZEZINSKI: I’m just wondering what your thoughts were on Hillary Clinton’s sort of secondary roll-out over the weekend and the message that she sent to her audience?
ROMNEY: I thought the text touched the various places she needs to touch to try to keep her base in tact. Somehow, though, when you see her on a stage or when she comes into a room full of people, she is smiling with her mouth, but her eyes are saying, you know, where’s my latte? It just doesn’t suggest that she believes everything she’s saying.
I was afraid as I watched that speech, in some respects, perhaps it was that it’s so different than what she has said in the past that I was finding it a bit jarring. I’m sure she’ll become more effective as time goes on. At this stage, what does she really believe? I think people wonder, can they really trust Hillary Clinton.
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