As Donald Trump was insisting during a speech in Maine on Thursday that Mitt Romney would have “dropped to his knees” to win the real estate mogul’s endorsement in 2012 , Austin Barbour tweeted this bit of praise of the former Massachusetts governor.
@MittRomney was superb today. Rational, collected, smart, forward looking and clear with his contrast on Trump.
— Austin Barbour (@Austin_Barbour) March 3, 2016
Barbour, a Mississippi-based Republican political consultant and card-carrying member of the GOP establishment, was referencing Romney’s speech in Utah in which he sought to systematically discredit Trump’s candidacy. And Barbour is right. Romney was “rational” and “smart” in his speech. He succinctly made the case that Trump is a) not a real conservative and b) would cost the party dearly if he was the nominee against Hillary Clinton in the fall campaign.