Josh Marshall on why Romney is sticking with Trump:
My best guess is that they didn’t figure Trump would continue to be so nuts when they scheduled the mega-blowout fundraiser. And now that they’re here, they’re just figuring, whatever, let’s just get through tonight and it’ll be behind us.
The alternative is some high profile rebuke of Trump which is probably too frightening a prospect for the campaign.
The implicit assumption here is that Romney’s people don’t want anything to do with birtherism. I think that’s wrong – they want to send a clear signal to the 27% that they’re not quite satisfied with the kerning on Obama’s birth certificate, and what better way to do it than what happened yesterday. Granted, it would have been better if Donald had kept a bit lower profile, but these guys know their docile media. Here’s the Times:
That and other statements left the Romney campaign to fend off questions about the candidate’s views on that long-discredited accusation and whether he was willing to tolerate extreme views for his own political gain.
The provocative real estate magnate used the spotlight to promote his long-debunked contention that Obama was born in a foreign country. Romney aides admitted that this was an unhelpful distraction. At a moment when they wanted to put the president on the defensive, it was Romney who found himself in that position, leaving it to his aides to assert that he disagrees with Trump — while Obama’s aides said his refusal to publicly condemn his surrogate showed poor moral leadership.
When the DC media can say that it’s not true that Obama was born in a foreign country, and when someone in the press has the guts to ask Romney the obvious question “Do you think President Obama was born in Kenya?”, then I’ll think that the Romney campaign has a problem on their hands. I’m not holding my breath — my only hope is that some local TV reporter gets a one-on-one with Romney and asks him that question, and that he bobbles it in a way that makes him look as bad as he should for giving Trump any oxygen.