Poll: Mitt Romney's Speech Boosts Trump's Support. Heckuva Job, Mittens

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Last week, Mitt Romney gave a speech to hector us all on why we should not vote for Trump. In my view, as I posted at the time, Mitt Romney is a terrible messenger for an anti-Trump message if he is trying to a) reach people inclined to vote for Trump and b) not just using the speech as a way of gaining attention for his own quixotic bid to be coronated at some “brokered convention.” While there is no doubt that Romney has much more personal class than Trump, the two men both represent the idea or entitlement. And the business dealings of both men have hammered the working man wherever they come into contact with him.

Now I feel validated:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s blistering critique of current Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump last week had virtually no impact on the billionaire’s pool of support, according to a new poll.

Forty-eight percent of U.S. voters in the Morning Consult survey released Tuesday said the former GOP nominee’s speech widely publicized speech had “no impact either way” on whether they support Trump. Twenty percent said Romney’s remarks make them less likely to vote for the New York billionaire while 25 percent said they are now more likely to back him.

Among self-described conservatives, 47 percent said Romney’s speech did not change their view of Trump. Twenty-seven percent said they are now more likely to vote for him, while 23 percent said they are less likely. Results suggest that Republican men were most turned off by Romney’s critique of Trump, whose endorsement he praised in 2012. According to the poll, 41 percent of male GOP voters are now more likely to support Trump in the primary season.

I don’t know why this would shock anyone. Romney represents what this election has been AGAINST. The fact that Romney has recorded robocalls for Rubio in Florida and Kasich in Michigan does not augur well for the chances of either man in those primaries.