Is it a case of old guard vs new?
That’s just what some political watchers will tell you they are seeing in the tiff pitting Mitt Romney against Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud” Romney said in a Salt Lake City speech Thursday Morning, adding “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
Several hours later, Trump fired back.
“Mitt is a failed candidate… he failed. He failed horribly” Trump said during a campaign rally in Portland, Maine, going on to fire a flurry of insults at the 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee.
“He was begging for my endorsement (in 2012)… I could have said Mitt drop to your knees… he would have dropped to his knees” Trump said.
“The Republican Party is really struggling to find it’s footing after the Trump Revolution” University of Houston Political Scientist Brandon Rottinghaus told KTSA News, adding “You’ve got an electorate that is quite different than when Mitt Romney ran–and is looking for a new kind of voice.”
Rottinghaus said he believes it’s probably too late for some kind of alliance between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio to stem the tide against Trump, though he also said Trump’s brashness may hinder him at some point.
“It’s I think going to run thin at some point, where the kind of brags he wants to make won’t always be backed up by evidence” Rottinghaus said.
However, he was quick to add the GOP is clearly going through some changes–and Trump’s message is clearly hitting home.
“That’s a version (Trump) that excites voters. It might not be a version that looks like what it was, and it may be there’s some growing pains when you introduce new ideas and new people in to the Party–but, this new Party is excitable–and they are energetic about a Trump Candidacy” Rottinghaus said.