Members of the GOP establishment quoted in the Washington Post have stated their fear that time is running out to unseat frontrunners Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
Both Trump and Carson are seen as erratic outsiders, with Trump recently attacked Carson in a 95 minute tirade in which he compared Carson to a child molester.
“If you’re a child molester, there’s no cure. They can’t stop you. Pathological? There’s no cure,” Trump said.
Trump’s tirade was intended to frame Carson as a pathological liar with a violent temper. In his biographical book Carson claimed he once attacked a friend with a knife, but the knife broke when it struck his friends belt buckle. The veracity of this assertion and others have been called into question.
Trump and Carson appeal strongly to the Republican base as both are leading in early primary states, but the GOP establishment fears a disaster if either man becomes the party’s nominee for President.
“The rest of the field is still wishing upon a star that Trump and Carson are going to self-destruct,” said Eric Fehrnstrom, a former adviser to 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. But, he said, “they have to be made to self-destruct. . . . Nothing has happened at this point to dislodge Trump or Carson.”
Fehrnstrom added that with the holiday season coming up, time is running out topple them in the polls.
“We’re about to step into the holiday time accelerator,” he said. “You have Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, then Iowa and a week later, New Hampshire, and it’s going to be over in the blink of an eye.”
One anonymous Republican strategist has laid out a potential worst case scenario, where not only one of these men win the nomination, but one where they win the White House.
“We’re potentially careening down this road of nominating somebody who frankly isn’t fit to be president in terms of the basic ability and temperament to do the job,” this strategist said. “It’s not just that it could be somebody Hillary could destroy electorally, but what if Hillary hits a banana peel and this person becomes president?”
[The Washington Post] [NPR] [Reuters via Yahoo]