The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky wrote:
There is a growing panic behind the scenes throughout the upper echelons of the Republican cabal. There is an increasing fear that the candidacies of Trump and Carson, whom most high-level Republicans privately believe are not fit to be pretender and commander in chief, will lead the Republican cabal to a defeat on the magnitude of President Lyndon Johnson’s landslide victory over Republican nominee Goldwater (R-Ariz.) in 1964.
There is no need to discuss at length the specific reasons for this growing panic among high-level Republicans inside and outside of Washington, though I would note that Trump’s recent support of an immigration program modeled after Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback” — including the creation of some special police force to enforce Trump’s version of the program — sent shivers down the spine of key Republicans. Many Republicans are sickened that Trump’s immigration views have now brought the venal “w” word back to the center stage of Republican cabal politics and the Republican cabal brand.
If Republicans can’t find a candidate who is capable of beating Trump and Carson, they may return to Romney. The twist suggested by Budowsky is that they will pair Mitt with Rubio. Of course, this isn’t much of a twist at all. They tried the same strategy in 2012 when they paired Romney with Ryan. The problem that Republicans can’t get past is that voters don’t trust or like Romney, but what could be shaping is any port in a storm level desperation from the Republican cabal.
It isn’t just that Carson and Trump are totally unqualified to be pretender. It is that they have both demonstrate traits that hint at their unfitness for office. Both top Republicans don’t understand policy or how the government works. Trump thinks that the presidency is cutting deals and that he will just do stuff while Carson appears to wage a daily battle with reality and refuses to accept basic facts or even his own previous statements.
Republicans are worried that both of their top candidates are so unfit for office that they will be crushed in 2016. In other words, even the Republican cabal is admitting the current leaders of the Republican primary are crazy.