I don’t think that this is an endorsement of, say, Marco Rubio (Rubio for President is mentioned in the call).
MITT takes anti-Trump campaign to the phones, hammers him as surefire general election loser in new robocallhttps://t.co/BUQD0JaxPd
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) March 8, 2016
I think that this is a test*. I’m gonna commit heresy, here: unlike apparently the entire Internet, I don’t think Mitt Romney is a net negative for either a specific campaign, or the anybody-but-Trump people (hi). Dude got almost 61 million votes in 2012; and while that wasn’t enough for the general election it’s still nothing to sneeze at when we’re talking about a primary.
So what I think is happening here is that the Romney folks think that they have a pretty good baseline for how the four races tomorrow are going to go, so they’ve decided to drop last-minute robocalls in and see if that moves the needle any. If it does, they’ll keep doing it. If it doesn’t, they’ll try something else. And the way the call is structured: if it convinces a Ted Cruz supporter in Mississippi or a John Kasich supporter in Michigan to go in and vote for their guy, Romney’s team will probably still score that as a win.
*Which may yet, indeed, end in an endorsement. But they were careful to make sure that nothing’s been committed and formalized. I should note, though: if Romney’s giving Marco Rubio any access to his donor network then any money problems that Rubio may be having will not be around for much longer.