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    I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney, and all I got was this lousy impeachment vote

    I held my nose and voted for Mitt Romney, and all I got was this lousy impeachment vote

    I’m sick of him, but not really angry. We’ve been fooled twice, maybe more times than that, shame on us.

    Surprisingly, I’m not angry at Mitt Romney for his vote to convict Donald Trump for abuse of power and to remove him from office. I disagree with it, strongly, but anger isn’t my emotion. “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me” is more my emotion. Disgust is more my emotion.

    Romney has disappointed so many times, I’m numb to him.

    Romneycare begat Obamacare. It was a hard pill to swallow that the Republican who provided the DNA for Obamacare was the Republican nominee in 2012. But as often is the case, a choice had to be made between bad and worse. Romney was bad, Obama was worse.

    So in 2012, a lot of us held our noses and voted for Mitt Romney once he became the Republican nominee.

    Not only did we vote for him, we defended him against attacks he seemed incapable of defending himself — including idiotic but relentless media/Democrat claims that he gave people cancer, tormented others in high school, and kept women in binders. We defended him when the media colluded against him.

    Harder to defend were the claims that he was a heartless corporate raider who left a trail of shattered lives in companies he and Bain restructured. We explained that the restructuring and downsizing of failing companies sometimes was necessary — but when you’re explaining, you’re losing.

    Romney was Obama’s human punching bag who never punched back. He lost gracefully, with nary a hair out of place on his neatly coiffed hair. He seemed most put out not by his tormentors, but by those of us who defended him from torment.

    Romney’s loss begat Trump. There was a hunger for someone who would punch back. A Republican who would win ugly was preferred to a Republican who would lose pretty. A winner who clearly wasn’t holier than thou and didn’t claim to be, was preferred.

    When Romney wanted to be Trump’s Secretary of State, we wouldn’t have stood in opposition. When he ran for Senate, while we didn’t actively support him, we didn’t oppose him. He seemed safe — silly us. When Romney embraced Trump’s endorsement, despite previous harsh statements against Trump, who were we to cry foul — been there, done that.

    Then this vote.

    Watching Romney’s speech today, what stood out was the holier-than-thou attitude, holding himself out as a man of God bound by a higher calling to vote to convict.

    Perhaps the only man or woman of God in the Republican Party, because all 52 other Republican Senators found (1) that the possible corruption of the famly of a former Vice President through payola was a legitimate subject of discussion with the government where the corruption and payola took place, even if that former VP now was running for president, or (2) even if the foregoing was improper, it mixed legitimate public objectives with the sort of political interests that motivate all politicians, or (3) even if all of the foregoing was wrong and without any legitimate motive, it did not amount to the type of serious threat to the Republic that, even if not a crime itself, required immediate removal from office in an election year.

    Ignored also in Romney’s sermon was the dirty game played by Democrats. The 3-year-long attempt to find a reason to impeach. The FBI abuse of the FISA process and deceptive targeting of the incoming and then sitting Trump presidency based on a phony dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC using a British spy who relied on Russian sources. The targeting of those around the presidency who were investigated and charged for crimes unrelated to supposed Russian collusion only because they made the mistake of associating with Trump.  The biased and manipulative House proceedings that caused even Lisa Murkowski to refuse to remove the target of that dirty game regardless of her criticism of his conduct.

    In Mitt Romney’s world, Trump was expected to be a punching bag and not to punch back. Putting the issue of Biden corruption out for discussion was a legitimate punch back, but even if it wasn’t, in the world of body blows Trump and those around Trump have absorbed from Democrats and the media, it was small ball. 52 Republican Senators understood that to varying degrees.

    But not Mitt Romney. Nope, this was classic Mitt. He was right, he was pure, he was holier than thou.

    I’m sick of him, but not really angry. We’ve been fooled twice, maybe more times than that, shame on us. If there is a viable means of removing him from office, or a viable challenger to him in 2024, so be it. The people who are angry with him have those options.

    What I won’t do is allow anger to poison my life because of Mitt Romney. He’s not worth it.


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    Albigensian | February 6, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    “He’s quite a loser politically, isn’t he?”

    Is it necessary to point out that electoral politics is no place for holier-than-thou idealists? Even if one generously assumes he’s being an idealist and not just a holier-than-though grandstander?

    Electoral politics will always be about what’s actually achievable, and often requires making choices where no available choice is anywhere close to ideal. As (of course) is foreign policy.

    You’d really like to ask him to explain what he thinks would happen if the impeachment were somehow successful in removing Pres. Trump from office, and why he might think that something would somehow be better than just leaving him in office to face the voters this coming November. Yet somehow I doubt he’d be able to explain why this would be better, or perhaps even to acknowledge that taking the least-bad choice is often enormously better than accepting the worst.

    But then, what is one to say of NeverTrumpers in general? Their numbers may be dwindling, yet they can’t really be debated because NeverTrump has never been about rational analyses of what the man has actually done, but always more an “I just don’t like that man!” expression of a visceral, gut-level dislike of him.

    Then again, maybe he was just grandstanding: perhaps it really is all about Romney displaying his moral purity and not so much about Pres. Trump at all?

      Close The Fed in reply to Albigensian. | February 6, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      I get the impression the NeverTrumpers intensely dislike him, because unlike them, HE GETS THINGS DONE.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Close The Fed. | February 6, 2020 at 4:38 pm

        You mean like the “Trust Fund” babies they are – just coasting on their daddy’s, granddaddy’s and even great granddaddy’s money and achievements……..

        They think because the vile sycophants bend over backwards to kiss their moneyed “donkey” asking favors that they themselves hung the sun, moon and stars.

      Milhouse in reply to Albigensian. | February 6, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      What do you think would happen if the impeachment were somehow successful in removing Pres. Trump from office? We’d have President Pence. How would that be a bad thing?

        rodpatrick in reply to Milhouse. | February 8, 2020 at 4:51 am

        You think they will stop if they get Pres. Trump out of office? After him, Pence will be the next target and so on, until they get what they want. FASCIST CONTROL OF THE USA by the libsoccommunists.

    Trigganometry | February 7, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Romney was my Governor too. Did you know when he left office he purchased all the computers used during his tenure. Then had ever single one of them destroyed. Folks were outraged not because of a potential cover up, nope, because he didn’t donate them to the schools. Then comes Masscare, don’t even get me started!

    rodpatrick | February 8, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Romney must retire!

    Frezz in the hizzy | February 9, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Just saw where J. Falwell Jr. likened Mittens to Scar in Lion King.

    Well said, sir!

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