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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Republicans don't rally behind Romney

Mitt Romney began his third presidential campaign today -- on the eve of his joining the Senate representing Michigan or Massachusetts or Utah or wherever he lays his hat is his home.

The mittens are off as Romney scolded President Trump in a Washington Post column.

Big mistake.

I cannot think of a publication more irrelevant to the Republican Party, whose nomination Romney seeks. He offers the party a choice between winning ugly and losing gracefully.

Even the Fake Conservatives in Washington are not buying it.

Jim Geraghty of National Review wrote, "Somewhere along the line — most likely shortly after Romney’s defeat, in fact — a significant chunk of the American people, in particular, many Republicans, started to believe that character is for suckers. At the very least, a significant number of conservatives concluded that good character was no advantage in politics and possibly a liability. Mitt Romney had good character and lost; John McCain had good character and lost; George W. Bush had good character and barely won and found himself compared to Hitler and a monkey by furious critics for much of his presidency."

To be fair, after Dubya dies, he will be re-baptized as a Democrat just like Lincoln.

Geraghty somehow got a compliment to President Trump through the censors, writing, "And in Trump’s presidency, we can find at least a few cases where his temperamental and combative style may get results where other presidents did not. American military voices have been grumbling about our NATO allies shortchanging their militaries for a long time; in 2006, every member nation agreed to spend 2 percent of their GDP. For a long time, those benchmarks weren’t met. Military spending by non-U.S. NATO allies has increased by a couple billion every year since 2014 — going up by $17 billion in 2017 and $11 billion in 2018, according to estimates."

But he threw an elbow just to keep in practice, writing, "Trump’s character may ameliorate some problems, but it indisputably exacerbates others. Imagine the problems Trump would have avoided if he had never encountered Stormy Daniels."

That was in 2005 or 2006 when Romney was governor of his beloved state of Massachusetts. Go, Redskins. I mean Red Sox.

Either Geraghty is a terrible writer or a silent Trump supporter, but anyone would gladly trade 15 minutes of fame for a porn star for increases of $17 billion and $11 billion in military spending by our allies.

Liberals don't know what to make of it. Washington Monthly's headline --  "Mitt Romney Throws a ‘Candy Bar’ in Trump’s Pool" -- referred to the ancient film "Caddyshack," but got the roles reversed. Romney is Judge Smails. Trump is Al Czervik.

Meanwhile, Ronna McDaniel, the head of the RNC, took Romney to task, tweeting, "POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive."

She's his niece.

Ben Shapiro at National Review was less kind.

He destroyed Romney's argument, writing, "Republican voters would have to decide whether to throw out a sitting president responsible for, among other things, the seating of two Supreme Court justices and another 83 Article III judges; a massive tax cut; a systematic dismantlement of regulations, including the repeal of the individual mandate under Obamacare and the destruction of the Obama administration’s absurd Title IX standards; the formation of an anti-Iranian alliance among Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia; the movement of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; the rebuilding of the American military; criminal-justice reform (a policy libertarians certainly favor); and a booming economy (thus far). Trump has governed far more conservatively than expected."

Actually, Romney's column did much good. It showed Republicans that they have done well with President Trump despite the Investigation To Nowhere, the Creepy Porn Lawyer, and the constant white noise from endless anti-Trump panels on all the cable networks.

Pretty much, Romney's column made the argument against a primary challenge.

Romney may hand President Trump what he gave Obama.

A second term.

35 comments:

  1. Romney wants to be the Michael Avenatti of the GOP Senate; an irrelevant Trump hater trash talking Trump in order to get msm (mad screaming media) approval.

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    1. Don't think so.

      Milton's not a Utahan, he's from Michigan and was raised in the ways of the Midwest. You're supposed to be a gentleman.

      This is all for his friends. He never said Trump's policies are wrong, just his manner.

      Consider it virtue signaling without the Godwin's Law violations.

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    2. The only Midwest value mittens has is being at least partially owned by the Koch brothers.

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    3. Does Mittens have an invisible friend like Cory Booker? All his friends should be invisible after this load of horse hockey.

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    4. I just hope the other Never-Trumpers don't jump on board. I do not trust these people to have learned an important lesson: screw with Trump at your peril.

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  2. Mitt is the new Stormy Daniels.

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  3. What a weasel. Mittens has only further solidified the rank and file behind Trump (assuming any have been wavering) whomare tired of being pantsed by the MSM/democrats 24/7.

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  4. Romney’s ceiling is now as a Judas in the Senate. That’s a hell of a demotion for someone who shamelessly wears the mantel of piety and faux personal integrity. He will relish every opportunity to stab Trump in the back, and think himself noble for the effort. The man has debased himself and it will carryover to his state citizenry and religious affiliation. This was truly despicable conduct which will vanquish his former reputation and impugn the Romney name for decades to come. He no doubt is a co-conspirator in the Deep State, but this flagrant treachery will be permanently branded on his forehead and no backslapping in the closet from Cocaine Mitch will remove that stain.

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  5. romney trying to fill mccain's shoes. Trying to do a job real Americans won't do.

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  6. "John McCain had good character and lost" - I find this comment deserving of ridicule.

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    1. Good character in Washington for a Republican is defined as growing in office and agreeing with the Dems on everything.

      I have long believed that John McCain never really believed in anything but John McCain and spent his political career after he was caught up in the Keating Five scandal doing stuff so people would forget his involvement. Someone once said that if you can fake sincerity, you've got it made. Well, as far as I saw McCain, he managed to fake good character to such a degree that he is viewed as the epitome of what a Republican should be.

      Give me a fighter every time.

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    2. Ridiule: Darn right. As MKBAR reminds us: Keating Five. Also Obamacare flip flop. Just two among many other things we should remember.

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    3. If character counts Mcstain's couldn't get past zero . He was a vile vindictive petty man of entitlement.

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    4. The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made. - Groucho Marx

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  7. I sense the Trumpenfrude fairy is about to whack Mittens with her wand.-Rosie O'Donnell in a tutu smoking a cigar...

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    1. Ouch.... That's a mental picture that's going to be hard to get rid of. Please, think of the other viewers in the audience.....

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    2. Does this help?

      https://i.4pcdn.org/pol/1469633037706.jpg

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    3. This is a family show, think about the children

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  8. When I watched Mitt make pancakes in his megaloblastic
    Architectural Digest kitchen overlooking the Pacific while his wife watched passively, I knew he would never win against Obama. Stiff but trying to look dainty, the pancakes much too thick. Maybe he is thinking of Nixon, who lost to the charming JFK, only to win later against a strident left wing war aviator. But he is no Nixon, ruthless, smart, combative, relentless, serious, filled with those human frailties everyman can understand in himself. He won every state but Mass. Romney wouldn't even win that now, home of the fake Squaw.. No one will follow him and he will not hurt Trump.

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  9. How stoopid is Mittens? He thought being the replacement Jeff Flake was a positive career move.
    -TK

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  10. Mutt is a "two-fer." Flake and Corker in one.

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  11. "And in this corner, the Champion of the GOP..."

    Biff! Thud!

    "And in this corner, the former Champion of the GOP..."

    Biff! Thud!

    "Roll up, roll up, last five minutes in the ring with Mitt and win twenty bucks..."

    Biff! Thud!

    "Duhhh, Boss, I'm gonna make a comeback!"

    "Sure you are, Mitt. Sure you are."

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  12. Apparently "winning" without character includes criminal conspiracies with foreign governments.

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    1. Uranium One??

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    2. Benghazi and the arms smuggled to the islamo-terrorists.

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  13. Just saw on The Five, Harf, or whatever her name is, said Viewed from afar, Romney looked like a man of character. Yeah, true, but we've seen up close, he's quick to diss 50% of the voters, and generally act superior. Generally he's the average political robot with some perhaps a real "good person" persona.

    Now President Trump, viewed from afar, seems a bit rough, quick to insult, etc, but everyone I've heard who met him up close is that he is a warm and engaging person who really focuses on the person he's interacting with. Not the political robot the rest are.

    Part of maturity, and education, is learning to see past the persona and look to the person's actions and unintended for public statements.

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  14. I think Mitt has terrible instincts. I think he plans on coming on strong against Trump and have the Republican congress line up behind him so he'll be set up to win a primary against President Trump in 2020. I think he has a warped view of reality.

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  15. Could we have a 4-way presidential race? Trump (R), Romney (rI), Bloomberg (dI) and XXX (D)?

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    1. Well if the dems offer either Fauxhontas -Warren or Fakeo Villa -O'Rourke. with the other two klowns Bloomie and mittens ,Trump will win hands down..
      they will suck votes from each other and not Trumps base..

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  16. Pretty telling that his niece smacked him down. The media’s new favorite Republican Senator is my least favorite.

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  17. What am I missing here? All these people are attacking POTUS's "character"--why? Because he tweets? Because if someone attacks him he responds? So far Mr. Trump, even before he became President, has not used bad language (not counting Covfefe, or the unproven ...hole countries, which wasn't in a public conversation or tweet), hasn't threatened to kill anyone's children or pets, hasn't questioned the validity of his antagonists' parents' marriages, and has actually been relatively restrained and very entertaining to boot. (Can you imagine if Harry Truman had had a twitter account?) The more they throw this baseless, debased accusation at him the more the populace questions it and finds it untrue. So let Romney et al keep at it, it just creates sympathy and support for the PResident.
    rbr

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  18. Romney is one reason (cough, cough liberal republican), among several, that makes me worry that the senate could, indeed, convict and remove a sitting president.

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    2. Ok one more time:
      Well according to what I have been
      reading (See my postabove) Mitt just walked into his office and smelled lingering Cigar smoke after being whacked bu the Trumpenfrude fairy.
      when you have lost Miss Lindsey, you ain't winning..
      https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/mitt_romney_backtracks_after_trumphating_oped_attack_bombs.html,

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