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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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The Democrats voted for partisan reasons. Romney voted for personal reasons. He’s worse.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to windbag. | February 5, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    But but but Romney is one of Mayor Cheats Aunties isn’t he?????

    Romney is also a liar. He had a major staffer involved with the Biden’s in Buriama.

      Milhouse in reply to EBL. | February 6, 2020 at 12:12 am

      Cofer Black is not Romney’s staffer. He was involved in the presidential campaign, which was 8 years ago. That’s all.

      black was (as far as I could ever tell) not on that board when he was advising romney. but who knows blackwater not on of my favorite companies and I don’t trust them at all.
      I’m more upset about romneys group investing in Stericycle in 1999 timeframe and his (bain) earlier ties to chinese companies that depended on us outsourcing to survive.

Mitt was most effective when hiding under a corner office desk as middle managers were forced to tell employees their careers were over, Mittens is one of the biggest frauds in the history of US politics.

Mitt Romney.
James Comey.

There’s a special place in hell for these holier-than-thou hypocrites.

The rationale I come up with for both Romney and McCain behaving toward Trump as they have is long simmering resentment of having to trek to Trump Tower to get their respective campaigns blessed. It was a pilgrimage both made that never made sense to me. Seeing Trump’s sales skills, I can begin to understand.

    Mccain was a mental case who sold himself to the left rather cheaply.

    Romney has less of an excuse: he has been unmasked simply as a petty little man, whose vanity is more important to him than our country.

    Ann romney has it both ways: as an equestrian, she can leave the stable and still come home to a horse’s ass.

Put the dog on the roof of the family station wagon, pick up your BFF candy crowley and drive off into the sunset Mr. delecto, you’re done.

Takes a special kind of scum to lose to McCain.
He’s special.

Comanche Voter | February 5, 2020 at 9:17 pm

Just another RINO. I doubt that he’ll ever be on a ballot in front of me. But he might be asking me for money, and in that case my wallet will be closed so tight, a moth couldn’t fly out of it.

Mitt’s next act will be running as an independent for president. Worthless

Put Mitt on the shun list. If you can’t outright expel him from the party, then like Fredo in the dinghy he’s dead to me.

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

And about as pathetic in stature as fellow malignsnt narcissist pelosi.

Poor Ann Romney. Money aside, God knows what she must endure behind closed doors.

    But he LOOKS so presidential.

      Sonnys Mom in reply to zennyfan. | February 6, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Yes, he does. When Mitt walks into a room projecting confidence, it’s clear he has executive leadership talent. The problem is, he wastes it. And he has a history of shifting positions on key issues.

      Slowly we must educate other voters that “how the candidates sounds, or looks” and “what a candidate says” is not a sound basis for supporting and voting for one over another. Voters must look at a candidate’s TRACK RECORD over time.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to | February 5, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    A little one?

Prof. Jacobson is correct; there’s no reason for being angry with Romney for being the traitorous weasel we’ve always known him to be.

No, my rage is focused on the GOP leadership who will do nothing to punish him. And spare me the litany of excuses; I am heartily sick of the rush to excuse their failure to DO. THEIR. FREAKING. JOBS.

Paul In Sweden | February 5, 2020 at 9:28 pm

Trump endorsed him for senate. Why? It baffles me as to why Trump from the get go did not work with the GOP party leader Reince Prebis…now Mitt Romney’s niece to rid the GOP of swamp creatures. Trump has not be draining the SWAMP the way we thought he would.

Romney says he is deeply religious. So was Judas Ascariot. Let us wait and see if Romney and Pelosi join together to hold prayer vigils on their knees in front of the cameras during the coming months.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Paul In Sweden. | February 5, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    There is nothing more dangerous that people who think they speak for god.

      I am reading Dennis Prager’s book – “The Ten Commandments – Still the Best Moral Code”. Outstanding book and I highly recommend it. One of the commandments is ““Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” The important thing in this verse is the second half that states G_d will not hold someone guiltless (in other words, there is no forgiveness) for anyone who violates this commandment. Dennis Prager expands on this verse and explains that it is more than just a ‘gosh darn’ that G_d is forbidding. He states that it refers to people who do evil in the name of G_d. An example would be religious fanatics who kill ‘non-believers’ in the name of G_d. Romney knew that President Trump was not guilty of the accusations and was in fact the victim of many wrongs at the hand of the alphabet agencies. Still, he used G_d to justify his vote. History will not be kind to Romney, and I don’t think that he’s gonna skate when he gets to judgement.

        Paul In Sweden in reply to 94Corvette. | February 6, 2020 at 11:47 am

        Good recommendation. Thanks. I love Prager. Just picked up the Kindle for $12.59 and the companion Audible book for $2.62 that is a bargain. It is on the list.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to 94Corvette. | February 6, 2020 at 3:43 pm


        Did you know that although the Bible states there are no big or little sins – they’re all the same, it does say that there is one sin that God hates Above all the Rest?

        It states that God Hates “Lying Lips” the most of all sins.

    Establishment Priebus is the reason Trump ended up with so many back-stabbers in his Cabinet early on

    The romney name is poison. Get rid of the neice.

    Paul In Sweden in reply to Paul In Sweden. | February 6, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Trump blew the wheels off this morning at the National Prayer Breakfast. He sounds horse. About ten minutes Trump is streaming live at the White House. This one is going to be one to remember.

    rodpatrick in reply to Paul In Sweden. | February 8, 2020 at 7:05 am

    Despite what the media and the nevertrumpers say, the President has a big and forgiving heart.

Antifundamentalist | February 5, 2020 at 9:37 pm

RomneyCare didn’t tell you everything you needed to know about him? Or was that just too far back for memory?

Senator Romney has demonstrated his clear commitment to playing ‘calvinball’ with the d well prior to this episode. He let Candy Crowley ‘punk’ him during one of his abysmal Presidential debate performances and still we voted for him and his lost cause.

Then came Trump, not my first or second choice in the primary, but as we came closer to the convention I allowed myself to look past the Twitter nonsense and focused on policy. I am sure I am not the only voter who began to notice how hard the establishment, D.C. cocktail party types closed ranks against Trump going so far as to find a pasty in Evan McMullen to run against the r nominee and in truth to help the election of HRC.

I will not send another dime to any r party organization or r election committee due to this. Again, I am certain that I am far from alone in this.

Bottom line is the book publishing, column writing, cruise selling grifters have been exposed. They cannot erase this down a memory hole. Heck Bill Kristol isn’t even trying to do so, instead proclaiming ‘we are all d now’.

President Trump has been the most effective standard bearer for conservative/libertarian agenda items in the last fifty years in terms of accomplishment within his term. The workaday voters have noticed and will refuse to accept a return to the grifters cry of ‘send more donations, we need an overwhelming majority in the HoR and Senate to pass legislation or appoint judges. Those excuses have been swept away by Trump and with a younger, D.C. outsider majority to come in the HoR and a half dozen in the Senate, fingers crossed, come next January the nation won’t have to play the uniparty/establishment games for a generation.

It’d be nice if the plurality of Utah voters agreed and removed this carpetbagger from the Senate in 2024 because of this vote. But that’s a ways down the road time-wise. He’s going to continue to be a thorn in Trump’s side.

Romney is like a dog trained for fights. There is no reason to hate him. He is what he is.

But like that dog he cannot be fixed. Purt him down. OK, I can’t resist. or at least tie him to the hood of his car.

Recall Romney.

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

Imagine his poor wife.

Looks like Mitten’s gone full retard.

Obama was Romney’s best recommendation. We voted for the lesser of evil, either way it regrettable.

If Romney is Utah’s kind of character then that is their choice.

Weird how things work, we finally get rid of McCain and along comes another jackass.

    CaptTee in reply to NotKennedy. | February 7, 2020 at 11:22 am

    There is alway someone who craves media attention.

    Yes, I regret my previous votes for Romney in 2008 (Primary) & 2012 (General).

Romney is a pathetic narcissist.

During his entire sanctimonious bullshit speech about morality and conscience and his personal victimhood, you know what didn’t get mentioned ONCE?

His constituents. You know, the people he’s SUPPOSED to be representing.

Romney’s speech was about how Romney was a beacon of morality that was just plain better than the unwashed masses that supported Trump.

Romney is a quisling RINO that has never once advanced ANY conservative cause. He should just be expelled from the party and told to go hang out with the other Democrats like him.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Olinser. | February 5, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    I think he’s officially lost it. He must be planning a switch to I or D because not only did he lecture the POTUS, he also lectured the entire Republican caucus of the Senate during his little fake sermon.

      He will switch to I, doesn’t have the balls to go full retard

        MajorWood in reply to gonzotx. | February 6, 2020 at 12:04 am

        In the best nature documentary ever, Lions and Hyenas: eternal enemies, the matriarch hyena had a daughter that they called the Princess, who as a pup killed a younger sibling, just pure evil. But when the matriarchwas killed by the head lion, she found herself outcast from that pack, and also from an adjacent pack that wouldn’t accept her. The documentary closed with her standing in the middle of the watering hole by herself. That is where I see Romney now.

      Tom Servo in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 6, 2020 at 12:39 am

      I don’t think he ever runs for anything again, not for reelection as Senator, not for Pres in 2024. This was his decision today, he’s done. He can sit on the back bench, ignored by everyone except CNN for the next 4 1/2 years, but that’s it. This is how his career ends.

I so regret donating the maximum allowable amount to Romney’s POTUS campaign and buying all the campaign swag that I did on top of that to help him beat Barack Hussein Obama. But then, at that time I had no clear idea that Willard “Mitt” Romney was just another shadow government deep state tool either. I’d never donated before Romney’s run. Never bought campaign swag before. I wanted BHO to be removed from the white house so bad, and it seemed like Romney just might be able to do it. In the end he had hornswoggled me big time though, and I think that’s what irks me most. Especially knowing what I know now, hindsight being 20/20 and all. Mitt Romney, someone I thought I knew well enough to trust to a certain extent but had never actually met, got one over on me to the tune of thousands of dollars. He got me good and I ain’t nobody’s sucker, I ain’t nobody’s fool, but he did — that flimflam flingin’ prìck got me good.

Now I know to a certainty just who and what Willard “Mitt” Romney truly is, and I wouldn’t even so much as pìss on him if his head was on fire.

    Close The Fed in reply to FlatFoot. | February 5, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Don’t beat yourself up, FlatFoot. The kenyan’s 2nd term was something to work against, for sure.

    And I think Romney choked. I don’t think he lost on purpose. Romney just didn’t have what it takes. There’s that video of Trump through the years, long time ago, he’s asked if he would run for president and he said he didn’t think he would, because it’s a mean life.

    It IS a mean life and Romney lacked the strength to win it it.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to FlatFoot. | February 6, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Just count it as “tuition” in the School of Living.

This was Romney’s ‘thumbs down’ moment and the demise of his career. It is doubtful he will not complete a full term.

I must say, somewhat OT, how satisfying it’s been to see Trump’s successes. I remember during the ’16 primaries when I was supporting him, a number of folks here had different choices and thought my reasoning for Trump was ridiculous.

How sweet it is – – – – 🙂

And I supported Santorum in ’12, and he won several primaries until Romney carpet bombed him with ads and got the nod.

Two good things about Obama: He woke Americans up. He showed black citizens that being black isn’t a magic wand in a politician.

Still not sure putting up with Obama for four more years was worth it but, damn – we sure dodged a bullet with Romney & Ryan.

SeekingRationalThought | February 5, 2020 at 10:31 pm

Don Surber nailed it: “On March 3, 2016, the native of Michigan who was once governor of Massachusetts went to Utah to use his Mormonism to denounce Donald John Trump.” That, my friends, is Pierre Delecto in a nutshell.

Brilliant piece professor. I know you are a RI guy. Not sure if you were paying attention to MA politics back in 1994 but for those of us who lived through the Romney- Kennedy Senate race Mitt’s pitiful performance in 2012 and during the past 3 years of Trump comes as no shock.

I was thrilled when I heard Mitt Romney, founder of the uber successful Bain Capital, handsome, articulate Mitt Romney was going to take on a barely coherent, booze addled Ted Kennedy in that Senate race but my God was I disappointed from the get go. Kennedy beat Romney like a rented mule. He embarrassed him in the debates and his union thugs left Mittens cowering in the corner.

It was sad, pathetic, so deeply disappointing and very, very prophetic.

hes just pissed because he doesn’t get to be his own mormon savior & get his own planet…
must have been the tight white silk undies bunched up…

The ultimate insult to his fellow Republican Senators is that he is only one standing up for God and the rest of them are godless men who are only taking one for the team. He is this holier than thou piece of crap and deserves to be totally ostracized by the Senators he has insulted. His speech was pathetic. Apparently he slept through the President’s defense.

Romney is a Globalist. His loyalty is not to the US but too his Global BFFs. I didnt realize it then but the whole scheme was for him to lose to Obama. When Hillary/Jeb his Globalist BFFs were fighting Trump he fought with them and continued to fight after Trump won.

Unlike the Democraps who are declared Globalist aholes, Romney is a rat in sheep dogs clothing. He pretends to be pro-US and freedom/prosperity for the world but instead he sides every chance he gets with the enemy. Romney is not a traitor because is loyalty isn’t with US. Romney is not a spy because while he is an enemy hiding in our camp, he is not just watching and reporting back – he is actively hurting every chance he gets. Romney is more like an undercover agent or terrorist.

I am really sorry I voted for him and defended him too. Romney in my opinion is now branded with the Scarlett D and is excommunicated/outcast in my eyes – I will give him no shelter, no help, no protection.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 5, 2020 at 11:58 pm


The last refuge
More Manipulation – National DNC (Club) Takes Over Iowa Caucus Accounting From Iowa Democrat Party…

Romney is the first presidential candidate to whom I donated financially. I think I supported Romney‘s campaign more than he did. What a disappointment! Especially now, with the impeachment vote. Well, this is going to be the third albatross around his neck, after Romneycare and not having a fire in the belly for his own presidential campaign. I wish he would just disappear into the woodwork.

Romney let himself be intimidated by the hyena media braying “racism” and Harry Reid lying by telling Mitt didn’t pay taxes. His total lack of any response to these accusations was notable. He threw the election to Obama a Manchuria candidate.

Whether we like it or not he’s a senator for the next five years, and the Republicans are going to need his vote on many occasions. So they can’t afford to seriously punish him.

    You think he will actually give it rather than just voting with democrats for no reason apart from spite like McCain on health care?

      Tom Servo in reply to rdm. | February 6, 2020 at 7:08 am

      he’ll go on voting with Mitch on Judges as long as he isn’t pushed too much; a lot depends on the election in November. If the Senate was split, I have no doubt that he would do a Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords and switch parties.

      Milhouse in reply to rdm. | February 6, 2020 at 10:15 am

      There is no reason to suppose he will change his voting pattern from what it has been until now — unless he is pushed out of the GOP. Then we can expect a major change, to our detriment. So all you people calling for him to be pushed out are stabbing us in the back.

        No reason? If he was willing to do this vote purely out of spite why do you think he wouldn’t do the other votes purely out of spite?

          Milhouse in reply to rdm. | February 6, 2020 at 10:32 pm

          For the same reason he hasn’t done so till now. Why would he change now, unless the GOP makes him change?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 6, 2020 at 12:36 am

Erielle Davidson: “Romney’s Entire Career Has Been About Punishing Republicans For Voting For Him”

Awesome post, Prof. Romney doesn’t yet realize that he has just ensured that he will never be president of these United States. That has always been his goal, and he just destroyed any slim chance he may have had in some distant future.

I voted for both McCain and Romney, and all things considered, it’s probably best that they both lost. If either had won, we would not have President Trump.

Long-time readers of LI will recall that I was adamantly “Never Trump” . . . until my state, Florida, was hugely in play. When it came down to the wire, when it was known corrupt, lying, scofflaw Hillary vs. Trump, the choice was clear. I had to vote for Trump, and I did. I was kind of ashamed of that vote and sad that I felt I had to cast it, but since that time, Trump has far exceeded my cautious expectations and proved that he deserves my enthusiastic vote FOR him in November (vs. my vote for him, but mostly AGAINST Hillary in 2016)).

Smarmy McFakes like Romney don’t understand and will never ever understand why they are rejected in favor of Trump. They see Trump the way we see them. We think Trump may be a bit rough around the edges but that he’s ultimately got our and our nation’s best interests at heart. They think they are so polished and their edges are muted and safely rounded that we’ll not see how horrifyingly destructive they are; they hide behind swell promises of conscience and good manners while selling out our country to crazed lunatic fringes who demand we embrace a hundred genders, commie lunacy, and open borders.

Screw Romney and the well-coiffed unicorn he rode in on. That McSmarmy routine was older than the hills in 2012, and now, it’s just laughable sour grapes and stomach-turning petulant foot stomping.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 6, 2020 at 1:59 am

    Methinks Romney is a classic example of the entitled Rich Kid Nare-do-well, like Hunter Biden and Nancy Pelosi.

    President Trump greets wounded soldier.

    Trump is right in principle, and he has the constitution to follow through. He has exposed a number of issues (e.g. trade arbitrage, progressive medical prices, Iran/terrorism, immigration reform), domestic and foreign, and started to address each of them in turn. Given his past performance and reasonable expectation of future performance, he deserves the opportunity to follow through and complete his goals.

    The fact that you were able to be convinced proves you were never ‘never trump’ to begin with.

    Close The Fed in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 6, 2020 at 12:09 pm

    People talk about Trump being rough around the edges, but I don’t see that at all.

    I see someone who takes the measure of a challenge and then calculates the way to meet it.

    I personally decided decades ago that while Bill Buckley’s vocabulary impressed me, I would forgo the 50 cent words so people around me could understand me. I was constantly asked what words meant and I would tell people I’m not a dictionary, look it up.

    But communicating was more important to me, so I gave it up. Now people understand me and everything is easier. Trump is trying to reach not just Americans, but also America’s enemies and allies and adjusts accordingly.

    As far as his demeanor, he seems quite fine. Has great kids, and in public conversation uses little to no profanities.

    I don’t understand what more people could ask for. If someone is attacking us, I don’t WANT him to make nice. I want him to SLAY the DRAGONS.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Close The Fed. | February 6, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Hear Hear!!!!

      President Trump is a Great Master of Human Nature.

      Then also as with any good speaker, President Trump relates as you say on the level of his audience.

      His actions that the DEMS call rough, uncivilized, uncouth, etc. etc. are done for effect and for specific purposes. President Trump is one of the most “sophisticated” humans on the planet!

Romney is an investment banker before he is a Republican. As such the the common worker means nothing to him. An entirely expendable bit of bother that is useful as a marginal consumer and little else. America means nothing to him. It is all about the movement of capital and the percentage that he and his cronies can grasp. He is the Fed’s candidate. America is merely a conduit whose laws assist in the movement of capital. In America small business owners pay a 35% Federal rate, plus property taxes etc. while Amazon pays a fraction of 1%. Romney paid 15% in taxes.
That is who Pierre is.

Funny, but we held our noses about romney while obama picked his.…6303.8596..9419…0.0..0.324.989.3j3j0j1……0….1………41.RTod6cVXs8o

I held my nose sparingly after the father of the New World Order, Bush 41, was elected. Even with Gore and Kerry as the alternative, I was torn over the capstone of Ted Kennedy’s legacy, Bush 43, but permanently cured of it upon the nomination of Songbird McCain. Made a lot of enemies on these blog comment threads for frequently citing my Pasadena Phil Rule #1:

“I never ever vote for liberals or Democrats, ESPECIALLY when they run as Republicans.”

In the end, events proved that I had actually underestimated the how right I was to see little to no difference between the two Democrat parties dragging us faster and faster into global communism. The corruption was so much worse than my conspiracy theorist mind ever imagined. So my 3rd party votes were not wasted after all. No regrets.

Thank God for Trump! He may turn out to be the 21st century version of Lincoln who this time succeeded in preventing a civil war.

    “I never ever vote for liberals or Democrats, ESPECIALLY when they run as Republicans.”

    That’s precisely why I didn’t vote for Trump. But given his performance so far, and also given the utter insanity of his opposition, I plan to do so this time around.

    If anything made you enemies, it was your arrogant condescension toward anybody who doesn’t agree with you, not your unspeakably stupid motto.

      No it was your failure to recognize what you were voting for that drove your hatred of me, not my condescension. You, Rags and the rest of your posse thought ganging up on me made you right. In retrospect, not only was I right but it was so much worse than even I believed.

      You were wrong then for reasons that were already apparent and you are even more wrong today. You are in denial about Republican corruption just as you are with your “Don’t mess with Texas!” attitude. Every major city in Texas is a sanctuary city and your borders continue to be WIDE open. ??????? Give it up already. YOU were wrong and still are.

Forgot to mention Romney connection to the Burisma corruption scandal, campaign aide Joseph Cofer Black.

That needs to be investigated since Black had important ties with everyone through his top level intel connections. He was appointed to the Burisma board in 2017 when the corruption scheme was fully bloomed! Lots of questions here need to be asked.

    Cofer Black’s only connection to Romney seems to be his having been involved in his presidential campaign eight years ago. You would be furious if someone blamed Trump for everything done, even years later, by everyone who was ever in his campaign.

I’ve been reading LI for nigh onto a dozen years. Day after day reading this blog I learn new things, I nod in agreement with such well written posts by you and your entire team, plus I’ve grown to feel I know so many regular commenters,yes even those if you who downvote me from time to time.

This comment is just a long way of saying thanks for keeping LI alive. I start my day with coffee and a click to LI. Cheers everyone.

Great essay. I’m just glad he moved out of Massachusetts.

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

perhaps thats why we have people like romney and collins around??
maybe we should be angry.

My first vote after becoming a citizen was McCain, then my second was Romney. Thank the good Lord for Trump. I can’t wait to vote for him again this year. I’ve signed up to be a delegate and volunteer at RNC conference in my new hometown of Charlotte (left CA in 2018)

Rush taught me to think better and be positive, Prof Jacobson as well, and I am so thankful for them both along with President Trump.

PS. Romney? Don’t care about you anymore.

Excellent analysis by Professor J and our LI community of astute members. Anyone who was shocked after Mitt’s vote needs a huge reality check.

Not that I’ve ever been in such a situation, but I think if I saw Romney on fire, I wouldn’t cross the street to take a leak on him. What an absolute waste of space and time.

“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!

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!