Failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate, former Massachusetts governor, and current Senator from Utah, Mitt “Marches with Marxists” Romney is, arguably, the poster-child for much that ushered in President Trump’s presidency.

Romney often gets a bad rap as being a milquetoast conservative and a weak, waffling grifter with his finger to the polls.  He only seems like that if you accept that he’s a conservative.  He may be that at home, but when it comes to the role of government in Americans’ lives, he’s not and never has been a conservative.

Once you get that he’s just another progressive seeking to expand federal government, tax the middle classes into oblivion, and restrict our freedoms, his proud march with self-proclaimed Marxists just this summer makes a lot more sense.

Romney—with his support for everything from gutting the Second Amendment to socialist government-run healthcare to amnesty—is, now that John McCain has passed on, the very last person I would look to for anything beyond an instructive take on the dangers of reading an (R) by some politician’s name as an indication of ideological kinship or of support for the minimal role of federal government as outlined in our founding documents.

President Trump just earned ten million (at least) more votes than he did in 2016, and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is apparently keen to ignore this fact.  Instead, Romney argues for a return to the grand old pre-Trump GOP days  . . . back when Romney lost to the most beatable incumbent president since Jimmy Carter.

To that end, Mittens whined to Politico about how his whipped, beaten, groveling version of the GOP is no more.  Because Trump.

The Republican Party has strayed from the principles that Sen. Mitt Romney once knew it for, he lamented on Sunday.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Utah Republican and past GOP presidential nominee said his party has taken a “different course” from its embrace of free trade, concerns about government spending and hawkishness on Russia.

. . . . On Sunday, the Utah senator characterized the GOP he once knew as one that placed importance on the character of its leaders. Now, he said, he represents a small slice of the party.

“We’ve strayed from that. I don’t see us returning to that for a long time,” Romney lamented. “As I look at the 2024 [GOP presidential] contenders, most of them are trying to become as much like Donald Trump as they can be.”

Romney should take this insight and wonder about the role of an elected official. Is it to push their own agenda on the people, whether we like it or not?  Or is it to represent the people’s agenda in government?

Trump did the latter, and he won massive numbers and gains in most demographics, including in those Democrats have claimed as their own. Romney ignores this and instead urges the GOP to accept ‘the facts,’ facts the Trump presidency convincingly disproved.

Peace in the Middle East is impossible, moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will spark endless war and terrorist attacks on the U.S., leaving the Iran bad deal/NAFTA/the Paris Accord would result in immediate and widespread death and chaos, becoming energy independent is bad and gas prices will never again go below $4/gal, wages are stagnate and cannot be improved, manufacturing will never return to the U.S., and on.  And On.  All dire warnings by the “manage America’s decline” crew (going back to at least Carter and amping up big time under Obama) were wrong.  Not theoretically wrong but wrong in actual practice.

So, yes, Romney, the “GOP ‘has strayed’ from what [you] once knew.”  And for good reason.

That Romney wants to return to the days of yore while bemoaning those trying to don the winning America First mantle of President Trump is, really, all we need to know about him and his clearly tone-deaf political instincts.

 

 
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