Well, Mitt Romney is back, he announced Friday that he’s running for Senate, and there’s little chance he won’t win. And he’s setting himself up as the anti-Trump – now, of course, that President Trump failed to offer him the job of Secretary of State, which it seems he would have taken.
From his opening campaign video:
Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world. Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion. And on Utah’s Capitol Hill, people treat one another with respect.
So another moderate Republican, aka “Severe Conservative,” comes to Capitol Hill to accommodate Democrats and sacrifice the conservative agenda. He’ll be a member of all kinds of gangs of six and gangs of eight trying to reach deals with Democrats. And he’ll lead the Donald Trump is Horrifying Caucus in Washington.
Well, at least the video nice to watch. It opens with Romney standing a Roller Derby rink – okay, I guess that’s maybe something from the Salt Lake City Olympic he ran – and includes some beautiful shots of Utah. And of course Romney looks nice and casual, as all super-wealthy politicians do, and for the first time in decades finds himself in a diner where he hears the thoughts of average people.
Sen. Orrin Hatch announced that he will retire from the Senate in in January 2019, providing an opening for Mitt Romney to run for the seat, which he is expected to do.
Romney, as you may remember, led a moral crusade against candidate Donald Trump, casting him as a fraud who would subvert the republic. That is, until Trump considered him for secretary of state, at which point Romney’s sentiments change. No doubt, once in the Senate, he’ll be back on the warpath against Trump, unless in line again for a more powerful position.
President Trump is traveling to Utah Monday on official business, but the backstory of his visit is preventing Mitt Romney running for Senate, according to Politico.
From the Politico story:
Donald Trump is going all out to persuade seven-term Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch to seek reelection — a push aimed in no small part at keeping the president’s longtime nemesis, Mitt Romney, out of the Senate.
Romney has been preparing to run for Hatch’s seat on the long-held assumption that the 83-year-old would retire. Yet Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is now refusing to rule out another campaign — a circumstance Romney’s infuriated inner circle blames squarely on the president. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn’t like the idea of a Senator Romney.
The president’s mostly behind-the-scenes campaign to sway Hatch will burst into public view on Monday, when he arrives in Salt Lake City to hold a well-choreographed event designed to showcase his affection for the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman.
Well, Romney can hardly be furious. He practically led the opposition to Trump among Republicans during the campaign, making some grand moral statement against him, and then, once Trump won, turning around and dropping his resume on Trump’s desk seeking to become secretary of state.
I mean, surely someone as well versed on both moral rectitude and rank opportunism as Mitt Romney can comprehend a political maneuver by someone whose butt he’s alternately kicked and kissed.
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