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Mitt Romney, Trump’s New John McCain

With John McCain gone, a hole opened up in the Senate, and Mitt Romney has filled it.

Without Romney, there might not have been anybody to relentlessly take the moral high ground against President Trump and lecture us about the morality of our national politics.

Of course, had Trump made Romney secretary of state, as Romney had hoped, the sermons might have stopped. But these sermons are not about hypocrisy, they’re about Trump!

From the Washington Examiner:

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, is setting himself up as the Republican in the Senate who is most willing to criticize President Trump and block his agenda. 

With the death of McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, last year Romney has assumed the Arizonan’s mantle in the Senate of self-styled “conscience” of the Republican party, buoying Democrats on occasion and building an alternative power center in the party – and perhaps even positioning himself for a 2024 presidential bid, though by then he would be 77. 

Last Tuesday, Romney was the only Senate Republican to vote against Trump judicial nominee Michael Truncale, citing Truncale’s disparaging comments about former President Barack Obama. Romney was one of four GOP senators in April poised to block the appointment of Trump pick Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve Board, until Cain dropped out. How To Tune-Up a 1969 International Scout: Part 1Watch Full Screen to Skip Ads

Since arriving in the Senate in January – after a campaign in which he had been supportive of the president – Romney has turned himself into one of Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, penning a New Year’s Day op-ed attacking Trump’s character and arguing that the president had “not risen to the mantle of the office.” Following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in April, Romney said he was “sickened” by Trump’s actions. 

On Sunday, Romney was back at it, attacking the president’s character.”I think he could substantially improve his game when it comes to helping shape the character of the country,” Romney said on CNN. 

“I think young people, as well as people around the world, look at the president of the United States and say, ‘Does he exhibit the kind of qualities that we would want to emulate?’ And those are qualities of humility, of honesty, integrity, and those are things where I think there’s been some call, where the president has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character.”

McCain’s Family to Support Biden for President

This is why so many conservatives disliked John McCain. Because despite all the high talk about principles, John McCain was about John McCain.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The late Sen. John McCain’s family plans to support former Vice President Joe Biden’s White House bid, backing the Democrat not only in his party’s crowded primary race but also in a general election matchup with President Trump, the Washington Examiner has learned.

In an extraordinary snub to Trump, who derided McCain’s Vietnam War service and mocked him even after his death last August at age 81, the McCain family is preparing to break with the Republican Party. McCain represented the party in Congress for 35 years and was chosen as its presidential nominee in 2008, losing to Barack Obama.

Sources close to both Biden’s presidential campaign and the McCains said that at some point during the White House race, McCain’s widow Cindy, 64, and daughter Meghan, 34, a host on “The View,” will offer their public support in the hope of removing Trump from office in 2020.

A former McCain campaign official with close ties to he family said support for Biden was a given, but they needed to calculate how they could best help the former vice president. Both Cindy and Meghan McCain remain Republicans, and one consideration is whether endorsing Biden in the Democratic primary could do him more harm than good. “It’s undeniable that Joe Biden and the McCain family have a very close, personal relationship. It’s about what’s good for him [Biden].”

What Trump Gets About McCain that Washington and the Media Don’t

President Trump is relentlessly attacking the late Sen. John McCain. Washington and the press are in an uproar!

Look at this from the Washington Post, ground central for anti-Trumpism and conventional wisdom:

President Trump on Wednesday escalated his unrelenting attacks on the late senator from Arizona and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, who even in death has remained one of Trump’s top targets for abuse as fellow Republicans have repeatedly begged him to stop.

In a five-minute diatribe during an appearance at a General Dynamics tank factory in Lima, Ohio, Trump argued that McCain, a lifelong Pentagon booster and former prisoner of war in Vietnam, “didn’t get the job done” for veterans while also grousing that he did not receive proper gratitude for McCain’s funeral last September.

“I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said inaccurately, an apparent reference to allowing the use of military transport to carry McCain’s body to Washington. “I don’t care about this, I didn’t get a thank-you, that’s okay. We sent him on the way. But I wasn’t a fan of John McCain.” He added, “I have to be honest, I never liked him much. Hasn’t been for me. I’ve really, probably, never will.”

The full-throated repudiation of a deceased and revered member of his party was remarkable even for a president constantly at war with his rivals, and it came amid an outpouring of statements in recent days praising McCain in the face of Trump’s attacks.

Note the part I’ve bolded. The Post is correct in that McCain is deceased. What they don’t understand is that he is not quite a “revered member of his party.”

The Republican base that elected Trump respects McCain’s service. They also recognize that, as moving as McCain’s story is, there are more important things than John McCain. And McCain has repeatedly worked with the left to forward its agenda, whether on immigration or health care.

Far from being “above it all,” McCain showed his personal pique at Trump by voting against ending Obamacare and providing the dossier to prosecutors.

Now who is more irrational, Trump and his supporters, who take McCain’s entire career into account, or Washington insiders and journalists in anoint McCain a saint?

UPDATE: This story was rewritten by the Washington Post.

Video || Trump: “I Was Never a Fan of John McCain, and I Never Will Be”

President Trump today yet again expressed the frustrations many conservatives have with John McCain.

“I’m very unhappy that he didn’t repeal and replace Obamacare, as you know. He campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare for years and then they got to a vote and he said thumbs down,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

“So he campaigned, he told us hours before that he was going to repeal and replace. Then, for some reason — I think I understand the reason — he ended up going thumbs up,” he said, apparently meaning to say “thumbs down.”

Unseated GOP Congressman: John McCain Lost the House

Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., who was defeated in his bid for reelection, has a theory that makes a lot of sense about why Republicans lost the House: John McCain.

According to exit polls, the top issue on people’s minds as they entered the polling stations was health care. That was by design. Democrats waged a massive, national effort to convince voters that if Republicans maintained control of the House, they’d take away the right to get health care regardless of preexisting conditions.

Lewis writes in the Wall Street Journal:

The Republican Party lost its House majority on July 28, 2017, when Sen. John McCain ended the party’s seven-year quest to repeal ObamaCare. House leadership had done an admirable job herding cats. On the second try, we passed the American Health Care Act in May. Then McCain’s inscrutable vote against the Senate’s “skinny repeal” killed the reform effort.

McCain’s last-minute decision prompted a “green wave” of liberal special-interest money, which was used to propagate false claims that the House plan “gutted coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.” That line was the Democrats’ most potent attack in the midterms.

It was endlessly repeated by overt partisans in the media . . . because the AHCA didn’t pass, it was impossible to refute the lies about it.

And since the plan had not passed, it was possible to create fear about the prospect that it would.

McCain will go down as one of the great men of our time because he was palatable to Democrats, at least as long as he wasn’t running for president. And Democrats write history.

His conduct under capitivity during the Vietnam War was heroic. But his career as a senator was marked at times by deep concern for . . . John McCain. His support for campaign finance reform, I believe, was an attempt to revive his reputation after the Keating Five scandal. And his vote against Obamacare repeal was pure vengeance against President Trump, who had insulted him. It was petty, and it harmed the country.


Open Thread || Monday, August 27, 2018

Please leave your comments.

I’d particularly like to hear your thoughts on McCain. I may do an op-ed in another publication on why conservatives did not like McCain – shocking to the MSM! While I’ve seen a lot of interesting takes on McCain in the comment section of the piece below this one, any others you might want to leave in this thread that could help inform the piece – if I do it – would be appreciated.


Trump Tweets Sympathies to McCain’s Family But Says Nothing Positive About McCain

President Trump Saturday tweeted his sympathy to the family of Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday at the age of 81, but left out any praise for the late senator himself.

McCain and Trump had long had a contentious relationship. Trump during the campaign questioned McCain’s heroism, and McCain cast the vote that sunk Trump-backed legislation to partially repeal Obamacare. McCain also withdrew his support for Trump late in the 2016 campaign.

McCain No Longer Seeking Medical Treatment

Sen. John McCain has chosen to discontinue medical treatment, according to a statement released by his family.

The family said:

Last summer, Senator John McCain shared with Americans the news our family already knew: he had been diagnosed with an aggressive glioblastoma, and the prognosis was serious. In the year since, John has surpassed expectations for his survival. But the progress of disease and the inexorable advance of age render their verdict. With his usual strength of will, he has now chosen to discontinue medical treatment.

McCain Undercuts President With Direct Tweet to U.S. Allies

Sen. John McCain Sunday undercut President Trump with a tweet aimed at allies who are sore that Trump refused to sign the G-7 joint statement To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president… Continue Reading

No, Kelly Sadler Should Not Resign for Joking About McCain Dying

A White House staffer, Kelly Sadler, reportedly made a bad joke during a private meeting, something about how John McCain will soon be dead so it doesn’t matter how he votes on President Trump’s CIA nominee, Gina Haspel. Someone went running to the press and word got out. Sadler reportedly did the right thing and… Continue Reading