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Romney Losing Support in Utah for Challenging Trump Impeachment Trial Rules

Let’s see how far he can go messing with President Trump before he gets a primary challenge next time around.

From the Washington Examiner:

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney lost support from Republicans and independents in his home state during the weeks after he called for witnesses in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, a new poll shows.

The Morning Consult found support for Romney, 72, going down after he called for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial, which began on Thursday.

The poll shows the senator’s approval rating among Utah Republicans, from September through December of 2019, dropping 18%. Additionally, 9% of independents shifted to disapproving of Romney over the quarter.

In the prior quarter, 65% of Utah Republicans supported Romney, and while a majority still do presently, that number sank to 57%.

The numbers are particularly striking for Utah, one of the most Republican states in the country.

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.”

GOP Puts Romney on Senate Leadership Team

Leave it to McConnell.

I am sure Romney wants to at least become Senate Majority Leader, a post from which he can lead the globalist establishment.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday named newcomer and Trump critic Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to the GOP whip team, weeks after the former GOP presidential nominee slammed Trump’s leadership style.

Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., released the names of GOP lawmakers to serve as deputy whips and Romney is among them, along with Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia, Rob Portman of Ohio, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Todd Young of Indiana.

Thune selected Romney despite some pushback from GOP senators unhappy he launched his Senate career with an attack on the president. 

Trump Lauds Mitt Romney’s Niece

President Trump Thursday tweeted out what a “great chairwoman” of the RNC Ronna McDaniel is. Ronna’s maiden name is Romney, and her dad is Mitt’s brother.

Now, why did Trump do that? Not because of the Republicans’ performance in the midterms, I assume.

Rather, it’s because soon after Mitt Romney’s Washington Post editorial blasting President Trump as unethical appeared Wednesday morning, McDaniel wasted no time backing her boss over her kin.

Romney is getting little credit from either Democrats or Republicans for his attempt to seize the holy high ground as the moral paragon of the GOP. Because everyone understood that he’s as much an opportunist as any politician, or more so.

Romney Derides Trump’s Character, Declares He Will Oppose His “Racist” Statements

Incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney signaled Monday that he plans to be as much of a pain in President Trump’s ass as possible, saying Trump lacks moral character and that he will speak out against his “racist” and “sexist” statements.

I wonder. What kind of character does a man have who sharply opposes Trump on ethical grounds during the 2016 campaign and then begs to be his secretary of state once he wins?

Significantly, Romney, whose own presidential aspirations were rejected by voters TWICE, inaugurated himself as the nation’s moral arbiter in an article in the Washington Post, which of the major MSM publications is the most severely biased against the president.

From the piece:

To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.” A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

Furthermore, I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.

UPDATE: Trump responded via Twitter:

Is Romney Setting Himself Up to Challenge Trump in 2020?

One thing I’ve learned in years of watching and covering politics. Just about every governor or senator thinks they could, just maybe, become president. And once they start running for the office, they never give up until they incur a terminal illness.

Mitt Romney got so, so, so close. He thought he was going to win election night in 2012. But he lost, because he was a lousy candidate who didn’t particularly stand for anything.

Of course, he doesn’t know that. What he does know is that he is 71, and his last chance to be the big president dude will be in 2020. Someone is going to oppose Trump in the Republican primaries or run a serious independent candidacy in the general election. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, for sure. But Kasich doesn’t solve the problem establishment-oriented Republicans think Trump has, which is that they think he’s crazy. Because Kasich is kind of kooky too.

But Romney probably figures that the one thing he’s got going for him is that he the most normal, least unconventional-seeming person on the planet. He’s a soothing glass of whole milk compared to Trump Monster Energy drink.

According to Politico, Romney, virtually assured to win his own Senate race in Utah, is suddenly campaigning for House Republicans. There is NO reason for a senator or future to do that unless he is trying to build up chits.

After spending most of the past year quietly tending to his own race, Romney is using his formidable national profile and expansive political network to elect embattled Republicans across the country. Weeks before his virtually assured election to the Senate, the 2012 Republican standard-bearer is issuing endorsements, appearing in TV ads and fundraising for hopefuls up and down the ballot.

The burst of campaign activity is a stark reminder that the 71-year-old Romney will arrive in D.C. as much more than a typical freshman senator — and shows how he plans to use his prominence to reward allies and forge relationships.

Romney is going to bat for candidates for offices ranging from the state legislature to the U.S. Senate. Among those getting help is Rep. Mia Love, a deeply vulnerable Republican from his own state of Utah. She recently released a TV commercial featuring Romney speaking directly to the camera and declaring: “I’ve known Mia Love for many years. I trust her.”

Romney’s push has extended from Mormon-heavy Arizona, where he traveled last week to headline a rally for Senate hopeful Martha McSally, to the Northern Virginia suburbs, where he’s donated to Rep. Barbara Comstock. He has weighed in for Utah’s entire U.S. House delegation: In addition to Love, he’s cut a TV ad for Rep. Rob Bishop, hosted a campaign event for Rep. Chris Stewart, and on Wednesday evening joined Rep. John Curtis for a phone-banking session aimed at helping the congressman turn out the vote.

And he could also solve the problem of women fleeing the Republican party. I mean, the guy’s got binders full of them!

Romney Announces Senate Run With Contrast to Trump

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.

Get it?

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.

Orrin Hatch to Resign, Anti-Trump Romney Likely to Succeed Him

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.

Romney to Run for Senate if Hatch Does Not

I don’t know, Utah is a pretty deeply red state. Why can’t Utah send the Senate a severe conservative? According to Sources tell that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is preparing to run for Senate in 2018 if Sen. Orrin Hatch decides to retire. Sources close to Romney say the two-time presidential candidate… Continue Reading

Romney vs. Holyfield: The Weigh In

Five-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Mitt Romney weighed in Thursday for their “fight” Friday evening for Utah’s Charity Vision, a nonprofit that provides eye care for patients in developing countries. Romney weighed in at 179 pounds while Holyfield was a little heavier, coming in at 236.5. Romney looks to be in great shape, yet… Continue Reading