Utah Senator Willard Mitt Romney just became the first legislator in history to vote to remove a President, of the same party, from office. For now, the never-Trumpers and media are showering him with praise and acclaim, citing his commitment to principles over party. It’s a lovely fantasy: but one that will be extremely short-lived.
For the mainstream media and progressives, Romney has given them a golden egg they will feast on for a generation. Trump’s impeachment can now be referred to as "bipartisan." Where, before, it could, and should rightly, be called a partisan witch hunt, now they can frame it as a "legitimate, bipartisan, process."
The simple fact is there were legitimate questions about Trump and Ukraine.
However, Nancy Pelosi’s ham-fisted and tactless approach and Adam Shiff's deceitfulness doomed the entire process from the beginning. The one silver lining they have now is that they managed to turn a Republican to their side. As the great satirist Jon Stewart once said, "there nothing more valuable than a turncoat."
To the never-Trumpers, "finally" someone called Trump out, stood up to the corruption, and broke from the cult. They have their champion.
For years, the Jennifer Rubins, Anna Navarros and Bill Kristols have hoped their inoculations against Trumpism would pay off in the long run.
In this case, Romney's vote was vindication.
They can now say their efforts are not in vain and will lean in even harder to convert other “fence-sitters” who, though not beguiled by Trump, refuse to break from his herd.
They’re still hoping they can, on the prophesized day in which Trumpism is ashes, step forward and take control of the party. The sad truth is they and their champion are why so many have been forced so many to embrace Trump.
Romney was never a conservative. He was, and is, a corporatist elitist who, in his 2012 campaign, would throw crumbs to conservatives here and there with promises that they would one day taste the cake.
Controlled by his cohort of consultants, he would wink and hit and circuitously standing up for faith, freedom, individual rights but never so much as to make him unwelcome at the country club. Well, I’m sure he’ll get an applause every time he walks into a Montauk restaurant, but even that acclaim won’t last.
Romney was always a man of indistinct ideology, an opportunist who, in 1984, easily threw Ronald Reagan over the side as a tribute to Ted Kennedy and to suck cozy up to the liberal Boston media. Romney’s courage has always been in doubt.
The mainstream and the liberals love him now, but how long until they go back into their Google archives and remember that this is the man who said that 47% of America was nothing but a bunch of "takers?"
How about those "binders full of women?"
Will they be so kind when they remember that he is the byproduct of corporate elites and entitled, shallow creepsbounders? I’m sure there’s are many around him, hinting that he should jump back into the presidential race for 2024.
Another lovely fantasy.
He will be a pariah in the GOP for decades but he knows that. What he doesn’t seem to realize is, once there’s not Trump to oppose, their love affair with this particular turncoat will wear out fast in a heartbeat.
After all, as the ancient Romans knew, all fame is fleeting and as Whittaker Chambers once said, "On the road of the informer, it is always night."
The sun is setting on the political career of Mitt Romney.
Craig Shirley is a Ronald Reagan biographer and presidential historian. His books include, “Reagan’s Revolution, The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started it All,” “Rendezvous with Destiny, Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America,” "Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years," and “ Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan." He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “December, 1941” and his new 2019 book, “Mary Ball Washington,” a definitive biography of George Washington’s mother. Shirley lectures frequently at the Reagan Library and the Reagan Ranch. He has been named the First Reagan Scholar at Eureka College, Ronald Reagan’s alma mater and will teach a class this fall at the University of Virginia on Reagan. He appears regularly on Newsmax TV, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.