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Mitt Romney Embraces Irrelevance

Mitt Romney Embraces Irrelevance
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I can’t speak for most conservatives, but I will say this column has not been sitting on tenterhooks in anticipation of learning just who Mitt Romney voted for in November 2016. Chances are, since he hasn’t told us before, it wasn’t Donald Trump.

And since it’s a year and a half since the election and Romney is now running for the Senate from Utah, what possible purpose could be served by announcing your vote at this late date? The answer is it must be ego, because telling the Deseret News that he voted for his wife, Ann — “a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president” — now is just doubly stupid. First to do it and then to announce it.

Sure, it’s fine to oppose Trump publically before he won the nomination. Urging voters to support Sen. Ted Cruz during the primaries is part of the process of contesting the nomination. Once Trump won, many establishment Republicans, and Romney is certainly a paid-up member of the establishment, were put in a difficult position.

Trump was too crude and too bumptious for their taste and they simply didn’t want to support him in public. Fine. Don’t. But at the same time don’t trash the choice of millions of your fellow Republican voters and certainly don’t continue to attack Trump on the sly after he’s been president for almost a year and a half.

The good Lord knows Donald Trump is an acquired taste and readers of this column know that I’m certainly not a member of his amen chorus, but can’t we agree to give him credit where credit is due?

Right now the economy is humming along. A total of 223,000 jobs were added in May alone, exceeding the predicted 200,000. Black unemployment is at the lowest rate in history — if Trump were really a racist, wouldn’t he be trying to increase black unemployment? — and the overall unemployment rate is 3.8 percent.

In the first quarter the economy grew at a rate of 2.2 percent and Trump administration officials predict 3 percent growth is a real possibility this year! That’s quite a claim when one recalls Obama told us that 3 percent economic growth was a fantasy that belonged in the past.

This is a remarkable achievement for a president supposedly out of his depth.

So I ask: can Republicans start focusing more on the good President Trump does and remain silent when they don’t approve of what he’s doing? Running down an incumbent Republican, regardless of how unorthodox he is, isn’t a cost-free exercise.

The alternative to Trump isn’t Ronald Reagan, it’s Bernie Sanders or Kamala Harris.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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I can’t speak for most conservatives, but I will say this column has not been sitting on tenterhooks in anticipation of learning just who Mitt Romney voted for in November 2016. Chances are, since he hasn’t told us before, it wasn’t Donald Trump.
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