Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Shut Up?

www.realclearpolitics.com | 10/23/2019 | Staff
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Four years ago, Donald Trump’s candidacy was the craziest thing any of us had ever seen. But since then, his opponents have gone so far off the deep end that they have made him seem the sensible alternative. For whatever reason – jealousy? bad advisers? – Mitt Romney hasn’t come to the realization the rest of us have: that President Trump is now the thin orange line between order and chaos.

Happy enough to accept the president’s endorsement last year, Romney quickly turned on him to become a virtue-signaling headline-chaser. He began his Senate tenure with an attack piece in the once admirable Washington Post, refusing to support border security, voting against a judicial nominee for inconsequential reasons, and supporting sexual assault allegations cribbed from an episode of “Law & Order.”

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If Utah Republicans had known that this was the real Mitt Romney, we would not have selected him.

Romney’s smug contrarianism undermines his credibility when there’s the need for legitimate debate – such as on U.S. policy in Syria. But the main victim of Romney’s fecklessness is that credibility. He’s even followed the herd on calling the president racist – even though Trump did better with minorities than Romney did himself in 2012 and is poised to do even better next year.

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And where baseless calls of racism are concerned, the Democrats and their allied media have spent the last 10 years playing 52-card pickup – every card is the race card.

Romney has even voiced support for impeachment calls as some mysterious GOP donors – or more likely breathless headline writers – are calling for him to mount an intra-party insurgency. This is all happening at the same time Trump is raising record amounts for his reelection and enjoying approval ratings within the party of about 90%. Meanwhile, Romney has the worst disapproval...
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