From the comments, Skeptic unloads, and every word’s a gem.
Dear Senator Romney:
Mitt….buddy….pal. We gotta talk.
First of all, congratulations on winning the Senate seat in Massachusetts….uh, I mean New Hampshire….wait, Utah, that’s right, it was Utah. Winning your second election in seven tries had to feel good. I mean, “two and five” beats the hell out of “one and five,” am I right? And hey, even though you carpetbagged your way to perhaps the safest Republican Senate seat in the country when Orrin Hatch finally retired, it’s an accomplishment of sorts.
The best news was that you didn’t have to face a debate where you’d fold up like a cheap suit, like you did against Obama and Candy Crowley in 2012. Remember 2012, Mitt? When the media called you a racist/sexist/bigot/homophobe, murderer, anti-gay bully, and even a dog abuser? Aw, who can remember ancient history like that? Certainly not you – because if you did, you wouldn’t be sucking media ass before even sitting down in your Senate office.
Which brings me to the reason for writing this, Mitt. What’s the deal with that op-ed attacking Trump? Look, we get it. We know that you hate Trump. Well, you hate Trump, except for all the times you asked him for campaign donations…or his endorsement in 2012…..or begged him for a Cabinet job after his election…or asked him for another endorsement in your Senate run. Again, ancient history – who can remember as far back as February? Now you’re bound and determined to take the John McCain Official Backstabbing Media Whore Republican job.
The problem, Mitt, is that when you do stuff like this, it reminds us of a lot of things. Like, for instance, how you got rich. Your dad, George, got rich building things. You got rich by destroying them. Your company, Bain Capital, essentially did a much-refined and legal version of what the Mob did when they took over a business – ran up the debt, sold everything that wasn’t nailed down, and hung creditors with the unpaid bills while killing the company and putting people out of work. Made you rich as hell, but left you open to all kinds of attacks in your Presidential run.
The bitch, Mitt, is that we Republicans DEFENDED you back then. And then you spit in our faces. Which reminds us of what you really are, Mitt. You’re a very, very bad man. You use people and then you throw them away the moment they cease to be useful to you. Like you did Trump. Or the people that worked at all those companies.
You preach about ethics and character, Mitt, but you have neither of those qualities. Some people say that you’re probably a good guy in your personal life, but I doubt it. Frankly, I think you’re probably the same scumbag in private that you are in public and business life – you’re just so filthy rich that your family just doesn’t want to be cut out of the will.
So, Mitt, enjoy your spots on CNN. Say hi to Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert when you go on their shows. And hey, keep that Senate seat warm. You’re a Mormon in Utah, it’ll be yours as long as you want it. It won’t be like Massachusetts, where you had to decline to run for re-election so you wouldn’t lose yet another election.
But know this, Mitt. You will never, ever, ever, ever be President of the United States. Your loss of an eminently winnable election in 2012 did incalculable damage to the United States, and you’ll never get another shot at it. And thank God for that.
I’d advise you to just lay low and keep your mouth shut and collect your salary, but you’re far to much of a narcissist for that. So I will smile knowing that your vote, and your mouth, are essentially irrelevant in the big picture. And since I’m significantly younger than you, know that someday I will piss on your grave.
Signed, a loyal Trump supporter
Ouch. I mean, just…OUCH. Romney is, was, and ever shall be part of the Deep State problem, not the solution.
Update! Walsh piles painfully on:
You remember Mitt: the man who a) courageously decided not to run for re-election as governor of Massachusetts because he knew he would lose, b) lost the GOP nomination in 2008 to the left-for-dead candidate John McCain, and c) lost the 2012 election to Obama after winning the first debate and refusing to challenge the obvious electoral hinkiness in Ohio that still has Karl Rove scratching his head.
In an op-ed in the Washington Post, the recrudescent Romney blasted the man he once begged to nominate him for secretary of state as he publicly announced his candidacy for the office of the Media’s Shadow President. That unpleasantness about the dog on the roof, or bullying the gay kid in prep school? All forgotten now!
And this from the guy who wanted Trump to give him a job in order to (as Bill Clinton famously said) “maintain [his] political viability within the system.” Mitt’s willingness to cozy up to Trump even had some completely disinterested reporters fretting: “The statesmanlike version of Mitt Romney has left the building, and the self-proclaimed ‘severely conservative’ one has returned,” wrote Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post last March after Mitt took a “harsh” line on illegal immigration.
But once rebuffed, Mitt pivoted, ran for the U.S. Senate, won, and now stands ready to inherit the mantle of Bob Corker and Jeff Flake as the only living Republicans the media will quote with approval. That both of their political careers ended thanks to their opposition to Trump doesn’t seem to have occurred to him.
Hopefully, that’s something our now-hobbled lame-duck President can still get done on his own. As for Mittens and those oddly pliant Severe Conservative Principles™ of his: hey, like Groucho Marx, if you don’t like those, he has others.
Invisible hand update! Pulling Mitt’s strings.
McConnell has a history of getting caught. However, fortunately for him people also have a tendency to forget [see McConnell’s scheme in the Mississippi 2014 Cochran race as an example]. Almost no-one remembers that U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, the founder of the Senate Conservative Fund, quit the Senate specifically because of the schemes and internal Machiavellian power moves of Mitch McConnell.
So when the carefully constructed, pre-planned, pre-scheduled, and pre-organized public op-ed by incoming Senator Mitt Romney was deployed in the Washington Post… for those who have watched McConnell work; we knew exactly who orchestrated it and why.
Senator Romney will be one (not the only) visible face of the opposition. However, just like former Senator Corker and current Senator Sasse, the instructions (direct and indirect), and/or the approvals, will come from Leader McConnell’s office.
Through his power structure McConnell directly controls about 8 to 15 republican senators; we have called them “The Decepticons” for years. [Cornyn, Thune, Porter, Blunt, Portman, Burr, Barasso, Crapo, Murkowski, Gardner, Roberts, Sasse, Tillis, Graham and now Romney]
McConnell needed to test Romney’s commitment to the Decepticon club. Romney passed the test. Romney was rewarded with placement on the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Those Senators who sit on this committee get the most financial benefit from foreign lobbying.
Yes, Democrats are the opponents. However, the far more urgent MAGA enemy is Mitch McConnell.
Sundance notes that he “has followed and mapped how Mitch McConnell operates for over a decade.” Knowing how good he’s always been at digging this behind-the-curtain stuff up, I would hesitate to call him wrong on this one. And while we’re on the topic of Yertle McTurtle:
While McConnell and his team may bemoan their lack of the 60 votes needed to overcome Democrat opposition, the truth is, neither he nor his team has ever even tried. Because the wall, or anything else related to Trump’s immigration agenda, isn’t a McConnell priority.
This is obvious when you look at things that are among his priorities; that is, what happens when the congressional GOP and the White House align. On tax reform, McConnell clearly communicated his priorities, he worked closely with his House colleagues, he engaged K Street, Wall Street, Main Street, and the White House. He worked his Senate colleagues, horse-traded for votes, and made sure all of them were prepared to vote favorably.
Senate Republican leadership worked the tax bill for a solid year before getting it passed, using a reconciliation vehicle that only required 51 votes in the Senate (the same vehicle they could have used for the wall this year, but left untouched; effectively, a silver bullet left chambered).
In short, Republicans united with the president around tax reform, a priority they all wanted, which faced stiff opposition from Democrats, and for which they did not possess 60 votes in the Senate. They made the earth shake in pursuit of it. And they won.
The same effort could be applied to the wall. But McConnell has instead chosen to ignore it.
For Cocaine Mitch it’s a Swamp two-fer: he’s opposed to the wall, and he’s opposed to Trump too. So what’s not to like about a little quiet backroom skullduggery that snooters both at once?