The former Massachusetts Governor and two time presidential candidate Mitt Romney still can’t go away. In 2008, he first ran for the Republican nomination and was out by February. In 2012, he gave it another swing and after some questionable maneuvers throughout the primary, he strong-armed former Congressman Ron Paul for the nomination.
And America still said no. So why would America listen again?
2016 has given us a great deal to be amused by and even more to fear. The election cycle was a circus. On the Democrats, a war hero was left behind as a socialist career politician battled an establishment career politician on the left. For Republicans, it was a parade of different characters with everything coming down to Senator Ted Cruz and controversial businessman Donald Trump.
At the time the race was narrowing, it was becoming increasingly clear that Senator Cruz would not be the one to stop Trump. “Never Trump” Republicans became increasingly scared and overcome with paranoia as the businessman appeared to have the nomination secured. Who would deliver them from Trump?
Enter opportunist Mitt Romney.
Back in March, the failed presidential candidate took a stand in a defiant speech against Trump. The insults were numerous and the point was clear. He was angling for the heir to the Never Trump throne in hopes of finding a new moment for his failing political career. Romney described Trump as a “phony” and “fraud”, stating that his promises were “as worthless as a degree from Trump University.” He further stated that Trump’s hallmark was his dishonesty, pointing to his “bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”
Months later, however, Donald Trump’s phony and fraudulent campaign earned him the White House, even though his promises were apparently as worthless as a degree from Trump University. The dishonesty, bullying, greed, misogyny, and childish theatrics wouldn’t stop the surging campaign.
President-elect Donald Trump happened.
“Never Trump” Republicans still remain horrified by the developments. Those who believed that Trump was a misogynistic, greedy bully who results to childish antics still believe so. It is for this reason they’re looking down ballot to stop him. They’re seeking any avenue possible to undermine an incoming administration they see as a threat to the American way.
What about Mitt Romney?
The former Massachusetts Governor actually has, predictably, pivoted in a new direction. He’s joined the ranks of the Trump cheerleaders in hopes of securing a job. According to multiple reports, not only has Mitt Romney been under consideration for Secretary of State for some time, he is now on the President-elect’s shortlist.
Romney even went as far as to say “America’s best days are ahead of us.”
America’s best days are ahead with a phony misogynist, with worthless promises and childish antics? Herein lies the problem with the failed presidential candidate and why America twice rejected him. He has no set principles, no belief system, and ultimately bends with the wind hoping to catch a movement to help his own career.
When he ran for Senate against Ted Kennedy, he did so by trying to run to the left of the liberal hero. When Kennedy criticized Romney’s pro-choice credentials, Romney vigorously defended his support of the right to abort children. Kennedy effectively took down the rising politician with a series of ads criticizing his shifting positions, a trait that would define the career ahead of him.
As a Governor in Massachusetts, Romney maintained his liberal streak with an Assault Weapon ban and passing the healthcare legislation Obamacare would be modeled after. It was only after he ran in the Republican primary for President that he shifted to the right. The conservative base of the Republican Party was different than his Massachusetts electorate.
Multiple-Choice Mitt needed a new option.
So is it any surprise that Mitt Romney would shift on Trump in a matter of months, because the political winds had shifted? Once again, he showed us why America twice rejected him for President. Regardless of whether Donald Trump will or won’t be a good President for America, Romney failed to remain consistent. His leadership is nonexistent, because Romney’s only goal in mind is furthering Romney.