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Assault on America, Day 1: Mitt Romney fires next volley in elitist war on MAGA agenda

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(Ed. Note: With the swearing in of the new Congress, there will be a new emphasis in this space focusing on Democrat and wishy-washy RINO obstruction of the conservative agenda, hence the new column name. We will also endeavor to cover the 2020 presidential race as interesting events crop up.)

Mitt Romney hadn’t even taken his official seat in the senate and already he was rustling Washington elitist tail feathers with a contemptuous critique (in op-ed form) of President Donald Trump over the holiday break, published in the swamp-infested Washington Post of all places.

Romney screeched on New Year’s Day at The Post, “It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office...”

As expected Trump had his own reply for Romney’s bold complaints (more on this below). But it’s telling how Mitt apparently felt compelled to publish such barbed anti-Trump venom just days ahead of his own swearing-in as a senator from Utah.

Note there will be no throng of admirers attending Mitt’s oath of office, no Marine Corps band entertaining invited guests, no religious leaders praying for his success or celebrities singing patriotic anthems to mark the occasion -- and there certainly won’t be hundreds of millions more looking on excitedly through the internet or on TV. Romney also won’t be delivering an inaugural address or enjoy hearing “Hail to the Chief” in his honor for the first time.

Instead Mitt will assume his place as the humble junior senator from Utah and most of his initial relevance depends on the good graces of fellow establishmentarian Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in determining which committee assignments the new public servant will be granted.

In the process Romney becomes one of a hundred, not the “big cheese” like the president. Located well down the leadership food chain he’ll scrap for survival among colleagues with more seniority and experience with the rigmarole of official Washington. Why pay a failed presidential candidate any more than his due? If Mitt needs advice on how to be relevant after being knocked off his lofty national perch, maybe he should go windsurfing with John Kerry.

The truth is, Romney will now likely fade into the background, pursued only by media reporters hankering for a good quote or searching for the next GOPer to replace the dearly departed (from Washington) Senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker as intraparty Trump foils. Sure, Ben Sasse will still be around but most people reply “Who?” whenever the Nebraska #NeverTrumper’s name pops up.

If Romney actually means what he says -- and seeks to advance good policies -- his best bet is to join with Trump rather than nitpicking the president on appearance and style.

All the notables Mitt mentioned in his piece are now gone from the Trump administration. All clashed with Trump’s leadership panache and core beliefs and the president got rid of them (or in Haley’s case, it’s unclear why she left). Why? They forgot or ignored the fact Trump was the man elected by the American people and therefore the one constitutionally tasked with accepting the duties as commander in chief and executing the nation’s laws. Simply put, if these people (no matter how distinguished) weren’t doing their jobs, why keep them around?

Romney wasn’t finished with his pontificating lecture, further writing, “…As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”

OUCH. Mitt should’ve expected this particular passage would draw blood and a tasty Trumpian retort, and it did. Trump tweeted back, “Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake?  I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”

Precisely. Romney’s prose was likely scribed by the finest of establishmentarian writers while Trump’s rejoinder was vintage Trump. The difference explains why Trump is so revered by the GOP base and Mitt’s mug is carved into the Mt. Rushmore of the ruling class. It also suggests why Trump overcame his enormous personal foibles and still won the election against great odds, (the powerful Clinton dynasty and the aggressive left h--l bent on stopping him at all costs, better known as the #Resistance).

Romney fell to Obama because of Hurricane Sandy, his own wishy-washy principle-free reputation and hesitancy to dive willingly into the putrid mosh pit of American politics. The horrific Benghazi terrorist assault (that led to the death of the American ambassador and three others) took place only a couple months before the election. Talk about being handed a great hammer to bludgeon Obama at the height of a very winnable presidential campaign.

Inexplicably, Romney didn’t use it. Mitt journeyed the “high road” and lost…rather badly, in fact. Clearly Mitt didn’t inspire enough people to go beyond the “hold your nose and vote” stage. Trump did. Enjoy the aroma!

This isn’t to say Trump couldn’t further his agenda by acting a little more “presidential” and listening to advisors such as Kellyanne Conway who understand the pulse of America. But it’s Trump’s fondness for fighting for his cause -- and winning -- that sets him apart from “normal” politicians. Besides, Trump ticks off Democrats and the GOP elites, so you know something’s working there.

And then there’s the international sphere. Mitt went there too. “The world is also watching,” Romney wrote. “…Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president would ‘do the right thing in world affairs.’ One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.”

What a shock! Trump isn’t popular abroad! Through the course of the past three decades world leaders and populations were all-too-accustomed to American presidents who “did the right thing,” which is elitist code for keeping the American money spigot wide open and sending in U.S. military boots to protect them without demanding anything in return.

No wonder Trump is seen as different by the world. His America First platform is unambiguous and fair; it’s uniform and crystal clear. Trump’s said many times he wants every nation to succeed by putting their own interests first. That’s what he’s doing in his presidency.

#NeverTrumpers like Mitt Romney won’t ever get onboard with the conservative agenda. The swamp dwelling ruling elites are too preoccupied with preserving their own power and playing nice with the opposition to “do the right thing.” Trump will be Trump -- and he’ll win in the end.

The toll-free Capitol Switchboard is (1-866-220-0044) we urge CHQ readers to call Senator Romney’s office to tell him attacking the President is disappointing and unproductive and that you are not buying his virtue signaling.

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Romney didn't lose the election in 2012, he THREW it, as did McCain in 2008. Much as we might wish it weren't so, the only way to win an election today is to be as ruthless as the "Democrats." That's how and why Trump won.

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Does "Mr. 42%" think that his remark was forgotten? He'll never win the presidency, although he wants to with every fiber of his being. He joined Mrs. "Irredeemable deplorables" and Mr. "America is no longer a Christian nation." Surprise, America always was and will be a Judeo-Christian nation.