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Assault on America, Day 139: Spineless wimp Mitt Romney leads DC swamp class with gusto

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Every time conservatives hope the days of #NeverTrump are finally over something happens to prove the nebulous establishment opposition group is still around and clinging to existence like a terminal patient on life support, doctors waiting at bedside for permission from the next of kin to remove the IV machines and put the subject out of his misery.

Last week none other than Mitt Romney returned to inject his distasteful and unwanted wishy-washy views into another fairly clear cut matter, the latest manifestation of “independence” from the Utah junior senator who seems more and more irrelevant as the days go on -- if it’s even possible. Mitt took objection to a Trump judicial nominee who once said something ridiculing about Obama… and it was enough for the 2012 presidential election loser to vote no on him.

Bailey Vogt reported at The Washington Times, “Sen. Mitt Romney became the only Republican to vote against one of President Trump judicial nominees for his past statements about former President Barack Obama. Mr. Romney voted ‘no’ against Michael Truncale to represent the Eastern District of Texas as a federal judge for calling Obama a ‘un-American imposter’ in 2011…

“He made particularly disparaging comments about President Obama. And as the Republican nominee for president, I just couldn’t subscribe to that in a federal judge. This was not a matter of qualifications or politics. This was something specifically to that issue as a former nominee of our party,’ Mr. Romney said after the vote, according to Politico.”

Normally it would appear Romney’s crying in his own beer here, but as a Mormon who allegedly doesn’t imbibe adult beverages Mitt’s blubbering is more like a miserable case of sour grapes and bitter clinging to his prior vaunted status as leader (albeit temporary) of the Republican Party. Notice how Romney mentioned his position as “former nominee” twice in the same short explanation on his Truncale no vote. It’s almost as though Mitt was trying to do something -- anything -- to attract the media’s attention and at the last moment couldn’t find the right words to explain his astonishing anti-common sense position.

For what it’s worth, Truncale’s “un-American” reference had nothing to do with the birther movement. The judge (who was confirmed by a vote of 49-46 despite Romney’s pathetic grandstanding) said he was “merely expressing frustration by what I perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama.”

It’s not like Obama wore America on his sleeve the way Trump does now. Trying to get Obama to say anything nice about his own country was like extracting molars without novocain. The man painfully avoided it.

What Truncale said seems fair enough, right? Politics is politics and judges aren’t immune from expressing opinions. If you look long and hard enough certainly there’s a political skeleton in everyone’s closet -- and in the case of most Democrats it’s more like a whole graveyard’s worth. Anyone in the public sphere for any length of time is usually caught on record saying something unpleasant or having made donations to a group that reveals his or her preferences (more on this below). If Truncale had uttered a sweet “I love Obama and he’s the greatest American ever” quote would a Republican president even consider him for the federal bench?

I hope not. Unless it could be conclusively proven the man was joking…or recently reformed.

Maybe such a statement would win Romney’s vote… but then again, Truncale would’ve certainly earned heavy suspicion from the rest of the GOP’s senators and therefore endanger his confirmation. Just as Trump is today for Democrats, Obama was a symbol of something more sinister for Republicans. Not only was the former president a lifelong dedicated leftist with questionable “un-American” ties (William Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, etc.), he was a skilled liar and mesmerized the voting public with sweet-sounding promises, like “If you like your health plan you can keep it.”

Besides, did Romney say nothing reproachful about Obama during the entirety of his 2012 campaign? The flip-flopping politician definitely mouthed a boatload of mean things about his fellow GOP competitors in the primaries. If Mitt were so universally well-liked his party-opponents wouldn’t have had to practically swallow their tongues to endorse him. Few people remember now but Ron Paul never officially backed Romney -- not because of any name-calling but because Mitt was an ideological chameleon who couldn’t be trusted. What’s worse?

The same anemic dithering is in evidence today. Even the man Romney replaced, ultra-establishmentarian Orrin Hatch, wouldn’t have withheld his support over such flimsy reasoning as the freshman senator’s. Similar to Mitt, Hatch was renowned as a “get along” type ruling class politician, but he also was harshly critical of Obama when the occasion demanded it.

Liberals noticed. Hatch even earned the enmity of Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky (printed in the New York Times), who wrote, “[Hatch’s] service truly has been epochal. Unfortunately, the epoch has not been a happy one. Mr. Hatch’s career reflects the sad trajectory of our times, from a Congress where legislators had differences but actually tried to legislate, to one in which legislators — especially Republicans, terrified of facing a well-financed primary from the right — do nothing of the sort…”

Tomasky lamented Hatch’s supposed late conversion to the conservative cause now embodied by President Donald Trump. In the waning years of Hatch’s time in Washington the senator became one of Trump’s staunchest defenders against the left’s relentless attacks, even defiantly saying “I don’t care” when asked about Michael Cohen’s allegations the president committed crimes before taking office.

Who knows -- maybe his impending retirement “cured” Hatch of his inclination towards working with and saying nice things about Democrats, a quality that will never emerge in Mitt Romney. Orrin Hatch looks principled and stalwart by comparison, and that’s saying a lot.

What would motivate Romney to carry a grudge against an otherwise qualified nominee because of Obama? Could it be, as Mitt indicated, he has a higher obligation to protect the office of the presidency (but Truncale’s comment was made in 2011, eight years ago?) or is it more like Romney’s desperately striving to maintain his position as chief Trump critic and defender of the swampy ruling class status quo?

Talk about chasing Don Quixote’s windmills. Romney’s so pathetic he can’t even ride a horse -- much less brandish a sword. What will Mitt do next, ding someone for voicing antipathy to climate change?

Thankfully there are real examples of principled advocacy these days, perhaps best demonstrated by all-American chicken franchise Chick-fil-A. Julio Rosas reported at The Washington Examiner, “A top executive at popular fast-food restaurant Chick-fil-A responded to the recent wave of bans from airports and college campuses and renewed calls for boycotts because of its charitable foundation's donations to faith-based groups.

“In an interview with Business Insider, Rodney Bullard, executive director for the Chick-fil-A Foundation, said their mission of helping the community outweighs the outrage of pro-LGBT groups over contributions to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. Chick-fil-A gave $1,653,416 to the fellowship and $150,000 to the Salvation Army in 2017, according to tax filings released earlier this year.

“’The calling for us is to ensure that we are relevant and impactful in the community, and that we're helping children and that we're helping them to be everything that they can be,’ Bullard said.”

Why should any business need to defend charitable donations to organizations that serve needy or underprivileged people? Chick-fil-A is a remarkable success story, not only for its ability to standout in a generic, boring and un-innovative fast-food industry, but also for its leaders’ eagerness to stick up for the values the company’s founders believed in -- a rare attribute in today’s oppressively politically correct society.

If McDonald’s sponsors gay pride parades (and even makes “gay pride fries”) why can’t a conservative-themed enterprise like Chick-fil-A show its support for Christian groups? Isn’t blatant religious discrimination in evidence here? There’s a leftist movement to outlaw the chicken chain but just imagine if a college or university or airport proposed banning McDonald’s because of its explicit sponsorship of “diversity” and all things LGBTQ?

Why the hypocrisy and media double-standard? Why is doing something positive for community organizations viewed negatively by anyone? Have we weakened that far as a culture?

No one ever said American politics was full of principled leaders, and Mitt Romney is perhaps the worst jelly-spine wimp in Congress today. Romney’s turning out to be every bit as frustrating as conservatives thought he’d be -- just think what would’ve happened if he’d won in 2012.

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Mitt, didn't you run for

Mitt, didn't you run for president against someone who has not to this day shown that he is an American citizen, and definitely is not a natural born citizen of the USA.. How did you do in that campaign?

Misfit Romney

I still would like to know how this RINO got elected?? Months before the election the information about Romney was really negative. He was hated by most conservative Utes and his "carpet bagger" reputation kept showing him loosing in all the polls. Yet just like Mitch McConnell on election day he wins. I suspect the same thing that keeps McConnell in office in Kentucky is what helped this phony Republican win; CROSSOVER DEMOCRAT VOTERS. Rino's are more valuable to the democrat communist party than a real democrat. Romney was elected to be another "thorn in Trumps side" and no other reason. And because Trump rejected the misfit Mit for a spot in his administration Romney is getting his revenge. Shame on Utah for not taking the election seriously. Just because he is a Mormon does not mean he is a man of integrity.