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#NeverRomney Mr. Trump, Don’t Betray Your Base

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One of the things that convinced many conservatives and populists to vote for Donald Trump was his promise to “drain the swamp.”  So, let’s be clear – it isn’t that Mitt Romney would get in the way of draining the swamp – it is that he, and other establishment Republicans like him, ARE the swamp.

However, the idea that President-elect Donald Trump should appoint establishment Republicans who opposed him to important positions in his administration began to be circulated by the establishment media almost as soon as Trump was declared the winner – and it has now reached a fever pitch with the promotion of Mitt Romney as Secretary of State.

If we look at the experience of Ronald Reagan and his post-election decisions to bring his opponents into his administration it is hard to think of a worse idea if Trump wants to drain the swamp – and a worse signal to send to Trump’s base – than the appointment of Romney or any other #NeverTrumper to a position in the new administration.

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    • President-elect Ronald Reagan bought the “unite the Party” argument and made a similar mistake by first bringing aboard George HW Bush as his Vice President and later compounded the error by appointing James A. Baker III as his White House Chief of Staff, both of who regularly sought to undermine Reagan’s revolution.
       
    • Mitt Romney would be a Trojan horse within the Trump administration. As James Baker was in Reagan’s day, he would be a constant advocate of exactly the kind of foreign policy, national security and international economic policies that voters so resoundingly rejected in 2012.
       
    • Romney has made it plain he opposes Donald Trump's foreign policy ideas. During his infamous March 3 Trump-bashing speech at the University of Utah he said, "Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished … He inherited his business, he didn’t create it … A business genius he is not … What he said on “60 Minutes” about Syria and ISIS has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the campaign season: Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants … I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart..."
       
    • Personnel is policy! Mitt Romney and his former running mate Paul Ryan are the kind of globalists who subscribe to the econometric philosophy that says there’s a global race to the bottom in the market for labor and that American workers are just going to have to get used to a lower standard of living.
       
    • Mitt Romney could be counted on to bring into the State Department hundreds of anti-Trump operatives. Many of the #NeverTrump gang’s most vocal members are former members of Romney’s campaign or Massachusetts staff; Dan Senor, Ryan Williams, and spoiler candidates Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn all once worked for Romney.
       
    • Inviting his most vocal and diehard opponent into the highest profile Cabinet post would be a cancer in the Donald Trump administration. Mitt Romney and his operatives at the State Department would be constantly eating away at the policies and promises that Trump made to get elected, particularly with regard to international trade and our overseas commercial interests.
       
    • Donald Trump’s appointment of Romney would disillusion his base before he starts his first session of Congress and begins the traditional 100-day introduction of his program and policies. Using a shopworn establishment Republican like Mitt Romney to introduce a new foreign policy will stifle the enthusiasm of Trump’s supporters when he needs them fired-up to keep the heat on Congress and the establishment media.
       
    • Appointing Romney would signal that Trump is throwing overboard his new conservative – populist coalition and resuscitating the dying Republican establishment voters so thoroughly rejected during the 2016 primary season.

History tells us that the idea of bringing your political enemies into your inner councils is the pathway to failure.

“I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure that we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position,” my good friend Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager, said in an interview with CNN. “We don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump.”

I agree, and the same could be said of Ohio Governor John Kasich, the Bush Clan, Representatives Martha Roby, Fred Upton, Charlie Dent, Scott Rigell, Reid Ribble and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Senators Rob Portman and Susan Collins and former elected officials, such as Rep. Mickey Edwards, Sen. Norm Coleman, Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Sen. John Warner, and a host of pundits and alleged conservatives, such as George Will,  Bill Kristol and David French, who did everything they could to elect Hillary Clinton by undermining Donald Trump’s campaign.

As I argued in my book “TAKEOVER,” the first and greatest impediment to governing America according to conservative principles isn’t the Democrats, like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it is the Republican establishment that shares their Big Government, anti-constitutional, globalist views.

Bringing Mitt Romney, or any of the other members of the #NeverTrump gang, into the new administration is the equivalent of giving CPR to the dying Republican establishment.  Better to let the Republican establishment die without heroic intervention, and to let its leaders sink into the obscurity to which the marketplace of ideas has consigned them, than to keep it on life-support by bestowing upon them the credibility of association with Trump’s election victory and likely successful presidency.

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Sometimes you have to take a

Sometimes you have to take a lesson from the past. I realize that it's important to show unity but it's also important to have loyal dependable support in key positions in you business or government. And that is where alarms go off when it comes to appointing Romney in this key position. I already have a concern that Paul Ryan is speak of the house. As power transfers, Ryan is third in line and he functions more like a liberal to me. Scary!! and who knows his relatiolship with obama, clintons and the remaining elite. Things could change directons quickly should something happen to Trump and Pence especially if Trump wants to drain the swamp and make America Great Again....that will take some time.

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Already Trump is changing his tune. He is not going to follow up on his promise to put her in jail if he becomes President. It looks like he is being subjected to the Washington elite establishment, how far is this going to go, same old SH-T. Give into the political agenda, forget why WE put you there. Doublespeak TRUMP! And now asking Romney to be Secretary of State is palling, looks like it's the old Potomac two step once again. Thanks TRUMP for the sellout. A fence in place of a WALL in some places how degrading can it get, It must be true Mexico isn't going to pay for the WALL or the fence, yet another broken promise. Where is the fight to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN that we all voted for to put you over the top to the Presidency Mr. Trump. Drain the swamp yeah, OK whatever. Now for my next capitulation that I can stab you in the back with. Do not go back on promises that put you in this place of honor otherwise you will be the same as the ones we just replaced with you. President Elect Mr. DONALD J. TRUMP.

There is little doubt many,

There is little doubt many, perhaps millions, of those who voted for Donald would turn on him if he were to appoint Mitt Romney SOS. Donald has to realize we voted for him because we trusted him to do what is right. Personally I still do. Putting Romney in such a position however, after he bad mouthed Donald is wrong. Even if HE Donald Trump has forgiven him. Nothing is wrong with forgiving Romney much is wrong with appointing him.

However, I also realize this may be a move by the media to get supporters to turn against him. We should all realize that is a possibility. Consequently, I intend to wait and see what happens. In the final analysis it is up to him at this point. I still trust him as all of us who voted for him should. Time will tell! "Only" time will tell.

Furthermore, I do believe if Donald does not appoint him there will be more bad mouthing Donald. I’ll wait for that as well. In my opinion if Mitt Romney had fought half as hard to win in 12 as he fought against Donald he would have won in 12.