Romney Boards the Trump Train
This weekend, first term United States senator and twice failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney politely dropped a political bomb inside the Beltway.
The square jawed, straight arrow, anti-Trump torch bearer disappointed Never-Trumpers everywhere when he told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I don’t think impeachment is the right way to go.”
Washington Post columnist and rabid Trump critic Jennifer Rubin was irate. The paper’s in-house conservative blasted, “The senator from Utah should find his spine.”
Liberal Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Tribe demanded on Twitter, “What does Mitt know about the federal crime of obstruction of justice than nearly 1000 former federal prosecutors [and I] don’t know?”
Only one month ago, the former Boy Scout tweeted his dismay by what he found in the Mueller Report. “I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.”
But after digesting its contents (and a month of polling data), he’s unconvinced an obstruction of justice case has legs. Moreover, “The American people just aren’t there.”
Feminist author and activist Amy Siskind is unsurprised. The former Wall Street executive told her 358.5 thousand Twitter followers on Sunday, “Sorry to be crass, but Trump basically cut off Romney’s balls and fed them to him at his Secretary of on State audition dinner” — referring to Romney’s highly public pilgrimage to the New York Trump Tower two weeks after the 2016 election.
Romney is still withholding his endorsement of Trump. He voted for Mrs. Romney in 2016. But his vote in the Senate is far more consequential to Trump’s fortunes than his vote at the polling booth.