What’s Wrong with the Republican Party? – Willard Mitt Romney!

If anyone needs to see proof that the Establishment Republicans are a total failure, he needs look no further than Mitt Romney.  Here is a man that was the 2012 standard bearer for the party running for President and selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate.  A wealthy man that belongs to one of the most socially conservative religious groups in the country.  The son of a famous political figure and himself the past governor of one of the country’s most liberal states and the present United States Senator from one of the country’s most conservative states.  A man that made his fortune buying companies and selling off their assets.  It’s a good way to get rich but leaves a lot of Americans out of work.

Why is he a leader in the Republican party?  Because he is smart, energetic, rich and he wants to do good.  Why is he a failure?  Because he doesn’t have a clue as to what it means to be a conservative.  Everything he says is conditional on who he is talking to and what he is trying to accomplish.  When he was running for Teddy Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, he was pro-choice.  When he was running for President, he was pro-life and “extremely conservative.”  When he needed President Trump’s endorsement for the Senate, he was deferential and polite.  Once installed he has been a constant critic of the President and a reliable source of anti-Trump quotes for the media.

And because he doesn’t know what conservatism is, he can’t lead conservatives.  They’ll know that when push comes to shove, he’ll sell them out to try and please his liberal friends or to avoid being called a racist, sexist, transphobe, xenophobe, whatever.

This is very much the same syndrome observed with the Bush family.  A wealthy patrician family with a history of political service who mistake their elite sensibilities with conservatism.  In reality the only thing they know how to conserve is their family fortunes.

But I contend that Romney is a special case.  His years in Massachusetts as Whipping Boy for the Democrat establishment, mocked and blamed for everything that was already wrong in the Bay State, has made him so pliable that he no longer even has to be shamed into caving into whatever progressive lunacy of the day is on exhibit.  He’s begun to adopt them on his own.  In this he’s reminiscent of John McCain.  Here’s a man who struggled from his sick bed, dying from brain cancer to vote to save Obamacare, something he had fought tooth and nail to prevent from coming into existence just a few years before.  Basically, these men live by the issue polls they sponsor and the donors who pay for their Senate votes.  They acquiesce to whatever the fad of the day is and they spin like a weather vane wherever the political winds blow.

This is leadership?

Some of it’s our own fault.  We need to know what’s bad for us and regardless of how many smart people tell us that something can’t be changed for the better we need to find men who believe what we believe and are willing to fight to preserve or restore these good things.  We need strategies that move things in the direction we want.  We need men smart enough to counteract the progressive tactics and willing to fight fire with fire.  We need to support those people and institutions that reflect what we believe in.  We need to live up to the values we think are important.  Things like loyalty to family, loyalty to friends and community, some sense of decorum in the way we live and interact with each other.

President Trump has proven categorically that all the things they say can’t be done, can be done.  Granted, you have to have skin as thick as an elephant’s and brass cajones to withstand the mental and political assault by the Deep State and the Media.  But it can and must be done.  Otherwise we might as well look for a new place to live.

But back to the original thesis.  We can’t keep voting for the McCains and the Bushes and the Paul Ryans of this party.  And we damn well can’t listen to anything Mitt Romney ever says about anything.  In fact, a safe policy would be to do exactly the opposite of whatever he proposes to do.  Personally, I wish him all the health and success in the world for him and his family.  Politically I wish Utah had a recall law that would allow the voters to correct the mistake they made in 2018.

 

 

The Portly Politico Explains the Hereditary Nature of Mitt Romney’s Treachery

Any of you readers under the age of 50 wouldn’t be expected to remember that Mitt Romney’s father ran for president against Richard Nixon back in 1968.  Tyler over at the Portly Politico has a very enlightening essay about the elder Romney and the nature of the Romney spinelessness.

Their behavior brings to mind that classic Firefly meme, “Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”

Mitt Romney is the New John McCain

I lived in Massachusetts while Romney was governor.  He was useless.  This knife in Trump’s back is completely in character for Willard Mitt Romney.  I remember when he challenged Ted Kennedy for his senate seat.  Romney, a supposedly sincere Mormon twisted himself into a pretzel explaining how abortion wouldn’t raise any moral problems if he had to vote for it.  And as Governor he would take all the abuse from the Democrats and the Press with nary a peep.  He’s the only Republican I’ve ever seen that can make the Bushes seem macho by comparison.

I guess we can depend on Romney to be the new spoiler in the Republican senate delegation.  But boy will he get praise from the media.  I wonder if they remember his binders full of women?

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/romney-answering-critics-says-country-is-as-divided-as-ever-since-trump-presidency

 

The GOPe’s on the Ropes

Over the course of the post-Reagan republican clown parade we have seen many sorry excuses for conservatives.  And from where I was watching the Bushes were not even the worst of them.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I think that George Herbert Walker Bush was the political equivalent of the Civil War’s General Burnside.  Burnside was a general so disastrously incompetent that during the closing days of the Civil War upon hearing of his latest battlefield disaster Lincoln was alleged to have said that “Only Burnside could have managed such a coup, wringing one last spectacular defeat from the jaws of victory.”  I do not make this comparison idly.  Here is a man who was handed the presidency on a silver platter from Ronald Reagan’s hands and in only four years lost it to a combination of Ross Perot and the trailer trash chasing Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton.  Yes, the Bushes have much to be ashamed of as fake conservatives.  And the outpouring of stupidity they have provided during and since the 2016 election only confirms their terrible political skills and lack of the common touch.

Or, I could wax poetic about that “maverick,” that “Reagan foot soldier,” John McCain but his health status makes me squeamish about pummeling him with the truth.  We could talk about !JEB!  We could talk about W.  But without a doubt the worst example of republican empty suit syndrome is Willard Mitt Romney.  The whole country has had a chance to enjoy Mittens during his disastrous attempt at the presidency.  The Press had a field day with the photo of his dog riding in a crate on top of the family SUV and the infamous “binders full of women” shows how unable this man was to confront even the most inept partisan attacks against him.  And his craven supine caving to Democrat and MSM demands that he turn on Trump during the election was pure Romney gold.

But in order to really see Mitt at his best you had to live in Massachusetts during the time when Romney tried challenging Ted Kennedy for his senate seat and then later during Romney’s tenure as Governor of the Bay State.  During his senate campaign he said, “I believe that abortion should be safe and legal in this country.”  Now this is a Mormon making this statement.  The official Mormon stance on abortion says, “Human life is a sacred gift from God. Elective abortion for personal or social convenience is contrary to the will and the commandments of God. Church members who submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions may lose their membership in the Church.”  As a mitigating circumstance you could say that in a liberal state like Massachusetts anyone not claiming a pro-choice position had no chance of gaining elective office.  And the answer to that would be that a Mormon shouldn’t run for elective office in Massachusetts.

But Mitt had any number of pratfalls in Massachusetts.  While Governor his administration was blamed for some tiles falling from the ceiling of the newly built Big Dig tunnel and killing a passing driver.  Now the tunnel was built by the various crooked business interests that flourished under the Democratic Massachusetts House and Senate leaders who doled out the contracts as patronage rewards and squandered the federal funds and the State taxes used.  But Mitt took the blame with never a peep and almost seemed to enjoy the abuse that was heaped on him by the various rats in the legislature and press who better than anyone knew who was really to blame for the shoddy construction and outrageous price tag of the Big Dig.  And this is the real shame of the GOPe.  They never fight.  They just sit there and take it.  And even worse, they attack anyone who dares to fight back.  Instead of applauding Trump for defending himself they go out of their way to virtue signal to the press that they are more outraged than the Democrats at the shameless refusal to kowtow to scurrilous attacks.  “How dare Trump not cower like a true republican!”

But it appears the jig may be up.  In the last few months even the most dependably invertebrate members of the GOPe seem to be figuring out that you actually can beat the MSM game.  After seeing what happens when they work together with President Trump even such weak-kneed arthropods as Lindsey Graham are jumping on the Trump bandwagon and benefitting from the realization that acting like a man is possible for a republican.  Can you imagine what would happen if they survive the midterms without losing either chamber, maybe even making gains?

I’m almost afraid of what this trend could portend.  Will we see the likes of Lindsey Graham parading around the Senate floor sporting gold chains and flashing gang signs and talking trash about D’s who got curb stomped by the Notorious DT?  Man, I hope not.  But if we do, I only hope Romney doesn’t catch it too.  The image of Mitt with a gold grill and twin glocks would probably finish me off, laughing.