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.