Pelosi and Romney? How could I resist. Today’s dessert. Enjoy.
Pelosi and Romney? How could I resist. Today’s dessert. Enjoy.
I anticipate this trial to be a ridiculous farce with the Dems attempting to use headlines as a way to force the Senate Republicans to cave on a long list of hostile witnesses in order to drag this thing out. And the MSM will amplify their nonsense incessantly. And hopefully Mitch McConnell will ignore all this and only provide the minimum time and air time to the Democrats.
What isn’t certain is how much of a show McConnell will allow. If McConnell had 51 reliable votes, he could go for a preliminary vote to refuse to go through with the trial. But as I’ll enumerate later there aren’t 51 reliable votes. The next least offensive choice is to forgo any evidence and after the two sides make their opening statements have the Senate go directly to a vote on conviction. That President Trump would win such a vote is a foregone conclusion. After that we get to uglier scenarios. If the President’s counsel and the House losers get to call witnesses this will be a three-ring circus complete with clowns and a freak show.
If I were to guess I’m going with a vote right after the opening statement. That would seem to be the option that we know we have the votes for that does the least damage.
But one thing is certain. A number of Senate Republicans will be turncoats and stab the President in the back. What this Trial will do is expose all the unreliable and/or hostile Senate Republicans. We can make a few assumptions ahead of time. Mitt Romney will be a turncoat. He’ll immediately start spouting Democrat talking points before even they do. Susan Collins of Maine is the most vulnerable Republican due to the Massachusetts colonization of Maine over the last twenty years. And of course, no list of unreliable Senate Republicans is complete without Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. She voted against Justice Kavanaugh and she’ll vote against President Trump just because she can. So, these are the knowns. Who are the unknowns? That is the good that will come out of this. We’ll find every single weak-kneed sister and every double crosser in the Senate.
So, there you have it. I have managed to come up with a bright side to the Impeachment travesty. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Nadler and the other nimrods have assembled this sideshow that I will make a definite point to avoid but based just on the voting transcript I’ll have a perfect count of the Senate Republicans that we can and cannot count on when the chips are down. That’s my silver lining.
In his sixty two hundred (!) word essay “The Empire Strikes Back” Michael Anton narrates the Deep State and Democrat controlled Media’s Ukraine-gate maneuver and how it’s supposed to justify impeachment and removal of President Trump. Suffice it to say it is ponderous to read through the machinations they are going through to justify their treason and depressing to realize what nakedly illegal practices of their own they are trying to protect with the smokescreen of impeachment. The Deep State and the Elites feed from the trough of federal spending that is funneled to lawless countries like the Ukraine.
I won’t attempt to even summarize his essay. If you have an interest in these matters, which I do, you might read it. But I’d like to quote some ideas from his conclusion. Anton thinks that it is unlikely that even the craven Senate Republicans would be stupid enough to convict the President. But if they did, he had this to say about the consequences:
“And it might. It worked against Nixon. It almost worked against Reagan. But let’s be clear: if it works this time, there are only three possible outcomes:
First, deplorable-Americans will meekly accept President Trump’s removal, in which case the country as a self-governing republic will be finished; the elite coup will have succeeded, their grip on power cemented. With all due respect to the vice president, this is not the way—these are not the people on the backs of whom—he should wish to enter the Oval Office. And I am confident he will not.
Second, deplorable-Americans will revolt at the ballot box and punish the elites in a series of elections that put in power serious statesmen intent on rooting out corruption and reestablishing democratic accountability.
Or, third, deplorable-Americans’ attempt to set their government aright via ballots will not avail, as it has not so often in the past; they will realize that it has not, conclude that it never will, and resolve by any means necessary to get out from under the thumbs of people who so obviously hate them and wish to rule them without their consent.”
That third outcome is the Dissident Right’s refrain, “we can’t vote our way out of this.”
And as to the outcome for the Senate Republicans if they did convict the President:
“Oh, and let’s also be clear about something else: if the Republicans “collude” with this sham and force the removal of a president whose approval rating within his party hovers north of 90%, and whose voters scarcely understand—much less agree with—the “case” against him, they will destroy the party forever. I don’t often make predictions, because I’m not good at it, but this one is easy. They will have removed all doubt that they are anything but ruling class apparatchiks, adjuncts, and flunkies of the administrative state from which they take orders.
And let none of them dare gaslight us with the trite dismissal that Trump’s removal would not overturn the 2016 election results because the president’s replacement was also elected. Trump’s intraparty enemies hate him, and wish to be rid of him, precisely because he is not one of them, because he stands for, and represents, something fundamentally different. Getting rid of him is, for them, a way to get back to business as usual. But there is no going back. A few of them in safely anti-Trump states or districts may survive the president’s removal but the vast majority will not. A new party—a Trumpian populist-nationalist party—will arise from the Republican Party’s ashes. More blue-collar in economic orientation and less in hock to coastal and financial elites, it will do a better job of attracting Democrats and independents—possibly pointing the way to the first real national majority coalition since the Reagan era. And that new party will not welcome the traitors, who will have to make do with contributorships on CNN and MSNBC. Assuming any slots are available.”
This assessment seems quite likely. And the Senator I’d most enjoy seeing bounced out of his seat is Mitt Romney. I would hope that Utah would enact a recall law specifically to remove him if he were stupid enough to aid in the removal of a popular president. In fact, even if the conviction is unsuccessful, if Romney votes for it, I hope the people of his state remove him for that alone.
Anton worked for the Trump White House in addition to being an academic. He is almost uniquely positioned to discuss the reality of our present situation. What I find interesting is that even a mainstream and serious commentator such as Anton is now pointing to the apocalyptic realities of what would happen if the Uni-party Establishment decides they can overturn the 2016 election results by removing a popular president. What that tells me is that the intelligentsia on the actual right has reached the same boiling point as the rest of us. When a policy wonk joins the Deplorables it won’t be long before the pitchforks and the torches start showing up on the scene.
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.
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!”
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?
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.