So, Why Now Mitt? Where You been?

A major news item today regards the “scathing” op-ed Mitt Romney wrote for the Washington Post. While Romney is now calling Trump out, I have to wonder why he waited this long to do so?  Romney was

Now, let’s talk about this Secretary of State job.

a major target of Trump’s vitreal during the GOP campaign and the victim of a Trump prank when he thought he was being offered the Secretary of State position. Romney handily won the vacated seat of Warren Hatch and probably would have even if he had spoken out long before sewing up a seat in the Senate.

Senate seat now secure Romney is openly claiming Trump to not be up to the mantle of the job. Romney is critical of Trump’s not calling out to our better angels but instead, had given reign to our worst angels. “He [Trump] has failed to offer examples of honesty and integrity.”

In the arena of world affairs, Romney said this about Trump’s behavior on the world stage, “Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world. In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada, and Sweden believed the American president would “do the right thing in world affairs.” One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.”

Romney is not the savior of moderate Republicans. He sides with several Trump policies that moderates disagree with. He appears to be fully in support of the 2017 tax break for the super wealthy and Trump’s stand against China, and one would conclude that he’s okay with Trump’s trade wars. Being a conservative he fully supports filling the federal benches with conservative judges.

Mitt promises to support Trump where he’s correct but to oppose him when decisions and policies differ with what is good for the nation and his state, Utah. We’ve all heard that before but very seldom see it in practice.

I’d like to feel good about Romney but I haven’t forgotten his past. His policies and support haven’t always been rock solid and he’s known to waver with the winds. I don’t like his involvement with Bain Capital, who I see as venture capitalism. Bain put a lot of Americans out of jobs. Like many, it bothers me that neither he nor his sons have served in the military. During the Vietnam War Romney avoided the draft on religious grounds and served as a Mormon missionary for two years in France. I’ve known many Mormons who served in the military so I don’t know the basis of his claim.

Of all that bothers me about Romney, two things stand out. First, and very subjective, is his demeanor, his body language. When he was running for president he just seemed to sweat and fret too much. Sometimes I thought I was watching Mitt Romney do Don Knots. Secondly, and far more important, I’ll never forget the secret microphone that caught him labeling us as the 47% who pay no taxes and derive our livings from government handouts.

In the end, it is a done deal. Romney will be in the Senate, he will still be a conservative Republican, he will still oppose social equality, he will still oppose lessening the gap between the haves and have-nots, and he will still, at times, support Trump. Plus, it remains to be seen if he will actually stand up to Trump.

Oh, one last thing, there is also the still unanswered questions about Mitt Romney’s tax returns. You do your own research on that.

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