Mitt Romney Situation

The three possible scenarios surrounding the bizarre Mitt Romney situation

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The three possible scenarios surrounding the bizarre Mitt Romney situation

Ear­lier today, top Trump adviser KellyAnne Con­way con­tin­ued her attacks on poten­tial Sec­re­tary of State Mitt Rom­ney, this time on the Sun­day morn­ing shows. She’s not alone with Newt Gin­grich and Mike Huck­abee voic­ing their oppo­si­tion to Rom­ney, who spent the major­ity of the cam­paign sea­son attack­ing Trump.

It’s unprece­dented for aides and allies of a President-​elect to be so pub­licly opposed to some­one their boss is con­sid­er­ing for one of the most prized cab­i­net posi­tions. The rea­son it’s never hap­pened is because it’s down­right strange. What in the world is happening?

Apply­ing logic and deduc­tive rea­son­ing, I’ve found only three viable pos­si­bil­i­ties, with only one of them being not weird. Let’s take a look at the pos­si­bil­i­ties in no par­tic­u­lar order:

It’s Mike Pence vs. Conway/​Gingrich/​Huckabee

VP-​elect Pence has been vocal about his approval of Rom­ney in the cab­i­net. Assum­ing that Trump respects his right hand man’s opin­ion, he may be pulling Trump in that direc­tion with as much force as he can muster. See­ing the stal­wart sup­port from Pence, the oppo­si­tion have expressed their per­spec­tives and feel the only way to stop it is to build a groundswell in the news and among other vocal Trump sup­port­ers to pres­sure Trump into not pick­ing him.

We can assume if Rom­ney gets the nod that Pence has more pull than most of us real­ized. Then again, it could be point­ing to a con­spir­acy the­ory about Trump keep­ing his ene­mies closer.

Trump’s Revenge

There has been no love lost between Trump and Rom­ney over the last year, which is why it was shock­ing that they would meet in the first place. Could this be an elab­o­rate ploy with one goal: pub­lic sham­ing of Rom­ney? Trump is known to be very vin­dic­tive, but he’s also been known to be instantly for­giv­ing. If this is the case, why would his aides and allies be attack­ing Rom­ney in public?

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Through pub­lic sham­ing, this sce­nario demands humil­i­a­tion. That means an apol­ogy. If Rom­ney apol­o­gizes and then does not get the job, we can pretty much bank on this being the sce­nario the whole time.

Trump’s Just Test­ing the Waters

This is the one that wouldn’t sur­prise any­one. If Trump really doesn’t know for sure who to pick and is try­ing to get a diverse range of opin­ions from fans, media, and any­one else with a thought on the mat­ter, this is the way to do it. Whether or not he con­dones the actions of his out­spo­ken advis­ers remains to be seen, but he hasn’t seemed to be hold­ing any­one back.

If this is the case, it spells doom for Romney’s chances. Other than a hand­ful of blogs and some pri­vate endorse­ments, there hasn’t exactly been a ral­ly­ing force behind Romney.

Regard­less of who Trump picks, this strange Rom­ney affair has been fun to watch. Whether you love Trump or hate him (does any­one feel any­thing in between?), you have to admit that it’s already shap­ing up to be a very enter­tain­ing 48 years.


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Earlier today, top Trump adviser KellyAnne Conway continued her attacks on potential Secretary of State Mitt Romney, this time on the Sunday morning shows. She’s not alone with Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee voicing their opposition to Romney, who spent the majority of the campaign season attacking Trump.

It’s unprecedented for aides and allies of a President-elect to be so publicly opposed to someone their boss is considering for one of the most prized cabinet positions. The reason it’s never happened is because it’s downright strange. What in the world is happening?

Applying logic and deductive reasoning, I’ve found only three viable possibilities, with only one of them being not weird. Let’s take a look at the possibilities in no particular order:

It’s Mike Pence vs. Conway/Gingrich/Huckabee

VP-elect Pence has been vocal about his approval of Romney in the cabinet. Assuming that Trump respects his right hand man’s opinion, he may be pulling Trump in that direction with as much force as he can muster. Seeing the stalwart support from Pence, the opposition have expressed their perspectives and feel the only way to stop it is to build a groundswell in the news and among other vocal Trump supporters to pressure Trump into not picking him.

We can assume if Romney gets the nod that Pence has more pull than most of us realized. Then again, it could be pointing to a conspiracy theory about Trump keeping his enemies closer.

Trump’s Revenge

There has been no love lost between Trump and Romney over the last year, which is why it was shocking that they would meet in the first place. Could this be an elaborate ploy with one goal: public shaming of Romney? Trump is known to be very vindictive, but he’s also been known to be instantly forgiving. If this is the case, why would his aides and allies be attacking Romney in public?

Through public shaming, this scenario demands humiliation. That means an apology. If Romney apologizes and then does not get the job, we can pretty much bank on this being the scenario the whole time.

Trump’s Just Testing the Waters

This is the one that wouldn’t surprise anyone. If Trump really doesn’t know for sure who to pick and is trying to get a diverse range of opinions from fans, media, and anyone else with a thought on the matter, this is the way to do it. Whether or not he condones the actions of his outspoken advisers remains to be seen, but he hasn’t seemed to be holding anyone back.

If this is the case, it spells doom for Romney’s chances. Other than a handful of blogs and some private endorsements, there hasn’t exactly been a rallying force behind Romney.

Regardless of who Trump picks, this strange Romney affair has been fun to watch. Whether you love Trump or hate him (does anyone feel anything in between?), you have to admit that it’s already shaping up to be a very entertaining 4-8 years.


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