Don’s Misreading Mitt Romney

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Don's Misreading Mitt Romney

It isn’t often that I dis­agree with Don Surber but this take on Mitt Rom­ney is less that what it seems.

While Rom­ney is run­ning for the Sen­ate in a Repub­li­can state, he is more pop­u­lar than Trump so he really does not need to kiss up.

But he is one Never Trumper giv­ing the pres­i­dent his due.

Rom­ney, who harshly crit­i­cized Trump over the years, said he sup­ports much of what the pres­i­dent has done such as cut­ting taxes, rolling back busi­ness reg­u­la­tions and reduc­ing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-​Escalante national mon­u­ments in south­ern Utah,” the news­pa­per reported.

I have to dis­agree, he in fact IS mak­ing it a point to kiss up to Trump and mak­ing sure every­one sees it.

This serves sev­eral purposes.

First of all while it is unlikely, even in the year of a blue wave that Mitt’s Demo­c­rat oppo­nent would get enough trac­tion to win, Any­thing resem­bling a close race in Utah, a state where he beat Barack Obama by 48 points in 2012, would be a real embar­rass­ment. What would it say about the cred­i­bil­ity or pop­u­lar­ity of most promi­nent Mor­mon in the United States if his mar­gin of vic­tory in the state is under 10 points?

Sec­ond Rom­ney under­stands that if (most likely when) elected he will be the most promi­nent nev­ertrumper in the US Sen­ate. He under­stands that this is the same dynamic as the 2012 GOP pri­maries where he will become the default goto GOP mem­ber for the entire MSM. He will of course have to be able to defend GOP pri­or­i­ties, Tax Cuts, Reg­u­la­tory Cuts et all, but even so he knows that as long as he is will­ing to hit the pres­i­dent he will always have the seat of honor at the MSM table and will unlike Ted Cruz, unlikely to be shad­ow­banned on social media.

Finally lets not for­get Mitt still con­sid­ers him­self the smartest man in the room and when it comes time for 2020 there is the prospect that he will decide to carry the Nev­ertrump ban­ner him­self, promis­ing all the eco­nomic ben­e­fits with none of the drama and bet­ting that he can beat Trump in Iowa where Ted Cruz won and in NH where he still has strength. He’ll have a year of pos­i­tive press cov­er­age behind him and unend­ing series acco­lades from estab­lish­ment GOP mem­bers hun­gry for the power that they con­sider their birthright. But he can’t promise the Trump econ­omy with­out the Trump in 2020 if he isn’t back­ing the poli­cies that made it in 2018.

Now to you and me all of this might sound ridicu­lous. Not only is Rom­ney unlikely to draw the “deplorable” vote in the gen­eral elec­tion nec­es­sary to win Michi­gan, Penn­syl­va­nia or Wis­con­sin (which is why the MSM will be happy to back him in the pri­maries) but he cer­tainly not going to be able to counter who­ever the Democ­rats put up against him but that’s not the mes­sage of the polit­i­cal con­sul­tant class dying to get a piece of their lucra­tive pie once again.

You can bet those fel­lows have been telling him that he is the voice of rea­son in a sea of nasty tweets. The per­son of char­ac­ter for a #metoo era that rejects a thrice mar­ried lech who cheats on his wife with porn starts. He is the man who is going to save the GOP from Trump and all he stand for, and they will be proud guide him to that destiny…for their usual fee of course.

Maybe Mitt is old and wise enough to even­tu­ally fig­ure out the con before he embar­rasses him­self come 2020 but until them it costs him noth­ing to play nice now and keep his options open.

It isn’t often that I disagree with Don Surber but this take on Mitt Romney is less that what it seems.

While Romney is running for the Senate in a Republican state, he is more popular than Trump so he really does not need to kiss up.

But he is one Never Trumper giving the president his due.

“Romney, who harshly criticized Trump over the years, said he supports much of what the president has done such as cutting taxes, rolling back business regulations and reducing the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in southern Utah,” the newspaper reported.

I have to disagree, he in fact IS making it a point to kiss up to Trump and making sure everyone sees it.

This serves several purposes.

First of all while it is unlikely, even in the year of a blue wave that Mitt’s Democrat opponent would get enough traction to win, Anything resembling a close race in Utah, a state where he beat Barack Obama by 48 points in 2012, would be a real embarrassment. What would it say about the credibility or popularity of most prominent Mormon in the United States if his margin of victory in the state is under 10 points?

Second Romney understands that if (most likely when) elected he will be the most prominent nevertrumper in the US Senate. He understands that this is the same dynamic as the 2012 GOP primaries where he will become the default goto GOP member for the entire MSM. He will of course have to be able to defend GOP priorities, Tax Cuts, Regulatory Cuts et all, but even so he knows that as long as he is willing to hit the president he will always have the seat of honor at the MSM table and will unlike Ted Cruz, unlikely to be shadowbanned on social media.

Finally lets not forget Mitt still considers himself the smartest man in the room and when it comes time for 2020 there is the prospect that he will decide to carry the Nevertrump banner himself, promising all the economic benefits with none of the drama and betting that he can beat Trump in Iowa where Ted Cruz won and in NH where he still has strength. He’ll have a year of positive press coverage behind him and unending series accolades from establishment GOP members hungry for the power that they consider their birthright. But he can’t promise the Trump economy without the Trump in 2020 if he isn’t backing the policies that made it in 2018.

Now to you and me all of this might sound ridiculous. Not only is Romney unlikely to draw the “deplorable” vote in the general election necessary to win Michigan, Pennsylvania or Wisconsin (which is why the MSM will be happy to back him in the primaries) but he certainly not going to be able to counter whoever the Democrats put up against him but that’s not the message of the political consultant class dying to get a piece of their lucrative pie once again.

You can bet those fellows have been telling him that he is the voice of reason in a sea of nasty tweets. The person of character for a #metoo era that rejects a thrice married lech who cheats on his wife with porn starts. He is the man who is going to save the GOP from Trump and all he stand for, and they will be proud guide him to that destiny…for their usual fee of course.

Maybe Mitt is old and wise enough to eventually figure out the con before he embarrasses himself come 2020 but until them it costs him nothing to play nice now and keep his options open.