That’s why it’s effective

They left out the unwillingness to fight against gay marriage which even in Massachusetts only survived by a single supreme court vote and the unwillingness of Mitt to fight to get it on the ballot.

Mitt is a good family man, a smart fellow and he’s deserves a lot of credit for the Scott Brown victory that started the tea party movement going. If nominated in Utah he would be better than any Democrat without question but political courage have never been one of his strong points. He’s been much more willing to fight against Donald Trump than any Democrat

That’s just the truth, which, as I said is why this ad works.

It’s not going to be enough to beat him in a primary but one has to walk before you run.

Daniels via Wikipedia Mitt via my 2012 campaign coverage

…Then the media offensive might have a prayer of doing what they want it to do, bring down a GOP president.

You see Mitt Romney has a history of an image of a good family man, a man of high (personal NOT POLITICAL) moral standards and character so if it turned out that he had been boinking “A” or even “B” list porn stars on the side it would be real John Edwards Class Scandal that the MSM would pursue with much more vigor than they did the Edwards tale.

But alas for the MSM Donald Trump is not Mitt Romney.

If 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago, hell even 5 years ago somebody told you that thrice married and twice divorced billionaire Donald Trump had banged a porn star and had arranged a side agreement to prevent it from coming out would any of you have been surprised or interested? I mean there is a reason why InTouch magazine didn’t bother to run that story way back when.

Who Donald Trump was before he ran was baked into voters, including evangelical voters, calculations when they voted for him. As I said at the time of my lonely re-endorsement when the billy Bush tape came out

To those who have endorsed Donald Trump, the idea that he is both boastful and vulgar has been a given, it has been factored into the equation concerning him. Furthermore his public persona has been out there for decades and he has never pretended to be anything other than what he is. I further suspect the voting public has already factored this into their image of Trump and it is unlikely that this revelation is going to move those who haven’t made up their minds one way or the other despite the shocked faces at CNN.

That the MSM hasn’t figured this out yet amazes me, that the NYT is selling this as a scandal that could bring down President Trump is laughable, that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have gone so far as to claim that the potential Kim negotiations are a ploy to distract from this story stupefies me and causes fellow never Trumper and Stormy Daniels story enthusiast Allahpundit at Hotair to suggest he has brain damage.

But by all means MSM do keep playing this card and convince voters of the left that this will bring down Trump any day now. The resulting disappointment should have laudable effects in disheartening your base.

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Of all of Donald Trump’s cabinet decisions, Secretary of State has been the most contentious. All of the four or five remaining candidates have been attacked to some degree, including a barrage of attacks on Mitt Romney from within the Trump camp itself. All of the four or five candidates have long histories of political experience, though only John Bolton has extensive experience talking to foreign leaders (General David Petraeus interacted with foreign military leaders, but that’s not the same thing and partially irrelevant for Secretary of State).

Is it possible to hit the reset button? One of the best things about Donald Trump being President is that the old rules no longer apply. He can select someone outside of the DC inner circle and justify it. Secretary of State more than any other major cabinet decision can benefit from selecting an outsider. The co-author of The Art of the Deal should know this better than anyone. It’s easier to train a great negotiator on the nuances of foreign affairs than to train a politician in the skills of negotiating. After all, we’re the United States. We should be working towards making the best possible deals that benefit everyone, especially us.

All of the current considerations for Secretary of State come with major baggage while having minimal upsides. Romney has the most negotiating experience and has seen this put to great use during his careers in both public and private circles, but he’s scorned by a large chunk of the people who helped get Trump elected in the first place. Bolton is very old school, and while he’s known as a free-thinker, he’s also known to go off the rails from time to time. That’s a trait that Trump doesn’t need in his top diplomat. Petraeus made some horrendous decisions in his days in public life. He should not be rewarded with more responsibility just because he’s done with probation for releasing secret government information carelessly. Rudy Giuliani showed signs throughout the campaign of being well beyond his prime. He wasn’t sharp in many of his speeches and does not appear to be physically capable of the grueling travel schedule a Secretary of State requires. Bob Corker is a Democrat.

While any of these choices would be upgrades from John Kerry, they don’t quite enter the same arena as Alexander Haig, for example. In today’s geo-political maelstrom, we need an Alexander Haig.

Certainly there’s someone else within Trump’s vision who can meet all the criteria. The Secretary of State must be able to communicate the message and act in lieu of the President of the United States in foreign affairs. They need to be easily respected by foreign leaders. They need the negotiating skills that can prevent Iran Nuclear deals from even reaching a point of agreement until it’s clear that the benefits are not lopsided against us. Most importantly, they need to see the world from a perspective that aligns with the President’s vision. None of the current candidates cover all of these criteria well.

I’m not going to throw out names, though I have several in mind. If I had Trump’s ear, I would, but there’s no point in speculating for the sake of speculating. At this point, the best we can hope for is that the President-elect continues his search and is presented with better options than the four or five finalists being discussed today. They are all B-listers at best.