With safety of a Senate seat, Romney jumps into presidential race

Mitt Romney still wants to be president some day and if it comes to pass, he will be the first windsock ever elected to the office.

Romney, who once moved from Utah to Massachusetts because there was a gig available in the state house, recasts himself to whatever fits the moment.

True, he’s one of the few Republicans to speak out against Donald Trump, as he did when he launched the “Never Trump” movement in March 2016, calling him a “phony” and a “fraud.”

But then Trump was elected, was popular with the minority of Americans who voted for him, and Romney needed a job in the administration, meeting with his nemesis in New York, failing to get it, and then targeting the Utah Senate seat from which to relaunch his presidential aspirations.

Ten months ago, he got the presidential kiss after announcing he would run for Orrin Hatch’s Senate seat in Utah.

In November, Romney won his election. In the safety of a six-year term, he’s back on the anti-Trump bus with a Washington Post column today.

To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.”

A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.

As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit. With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.

If that sounds like a politician announcing his intention to run for the office, it’s only because that’s what it is.

Our two-month breather between campaigns is over.

  • jon

    Do we have a fun term (like RINO) for republicans who speak out against the worst impulses of their party and vote with the worst impulses of their party?

    Because in the mold that corker (and sometimes graham) laid out for him, expect speak out against the president, before voting with the president.

    If there isn’t a term can I suggest a “Moral Except for Voting” MEV? Or maybe “Prinicipled Republican, Except for Voting” PREV.

    • In the past, they would simply be referred to as Republicans.

      • MikeB

        They are the “Except for Twitter he was pretty good” republicans, worthy of abdicating their constitutional duties crowd.

  • Gary F

    He becomes the darling of the media. That is, until he becomes a threat. Oh Mitt, if you become the nominee, the media will pounce on you like before.

    I guess someone had to replace Flake and McCain.

    • Rob

      If the media scrutinize Sock Boy half as much they did Hillary, we’ll be in good shape.

    • John O.

      Yep. Romney moves straightaway to being one of the darlings of the Sunday gabfests.

  • MrE85

    I can’t say who our next president will be, but I really don’t see a path for this guy. The windsock stays in the Senate.

  • Rob

    //the first windsock ever elected to the office.// So, the answer is blowing in the wind, eh?

    Butt let’s look oon the bright side; we’d still have Obamacare; it’d just revert to the name of its original purveyor. : )

    • I’d rather the ACA was changed to Medicare For All…he can even call it Romneycare for that matter.

  • Hermann

    I don’t know why everybody is jumping all over Mitt Romney. Everybody is complaining about Republicans not speaking out against the President and when a prominent Republican does it is still criticized. I’m confused.

    • Barton

      Actions not words. So he speaks out, big deal. Let’s see what happens when it is time to vote.

      • Hermann

        fair enough.

    • Rob

      Not quite. We keep looking for Republicans who will walk the walk. So far, that ain’t happening.

    • Erik Petersen

      No kidding. Being an anti-Trump Republican is not a risk-less position.

  • Barton

    My unhelpful and curmudgeony comment for the morning: I am repulsed by the idea the Mitt changed states AGAIN so he could hold an office. This is not about service to the country – it’s about power. And I want nothing to do with him as a candidate as a result.

    (yes, it is about power for most of them, I get that, but there comes a point…….)

    • Jeff C.

      Again? When did he change states the first time? (I’m not a Romney supporter but don’t want mis-information floating around out there. I went to elementary and middle school with his oldest son, so I’d say he was a Massachusetts resident from at least the mid-70s until he moved to Utah.)

      • Erik Petersen

        I agree, I dont get Collin’s angle. Mitt didn’t carpet bag the governor’s office of MA, he had lived there a long time. He was no less a Massachusettian than Tim Walz is a Minnesotan having been born in NE.

        • Erik Petersen

          This is not a correct statement “Romney, who once moved from Utah to Massachusetts because there was a gig available in the state house”, its a figment of Bob’s vituperation.

  • AL287

    I will say he is somewhat more palatable than the current loudmouth in the White House but his comments about the “47%” will be difficult to overcome and the media will be sure to remind him.

    At least we know he has a vocabulary that has advanced past the 8th grade.

    He will definitely appeal to college-educated, suburban white women, the Republican demographic that likely enabled the Dems to take back the House.

    Don’t forget he gave us the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act which is intensely popular with Democratic voters.

    He is definitely a strong family man.

    He’s never cheated on his wife and he’s never been divorced (both of which at one time would have eliminated a candidate until we got Facebook, 24/7 news networks and (sigh) Twitter.

    Had he run in 2016 I think Donald Trump would have been a footnote in the history books.

    Maybe he just needed a break from politics.

    So what if he moved to Utah to run for the Senate.

    Despite my Democratic leanings (gasp!) I would vote for him if he managed to upend Trump.

    Let the outrage begin.

    • jon

      You know, at the time of the 47% comment I would have never guessed that we’d look back at it and say “well he only wrote off 47% of america, behind closed doors, it isn’t like he wrote off 60-70% of america, on twitter, every day, for several years…”

      But here we are, with a bar lowered below the point of majority…

      I guess when you are a member of a party that has only one the majority of the popular vote for national elections once in the last 3 decades you have to set the bar low, I just never thought it would be so low.

      • AL287

        He is definitely right that “a presidency shapes the public character of the nation.”

        We have learned that the hard way and it remains to be seen if there is ANY candidate who can cure what currently ails the United States.

        • jon

          Do you think that america wants to cure what currently ails the US?

          30-40% of the country wants the GOP to keep “winning” regardless of how it impacts them.

          And likely on the other side ~20% want the democrats to start/continue “winning” regardless of it it’s good or bad for them.

          A “unifying figure” would write off support from ~50-60% of the country, because they wouldn’t stick it to the otherside…

          • tboom
          • AL287

            We’ve crossed the Rubicon on that score but one can still hope.

            When hope disappears despair usually follows.

  • RBHolb

    Mitt Romney is showing himself to be what he has always been : the political version of Professor Harold Hill.

  • joetron2030

    Once again, the Simpsons has a perfect quote for this political story by none other than Mayor “Diamond” Joe Quimby himself:

    “Very well, if that is the way the winds are blowing, let no one say I don’t also blow.”

  • The Resistance

    I never heard the senator-elect ask his predecessor, who was the head of the senate finance committee, to review Trump’s tax returns as requested by senators Stabenow and Wyden.

    Until he takes concrete steps such as that, I think any criticism the senator-elect makes is just posture and noise.

    All Republican congress men and women who are not actively working to investigate the president are accessories to his criminal actions.

    • Sonny T

      Trump’s tax returns have been reviewed by the IRS. What do you think you’ll find?

      • What the New York Times found.

        • Sonny T

          Partisan hackwork. I’ll trust the IRS.

          • The Resistance

            Personally, I’m kinda interested in the transactions related to the Florida home he purchased for $40m and sold to Dmitry Rybolovlev for $100m. I’m curious to know if he increased the value significantly by putting in new granite kitchen countertops, or if the laundry room was renovated so it could handle clothes and money. Maybe I watch too much HGTV.

          • There are days I’m pretty sure you can see the highway to the Ukraine out your window.

          • Sonny T

            Hackwork was unfair. But partisan, yes. Didn’t they attack Romney for his industry (private equity loans)? Private equity funds the majority of small business.

          • Rob

            Romney was rightly attacked for perfecting and practicing vulture capitalism.

          • Sonny T

            Without them you wouldn’t have a job.

          • Rob

            How do you figure?

          • Nato Coles

            Talk to the employees of the Denver Post, Pioneer Press, and more about “(having) a job” after the vultures descend on a news org. If their new bosses will let them talk to you that is. And read Glass House by Brian Alexander, about the vultures who have destroyed Lancaster Ohio. Vulture capitalism is a good way for guys in the Hamptons to get rich, and the rest of us to get poorer. Please don’t post a rebuttal, Sonny T, until you’ve done more research than enough to parrot that “private equity funds the majority of small business” meaningless fluffquote. To what extent specifically, and what kind of private equity? What’s a small business? What kinds of small businesses? There’s nothing wrong with venture capitalism. Why are you defending vulture capitalism? It doesn’t make sense.

          • Sonny T

            Well I appreciate your views. And thanks for your input. I’ll thoroughly review your references.

            I understand it’s ugly. But “vulture” capitalism, if you mean lending money in a free society, with appropriate oversight of course, is simply business. We can’t have capitalism without it. Other methods have been tried. It led to a lot worse than the system we have. Much worse.

            Freedom has consequences, as you’ve pointed out. As does non-freedom.

            We can rest this and I’m sure we can re-meet on these issues again. Newscut tends to examine these issues, as human interest issues. again, I appreciate your ideas.

          • Rob

            Please acquaint yourself with the concept of vulture capitalism.

      • The Resistance

        My Precious.

        • Sonny T

          What does that mean?

          • Rob

            It’s a Lord Of The Rings reference to the darkest and most malevolent of forces.

          • The Resistance

            Like Bob H. said. But in my take it also represents Trump’s manhood, brand, and identity. Trump inherited/happened upon his wealth not unlike Gollum happened upon the Precious (ring). Trump fears losing his power or seeing his brand tarnished the same way Gollum feared losing his Precious. The insecurity it creates eats away at him. He knows the Hobbitses (Democratses and Muellerses) can take it away from him at any time by subpeoning his tax returns now that they control the Cracks of Doom…er, House of Representatives.
            Spend the remainder of the winter reading 14 pounds of Tolkein and my smart alec 2 word reply will make more sense. 😉

  • Jay T. Berken

    Excellent, another white Boomer male armed with a flip phone to try to explain how he is going to fix the mess in DC. Kind of like the other three white Boomer males that said they were going to do the same and made DC worse while in office.