It was all worth it. All of the frustration, all of the backlash, all of the heartache, all of the recriminations, all of the uncertainty. And all of the stoic, and in some cases even heroic work of the Democratic case managers. Like Elizabeth Warren, they persisted, and today is their payday.
Utah GOP Senator Mitt Romney announced that he will vote to convict President Donald Trump on the abuse of power article of impeachment. But it is the vote that the Democrats have been hoping and praying for, because, like Pete Buttigieg, who may lose the popular vote in Iowa, it allows them to claim victory.
How many times have I said it in the last few weeks, It only takes one. And while Romney’s vote will likely leave the final tally at 52-48, none of that shit matters. Because Romney’s brave, likely sole vote will allow the Democrats to trumpet to the sky that they obtained a bipartisan vote to convict Donald Trump. Not enough to remove him from office, but enough. At least one GOP Senator voted to remove His Lowness from office, and that’s all it takes to make it bipartisan.
Because Trump planned to use this Senate vote to proclaim complete exoneration!, and he still will, But it’s a tarnished claim now. Trump couldn’t hold his caucus in solidarity, and neither could Moscow Mitch. And the Democrats won’t portray it as only Romney’s brave sole vote either, they’ll combine it with the public statements of Senators like Lamar Alexander, and the implications of Marco Rubio’s tweet that acknowledged guilt, and use it to show that there were multiple GOP Senators who felt that Trump was guilty, but only one with the courage to stand up and vote his conscience, and come down on the side of the constitution.
Make no mistake, this has the potential to hurt Romney. Not in Utah, hell, they like Trump the way I like lobster, which is to say, not at all. But
Bitch Ditch Mitch McConnell controls the committee assignments, and is in a position to make Romney pay dearly for his impudence. Romney’s best hope is that not only does Trump lose in November, McConnell does too, or is at least challenged and defeated for Senate Leader.
A few months ago, I wrote an article in which I said to keep an eye on Mitt Romney. With Trump in a weakened position, the underground mainstream conservative Republican party was already strategizing resurrecting their party from the ashes of Trump. The Lincoln Project, headed by mainstream conservatives like George Conway, Steve Schmidt, and Rick Wilson was already raising money to defeat Trump in 2020, and begin the reclamation project to restore the party to its former glory. GOP moderates like Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, and Romney were already jockeying to take the head of the project.
With this vote, Romney puts himself at the top of the class. It will be interesting to see what Sasse does, now that he knows Romney will coat his conscience. Romney is a true party man, and as the 2012 Presidential candidate, he already has gravitas to take on the job of resurrecting the party. But by making this stand, and directly condemning Trump, he puts himself in a class of his own when it comes to status in the traditional GOP. Whatever the final tally, Romney has given the Democrats what they most desired, and given Trump that sharp stick in the eye payback I predicted he might a week or so ago. This is gonna get interesting, real quick.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen