Well, this didn’t take long at all. Mitt Romney made history Wednesday, as the only senator to vote to remove a sitting president of his own party in an impeachment trial and Donald Trump is beside himself. Within hours a one-minute Romney attack ad was cobbled together by his campaign and on the air. I can hear Trump screaming the order now. As you might expect, the ad depicts Romney losing his election and Trump winning his — after the basic character assassination is out of the way — and that’s comical.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2020
Secret agent Romney, asset of the Democrats. But this is exactly the level of infantile reaction that was expected from Trump. For his part, Mitt Romney has apparently decided he’s the new John McCain, McCain being the last Republican to speak his mind about Trump. Bess Levin, Vanity Fair:
But an official rebuke of Trump the likes of which he’s never experienced from the Republican Party was not the only thing Romney had in mind. Instead, he hit up numerous news outlets to spread his message far and wide in a media blitz that our reality-TV, fame-whore president probably would’ve appreciated had the circumstances been different and had he not, most likely, been having a post-verbal meltdown the likes of which the White House executive washroom had never witnessed.
“This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life,” Romney told the Atlantic’s McKay Coppins roughly 24 hours before making his big announcement. After wrestling with the decision for weeks, and ultimately realizing that the evidence was comically overwhelming, he concluded that “the president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process. And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.” Unlike his colleagues, including Collins, Lamar Alexander, and Lisa Murkowski, Romney said he’s not laboring under the assumption that the experience of being impeached will suddenly cause Trump to act in an honorable, law-abiding manner, which would require a personality transplant. “I think what’s fair to say about the president is that he doesn’t change his ways a lot,” he said, adding that he’s fully aware he’s about to receive the presidential equivalent of a flaming bag of sh-t on his doorstep. “I don’t know how long the blowback might exist or how strenuous it might be, but I’m anticipating a long time and a very strong response.”
Flaming bag of shit is about right. One has to wonder what is in Trump’s “mind” that he is doing an attack ad on a senator who doesn’t come up for reelection for another four years, though. Does Trump really think anybody is going to care about this in 2024? Or, Trump is so confident of winning in 2020, he just wants to begin to torment his nemesis now, and then keep it up for four more years? This is one for the books. I’ll bet even McConnell is shaking his head at this one. It’s pretty obvious that Romney is setting himself up as the good guy Republican, the one that you could depend upon to stand up to Trump when the others ran and hid. Maybe he’s planning another presidential run?