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.

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?

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mae
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Cool, waste that money.

Bareshark
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What do you want to make a bet that he’s already blown that 10 million he raised this weekend over this personal tiff?

Bareshark
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Mitt’s positioning himself to be the post-Trump choice of the GOP without question. If the Lincoln Project isn’t in touch with him, they will be shortly. It’s a pretty safe bet, actually…2021 or 2024, time is on Mitt’s side. The cult is going to be shocked at how little they matter.

dana fairfield
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I do not think the Romney voted to convict as some sort of cynical ploy to position himself politically.

Bareshark
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I sadly do, even if some baseline principles kicked in. He’s still the same guy who lost to Obama in 2012 and what he believes remains at odds with the zeitgeist. Also, he’d never have made this move publicly unless he deemed it safe enough to do so. He knows something we don’t about the Trump situation.

dana fairfield
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We have spent weeks speculating if any GOP Senator would do the right thing. One did. Let’s set aside politics and partisanship for just a moment and be grateful. It is not necessary to denigrate him and diminish the action we thought none of them would take. We are not going to be able to repair the damage Republicans have done if we forfeit our humanity and harden our hearts.

Bareshark
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I AM grateful, Dana. I’m just also not blind. Republicans like Mitt have a great deal more to lose than any of us…not because he’s going to be the Supreme Ruler of The Universe others have been saying since the acquittal but also because their nominal association with his name will set back every plan, hope and dream they ever had. Mitt is NOT a man of bold action and yet this was just that. So he knows that it’s likely the better, safer bet. I will take the help of American conservatives and acknowledge where we owe them for… Read more »
dana fairfield
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Schiff delivered a wonderful speech about moral courage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykEjAzR9eEk I greatly appreciate that Romney took it to heart. If schoolchuldren ever start memorizing things again, several passages from Schiff’s recent speeches would be worthwhile.

The acquittal may inure to the Democrats benefit. A conviction, as unlikely as that was, would have given us Pence. Disaffection Republicans and evangelicals would likely have come home to Pence, making it harder for Democrats to win the presidency this year

Carol O
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That bit of tape is depressing. I hate being reminded of that past history, and how we got suckered by dump and his Kremlin pals in 2016. It’s going to be a nasty nine months, nastier than anything we’ve ever seen. We’ve all known it was coming, but I doubt any of us have the kind of garbage brain it takes to come up with sh*t like this, so are going to be hit in the gut time and again by the foulness to come. Keep the faith and get out the vote!

Denis Elliott
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“Flaming bag of shit is about right.” Yep. I sometimes refer to him as a human shape flaming orange rectum, which when you think about it is an actual bag of shit. Trump certainly has shit for brains, and in addition to what comes out where it’s supposed to even more pours out of his mouth and even twitter thumbs.

michaelscott
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Ask anyone from the UK what “trump” is slang for and you will see how appropriate it is.

Denis Elliott
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I couldn’t resist looking it up – and glad I did. Since words (including slang) can evolve in meaning over time, I foresee a point in the not too distant future when the UK term for trump will become a “wet” version of flattus – IOW a “shart.” They can kick off a campaign to make that a reality by spray painting a brown patch on the backside of the famous Trump Baby Balloon the next time it’s flown over there. Hell, maybe we should start doing it here!

LoHa
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I have no doubt trump can keep up the Romney bad-mouthing for 4 more years. He can mix it up with Obama and Clinton smears, and various one tweet stands along the way.,

michaelscott
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I think this is Mittens shiving Fat Donnie over his public humiliation when he dangled the SoS job back in ’16. tRump has burned so many people, he will find himself without support when he needs it most. Luckily, he’s too dumb to realize that and will continue to use allies and cast them aside. I wonder when this will Dawn on Moscow Mitch? When he becomes MINORITY leader (or better private citizen) come next January.

dana fairfield
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I do not agree. GOP Senators all know that Trump is guilty. But they were all coward. Romney’s action was not motivated by revenge. If Trump feels the pain of a perceived pay-back, that is just another example of Trump projection.

chris whitley
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Trump doesn’t care about whether Romney actually running for anything. Romney spoke against the supreme leader! Won’t be the last we hear of the dirty deeds done.

dana fairfield
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So many people are cynically trivializing what Romney did as merely part of plan to run in 2024. Even if Romney should decide to run in 2024, his vote now and that decision are not necessarily related. We should not denigrate his act of bravery. Can we not give partisan a rest for even a moment? Back on January 25, GOP Senators indignantly declared to FOX that CBS’s reporting of the “your head on a pike” story was false and that Schiff was deliberately lying when he quoted the report. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/republicans-outraged-by-schiff-mentioning-reported-trump-threat-baloney Subsequantly, key Senators gave credence to the report with… Read more »
Ridlow
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I’ve never particularly cared for Romney. I live in Utah and witnessed him taking all the credit for the success of the 2002 Winter Olympics when it was his predecessors who did all the work and made it the success it was. However, he’s the only Utah Senator that actually responds to my e-mails and calls. I know it’s his staff, but I least I get a response that may or may not be what I want to hear. I do believe his vote was his conscience.