In contemporary American politics, is there a human being more infuriating than the usual actors who have populated mainstream press headlines now for the past three years with their bloviating turpitude? Is it at all possible that the political stage could become a much more grand theater of the absurd?
Oh, wait a minute, I forgot, Mitt Romney is still alive!
Ladies and gentlemen, let us now resume the undeniably banal and coma-inducing project of observing the political career of now Sen. Mitt Romney, a man whose obnoxious entitled preppy do-gooder demeanor makes the late Pres. George H.W. Bush look like David Copperfield. Yes, the man whose very presence screams “I am a spoiled asshole and a pretentious bore” somehow got wearied sitting on top of his mountain of ill-gotten cash, case and point being when his investment firm Bain Capital strip-mined Toys R Us last summer, and decided to become the Senator from Utah (uh, wasn’t he the Governor of Massachusetts? Oh nevermind…) Gee, 2019 is off to a swell start! (Oh Christ, even thinking about Romney makes me start sounding like him!)
Not being shy or even inclined to wait until he actually gets sworn in, Romney had an editorial published in Jeff Bezos’ Washington Post on January 1 titled The President Shapes The Public Character Of The Nation. Trump’s Character Falls Short (Bleh. Does anyone doubt he wrote that while wearing his Boy Scouts uniform?) Sen. Romney wrote:
The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down… On balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office. (This coming from the man who once wanted to make Paul Ryan vice president…)
Next Ed Martin, the president of the Phyllis Schlafly Eagle PAC (!) wrote this response, carried by World Tribune and sent out to his email ListServ:
While there are many nuances and sub-text to the drive-by shooting of President Donald Trump by incoming junior Senator Mitt Romney, three primary messages come through that are likely to define politics in America for the foreseeable future.
First and foremost, Romney was expressing the outrage by the neo-conservative and internationalist establishment to the president’s announced withdrawal of troops for Syria and the pull-down in Afghanistan. For the first time, Trump had actually moved in a concrete way in opposition to the globalist agenda of American Empire… To be clear, Americans are tired of seeing trillions of dollars wasted on the multiple wars where the direct interests of the United States are nowhere to be found. They are bone tired of seeing 20-somethings with artificial limbs. And they are more than sick of the damage our aggressive foreign policy under the neo-cons has done to the image of and support for America around the world.
Where did THAT come from?