Senator Orrin Hatch is calling it a career and the people who oppose President Donald Trump from the right side of the aisle are irrationally excited about it.
The obvious choice — the choice who Hatch said he would support — is former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Many Romney supporters are excited because they see him as someone who can and will stand up to the president when he becomes unhinged or supports policies that Republicans used to believe were un-American.
After all, Romney was the one who made the speech in which he said Trump, “has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president.”
I hate to be the voice of reason here, but you might want to pump the brakes on the Romney the Resistor narrative.
After then President-elect Trump paraded Romney around at a dog and pony show of an interview for the Secretary of State position, Romney also fired off this classic.
“What I’ve seen through these discussions I’ve had with President-elect Trump, as well as what we’ve seen in his speech on the night of his victory, as well as the people he’s selected as part of his transition — all of those things combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the man who can lead us to that better future.”
Romney would be no more than another Jeff Flake, the Arizona senator who frequently calls Trump out for bad behavior and then votes however he needs to in order to make Trump’s wildest policy dreams come true. He might even be like Oklahoma’s James Lankford who said he could never support a tax bill that increased the deficit and somehow was able to vote yes at every opportunity.
We don’t really need another Senator with just enough courage to say the right things while doing anything but the right things.
Face it, Romney’s daughter — Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee — didn’t even let go of the Romney name when she got married, but she did when President Trump asked her to.
Even if Romney becomes another Trump vote in the Senate, the president has bigger problems away from Congress.
At this point, it appears the trouble for the president deepens every day. Impeachment seems imminent and impossible at the same time.
Senators and Representatives say the right things, but they are loath to do the right things because it could have electoral repercussions later.
If the 2018 midterm elections go badly for the GOP, then Trump is more likely to fall from grace and mysteriously leave office or face action from his party. Former campaign chair and chief of staff Steve Bannon unleashed on Trump and his entire administration in a book that will be released next week. He even called some actions during the campaign “treasonous.” That isn’t a word the president or his supporters want to hear while multiple investigations are ongoing.
Will we ever see dignity restored to the Oval Office? What Trump has done in one year to demean the position and our standing internationally is hard to quantify.
Within the past week, either on Twitter or via statements from his official channels, Trump has:
— Accused a former chief of staff of “losing his mind” because Bannon had the nerve to participate in a book that is unflattering to the President.
— Brought our country closer to nuclear war by getting into a petty “nuclear button” Twitter beef with Kim Jong Un of North Korea.
— Tweeted and deleted a note for everyone to watch Sean Hannity on FOX News because Hannity was working on a segment on how great Trump had been doing on Twitter recently.
— Took credit for the fact that no one was killed in a commercial airline crash last year after he saw a story about that on FOX News. My 14-year-old who got a drone for Christmas had as much to do with that as Trump, but he didn’t try to get credit for it.
— Announced a plan to give FAKE NEWS AWARDS next Monday at 5 p.m.
Why does Trump act so scattered and tweet and talk with seemingly no decorum or dignity?
All you have to do is check the clock. When the president finds out that Bannon’s comments and book will be released on Wednesday, he immediately begins to bluster about nuclear weapons and fake news. Part of this is to distract and to suck up the oxygen for the news cycle. The other part is to attempt to discredit the messengers of the upcoming stories about him.
When big news on the investigation into his campaign colluding with Russians is set to be released, Trump heads to Twitter.
He is using his platform as a smoke screen. But it isn’t just Trump on that account. That is why these tweets being seen as presidential communications is so dangerous. Over the holiday weekend, Trump and his press secretary posted the exact same tweet about Iranian protests. Which one said it? Dan Scavino Jr. has access to the president’s Twitter feed too. You can see his touch in horrible capitalization and random comma placement. The president seemed to indicate one of his attorneys even sent a tweet for him from the account.
Is he the president or a puppet whose mouth is operated by a handler on Twitter? We need to know when Trump is speaking and when it is a statement he approved from his staff.
We need more people of conscience to say we have gone too far. I can’t see this constant turmoil and controversy working to the favor of Republicans in the congressional elections later this year. The president is leading his party toward a predictable defeat and no one has the courage to stand up to him.