Why Mittens (and Amash) Voted for Impeachment

2020 February 6
by bc3b

Often people who act the most sanctimonious and self-righteous are actually the most dishonest and hypocritical.

Exhibit A is none other than Willard Romney. In a 1994 Massachusetts senate race against Ted Kennedy, it was a contest as to which was the most pro-abortion. Romney cited his mother (former first lady of Michigan and GOP senate candidate) who was an early supporter of abortion in the 1960s. Kennedy responded by saying, “Romney isn’t pro-choice. He isn’t anti-choice. He is multiple choice.” Mitt still claimed to be solidly pro-choice when running for MA governor in 2002.

Pro-choice Mittens as MA gov. candidate on Meet the Press (video):

Kennedy, for once in his life, proved to be correct. When pursuing the Republican presidential nomination, Romney suddenly became strongly pro-life. So much for the Mormon who attempts to portray himself as a man of conviction and principle. Romney claimed his conscience forced him to vote for conviction.

Like his fellow Trump critic on the right, Rep. Justin Amash, Romney’s ire isn’t about the man occupying the Oval Office.  It’s not about presidential misconduct, inappropriate behavior, abuse of power, degrading the office, or any other euphemism for gauche etiquette the Acela-riding media like to fill their reporting with.

It’s about the unconscionable act of voters: electing Donald Trump.  Mitt Romney regards the presidency as a rarefied space, where only the best, brightest, and most articulate men may enter.  Trump got there while boasting about his libidinousness.  He insulted the political class by calling them stupid, incompetent, venal, and wholly self-interested.  He mocked his presidential rivals with belittling nicknames, many quite clever and deserved.

And voters accepted it, some begrudgingly, putting the WWE Hall of Famer in the White House.  Mitt Romney wasn’t voting for Trump’s impeachment as much as he was voting to obviate the electoral will of millions.

The Romney-Amash comparison many journalists are now making is fitting.  Rep. Amash, who left the Republican Party in a huff last 4th of July, joined House Democrats in voting for Trump’s impeachment.  “Mitt Romney — and Justin Amash — deserve a lot of respect for doing the right thing when it was hard,” declared Vox founder Ezra Klein.  “Every Republican in Congress knows that Donald Trump is guilty,” professed CNN’s Keith Boyken.  “Only one (Justin Amash) was willing to say that in the House, and Trump forced him to leave the party.  Now one (Mitt Romney) has said that in the Senate, and history will judge the rest for their cowardice.”

Even Max Boot, another former Republican, recognized Romney’s and Amash’s synchronistic Trump enmity.  But, as with Romney, the source of Amash’s angst isn’t Trump — it’s Republican voters who don’t share his love of Hayek and the untrammeled flow of people and capital across borders.  “It’s been disheartening because the first few years while I was in Congress, I did feel like we were making progress in shifting the dialogue toward limited government and economic freedom and individual liberty,” Amash lamented in an interview last summer.

Trump’s focus on illegal immigration, more reciprocal trade, and cultural pugilism doesn’t jibe with the classical liberalism of Milton Friedman.  But,it did with Republican voters in 2016.  Amash can’t forgive their libertarian impiety.

Likewise, Romney tries to hide his contempt for the average GOP voter behind a veneer of salt-and-peppered elder statesmanship.  But he’s just as petty and small as those he gets on his tiptoes to look down upon.

Former staffers on the Romney campaign are rebuking their former boss, saying he’s “motivated by bitterness and jealously.”  That’s somewhat true, but it’s not the full story.  As much as Romney craves hero status among the Georgetown set, he hates that the very people who backed his presidential run also stood behind a vulgar reality TV host.

The difference is that Trump won.  Romney will never forgive Republicans for making that happen.

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Hat tip: americanthinker.com

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45 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 February 6 7:01 pm
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    Eph permalink

  2. 2020 February 6 8:05 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “… Mitt Romney regards the presidency as a rarefied space, where only the best, brightest, and most articulate men may enter. Trump got there while boasting about his libidinousness. He insulted the political class by calling them stupid, incompetent, venal, and wholly self-interested.”

    A mark of being bright and articulate is the ability to defend a position. Something that the other 16 GOPers at the time could not seem to do. Which brings us to ‘stupid’, yes. ‘Incompetent’, yes. ‘Venal’, for some yes. ‘Self-interested’, most certainly. Four out of four, looks like Trump ran the table on that observation.

  3. 2020 February 6 8:11 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

  4. 2020 February 6 8:15 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Dems release 100% of Iowa vote count; Petey Boy has slight lead; Bernie forces aren’t happy;

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/iowa-democrat-final-caucus-vote-totals-buttigieg-sanders

  5. 2020 February 6 8:21 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Grassley has requested travel records. Records request has been sent to Treasury on certain financial records. Looks like the GOPers are looking into Bidens.

  6. 2020 February 6 8:32 pm
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    Eph permalink

    AP- Iowa recount is approved.

    This could take weeks.

  7. 2020 February 6 8:57 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  8. 2020 February 6 9:16 pm
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    Eph permalink

    8 BC

    Good post.

    Notice how Sanders waited 3 days to declare victory? He knew all along he would win the vote count. That’s the difference between an old politician and a Buttgay novice.

  9. 2020 February 6 9:47 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    How bad is it when cnn corrects you?
    https://twitter.com/CalebJHull/status/1225560310116999173

  10. 2020 February 6 10:28 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    At the direction of President Trump, the U.S. conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al-Rimi, a founder and the leader of al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula and a deputy to al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. https://t.co/ayOmTpzH04
    — The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 6, 2020

    “You get a JDAM! You get a JDAM! Everyone gets a JDAM!!” pic.twitter.com/
    — Kevin in Albuquerque (@KevinInABQ) February 7, 2020

    Man, it’s turning into the Dead Terrorist of the Month Club. https://t.co/XyPTzo8T63
    — Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) February 7, 2020

  11. 2020 February 7 3:28 am
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    5 – It’s grassley, so he’s only pretending too, just like with Kav – theater.

  12. 2020 February 7 4:22 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Petey Boy appears to support infanticide:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/pete-buttigieg-backlash-infanticide-view

    Fake Christianity disguises how radically left this gut is.

  13. 2020 February 7 4:26 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Maddow questions Top Perez on low Iowa turnout:

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/msnbc-rachel-maddow-dnc-tom-perez

  14. 2020 February 7 4:36 am
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    13 – I didn’t know that was news, though it was well known.

  15. 2020 February 7 6:10 am
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    Eph permalink

    Buttgay lead down to 0.088762%

    C’Mon, That’s funny folks…

  16. 2020 February 7 7:15 am
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    justrand permalink

    Eph, I think Mitch has done a good job on the judges front…I just wish he would push back harder against Pelosi

  17. 2020 February 7 8:12 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Couldn’t Joe at least help him find a good paying job?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7908559/Joe-Bidens-brother-Frank-owes-1-million-dead-mans-family-2020-Democrat-did-help.html

    EXCLUSIVE: Joe Biden’s brother Frank owes dead man’s family $1 MILLION for 80mph car crash – but has never paid a cent in 20 years and the Democratic candidate did NOTHING to help

  18. 2020 February 7 9:45 am
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    justrand permalink

    Biden has been slipping beneath the radar as “Slow Joe” for decades, enriching himself and his family in the process. If his ego hadn’t gotten in the way, he could’ve gone right on doing so. Running for President, however, has put the spotlight on him…regardless of how hard the media tries to keep it off.

  19. 2020 February 7 9:49 am
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    bc3b permalink

  20. 2020 February 7 9:54 am
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    CA: Hey I know… lets force people to vote if they’re registered.

    http://anonym.es/?https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/californians-who-register-to-vote-would-be-required-to-cast-ballots-under-new-bill/ar-BBZH8db

    I’d say this has zero chance of passing but it’s Cali after all so you never know, also smells like a way to force those who get registered (but shouldnt be….but are cause motor voter) but who are not legally able to vote to get a pass for criminality.

    re:23 – Himself and that’s about it. 😉

  21. 2020 February 7 10:11 am
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    bc3b permalink

    KH #24 –

    Combine mandatory voting with ballot harvesting and you can have major league voter fraud.

  22. 2020 February 7 10:13 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    A lot of people theorize that Ukraine aid included a lot of backwash that wound up in Dem politician’s pockets.
    First of a multi part tweet.

    Sharyl Attkisson🕵️‍♂️
    @SharylAttkisson
    1-I tend to wonder why there’s so much organized pushback against looking into Ukraine’s role in 2016 as well as Russia’s. If there’s nothing to it, clear the air. But why work so hard to claim it’s all a debunked “conspiracy theory”?
    politico.com/story/2017/01/…
    https://mobile.twitter.com/SharylAttkisson/status/1225563895202504704

  23. 2020 February 7 11:15 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Chart showing a graph of party positions for Dem, Repub and with the Tories and Labour thrown in as well.
    Guess which party is fairly steady? Guess which has gotten much more extreme?

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/357508/

  24. 2020 February 7 11:30 am
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    Fed appeals court sides with Trump 3-0 on emoluments clause bullshit.

  25. 2020 February 7 11:32 am
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    25 – Dr. Yup.
    26 – Jim, Because all sorts of swamp creatures, dems and repubs are caught up in it, and she’s basically saying that without saying it.

  26. 2020 February 7 11:37 am
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    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/02/new-carter-page-reveals-john-durham-has-not-interviewed-him-about-fisa-abuses/#post-comments

    I mean maybe they don’t need too…but I’m still of the thought Barr tasked Duham to finish the white wash, far more then to investigate and prosecute, just like Huber before him.

  27. 2020 February 7 1:21 pm
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    Eph permalink

    BC,

    Time for some XFL cheerleader pics!
    Kickoff is tomorrow.

  28. 2020 February 7 1:58 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    K H, 30,

    They only interview the victim to establish if a crime has been committed. For the FISA fraud that has already been determined by the court that was defrauded. Page just needs to keep the spot light on the scandal so it does not slip down a memory hole.

  29. 2020 February 7 2:41 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Eph #31 –

    I hate to be the one to burst your bubble, but I guess it’s up to me:

    https://www.inquirer.com/philly/sports/wwe-vince-mcmahon-football-league-xfl-20180125.html

  30. 2020 February 7 2:51 pm
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    Why does kalifornicate persist in the vote fraud, when all they can win is fixed number electoral votes, it does them no good to run up the pop vote.

  31. 2020 February 7 2:56 pm
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    32 – I’m not 100% convinced he was exactly a true victim (something a on the record don’t lie to us interview could clear up) even if his masters didn’t tell him they were going to fisa him. What we know is cia said to fbi he’s one of ours, and fbi then said to fisa he’s not. I’d like the full story there but we’ll probably never get it.

  32. 2020 February 7 3:02 pm
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    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!

    ” Lt. Col. Vindman was just escorted out of the White House by security and told his services were no longer needed.”

    “Anti-Trump impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and his twin brother have been fired and escorted out of the White House by security, according to his Alexander Vindman’s attorney.”

  33. 2020 February 7 3:28 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 35,

    Oh I don’t think the man is a saint. But in the case of the FISA case he was the chosen fall guy. Anybody in or about the intelligence game can’t help but be a little dirty, or a lot on an individual basis.

  34. 2020 February 7 3:59 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Ip, Kalifornia wants to run up MASSIVE numbers and then claim that (a) they should get more MONEY for free stuff and (b) all those ILLEGAL aliens should be able to VOTE legally!

    Then they’ll amp up their scheme to abolish the Electoral College

  35. 2020 February 7 4:12 pm
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    Eph permalink

    33. BC,

    Well I’m stuck with IPs old email pics then…

  36. 2020 February 7 4:13 pm
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    Eph permalink

    BC,

    BTW, that article is 2 years old.

  37. 2020 February 7 4:22 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    38, yes.
    And they are already appointing illegals to Boards and Commissions, and lots of talk about them being allowed to vote in local elections.

  38. 2020 February 7 4:58 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Eph –

    Here’s a recent article – no cheerleaders:

    https://www.cltampa.com/arts-entertainment/sports/article/21114061/the-xfl-makes-its-big-debut-in-tampa-this-weekend-heres-what-to-expect

    We have ice girls at BJG every Sunday.

  39. 2020 February 7 5:44 pm
    [43]

    Trump ousts Gordon Sondland hours after firing Alexander Vindman

    Hopefully this is just the beginning of daily news like this, cause there are 1000’s to go. In b4 press call this the Friday night massacre, even though nothing of the sort.

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