Mitt Romney’s ostensibly anti-Trump op-ed has what you might call a tell:
It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.
It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.
“I will provide lockstep support for Donald Trump’s agenda, regulatory appointments, and oppose all oversight because this might undermine #1 and #2, but I will occasionally Express Concern About Tone.” But don’t take my word for it, believe the people praising the thing:
just imagine the spineless, quivering power of a Flake, Corker, and Sasse all rolled into one https://t.co/jKJbC7ZxzT
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) January 2, 2019
I definitely see Mitt Romney playing the role Ben Sasse, Tom Corker, and [pre-midterm] Jeff Flake played last term! The “rolled into one” seems pretty superfluous, though.