I don’t think that this is an endorsement of, say, Marco Rubio (Rubio for President is mentioned in the call).
I think that this is a test*. I’m gonna commit heresy, here: unlike apparently the entire Internet, I don’t think Mitt Romney is a net negative for either a specific campaign, or the anybody-but-Trump people (hi). Dude got almost 61 million votes in 2012; and while that wasn’t enough for the general election it’s still nothing to sneeze at when we’re talking about a primary. Continue reading Mitt Romney drops in with some anti-Trump robocalls in tomorrow’s primary states.
…and you probably should, because it’s likely to spark an avalanche of a bunch of badly-spelled Tweets by both Trump and his more energetic supporters, well: CSPAN is going to cover it. It should be quite the stem-winder; whether or not it moves any votes is a matter of some debate. I suspect that it will move more than the putatively right-leaning folks on the Internet (who are largely still collectively aggravated at Romney for losing the 2012 election) care to admit. Besides, I don’t think Romney cares. Press reports on motivations for his speech suggest that his primary concern here is that he wants to be able to still look his grandchildren in their faces, which is a sentiment that I understand perfectly.
:Raised eyebrow: According to his staff it’s not an endorsement and not an announcement. And if it’s a lecture about civility in this campaign, well, that ship has sailed. Which may not stop Mitt Romney anyway, given that the man must be absolutely appalled at the way that Donald Trump has more or less single-handedly coarsened the national debate. God knows that I am.
Still, maybe it’ll be about something else. Heck, maybe he’ll just troll Donald Trump for two hours. I’d be happy to watch that: “So, let me tell you something. Me and the boys at Bain – you know, the people who made the real money in NYC – we all noticed Don’s hands. You didn’t want to look at them, but you did. I always felt bad about that. I mean -” holding up hands ” – I was blessed with long, shapely hands. I, mean, just look at these hands. Good Mormon hands. My family’s had these hands for over a hundred years. Great-Granddad Miles first got these hands when he went down to Mexico with his wives – oh, yeah, Great-Granddad had almost as many wives as Donnie did, only, you know, not one at a time – so I always felt bad for Donnie when he shook my hand. It didn’t seem fair to grind a man’s face into the dirt over his hands.”
“I’ll say this for Don-a-rino, though: he works those hands. Special cuticle strengtheners, stretching exercises, the whole thing. He’s never given up on trying to get those hands of his up to average, and do you know something? Bless him for it. God bless him for it. That’s an inspiration for the rest of us.”
…or something like that.
If Barack Obama had had the brains of a spavined ocelot, he would have made Mitt Romney Secretary of State.
…Really, Chrome? You recognize ‘spavined,’ but get huffy every time I write ‘roleplaying’ without a hyphen?
Speaking as somebody whose family got personally affected by the OPM hack (21 million and counting): Barack Obama picked an amazing person to run that agency, huh?
Continue reading Turns out Mitt Romney was right, and OPM Director Katherine Archuleta was wrong.
So, basically, Mitt Romney’s on the short list for Secretary of State.
Those that have spoken with Romney say the pain and introspection over his 2012 loss hasn’t completely subsided. In February, during a private dinner at Adelson’s home before a group of Jewish Republican donors, the former governor held forth on foreign policy, analyzing the turmoil abroad. “He said he wished he could be president, because he wanted to deal with these problems,” said one person in the room.
At other times, he seems to reflect on his failings as a candidate. “In my case there were a long list of mistakes. So which one is at the top I can’t judge,” he joked lightheartedly to reporters on Friday.
Continue reading Where to place Mitt Romney in the next Cabinet? – Well, SecState works.
The very suggestion is absurd, if not actually insulting. I would trust Mitt Romney to run a business, salvage a situation, make money honestly, plan an event, rescue somebody from drowning, and grill a steak properly. Oh, and not lie to me. I wouldn’t trust Hillary Clinton to be able to manage any of that.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
Glenn Reynolds‘ reaction to hearing that Harry Reid is proud of the fact that he slandered an innocent man:
You know, if I were Mitt Romney, I’d put a million or so toward hiring some investigative journalists to ensure that Reid’s remaining years were uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there are enough people out there with that kind of discretionary income who aren’t the freaking King of the Boy Scouts* that this advice could still be followed. And followed to some profit, too – profit beyond simple revenge, although simple revenge has its points. After all, fairly credible rumor has Harry Reid being involved in a lot of interesting things of dubious probity and legality. Pick him up, turn him upside down, and start shaking, and who knows what will fall out of Harry Reid’s pockets?
I don’t know, Timmy! Let’s find out.**
*Thank you, Mass Effect 3.
**…Well, I thought that this was a quote.
…yeah, he’s boxing Holyfield.
…[Mitt] Romney is slated to fight former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield in the marquis event during a several-bout evening at the Rail Event Center near the Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City on May 15.
“It will either be a very short fight, or I will be knocked unconscious,” Romney quipped in an interview recently. “It won’t be much of a fight. We’ll both suit up and get in the ring and spar around a little bit.”
Uh-huh, Mitt. That’s right: lull Evander into a false sense of security. Continue reading I have Mitt Romney’s boxing music… what? Oh, sorry…
Nice to see that I wasn’t the only one* who noticed it:
In an apparent jab at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is 61, Romney emphasized the need for a fresh face for the GOP.
“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” he told supporters on the call. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”
There are a bunch of candidates who could fit that description: Bush and Christie aren’t two of them. Interesting… Continue reading Quote of the Day, Romney’s Jab At Jeb edition.