How bad really is Mitt?

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate chamber for votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 10, 2021. Sen. Romney was working with a bipartisan group of 10 senators negotiating an infrastructure deal with President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Holladay (Utah), March 22 – In recent weeks, there has been talk of United States Senator (Republican of Utah) Mitt Romney possibly running for President in 2024. Romney hasn’t ruled out the possibility, even though he would be 77 years old during the campaign.

Romney was the Republican Party Nominee for President in 2012 and lost to President Barack Obama who won his second term in the White House. Romney had also run for President in 2008 but failed to garner the GOP nomination, which Arizona Senator John McCain received instead.

In the 2008 election, Romney had a strong volunteer corps of campaign workers, but in his 2012 bid, many of those people had lost interest in helping him.

By 2024, Romney will have served a full term as a freshman United States Senator representing Utah. Even there, where his family name is iconic and included Marion Romney, a major religious leader who died in 1988, and, of course, his father George Romney, who grew up in a polygamous family in Mexico and eventually became the President of American Motors Corporation, Governor of Michigan, and President Nixon’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Mitt Romney is popular in some Republican circles but has developed a highly negative image among many. Even in his current home state of Utah, billboards abound all over the state calling for Romney to resign.

Romney was instrumental in the success of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. That experience accentuated Romney’s management reputation and his success as a businessman.

Romney served one term as Governor or Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. He downplayed his affiliation with the Republican Party to win the 2002 General Election and he referred to himself as a “moderate” and a “progressive.” On April 12, 2006, then Governor Romney signed into the law the “Romneycare” health legislation, very similar to “Obamacare,” which required all Massachusetts residents to buy health insurance or face tax penalties. When Romney ran for President in 2012 against Obama, Republican voters easily understood the hypocrisy of Romney’s criticism of Obamacare.

As a United States Senator, Romney certainly has been a towering figure. That doesn’t mean what he did was good. Rather, Romney’s voting record is one of the worst in the Senate Republican Conference.

One of his more controversial positions was voting to convict Donald Trump in the first Senate impeachment trial of the President. The American Conservative Union described the vote as follows:

This is the first of two outrageous articles of impeachment brought by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, ACUF Lifetime 3%) and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY, ACUF Lifetime 5%) to reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election. This vote (Article I of Impeachment) wrongly alleges that President Donald J. Trump abused his presidential powers when he spoke with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky about the corruption involving then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son. ACU finds it especially ironic that this impeachment hoax was deployed to cover up the very behavior it claimed to condemn (it was in fact the Biden family that profited from the vice president’s official position). ACU further recognizes the U.S. Constitution permits impeachment only in cases of “treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors” and that the framers explicitly rejected the parliamentary system wherein a legislative body may remove an executive merely because legislators dislike the president. In fact, James Madison specifically argued, “so vague a term [maladministration] will be equivalent to a tenure during the pleasure of the Senate.” ACU opposes this coup against a president who has courageously fought for and advanced countless conservative principles and policies and opposed this resolution. The Senate acquitted President Trump by finding him “not guilty” on February 5, 2020 by a vote of 48-52. (A two-thirds majority vote is required to convict. This vote is double-weighted due to its egregious attempt to reject the will of the People and reverse the results of the 2016 presidential election.)

Romney was the only Republican to vote to convict President Trump and remove him from office, a measure, which failed.

During the current Congress, Romney has generally been a reliable vote with the Republican leadership. Where he is unreliable, however, is on important fiscal measures. Romney tends to vote for increased spending, raising the national deficit, and raising the debt ceiling every time. As a result, Romney has severely undermined efforts by the Republican Senate leadership to negotiate for lower debt ceilings than those which ultimately passed.

Romney clearly is no fiscal conservative, although it’s arguable that there are only a handful of true “fiscal conservatives” in Congress at all. What Romney clearly is, however, is a moderate who is deeply angry at the Trump wing of the Republican Party.

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