It’s being reported that 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee and former Massachusetts Governor, Mitt Romney, is making plans to run for the US Senate seat currently held by the Methuselah of the Republican party, Orrin Hatch, if Hatch chooses to heed the voice of Utah voters and retire.
The decision on whether Hatch will or will not run hasn’t been made yet, although the poster child for term limits did promise his constituents that this was his last rodeo. However, Hatch has been asked to run again by Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump—proving once again that Trump and Micky are two peas in the same Trumplican Party pod.
If Hatch should elect to ride off into the Utah sunset, the prospect of a Senator Romney should bring little solace to conservatives. During the GOP primaries, Romney blamed conservatives for Republican failures (just like McConnell does), and he defended Obama over Ted Cruz during the Iran nuke deal negotiations.
Despite claims that he is “severely conservative” as he so ineloquently stated at the 2012 CPAC Convention when he was trying to repackage himself, Romney is no more conservative than Massachusetts liberal Sen. Ted Kennedy was. In fact, much of Romney’s political career was influenced by the man from Chappaquiddick.
Mitt once ran against Kennedy for his US Senate seat and adopted many of Teddy’s liberal positions, including support for Roe v. Wade along with a host of other issues.
And it would be a few years later that then-Governor Romney partnered with Kennedy to create Romney Care—the model used to create Obamacare.
Romney’s chameleon persona is one reason he lost a winnable race against Obama in 2012, and it should serve as a great big red flag to Utah voters if Romney chooses to run.
As a conservative, nothing would please me more than to see Orrin Hatch booted from his job, particularly since he enjoys the support of McConnell and Trump, but replacing him with a political opportunist like Romney won’t fix anything.
How the same state that gave America a constitutional conservative like Senator Mike Lee could consider Hatch or Romney is beyond me because either way, conservatives and America would lose in the end.
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