Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, waits to take part in a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Outdated Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. (AP Photograph/Andrew Harnik)
Just in circumstance you weren’t confident if Romney’s vote was principled or about getting an interest hog, there’s nevertheless a lot more evidence it is the latter.
As my colleague Jennifer Van Laar famous on Twitter yesterday, Romney had two embargoed interviews lined up, held his final decision until finally appropriate right before the vote, and then strutted all over like he’d just saved the republic. So the plan that this was just a solemn, serious selection for him doesn’t hold water.
But apparently, his advantage signaling is aware of no bounds, for the reason that it’s now been uncovered that he also despatched a letter to all the GOP Senate associates lecturing them on why he voted the way he did.
Here’s some of what it suggests via The Daily Wire.
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“Does anyone very seriously feel I would consent to these penalties other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath prior to God demanded it of me?” he asks…
“As a Senator-juror, I swore an oath, ahead of God, to exercise ‘impartial justice,’” Romney’s hand-signed letter to his peers starts. “I am a profoundly spiritual individual. I get an oath just before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that remaining tasked with judging the President, the leader of my personal occasion, would be the most tough conclusion I have ever faced. I was not erroneous.”
“Corrupting an election to keep oneself in business office is maybe the most abusive and disruptive violation of one’s oath of place of work that I can think about,” he carries on.
You know what people striving to make a scene, gather media plaudits, and bask in the highlight do?They produce a self-serving, preachy letter to their colleagues explaining how their determination was actually the right one right before God.
If this weren’t about Romney’s ego, he’d have created his vote and allow the sleeping doggy lie. But he’s accomplished the reverse, from the interviews, to the Senate floor dramatics, to this letter.
Here’s a very little much more of it.
“I am informed that there are individuals in my get together and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my conclusion, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced,” he states. “I am absolutely sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters. Does any one severely consider I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath in advance of God demanded it of me?”
“As it is with each individual senator, my vote is an act of conviction,” he concludes. “We have occur to various conclusions, fellow senators, but I have faith in we have all followed the dictates of our conscience.”
This dude is just insufferable. This was a political process and Romney is presenting it as a religious rite of passage.
Other than, none of his proclamations wash supplied his previous assistance for abortion, and to be confident, that lukewarmness continues currently. Romney nevertheless will not assistance the repealing of Roe v. Wade. He’s also come down on the mistaken side of the religious liberty discussion in the earlier couple several years. Not as soon as during Obama’s phrases could he be bothered to converse out against all fashion of immoralities.
But the one particular thing that will get his religious convictions heading is the orange gentleman or something. Arrive on. Any one that purchases this is a full sucker. Romney loves how this is participating in out. He loves the attention, he enjoys the media praise, and he enjoys being the finger wagger at his individual social gathering. That’s what this was normally about.
In the conclude, I’m significantly less worried with Romney’s actual vote (it’s a single vote, who cares?) than the immense quantity of gaslighting going on about Romney’s motives. I’d have a lot more respect for the man and his defenders if they just admitted the evident.