Emerald Robinson – When the time came to vote during the absurd and unconstitutional Second Impeachment of Citizen Trump, only one Republican senator could not resist the temptation: Mitt Romney. The undistinguished junior statesmen from Utah (via Massachusetts) voted to convict his party’s leader on one impeachment article for abuse of power. Mitt claimed that Trump was “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust” and, like so many phrases that have come from Romney’s lips over the decades, the claim had the semi-legal orotundity and pseudo-moral earnestness for which Romney has become synonymous over the years.
But was it true? For one thing, how was it a truth that the mind of Mitt Romney contemplated alone — with not even one other Republican senator able to grasp its sagacity? What was the specific charge? Where was the crime? These were mere details to Willard Mitt Romney, really, because he was making a last, lonely stand on principles. His principles. (It was, of course, a lonely stand covered extensively throughout the liberal media world and celebrated with a fawning interview by Fox News’ feculent Chris Wallace.) During the floor speech explaining his vote, Romney said:
Like each member of this deliberative body, I love our country. I believe that our Constitution was inspired by Providence. I am convinced that freedom itself is dependent on the strength and vitality of our national character. As it is with each senator, my vote is an act of conviction. We have come to different conclusions, fellow senators, but I trust we have all followed the dictates of our conscience.
The problem for anyone remotely familiar with Mitt Romney was that it was never entirely clear what the dictates of his conscience really were. The man who had once said, “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was” could be remarkably flexible about his convictions. more