I must admit, seeing Romney interviewed for a position in the Trump Administration, let alone the very superlative position of Sec. of State, I was flummoxed. Mending fences, all good, a cabinet of adversaries ala Lincoln, OK, I can get behind that, but Romney, seriously? Considering all the bad things Romney said while Trump was running, this was really an exercise in mollifying the inner party opposition. And because of the “out of left field” nature of the pick, it took me a while to wrap my head around it. OK, wrap concluded, I don’t like it.
Not only is it abrasive to the base;
But internally, given the support our resident lefty’s have given Romney (clearly a direct violation of my “the level of their howling is directly proportional to my level of support” premise), more reflection was needed.
Yes, I was pretty hard on Trump as well, and he deserved every bit of derision he got by doing and saying dopey things. But even my harsh critiques did not reach the level of animus that was displayed by Romney. Another distinction, I am a private citizen targeting a very narrow audience.
Personally, consistent with everything I know about Trump (or at least what he has displayed publicly) Romney was never ever going to be seriously considered. If there is one thing (of which there are many) both Obama and Trump have in common, it is the petulant, petty, and vindictive nature for pay back.
My preference for Sec. of State is David Petraus, and he is getting his chance to lobby for the position today.
Not only does Petrause have the resume, but his ideology is more in line with the PEOTUS.
Another consideration, more subliminal, is the “Fuck You” factor. Along the same line of revoking every single Obama executive order and executive memoranda on day one, hiring military men who butted heads with Obama has it’s own level of satisfaction. Petraeus, Flynn, Mattis, get them on board immediately.