I’m With Kellyanne

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.

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  1. Hal_10000

    Romney being part of this Administration would be the first really good news we’ve had.  He’d be a good influence on Trump and mitigate some of the problems Trump’s non-stop mouth would create.  Considering the kind of things Trump said about Romney four years ago, I don’t think Romney has anything to apologize for.

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  2. CM

    Sure Hal, but Rich’s No. 1 priority is that people get picked because it would annoy the left. The actual results don’t matter. This is how you end up with Donald Trump as your President.

    Yes, I was pretty hard on Trump as well,

    WTF? When was this? Fantasy-land.

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  3. CM

    My preference for Sec. of State is David Petraus,

    So all of a sudden risking national security via terrible personal decisions and lying about it is no big thing? Brilliant. Please, keep going.

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  4. richtaylor365 *

    Considering the kind of things Trump said about Romney four years ago, I don’t think Romney has anything to apologize for.

    Considering these things were said after the election, after Romney choked like a dog, after Romney lost a very winnable race due to his own incompetence, your comparison fails. And even then his criticisms were limited to performance, not the sort of personal vitriol we saw from Romney.

    And you cheer-leading  for Romney ignores certain liabilities. His very honor and veracity can be called into question, how can any foreign dignitary take him seriously when Romney said on several occasions that he would never serve in a Trump cabinet? How can any foreign dignitary believe anything that Romney says, in any negotiations ,”Given how you feel about your boss and your different positions, what assurances can you give us that the President will back what you say, what you are promising?”

    No, there are other candidates, equally qualified that won’t have this walking contradiction wrapped around his neck.

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  5. richtaylor365 *

    I could also support Bob Corker.

    It is somewhat interesting that the top 3 high profile Trump supporters, Gingrich/Giuliani/Christy, none have secured any official jobs with the Administration. I think this speaks to the thoughtfulness at which these positions will be filled.

    Oh, and Michigan just certified their results, Trump wins, giving him 305 electoral votes, no bad.

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  6. Hal_10000

    Considering these things were said after the election, after Romney choked like a dog, after Romney lost a very winnable race due to his own incompetence, your comparison fails. And even then his criticisms were limited to performance, not the sort of personal vitriol we saw from Romney.

    Some of the things Trump said about Romney were pretty vicious (e.g., get on your knees). And this is a ridiculous point because Mitt Romney’s personal behavior has always been beyond reproach while Trump’s … hasn’t. To say the least.

    (Also, this Trump is a Winnah and Romney is a Loozah! idea doesn’t hold much water. Romney got 47% of the vote against a popular incumbent President and outperformed the GOP nationally. Trump got 46% against a trainwreck of a candidate and eight years of Obama fatigue. And he actually lost the popular vote.)

    And I second CM’s point above: Petraeus gave classified information to his mistress so she could write a hagiography of him. That’s not exactly what I’m looking for in an SoS.

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  7. CM

    Petraeus gave classified information to his mistress so she could write a hagiography of him. That’s not exactly what I’m looking for in an SoS.

    Particularly 5 seconds after spending months and months castigating a candidate for merely creating a situation where classified information was potential vulnerable.

    Some of the things Trump said about Romney were pretty vicious (e.g., get on your knees).

    Even the meeting between the two was publicly described as a chance for Romney to “kiss his ring”. Romney should run a mile from this. Like McCain, Romney had class and dignity. He won’t retain that if he smears himself by working under Trump.

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  8. CM

    I think this speaks to the thoughtfulness at which these positions will be filled.

    Even Gingrich has compared it to “The Apprentice”. As part of this,Trump is now subjecting Romney to painful public humiliation, reality-TV style. This is what Trump knows.

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  9. ilovecress

    I think it’s politically smart. It may be abrasive to the base – but what are they going to do? It brings in the idea of a more ‘reasonable’ administration that will calm people down, and what better way to quash the #nevertrumpers than to get their most famous member to admit he was wrong.

    Whether he’d be good at the job after having his balls cut off though, is another matter.

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  10. blameme

    Trump cannot legitimately nominate Petraeus. I didn’t think Clinton was worthy of the office (among many reasons) specifically due to her recklessness (and in my mind illegal) actions with classified information. So, whilst throwing up in my mouth, I agree with CM on this one.

    McCain is an ass. I disagree with CM on that – now, I feel better.

    As far as Romney being above reproach, funny how the left made him out to be the next coming of Hitler in the last race.

    Frankly, I think Romney’s loss helped Trump – the right nominated Romney – about as vanilla of a candidate with no skeletons to hide – and he was still skewered by the press and by the likes of Reid etc. So, if that candidate isn’t harmless enough, let’s drop the Trump bomb and go for it. What did they have to lose?

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