Really? 11.30.16 – Sleeping with the Enemy – Mitt and Don Make Out.

by Pitt Griffin on November 30, 2016 · 0 comments

in Election 2016, Politics, Really?

The romance of Mitt and Don.

It seems that Mitt Romney was playing a long game of hard-to-get. Until recently his words about Donald Trump were harsh – but, as we now see, he was just being coy. Trump also kept his desire for the salt-and-pepper fox under wraps.

Romney’s opinion of Trump’s veracity was clear. He once said, “Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark”. Adding, “There’s plenty of evidence that Mr. Trump is a con man, a fake.” And, “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Mitt offered opinions on Trump’s abilities. “His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. Adding, “I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.”

And opinions on Trump’s character.“Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”  And, “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”

Trump, in turn, said of Romney, “Look, Mitt is a failed candidate. He failed. He failed horribly. He failed badly. … He’s a choke artist.”

Then they had dinner together.

Their first date.

Their first date.

Republican jellyfish.

The election of Donald Trump has shown that spines are rare among Republicans. It is one thing to run against someone and then make common cause with him should he be elected. It is another to be emasculated in public and then suck up to your abuser.

Marco Rubio was slimed as “Little Marco” before he endorsed Trump. Worse, “Lying Ted” Cruz had his family dragged through the mud. Trump said Ted’s dad was in on the plot to kill Kennedy and his wife was ugly. Yet this oleaginous man backed Trump and even made phone calls for him.

Sanders and slander.

On Conan O’Brien’s show, Bernie Sanders, the populist candidate who actually cares about people, slammed Trump for his flag-burning and voter fraud tweets. Specifically, Sanders referred to the Trump’s actions as, “delusional and totally insane.” Is Sanders in legal jeopardy? No. There is no slander when what you say is true.

An anachronism that is past its ‘sell-by’ date.

There is a movement to persuade 37 Republican members of the Electoral College to cast their vote for someone other than Trump. It is a quixotic scheme. In all likelihood, Trump will survive the challenge. But the long-term results may be sunnier.

Why do we even have an Electoral College? Hamilton argued for a safeguard against the whims of an ill-informed mob subject to passions. In 2016 it had the opposite effect.

Trump himself pointed out the absurdity of the institution. He argued he didn’t win the popular vote because he focused on ‘swing’ states. Without the Electoral College every vote counts. And with that, winners’ claims about mandates would be credible.

 

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