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McConnell, Romney and the Collaborationist Republicans

The headline over at Breitbart read this way:

Poll: 79% of Trump Voters Believe ‘Election Was Stolen Through Illegal Voting and Fraud’

The Rasmussen poll headlined it this way as reported by BizPac:

Rasmussen poll: 20-30% of Democrats believe the election was stolen from Trump

Then there was the detailed report from Trump aide Peter Navarro, who wrote his report as a private citizen. The headline right here at The Jeffrey Lord reported this:

The Immaculate Deception: Peter Navarro Documents A Stolen Election

There’s more out there like this – oh so very much more. But the constant thread, the simple fact, is that millions of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen. And stolen not just from President Trump – but from them.

And what is the reaction of the Republican Establishment – before we even get to January 6th, the date Congress meets per the Constitution to ratify – or not ratify – the Electoral College? An Electoral College many see as counting stolen and illegal votes?

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell: “Our country has officially a President-elect & a Vice President-elect.  The Electoral College has spoken…Today, I want to congratulate Pres-elect Joe Biden.”

Senator Mitt Romney: “Clearly, if one pushes long and hard, once you’ve lost, you’ve lost.

And oh yes, there was also this as headlined by The Hill:

Mitt Romney did not vote for Trump in the 2020 election

Then there was my own Pennsylvania US Senator, Pat Toomey. Recall that Mr. Toomey is where he is because he was the “conservative” challenger to then-incumbent liberal Republican Senator Arlen Specter, defeating Specter in 2010. The headline from Newsmax was this:

Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey Says It’s Time Trump ‘Accept’ He’s Lost Election

Not to be forgotten here is Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, as headlined here at Fox:

Rep. Kinzinger swipes at Trump, fellow House GOP for denying election loss: ‘It’s sad’
The Illinois congressman says it’s time to “Restore Our GOP”

As if that weren’t enough, Kinzinger added in a tweet:

Say what? Kinzinger says there is “no evidence”????

I personally have read lawsuits, read one affidavit after another from whistleblowers, listened carefully to state legislative hearings – and there’s plenty – more than plenty – of evidence of voter fraud.

So why are these Republicans and others going out of their way to sabotage millions of Republican voters, not to mention joining in to sacrifice the integrity of the American electoral process? Yes indeed, Mitch McConnell did a great job confirming judges. But there is no excuse for abandoning the field of battle in the middle of the battle.

So what in the world are McConnel, Romney, Toomey and Kinzinger and others in the GOP about? Not to mention all those Never Trumpers out there in the Lincoln Project and elsewhere?

Call them the Collaborationist Republicans. The Vichy Republicans.

For those who skipped their history of World War II and the fall of France to the Germans, here is a description of what it means to be a “collaborator” per Wikipedia:

“The meaning of “traitorous cooperation with the enemy”[7] dates from 1940, originally in reference to the Vichy Government of France which cooperated with the Germans, 1940–44.”

With millions of French lives at stake and the Germans pushing into Germany, the French collaborationists notoriously collaborated with the Germans, relocating their co-operating new government to the resort town of Vichy, thus establishing ever after the term “Vichy French” – which meant treacherous, turning their back on the French people to
cooperate with the enemy. It was left to French General Charles De Gaulle to refuse to cooperate with the collaborators, leaving France for Great Britain where he would become the voice of the French Resistance.

But wait, you say. Biden and company are the adversaries, not the enemy.

Hear this from former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich writing in The Washington Times:  The headline:

Why I will not accept Joe Biden as president
Unwillingness to accept election result grows out of a level of outrage unlike anything previously experienced

The former Speaker wrote this:

“Having spent more than four years watching the left #Resist President Donald Trump and focus entirely on undoing and undermining the 2016 election, it took me several days to understand the depth of my own feelings.

As I thought about it, I realized my anger and fear were not narrowly focused on votes. My unwillingness to relax and accept that the election grew out of a level of outrage and alienation, unlike anything I had experienced in more than 60 years of involvement in public affairs.

…When my candidate won, it was blamed on the Russians. We now know (four years later) Hillary Clinton’s own team financed the total lie that fueled this attack.

Members of the FBI twice engaged in criminal acts to help it along — once in avoiding prosecution of someone who had deleted 33,000 emails and had a subordinate use a hammer to physically destroy hard drives, and a second time by lying to FISA judges to destroy Gen. Michael Flynn and spy on then-candidate Donald Trump and his team. The national liberal media aided and abetted every step of the way. All this was purely an attempt to cripple the new president and lead to the appointment of a special counsel — who ultimately produced nothing.

Now, people in my world are told it is time to stop resisting and cooperate with the new president. But we remember that the Democrats wanted to cooperate with Mr. Trump so much that they began talking about his impeachment before he even took office. The Washington Post ran a story on Democrat impeachment plots the day of the inauguration.

In fact, nearly 70 Democratic lawmakers boycotted his inauguration. A massive left-wing demonstration was staged in Washington the day after, where Madonna announced she dreamed of blowing up the White House to widespread applause. These same forces want me to cooperate with their new president. I find myself adopting the Nancy Pelosi model of constant resistance. Nothing I have seen from Mr. Biden since the election offers me any hope that he will reach out to the more than 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump.”

Newt Gingrich is no collaborationist.

In short? In short, hell will freeze over before the base of the Republican Party collaborates in a stolen election. They will not simply resist, they will demand that a Biden Presidency be treated exactly as Democrats treated the Trump Presidency. Then – and only then, after a serious lesson is learned by Democrats and their corrupt media allies – can America be returned to the days of yore when losers gracefully conceded to winners and moved on as the “loyal opposition.”

There was noting of a “loyal opposition” in the last four years. Nothing. And simply because collaborationist Republicans wish to pretend it wasn’t so will not make it so.

Happy New Year. The New Resistance has begun.

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Romney Tips The Scale, Senate to Move Forward With Vote

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney announced Tuesday that he is in support of a floor vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, giving Senate Republicans enough vote to move forward.

According to the Daily Caller, “only two Republican senators, Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski have asked the party to wait until after the election for a vote on a new nominee” following Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday.

“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee,” said Romney. “If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”

Though this does give the Senate enough votes to move forward with the process, it does not necessarily ensure that Trump’s nominee will be voted onto the Court. Romney said he “intend[s] to proceed with the consideration process, and if a nominee actually reaches the floor, then I will vote based upon the qualifications of that nominee.”

Despite Murkowski and Collins’ disagreement in moving forward on a vote before the election in 42 days, McConnell explained how he will proceed with filling the Supreme Court vacancy in a speech honoring Ginsburg, her service on the court and her lifelong successes.

“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential supreme court vacancy this close to the election,” said Murkowski. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”

Collins, who is up for reelection, has similar opinions, believing it would be better to wait until after the next president is elected: “In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected on November 3rd.”

Despite the wide range of opinions on the subject of filling the seat, with Romney’s support, McConnell and the Senate Republicans now have enough votes to move forward with the process.

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QUIT MITT: When Romney Dissed Reagan

So Thursday night there was a gathering of Reagan alumni at the Heritage Foundation. The reunion is an annual one on every February 6th – President Reagan’s birthday.

Like any other kind of reunion, it is a chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues and trade favorite stories, in this case about our beloved former boss, the nation’s 40th president.

 

Yet this being one day after President Trump was acquitted in the Senate, I couldn’t help but notice something interesting. Scattered around the room were Reagan alum wearing buttons that read simply: Quit Mitt

Ouch. Mitt Romney, now the junior Senator from Utah, had been receiving harsh criticism from President Trump and all manner of other Republicans for voting to convict the President on one Article of Impeachment. And of course, Romney was being lavished with praise by the Leftist State Media for doing just that.

But in fact, as I realized at this Reagan gathering, Mitt Romney’s vote was more than just about his loathing President Trump. Reagan alumni of all the people on the planet would recall another Romney moment – a moment that had nothing whatsoever to do with Donald Trump and everything to do with Ronald Reagan.

Why in the world would Utah Republicans ever send someone like this to the US Senate in the first place? And will they do it again when Romney’s term comes up?

It was 1994, the former President very much alive and out of office barely five years. He was also at the beginning of his battle with Alzheimer’s.

In Massachusetts, then-resident Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee facing Democratic icon Senator Ted Kennedy for Kennedy’s Senate seat. The two faced off in a debate, and Kennedy quickly went to what he, the famous far-left liberal Democrat, saw as a Romney vulnerability. That would be what Teddy referred to as the “Reagan-Bush economic programs.” Which, of course, Kennedy had staunchly opposed during the Reagan era, in spite of what historians already realized had been an enormous success.

And Romney’s response to this assault on Reagan? He said this:

“Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.”

In a blink, Romney had just attacked Ronald Reagan, then as now the most popular past president of the day and, as we Reaganites knew, an icon of the Republican Party. Romney’s response also made clear that he hadn’t even thought of himself as a Republican, much less a conservative. He was, he said, “an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush.”

Got it.

Then recall 2012, when Romney does win the GOP nomination by, among other things, proclaiming at the Conservative Political Action Conference – CPAC – that he was “severely conservative.” By tradition, not to mention as common courtesy, the members of the last Republican ticket are invited to participate in the convention. But not this time. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the conservative heroine of the 2008 campaign, was not only not invited to speak, she wasn’t invited to the Convention period.

One could go on. But the essence is that Mitt Romney has in fact never been a conservative and indeed, at one point never considered himself a Republican. Thus his vote to convict President Trump is totally in keeping with his past.

The question is: Why in the world would Utah Republicans ever send someone like this to the US Senate in the first place? And will they do it again when Romney’s term comes up?

Hmm. Can you say, Senator Jason Chaffetz?

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Mitt Romney Implodes After Outing of Secret Twitter Persona

So. Mitt Romney is out of the closet.

Comes the news from the left-leaning Slate (which gleaned its initial information from an Atlantic story) that Romney has been caught with a secret Twitter account in the name of “Pierre Delecto.”

In which “Pierre Delecto” snarks and mocks everyone from the president to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others. It is a remarkable — and damaging — self-inflicted wound. Romney comes across as bitter, insecure, and utterly without principle — and not for the first time.

Recall this Romney line from 2002?

I’m not a partisan Republican. I’m someone who is moderate, and … my views are progressive.

Thus spoke now-Utah Sen. Romney when he was running for office in Massachusetts in 2002.
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But when he ran for president in 2012? Then he described himself quite differently to the audience of CPAC conservatives. Romney then claimed he was “severely conservative.”

Which is to say, depending on his audience and just whose votes he is seeking, Romney will say whatever he feels he has to say. Meaning: this is a man with no principles.

The latest example is his attack on President Trump. Back in 2012 Romney was thrilled to get Trump’s endorsement. “It means a great deal to have the endorsement of Mr. Trump,” said Romney. “There are some things that you just can’t imagine happening in your life. This is one of them.”

Romney was also pleased to get Trump’s endorsement in 2018 when Romney was running for his Utah Senate seat. Said Romney then:

Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.

And not to be forgotten is that Romney was only too happy to be considered for Trump’s secretary of state.

But now?

In January, no sooner had he arrived in Washington to take his Senate seat than the anti-Trump Washington Post was running this headline over a Romney op-ed:

Mitt Romney: The president shapes the public character of the nation. Trump’s character falls short.

Romney now says this:

The places where I would be most critical of the president would be in matters that were divisive, that appeared to be appealing to racism or misogyny, and those are the kinds of things I think that have been most, most harmful long term to the foundation of America’s virtuous character.

Romney also says he wrote in his wife Ann’s name for president in 2016.

So what do we have here? What we have is yet another glimpse of just how unprincipled Mitt Romney is. He believes Trump appeals to racism and misogyny — but he was thrilled to have his endorsement in 2012. He told liberal Massachusetts voters in 2002 he was “not a partisan Republican” but a “moderate” whose “views are progressive.” But in 2012, running for the GOP presidential nomination, he told his conservative audience he was a “severe conservative.”

And not to be forgotten: The 2012 nomination in hand, Romney had his team petulantly and deliberately refuse to invite Alaska’s Gov. Sarah Palin to the GOP convention in Tampa. Palin, of course, had been the vice presidential nominee in 2008 and was a favorite of conservatives. At a minimum she should have been invited to speak to the delegates. That would be called courtesy. As was said in this space at the time:

And they expect people to rally to their candidate when they are out there sticking their finger in the eye of the party’s base? Sending a message to the Tea Party to go take a flying leap?

If this is true, and no less than Governor Palin herself has said she is uninvited, one can only wonder:

What are these wizards of smart thinking?

Historically, people who are trashed by their own party employ the one entirely fatal weapon they have at their disposal: they stay home in November.

And stay home they did. The difference between what happens when conservatives are excited to rally to their candidate and what happens when they are not could not be greater than in the response of the GOP base to Romney in 2012 and Trump in 2016.

All of this while saying of Trump:

Berating another person, or calling them names, or demeaning a class of people, not telling the truth — those are not private things …

Except, of course, Romney’s “Pierre Delecto” alter ego has been using his Twitter feed to do exactly that. Examples:

  • Berating one of his most prominent 2008 supporters, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post. When she calls his posture toward Trump “nonconfrontation verging on spinelessness,” he snarks “Jennifer, take a deep breath.”
  • Retweeting a demeaning attack on Newt Gingrich that read, “You were cheating on your second wife with the woman who is now your third wife even while impeaching Clinton for cheating on his wife. Show yourself out.” (Um, news flash, Pierre. Clinton was not impeached for “cheating on his wife.” He was impeached for lying to a federal judge and obstruction of justice.)
  • Then there was this retweet in 2016: “Hopefully Hillary will inspire a new generation of girls to marry ambitious perverts who will pay off their embarrassment with Senate seats.” This retweet from the guy who moaned about Trump calling people names.
  • Of Marco Rubio, Pierre Delecto retweeted a photo of Rubio sitting in a giant-sized chair worthy of the Jolly Green Giant, making Marco look like a child. The original tweet said this of the photo: “I’m not sure there’s ever been a photo that sums up a person’s essence better than this does.”

And speaking of a person’s essence?

Here’s the conclusion of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee:

The man’s 72 years old. Having fake Twitter accounts on social media, that’s the work of kids, cowards, couch potatoes and perverts like Carlos Danger. What on Earth does a United States senator do calling himself Pierre Delecto? If he’s got something to say, man up and say it.

Let us all realize that this guy is not a team player. He’s still bitter because Donald Trump got elected and he didn’t. He needs to get over it.

Indeed. But don’t bet the ranch that he will.