President Trump’s response: “Is he a Flake?”
Members of the 116th Congress will be sworn in Thursday, January 3, 2019. Gone will be antagonist Jeff Flake, who disparaged President Trump so relentlessly that he was unable to run for reelection in Trump-friendly Arizona, hindered by an abysmal 18% approval rating. He couldn’t even count on the votes of his disappointed kinfolk in his hometown of Snowflake — named for his relatives, who settled the area.
Filling Flake’s role as chief presidential antagonist will be failed 2016 presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Newly elected as a U.S. Senator representing Utah, Romney is a man of the hour … any hour, in any state. Born in Michigan where his father, George, was elected governor, Mitt was later elected governor of Massachusetts.
In that incarnation, he presided over what came to be known as “Romneycare,” a health care scheme that fueled the flawed model Barack Obama lied about (last frame of video tells the complete story) when promoting Obamacare. Romney also did an about-face on abortion, altering his long held pro-abortion stance to conveniently become pro-life. When formally announcing his candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination for president, Romney had the brassiness to characterize himself as a “political outsider.”
Newly elected, but yet not sworn-in, Romney gives us an idea of what to expect by virtue of his jumping the gun on Trump-bashing, though he eagerly took Pres. Trump’s endorsement when he announced for the senate.
This scathing editorial commentary, printed in Tuesday’s edition of the far-left Washington Post leaves no doubt as to where the unappreciative Romney stands, declaring, “The president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
Romney provides even more insight into his view of his senate role: “I will act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not. I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.”
Reprising the frosted Flake might get some traction in Utah, but don’t count on it. Jeff Flake’s hateful rhetoric couldn’t garner him support among his aunts, uncles and cousins in his own ancestral hometown of Snowflake.
Political opportunist Romney, who has no roots anywhere and lacking a true constituent base, should find life equally tough.
President Trump aptly tweeted @realDonaldTrump:
Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!