Mitt Romney represents a wild card when it comes to his Senate vote. And he has become deceased Senator John McCain’s protege.
Clearly, the man remains butt-hurt over Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton. Because Romney is vindictive over his loss to Obama. And Trump’s victory over Clinton is a victory over Obama. And also Romney.
Institutional Republicans like Romney hate losing to people like Trump. The ordinary Joe. Powerful positions in government must be earned. And not by commoners, even if they are billionaires.
Recall Romney tried hard to stop Trump. He issued scathing remarks against the man. To no avail. Trump defeated the toughest presidential opponents in the history of the Republic. Democrats, Republicans, and the media.
With that history, Trump never knows what RINO Republicans like Romney will do. They are wild cards. Unprincipled, as they crave adulation and the limelight. So what would Romney do in the situation with Ginsburg?
I’m betting most people believed Romney would cave. Like McCain, Romney would try to teach Trump a lesson. However, as Politico reports, Romney sided with Trump:
Sen. Mitt Romney said he would support a floor vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, essentially clinching consideration of Trump’s nominee this year despite the impending election.
Just two Republican senators have asked for the party to put the brakes on the confirmation. And with a 53-seat majority, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now has the votes he needs to move forward with a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” the Utah Republican said in a statement.
Romney said he was merely following the law in making his decision rather than taking a position based on the recent blockade of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, during the 2016 election. Romney said the “historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”
Don’t get too excited and think Romney wants his Republican card back. Because he could have just figured out that his vote won’t matter.
With three bona fide RINOs in the Senate, the Republicans still would have gotten Trump’s candidate selected. In a 50-50 tie, VP Mike Pence would have broken the tie. I suspect Romney realized this in casting his vote to the president.