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Romney gets chilly reception from GOP senators after Trump attack
politico.com ^ | 1/8/19 | BURGESS EVERETT and JAMES ARKIN

Posted on 01/08/2019 2:23:55 PM PST by cotton1706

Sen. James Lankford will occasionally take issue with President Donald Trump’s tactics and rhetoric. But he’s not sure what Mitt Romney was thinking with his biting condemnation of the president before he was even sworn into office.

“It kind of felt like the same thing Trump does to everybody, Romney does to Trump. Smack you, and then want to negotiate,” said Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma. “It is funny to me that while he was complaining about President Trump’s personal attacks, he was personally attacking President Trump. I don’t know if he sees the irony in it.”

When Romney heads into his first Republican Conference meeting later this week, he might face an awkward reception from many of his fellow Republican senators. Some are scratching their heads about why Romney ripped Trump in a Washington Post op-ed; others are angry about reopening an intraparty divide. And it could color how Senate Republicans view Romney over the long term, raising questions about his effectiveness in the GOP conference.

“Focusing on our political opponents that are trying to annihilate us and embarrass the president is probably a more productive focus, rather than just criticize what the president is, how he does things,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the former whip who is running for reelection as a Trump ally.

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KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; deepsixromney; dogabuser; elections; flakeii; mittflake
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While this is Politico so all their stories can be taken with a grain of salt, Romney always has had a political tin ear.
1 posted on 01/08/2019 2:23:55 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Has Mittens not got his magic underpants on?


2 posted on 01/08/2019 2:26:20 PM PST by WashingtonFire (The charisma of Reagan + the vision of Jefferson + the patriotism of Washington = Trump)
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To: cotton1706

“Romney always has had a political tin ear. “

I don’t think it’s that so much as Romney has never NEEDED the good will of anyone. Therefore he has no idea how to act to secure good will. But the Senate is very much about building relationships and good will. I read that LBJ had a regular routine of calling all the Congressmen. He had somebody keep track of what they spoke about so he could reference it and make them feel like he really remembered them, their wife’s name and their kid’s problems. Say what you will about that lousy snake, he was very effective at getting what he wanted, even from the opposition. Romney is not doing Utah any favors by being..,well, Romney.


3 posted on 01/08/2019 2:30:19 PM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: cotton1706

“It kind of felt like the same thing Trump does to everybody, Romney does to Trump. Smack you, and then want to negotiate,” said Lankford

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Not even close. Trump hits back twice as hard. He doesn’t hit first.


4 posted on 01/08/2019 2:31:47 PM PST by Moonman62 (Give a man a fish and he'll be a Democrat. Teach a man to fish and he'll be a responsible citizen.)
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To: cotton1706; All

This asshole doesn’t get it. He’s as FUBAR as Kasich, McCain, Flake, Schumer, Pelosi, Spartacus...


5 posted on 01/08/2019 2:32:57 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn’t common anymore.)
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To: cotton1706

6 posted on 01/08/2019 2:33:22 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Gen.Blather

someone, bang the gong, get the hook, and remove this decrepit, useless waste of skin off the political stage...NOW!


7 posted on 01/08/2019 2:33:27 PM PST by miserare ( Indict Hillary!)
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To: Gen.Blather

LBJ had a regular routine of calling all the Congressmen

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And if that didn’t work, he’d have one of his Dixie Mafia cronies send a gunslinger to visit the family at home, press a pistol muzzle up against the youngest child’s head and remind the father to “smile when ‘ol Lindon talks to yeh”.


8 posted on 01/08/2019 2:33:44 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: cotton1706
Romney is a slightly animated Ken Doll and acts like a well-lubricated weather vane.

9 posted on 01/08/2019 2:36:12 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: SERKIT

6 years-deal with it


10 posted on 01/08/2019 2:42:27 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: cotton1706

Romney’s act was nothing but immature attention seeking.


11 posted on 01/08/2019 2:49:53 PM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: WashingtonFire

I thought the same thing. Hope he got his magic skivvies in a bunch. What a Buttwad.


12 posted on 01/08/2019 2:58:02 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you .)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

Six years of fun at his expense. I’m in....


13 posted on 01/08/2019 3:00:22 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: cotton1706

Thanks Utah for giving the rest of us the second coming of Jeff Flake.

(shakes head)


14 posted on 01/08/2019 3:02:16 PM PST by bkopto
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To: cotton1706

The floor does not recognize the JUNIOR senator from Utah.


15 posted on 01/08/2019 3:04:00 PM PST by Leep (Leftist are neither liberal or democratic. Neither are they pro American.)
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To: WashingtonFire

Captain Underpants.
Our new name for Romney


16 posted on 01/08/2019 3:10:43 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Gen.Blather

“I don’t think it’s that so much as Romney has never NEEDED the good will of anyone. Therefore he has no idea how to act to secure good will. But the Senate is very much about building relationships and good will.”

Good point. Romney has always been the executive not someone part of a team. I suspect he will be more like McCain, better at throwing bombs than building consensus within the party and, like McCain, will be more on the Democrat team.


17 posted on 01/08/2019 3:18:54 PM PST by alternatives? (Why have an army if there are no borders?)
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To: cotton1706

While the man may have made himself a laughing stock, unfortunately for the GOP it is a long long line.


18 posted on 01/08/2019 3:19:16 PM PST by AndyJackson
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To: cotton1706

He’s a freshman with no seniority. Hope he learns that soon


19 posted on 01/08/2019 4:07:40 PM PST by Nifster (II see puppy dogs in the clouds)
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To: Gen.Blather

McRomney is the continuing of the cancer in the GOP most notably championed by his name sake, McCain.


20 posted on 01/08/2019 4:11:20 PM PST by ImpBill (Conservative little "l" libertarian)
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