Skip to comments.Romney and the Never Trumpers Are Hiding Behind "Character" (Really good)
Posted on 01/07/2019 8:55:16 PM PST by servo1969
RUSH: I have been alleging, alluding to the Mitt Romney piece, and I want to dissect this very briefly, and not so much as to go after Romney, but rather what Romney represents. Romney represents the greatest blown opportunity in modern American politics. Romney represents the 25-year-old Republican establishment. He also represents the Never Trumpers, which are part of the out-of-touch Republican and in some cases conservative establishment. They are so out of touch and they're so focused on things that are not relevant today that were 25 or 30 years ago. They have been unable to adapt. They're still screaming, "But what about what we think is important?" for the past 25 years. We've gone long past it. Whether that's good for bad is irrelevant for the moment. I remember, to set this up, the 1992 campaign. One of the ways -- and I myself engaged in this. It was thought that if people would just learn about the massive character defects of Bill Clinton, that no way would they elect him president because, at the time, it was widely believed that character was the most important qualification.
I remember reading to you from the Federalist Papers, James Madison describing exactly why character was paramount in a president, in a chief executive of the United States. Without character and without the required morality stemming from a belief in God, that there is no way the job could be properly performed. Now, I'm paraphrasing greatly with that. But the point is that character in the chief executive was a central qualification for the founders.
So back in the campaign of '92 and all throughout the Clinton presidency we harped on the deficiency in character. When he would show up in the Oval Office after a jog sweaty, in ball cap and T-shirt -- in the Oval Office! -- with a bunch of floozies hanging on his arm posing for pictures, we said, "This is disrespectful to the office!" The American people said, "Pfft you!" When the Lewinsky stuff came up, we thought the American people would finally see what a character defect he had. In fact, in the '96 campaign, there's Bob Dole out there, and one of his major campaign phrases is, "Where's the outrage?"
What he meant was, "Why aren't people outraged over the character deficiencies of this guy?" Everybody knew that he had cheated on his wife who knows how many times, the Whitewater stuff. He was a walking character defect -- and you know what? Even though it was all true, it didn't matter. So thus began a bunch of analysts trying to figure out, "Why, all of a sudden, does character not count with voters when choosing to elect or support a president?"
Well, in 2016 crowd and the Never Trumper crowd and the conservative literature crowd, they're still back in those days. They still believe that the No. 1 way to overcome Cortez or Pelosi or Obama is with character. Good manners. Articulate. Compassion. Where are they? What kind of a factor is it, really? We can sit here and lament the fact that it doesn't seem to be an important thing to a lot of people anymore. But that does happen to be the fact.
It doesn't mean you abandon it. Don't misunderstand. It doesn't mean you throw people overboard and yourself. But when the objective is winning elections and if something comes along and doesn't matter. And here comes Donald Trump, and there is nobody even the people that vote for him gonna tell you he's a paragon of virtue. He's a paragon of some kinds of virtues, but he's not a paragon of character, and there's nobody in the world who expects him to be and nobody voted for him hoping he would be.
It wasn't the slightest bit of a factor for people who voted for him. Because the situation on the ground, the reality of life in America is far more dangerous. Stopping Hillary Clinton was paramount. There's nothing else that mattered. There was nothing else that got even close to mattering. Stopping Hillary Clinton and the continuation and the intensification of the Obama agenda meant saving this country.
Well, the Romney crowd thinks that's laughable. Country's never threatened. America doesn't need to be saved. America is America. There's nothing that'll ever happen to America, certainly not internally. And they think the idea that America's in some kind of crisis is literally laughable. And they think you're a kook if you think so. Many of them proudly announce they voted for Hillary, they were so repulsed by Donald Trump!
Well, it's with all of that as the foundation that Romney wrote this silly op-ed of his. In which he tried to say, you know, some of the Trump policies are really good, but I can't support him because the guy is such a reprobate. Well, none of us is clean and pure, none of us is impeccable. I don't care what image any of us have created for ourselves and I don't care what buzz we've got the media reporting, there's no a one of us that does not have character defects.
The idea that superior people are defined by their character and nothing else is one of the greatest political lost opportunities because these people are -- in fact, I actually think this devotion to character they have is simply an excuse. It's simply a way for them to constantly say they are better people than Trump because the most amazing thing -- and I say this to anybody who will listen -- these are people, the conservative intelligentsia, the conservative Never Trumpers, the conservative intellectuals, they have devoted their lives ostensibly to the implementation of conservative ideas because of their importance, because they work, because they're good for America.
And here for the most part they are watching the things they've devoted their lives to be implemented, and they hate it! And they're opposing it! And they're trying to stop it! And it doesn't make any sense. That's the foundation from which Romney wrote this silly little piece of his.
RUSH: So the usual suspects are out, they're praising Romney's op-ed in the Washington Post. The Never Trumpers just thought it was great. And based on the people praising it, should have been the first sign from you that this is suspicious. Now, Romney's premise is that Trump's character is more important than his accomplishments or his principles.
It's what we tried to say about Clinton. It didn't work then. Now, we can lament that it didn't work and we can wish and hope that character mattered. But, frankly, what would you rather have right now? Obama's character was said to be impeccable, folks. I mean, let's just cut to the chase. Obama's character was unassailable. And by character, I mean, the guy wasn't a philanderer, he lied, yeah, but they were political lies and you know how people look at political lies.
But in terms of being a rogue or being a dubious kad, he wasn't. And the guy was just as destructive as anybody we've had in the Oval Office in terms of policy. And that's what these people can't get past. They look at Obama as the model! Well, the problem is that most Republican voters these days do not accept this premise that Trump's character is more important than what he's doing. Because what he's doing trumps everything as far as his voters are concerned, and Romney cannot fathom this, nor can the Never Trumpers.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that a lot of Trump voters find his character, his tweeting and his direct, on-point talk at people as part of his virtue. The guy's willing to say it like it is. The guy's willing to get outside the normal political boundaries and call these people out, and we've been wanting that. And not to be gratuitously attacking, just tell the truth about it to people. To some people this is a character virtue. It isn't a defect.
But to people like Romney and the Never Trumpers, it's get the vapors time. They want him to tweet less, they want him to speak less. But these people are just oblivious. They are 25 years behind times. It's almost as though it's a self-promoting thing. "We are better than Trump. We're smarter than Trump. We have better character. We should be the ones being listened to." It's a sign of all the division in the party that, man, if it weren't there, we could really be scoring some big gains.
Huh. Simple question: who has better character: Trump or Romney?
Rush seems to accept that Trump doesn’t have great character. Well, who the hell is he to judge?
Men who follow Joseph Smith ought not bring up the matter of character.
6 MINUTE CHAT ON ROMNEY by BRENT BOZELL & LEVIN
Surfing YouTube one night before drifting off at 3 am for my now customary 5 hours of sleep, I stumbled across this Mark Levin interview with Brent Bozell.
The entire 40 minutes is more than worthy of your attention and if you’re as tight on time as I am, boot it up and let it run in the background as you do other computer stuff.
That said, I sent this for the highly informative 6+ minute discussion between 4:20 and 10:40 of soon-to-announce GOP candidate MITT ROMNEY for whom I also voted in 2012 ONLY because he wasn’t obozo.
This guy is a opportunistic political/ideological chameleon! On the billboard in the background in the accompanying graphic, I call him the Kama sutra of politicians. That’s actually understatement.
This guy has become a Trojan Horse of the Deep State for the sole purpose of TAKING OUT DONALD TRUMP so they (the Dems, RINOs and other beneficiaries of the massive corruption in that swamp) can RESUME BUSINESS AS USUAL!
Listen to Brent’s spot-on analysis of Romney and decide for yourself if trading Trump for this guy is a good idea.
(And, though they’ve left it up, YouTube DOES NOT want you to watch that video. I went to my History and it wasn’t there. I had to do a search to relocate it. Might want to copy the link if you want to share it between now and the 2020 election.)
Not terribly familiar with Smith or the Mormon religion. Please enlighten me. I know about the polygamy stuff. Is there something else?
I heard it this afternoon. One of the best riffs from RL in a long time. He dissected how completely out of touch and irrelevant they are
I was listening during Rushs show. I dont think he meant Trump doesnt have character. Rather DJT knows hes not a saint and is comfortable with that. I am not a saint either, cant go back and change that. Im willing to try and get better. Im a Trumper because I feel like he loves his country and is working hard in his way to make it better. Is he perfect no, would I trust him with my wife and daughter yes. Crazy uncle Joe, not so much.
Trump has exposed the elitists in both parties that believe their superiority entitles them to tell us how we should live and what our values should be. Theyre wrong; as wrong as the king of England was, and as wrong as the Axis Powers were. Americans demand and absolutely require the right to govern ourselves. Thats what Trump gives us that the elites cant grasp.
Sometimes people who come across as ‘paragons of virtue’ are simply timid people who never truly plunged in and lived life. When you plunge in, you make mistakes, you fall down sometimes and have to get up again.
If all you do is pussyfoot around the edges, always careful, always looking over your shoulder - you may appear to be some kind of paragon; but you’ll never be great or do great things.
Romney has character? He accepted Trump’s endorsement. Then right after he is sworn in he attacks Trump. That’s a low life move. If he had character, he would have refused Trump’s endorsement BEFORE the election, so voters could have considered that he was an enemy of Trump.
Low life backstabber.
That one is easy.
Romney is a deep state criminal (and was a bad governor in part because he got elected by misleading, instead of sticking to his promises), despite his moral preening.
Trump’s not a saint in his personal life, but I take his character over Romney’s in a heartbeat.
If you sit on your arse and spout virtue no one sees mistakes you make because you never do anything. Get dirty, work, risk, and fall, then get up and get back in to the fight and people never doing anything point at your mistakes. You are very right. We dont need paragons. We need patriots, a Wall, and DJT no matter a few human character issues. Trump is so much better than those opposing him, I believe Rush was just amplifying the obvious to those a little slow on the up take.
I think you’re exactly right.
Thats it in a nutshell. Trump fights and the rest of em just talked about it.
NeverTrumpers never wanted to fix anything, ever. That requires work and they wont do work and know no one who will. Implementation of anything they claim to want is actually counterproductive, because it would eliminate the ability to talk about how virtuous it would be to have that concept implemented.
NeverTrumpers are repulsed by anyone who actually could stoop to do. They use the opportunity to sneer they could have done better, but it is only posing. But they look credible when posing because they have spoken of dozens of virtuous concepts over time and none were able to be implemented. If one got properly implemented, people would then wonder why more werent implemented, and that would mean a lot more work would have to be done, which they dont want to have to do.
They bring down doers because they make the posers look incompetent.
Excellent analysis by Rush. (Best political analyst bar none!)
“In fact, I would go so far as to say that a lot of Trump voters find his character, his tweeting and his direct, on-point talk at people as part of his virtue. The guy’s willing to say it like it is. The guy’s willing to get outside the normal political boundaries and call these people out, and we’ve been wanting that. And not to be gratuitously attacking, just tell the truth about it to people. To some people this is a character virtue. It isn’t a defect.”
Count me in that group. A kick-ass type of guy is exactly what we needed at this time... cause there are a lot of asses that need kicking.
Posers vs doers is a great way to frame it. The Romney vs Trump issue is a perfect example.
Will one keep on trying to learn a better way? One wallowing in pugnaciousness will eventually find himself unsuited for a better age.
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