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I’m going to write words I never imagined that I would when I first encountered Mitt Romney when he first ran for office, against Sen. Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, all the way back in 1994.
Thank you, Senator Romney. You have have respected your office, and you have respected the American people and you have respected the nation that you have pledged to serve.
Today a senator from Utah, Romney is the sole Senate Republican to vote to remove Donald Trump from office on the charge of abuse of power.
While his GOP colleagues have tied themselves in knots of illogic in rationalizing why they all are refusing to follow the clear evidence, Romney is showing a bit of the shine of the Republican party of old, and is doing the honorable and patriotic thing.
Romney is putting country ahead of party, and is telling Trump that it’s time to go.
Of course, Romney’s vote alone won’t be enough and, sadly, Trump will end up remaining in office.
Romney’s dishonorable and disingenuous colleagues have repeated, ad nauseum, that the proper venue to decide Trump’s misdeeds is going to be at the ballot box come November.
Well, now I hope that voters use that ballot box to render the same negative decision against Trump and all of those who have protected him.
And we come back to the lone hero, Sen. Romney.
No doubt he will become something of a pariah within his Republican caucus for straying so far from the reservation and actually doing the right thing.
None of this changes the fact that Romney remains a conservative Republican. I probably still disagree with 90 percent of his policies.
But that’s okay. He’s shown us that even people who disagree on politics can still come together when it comes to right and wrong.
I didn’t vote for Romney in that first election of his a quarter century ago. I still probably wouldn’t vote for him if it came to it.
But I would shake his hand, happily, and say a sincere “Thank you.”
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