It isn’t often one gets an opportunity to acknowledge that yes, there are one or two Republicans who are capable of speaking the truth, if only once. This is particularly noteworthy of an acknowledgment when a pathological liar, a master of mendacity, departs from uttering perpetual prevarications; in this case it is 2012’s “lyin’ king” Willard M. Romney.
The horrible thing about any psychosis, is that the result of drifting too far afield from an intrinsic and deeply ingrained pathology will likely lead one to humiliate themselves, and good old “mendacity Mitt” did so in full view of the mainstream media and the American people. It was really a sight to behold, Willard Romney humiliating himself, but particularly because he was punked and incited to national public self-shame by a con man Willard knew damn well was vindictive and nasty.
During the presidential campaign, Romney made a name for himself, and actually stopped lying for a couple of minutes, by giving speeches absolutely disparaging Donald Trump’s character and unleashing scathing critiques of every last thing dirty Don ever uttered. That’s why it was stunning that Romney was desperately seeking, and publicly supplicating Trump for the nomination as the next all-important position of secretary of state.
Maybe because Willard isn’t one of Vladimir Putin’s allies and two decade-long confidante, or possibly because he can’t give “old Vlad” a super-duper discount on Exxon oil after lifting sanctions for Russian aggression, but by now everyone knows that despite a serious public ass-kissing over two or three weeks, deceitful Don dumped Willard for an oil man. It is infinitely more likely that Trump never really considered Romney for anything and instead played on his lack of integrity and lust for relevance just long enough to let him humiliate himself for ever daring to criticize tyrant Trump.
A few of the remarks Willard had about Trump during the campaign reveal that not only is he capable of telling the truth, he fundamentally reiterated every legitimate fear and criticism the rest of decent humanity has for Trump.
On the economy Willard said, “If Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into a prolonged recession. Donald Trump has offered very few specific economic plans, what little he has said is enough to know that he would be very bad for American workers and for American families.”
On Trump’s character and temperament, Romney was spot on in saying, “Donald Trump lacks the temperament of be[ing] president. This is an individual who mocked a disabled reporter, who attributed a reporter’s questions to her menstrual cycle, who mocked a brilliant rival who happened to be a woman due to her appearance, who bragged about his marital affairs, and who laces his public speeches with vulgarity.
Dishonesty is Trump’s hallmark. His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power. Trump’s personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics… We have long referred to him as ‘The Donald.’ He is the only person in America to whom we have added an article before his name. It wasn’t because he had attributes we admired.”
Yes, it is true; Willard Romney was truthful in his assessment of Donald Trump, and it was likely his heartfelt belief that Trump epitomizes all those bad things and much more. But everything changed after the election and Willard was overcome with mendacity and reverted to his pathology in praising “the Donald” to high heaven. Of course everything Willard said in elevating Trump to a place reserved for gods was a lie, but like “lying for the lord,” there was a high-level administration reward if Willard worshipped Trump sufficiently and performed public acts of veneration.
It wasn’t enough for Romney to revert to his predilection to lying in crediting terrible Trump for having an endearing message of inclusion for all Americans. He had high praise for Trump’s ability to conduct his transition effectively, including carefully choosing “solid, effective, capable people” to run the country. In spite of absolutely railing on “dumb Donnie” for months as a “phony” and a “fraud” whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” Willard licked the soles of Trump’s shoes clean and declared that “President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to a better future.”
It is inconceivable that Trump didn’t con Romney into making an ass of himself by contradicting everything he said about the moron prior to the election, and elevated the fascist as some kind of messianic gift to America and will “lead us to a better future.” Many pundits commented that during a photo opportunity while Trump and Romney broke bread, while the Donald was grinning ear-to-ear, humiliated Willard could barely manage a “grimace” in lieu of a smile for the cameras.
The publisher of Political Wire, Taegan Goddard, commented on the image of Trump and Willard over dinner and a heaping helping of humiliation: “Donald Trump looks like a cat that caught a mouse and is now batting it around with its paws until it dies, Romney is the mouse.”
Willard Romney will survive being punked by a notorious con man, but one wonders if he will ever live down being publicly humiliated because he just couldn’t resist lying with praise for a “phony and a fraud;” something this author is convinced was Trump’s only intent in even talking to his biggest Republican critic.