Rand Paul just torched the hapless Mitt Romney and basically called Mitt a Vichy Republican and he deserves it.
Romney has zero credibility and it is clear he wants to run again so he will build his defunct brand by bashing Trump. How original. But as Rand reminds us – this isn’t the firt time Mitt has turned tail and ran away from a GOP president when the chips were down. He did the same to Ronald Reagan.
Expect more to come. From The Daily Caller: Republican Sen. Rand Paul attacked Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney on Wednesday for virtue signaling. Paul was responding to the 2012 GOP presidential candidate’s Washington Post op-ed, in which Romney attacked President Donald Trump just days before being sworn in as Utah’s junior senator.
“To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow ‘our better angels,’” Romney wrote in the piece published Tuesday, adding, “And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
In response to the criticism, Paul came out swinging against Romney, comparing him to Republicans who attacked Reagan when it was popular. “Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President,” Paul tweeted, “Well, I’m most concerned and pleased with the actual conservative reform agenda @realDonaldTrump has achieved.”
Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President. Well, I’m most concerned and pleased with the actual conservative reform agenda @realDonaldTrump has achieved.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 2, 2019
The flashback article Paul tweeted out slams Romney for running from Ronald Reagan when the chops were down on Reagan.
“In 1986, nearly 1 in 3 Americans thought Reagan should consider resigning before his term was finished, and even politicians — including Mitt Romney — who would later play up their love for the movie-star-turned-politician distanced themselves back when it seemed that his presidency might be a failure in the history books. “
Mitt wrote. “It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling.”
“It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
“To a great degree, a presidency shapes the public character of the nation. A president should unite us and inspire us to follow “our better angels.”
“A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.”
“As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit.”
“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
“On balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
“I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” he wrote. “To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us.”