Mitt Romney on Roy Moore: ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty Is For Criminal Convictions, Not Elections’

While many Republicans in Washington have quickly distanced themselves from Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore following the bombshell allegations he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, other conservatives have come to his defense. For instance, one Alabama GOP politician cited the Bible while brushing off the allegations, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) dismissed Republican condemnations as anti-Trump and Steve Bannon painted it all as a plot hatched by the mainstream media. The former standard bearer of the Republican Party, however, spoke out today and roundly condemned Moore. Mitt Romney also seemed to take aim at those hedging on the Moore allegations by using the whole “if true” disclaimer. Continue reading "Mitt Romney on Roy Moore: ‘Innocent Until Proven Guilty Is For Criminal Convictions, Not Elections’"

GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Reportedly Plans to Retire and Romney May Run For His Seat

There has been speculation for months now that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) would decide to hang it up and retire at the end of his term rather than run for re-election next year. And there has been just as much speculation that if Hatch were to retire, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney would run for his seat. The Atlantic is reporting today that Hatch has told friends and allies that he is indeed planning to retire and that Romney will make a Senate run in his place:
Sources close to both men said plans have already been set in motion for Hatch to retire and for Romney to run, but they cautioned that the timing of the announcements has not yet been finalized, and that either man could still change his mind. They spoke on condition of anonymity, because the plans are not yet public, and the subject is Continue reading "GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch Reportedly Plans to Retire and Romney May Run For His Seat"

Biden Reportedly Encouraged Mitt Romney to Run for Senate

biden They were once political rivals, but now former Vice President Joe Biden has encouraged Mitt Romney to run for Senate in 2018. According to CNN, Biden was speaking at Romney’s annual ideas summit in Park City, Utah attended by donors and business leaders. At the private event, te called Romney a “man of integrity” and then said this off-the-cuff remark: “By the way, you should run for Senate.” This received a big applause from the audience. It is widely believed that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) will not seek an eighth term in 2018 and several names have been floating around as possible replacements, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz––who is leaving the House later this month but has denied he’s seeking this office––and former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Romney was also in the running to become President Trump’s Secretary of State, a position he said yesterday he would have Continue reading "Biden Reportedly Encouraged Mitt Romney to Run for Senate"

Nancy Pelosi Pines For George W. Bush: ‘I Wish He Were President Now’

So, just how much does House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dislike President Donald Trump? So much so that she wants to go back to the days of George W. Bush occupying the White House. During an appearance on Morning Joe and after questioning the president’s mental health, Pelosi told a story about her first meeting with Trump and how he used it to insist something that is demonstrably false. Expressing how big of a deal it is to sit down with a new president, the Democratic leader explained what Trump wanted to talk about first. “The first thing he says — to open the meeting — you know I won the popular vote,” she recounted as Continue reading "Nancy Pelosi Pines For George W. Bush: ‘I Wish He Were President Now’"

It’s Time for GOP to Finally Dump Trump…But Will They?

Monday afternoon the political and media establishment was once again horrified by a revelation regarding President Trump. This time it was reports indicating that, at best, President Trump is an insecure, bragging, adolescent, dipshit who allegedly gave highly classified information to the Russians in the Oval Office, which apparently could easily harm our fight against ISIS. Since then, there has been a lot of speculation about whether THIS time the Trump house of cards will finally collapse, thus ending a national nightmare for about 55% of the our adult population. The answer to that question is no. This, based on what we currently know, is NOT going to bring down the Trump presidency any time soon. That’s not to say that this story shouldn’t have that kind of impact. There is not another president in my lifetime who could (or would) be under FBI investigation for his campaign colluding Continue reading "It’s Time for GOP to Finally Dump Trump…But Will They?"

Double Standard? Slate Jabbed Romney For 2012 Speaking Fees; Defends Obama’s in 2017

Slate_screengrab_2012_2017 Slate took then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney to task in early 2012 over his claim that $360,000 in speaking fees in one year was “not very much.” Five-plus years later, the liberal website is now brushing off the one-time, $400,000 speaking fee former President Barack Obama is receiving from investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald. Matt Yglesias (who is now at Vox) zeroed in on Romney’s hesitance to releases his tax returns in a short January 2012 item for Slate’s Moneybox blog, but soon underlined that the Republican candidate “lacks perspective on what constitutes ‘not very much’ income.” Romney emphasized at the time that “my income comes overwhelmingly from some investments made in the past, whether ordinary income or earned annually. I got a little bit of income from my book, but I gave that all away. And then I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much. Continue reading "Double Standard? Slate Jabbed Romney For 2012 Speaking Fees; Defends Obama’s in 2017"

Reminder: CPAC Is a Fraud and Is Largely Responsible for Trump Hijacking the Movement

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 2.58.53 PM Second behind whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow on Groundhog Day, controversy over CPAC is now the news media’s most reliable annual rite of late winter. This year, the week of the “conservative” conference is beginning with outrage over Milo Yiannopolous, the gay/British version of Ann Coulter, being named as a keynote speaker and then disinvited when video emerged implying that he supports sexual relationships between teenage boys and older men. While the Milo distraction is interesting (he seems to get more of what he wants every time he is prevented from speaking, though I fail to understand what possible justification there was for the invitation in the first place), the far more significant story regarding CPAC is what a blatant fraud the whole thing is and how they are largely responsible for Donald Trump hijacking the entire conservative movement. I have been trying to warn Continue reading "Reminder: CPAC Is a Fraud and Is Largely Responsible for Trump Hijacking the Movement"