Diogenes is said to have asked what is the difference between a man and a plucked chicken since both are featherless bipeds. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) calls this into question again today.
Romney’s vote to convict President Trump of “abuse of power” for inquiring into the flow of money from Ukraine into the pockets of the Bidens after the appearance that Vice President Joe Biden had directly intervened in Ukrainian internal affairs either to repay the favor or shield the corruption from sunlight, is among the most degraded public acts of a generation.
Romney very clearly wants revenge. He lost the presidency in 2012, denounced Donald Trump’s candidacy in 2016 and then sought the office of secretary of state, obsequiously courting Trump for a job any intelligent featherless biped would have known would never fall to him.
In the 2016 primary Romney claimed:
If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished. Let me explain why I say that. First on the economy. If Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession. A few examples. His proposed 35 percent tariff-like penalties would instigate a trade war and that would raise prices for consumers, kill our export jobs and lead entrepreneurs and businesses of all stripes to flee America.
He was wrong. Wronger than ordinary wrong. Completely wrong. And now he mad, bro.
Romney’s decision on Wednesday to cast a vote to convict the president for “abuse of power” in simply doing his job sets a dangerous precedent for all future presidents.
Without question, there is a mysterious flow of money into Ukraine from the federal treasury and out of Ukraine into the pockets of the affiliates of U.S. politicians. That scandal seems potentially bigger than the Teapot Dome. And there is some evidence that Romney affiliates played the game. If you don’t believe me, believe NPR.
Any presidents would have to investigate this and, what’s more, campaigning for office cannot shield a potential wrongdoer from an inquiry. Corruption must be ferreted out, even where the investigation may embarrass a political opponent.
Romney has cast this aside—along with concerns about the meaning of the vague allegation of “abuse of power”—to slake his thirst for vengeance. Now that he’s drunk too many draughts of payback, break out the rubber sheets. Romney is weak, like his father, who fell out of the race for president in 1968 because he extolled his weakness as an excuse for flip-flopping on the Vietnam war. “I was brainwashed,” he said.
We don’t know what they will be, but Romney’s next acts will be similarly lacking in control as he dreams of floods sweeping away his nemesis, the leader of his own party. Remember, Romney assaulted a marginal student with a pair of scissors at his elite Michigan high school because he thought he was gay. That’s who he is: A vindictive, bedwetting, plucked chicken of a man.