I spent much of 2012 disparaging Romney as The Weather-vane for his frequent change in positions. I did support him in the 2012 general election, and how I regret that now:
On Tuesday, the Senate voted to confirm Michael J. Truncale of Texas as the United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas by a vote of 49-46.
The vote was mostly along party lines in the upper chamber, with Sens. Cassidy, R-La., Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Hirono, D-Hawaii, Kennedy, R-La., Rounds, R-S.D., not voting; there was, however, one party defection, as Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, voted with Democrats against the nominee.
For Romney, it wasn’t a matter of jurisprudence or legal qualifications, but remarks made about former Democratic President Obama Truncale made in 2011, calling him an “un-American imposter.”
In a written response to questions from Senate Judiciary Committee Member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Truncale said that the comments were some of many made while in previous “capacities as a candidate for the United States Congress or as a political commentator” and that such opinions would be inappropriate for a judge to express.
Back in 2011, Truncale threw his hat into the political ring and ran for Congress in a crowded field to replace the outgoing congressman and then-Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul.
“I will note that it is possible, however,” Truncale later added in his response to Feinstein, “that I was merely expressing frustration by what I perceived as a lack of overt patriotism on behalf of President Obama.”
Go here to read the rest. For Romney, virtue signaling for the media that helped sink him in 2012 is a way of life, and for him the main political opponent will always be conservatives in his own party and not Trump. In 2008 and 2012 the Republicans put up two candidates of this stripe who blew eminently winnable elections. That is precisely how we got Trump in 2016. Trump, with all his manifold problems, is vastly superior to candidates who are confused about whether they are running for President or Good Loser.